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A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

cpu6502 Re:Practical? (331 comments)

>>>That sort of economy is achievable with a ten year old petrol VW Polo, *without* all the heavy complex hybrid stuff

Unfortunately it would fail the updated U.S. LEV-II standards (too much NOx). The reason MPGs have been dropping in newer cars is because the engine is being tuned to run richer to pass emissions tests.

The best petrol car right now that can pass these tough regs is the Civic HF at 45mpg. And the Chevy CruzeEco at 44. That's very close to what the Civic and Prius hybrids do.

about 2 years ago
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A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

cpu6502 Re:Practical? (331 comments)

>>>>>Considering emissions on automobiles have been reduced by 99+% (CO, NOx, HC) since the 1970's
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>>CO2 emissions from cars have been reduced? Highly doubtful.

Somebody can't read. He never once listed CO2.
As for sources one only needs to look at the EPA which had very lenient standards in the 70s but gradually strengthened them over time. The current standards only allow 1/100th as much pollution as a car built in 1975. (1/1000th in the case of NOx.)

about 2 years ago
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A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

cpu6502 Re:Practical? (331 comments)

You should look at greenercars.org. They not only look at upstream emissions but also the cost of drilling for oil, shipping it to you gas station, and also downstream pollution (shipping the junk car to China for recycling). Also CO2. Here are these cars scores out of 100:

Mitsubishi myEV 58
Toyota Prius C 56
Civic CNG 55
Leaf 55
The highest non-hybrid cars are the Scion IQ at 53 and the Toyota Yaris at 50. Probably they score that high because both are SULEVs and PZEVs.

about 2 years ago
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A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

cpu6502 Re:Missing the point (331 comments)

>>>US electricity production is 100% produced from domestic sources, none of it from imported sources.

In the 1800s and upto about 1950 you could have said the same about gasoline: All domestic. But when car sales boomed, we had to start importing from outside.

The same would happen if everybody started driving EVs: The boom would exceed the supply and we would have to import electricity (or coal & CNG & oil to connvert to electricity).

about 2 years ago
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A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

cpu6502 Re:Practical? (331 comments)

greenercars.org rated my Honda Insight as cleaner than the EVs. It rated the EVs as no cleaner, over a whole lifecycle, than a Prius Hybrid or Civic HF (gasoline).

about 2 years ago
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A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

cpu6502 Re:Practical? (331 comments)

>>>$14000 buys an awful lot of gas.

Or 75% the cost of a Nissan Leaf on the used market. Their value is plummetting fast because just because a company builds an EV doesn't mean people will buy it. The resale value is terrible.

And the cost is cheap for electricity versus gasoline. According to the DOE, $1 for every 25 miles. Gasoline is 3-4 times that much.

about 2 years ago
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Apple iPad Mini Could Complicate Things For Windows 8 Tablets

cpu6502 Re:how? (200 comments)

>>>What a stupid thing to say. I'm more likely to buy a Windows 8 tablet over the two current leaders as iOS is garbage (really, I don't know how anyone puts up with it), and I don't care for Android (I don't like the clunky UI and hate the pitiful dev tools). I seriously doubt that I'm unique.

Probably not unique given your current location (Washington, near Seattle, Microsoft cubicle). ;-)

about 2 years ago
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Aircraft Carriers In Space

cpu6502 Re:Missing the point to enjoy their their own voic (409 comments)

>>>Also it's "dradis". Which isn't explained, but does appear to be effectively instantaneous.

I figured Dradis was the name of the guy who invented the scanner, and it appears to be similar to our passive RADAR (shows blips of whatever EM targets it receives).

about 2 years ago
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Aircraft Carriers In Space

cpu6502 Re:Playing with FTL (409 comments)

>>>Any spacecraft gives off heat, and infrared radiation is easy to spot in clumps

Not when it's 3 light-minutes away. You're talking about finding a tiny carrier-sized object at the distance of Mars, and it could be anywhere. On the same plane as you, or above you, or below you, or even behind you.

about 2 years ago
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Aircraft Carriers In Space

cpu6502 Re:Babylon 5 (409 comments)

I wouldn't call that incest. Besides studies have shown that closely-related cousins have a better propagation rate than strangers. Closer chemistry leads to less stillbirths.

about 2 years ago
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Aircraft Carriers In Space

cpu6502 Re:Babylon 5 (409 comments)

>>> "Yeah, we put noise in space, because ... um ... there's pressure on the sides of the spacecraft, yeah, that's it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it."

JMS never said anything like that. (If you think he did, then I want to see a linked source.) You make it sound like he's some kind of idiot.

about 2 years ago
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Aircraft Carriers In Space

cpu6502 Re:Babylon 5 (409 comments)

Why are so many B5 Actors dying so young? The Star Trek crew lived on-and-on-and-on. Nobody dies until the around 2000..... 30 years after the show. Meanwhile B5 has lost several actors in just the first 12 years.

about 2 years ago
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Aircraft Carriers In Space

cpu6502 Re:Babylon 5 (409 comments)

It appears you have this backwards.
According to JMS it was the *B5 crew* that contacted NASA and asked for technical assistance to portray accurate ship maneuvering. The fact Starfury acts like a real space vessel is probably because the NASA advisor was rejecting early designs & offering advice on how to make it better.

about 2 years ago
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A Suicide Goes Viral On the Internet

cpu6502 Re:Calm before the hyperbole (566 comments)

>>>Yes, because there is a world of difference between fictional violence and real violence.

Studies have shown the human brain does not distinguish the difference. It has the same chemical reactions to whatever it sees, regardless if it's real or on TV.

about 2 years ago
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Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio

cpu6502 Re:FLAC (361 comments)

>>>vinyl, because it captures more sound from thestudio recording

Not hardly. When a record is *brand new* it has some high frequency harmonics (upto 25,000 hertz), but those quickly get rubbed-off the record by the needle. Of course being analog it will never be a perfect amplification of the little record ridges into audible sound. There's always distortion. PLUS vinyl adds *extra* sounds to a recording, like the hiss of the needle rubbing the record and the humm of the motor. It also suffers wow and flutter since it doesn't spin at a constant rate. (And of course no record can touch Super Audio CD or DVD-audio with approximately 0 to 96000 Hz range.)

about 2 years ago
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Calif. Man Arrested For ESPN Post On Killing Kids

cpu6502 Re:Ermahgerd 1984! (416 comments)

>>>the actual crime he did commit.

He said he would be willing to kill to get some shoes. That's not a crime. That's a joke. Like if I said, "I could kill for some ice cream."

about 2 years ago
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Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

cpu6502 Re:Probably (761 comments)

>>> gun proliferation is great (despite murder rates two orders of magnitude higher than civilised countries)

The USA rather stupidly classifies self-defense as "murder". Other countries do not. I don't know why the U.S. government does that but it taints the statistics. For example an old WW2 vet recently heard a guy break into his basement, grabbed a gun, and waited to see if the guy would be stupid enough to attack. Well he did, so the WW2 vet shot him. It was ruled "justifiable homicide". And hence adds to the USA murder/homicide statistic.

about 2 years ago
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Sophos Anti-Virus Update Identifies Sophos Code As Malware

cpu6502 Re:99.999% (245 comments)

>>>All it takes is one mistake and you have a loose cannon and a front page news article like this one.

This is why my virus update is off. I update about once a month, and I only accept OLD updates not newer ones. So if I had Sophos on my computer I would be having zero problems right now.

about 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Hits 1GHz With Official 'Turbo Mode'

cpu6502 Re:Aww (92 comments)

I never could figure-out what that 486 Turbo button was for. I didn't notice any difference in speed.

about 2 years ago
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Judge Preserves Privacy of Climate Scientist's Emails

cpu6502 Re:"Might have" (345 comments)

>>>I have no idea who those guys are, and have no interest to know.

You have no idea who Jerry Sandusky is? The guy who was just convicted of child molestation & brought down the Penn State football team (they are suspended for ~5 years and must pay a huge fine, as well as having all their scores for the last ten years erased). A major news story that was at the top-of-the-hour for weeks. Don't you watch TV? Or read the news? Like... ever??? Wow.

As for your claim "Communications are private, and should be private," that is not true for emails that are owned by your employer. Your emails that you post from your work account are Not private. Neither are the emails that Mann posted from his work account, which are owned by His employer: the government.

about 2 years ago

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Ham-fisted Music Trade Association Attacks Internet (Again)

cpu6502 cpu6502 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cpu6502 (1960974) writes "Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) CEO Cary Sherman wants big internet service corporations to block content he says is destroying a fossilized music industry. "Intermediaries like search engines would [negotiate] voluntary marketplace best practices to prevent directing users to sites that are dedicated to violating property rights." In other words, Sherman and the RIAA want Google to delist certain websites in Orwellian memory hole fashion. Sherman made his remarks before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing which is deciding if government should allow business to put FM receivers in the next generation of smart phones.

The RIAA and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) are in the business of stigmatizing file sharing as criminal behavior despite the fact much of the content is original and is not in violation of copyright law. MegaUpload.com and HotFile.com represent a "business model that cuts out the legacy gatekeepers" and allows alternative content producers to distribute their products to consumers without the burdensome intervention of a middleman."

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Mozilla Warns CISPA Is "Alarming" Threat to Privacy

cpu6502 cpu6502 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cpu6502 (1960974) writes "Tech giant Mozilla has publicly slammed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) saying, "While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security. The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse."

Other companies Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Symantec, AT&T and Verizon have all backed the bill. CISPA has been identified as a greater threat to privacy than SOPA, because it would mandate ISPs to share Internet data of users with government, while receiving immunity from civil and criminal liability in court."

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Netflix creates pro-SOPA super-PAC

cpu6502 cpu6502 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cpu6502 (1960974) writes "The streaming content giant has created its own superpac, FLIXPAC, whose main goal is to promote SOPA-like legislation. The last time anti-piracy legislation came close to approval, massive Internet campaigns stopped the bills from passage, but only after opponents practically waged a war against the entertainment industry and supporters of the bills. Netflix, a long-time opponent of online piracy, will now be able to endorse elected officials by way of big-time contributions, with the PAC now approved to hand out up to $5,000 per election.

Trade publication HIS Screen Digest released a study last week estimating that the 3.4 billion online viewings expected to occur by the end of 2012 will outweigh 2.4 billion DVD and Blu-Ray disc views, and NetFlix desires to protect that revenue stream. Among the newest bills authored out of Washington is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, which includes provisions to monitor internet uploads and downloads."

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Nintendo pulls Dead or Alive over porn fears in EU

cpu6502 cpu6502 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cpu6502 (1960974) writes "The new Nintendo 3DS game "Dead or Alive: Dimensions" is being pulled from EU member states Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. The distributor said an in-game photography mode allows players to look-up the dresses of 17-year-old Ayane, Koroke, and Kasumi — which could be considered 'child porn' by local police."
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Robots May Lead to Lawsuits against Programmers

cpu6502 cpu6502 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cpu6502 (1960974) writes "Robert Silverberg wrote a recent editorial about the dangers of robots & legal consequences for their programmers and engineers.: "Consider malicious kids hacking into a house that uses a robot cleaning system and reprogramming the robot to smash dishes and break furniture. If the hackers are caught and sued, but turn out not to have any assets, isn’t it likely that the lawyers will go after the programmer who designed it or the manufacturer who built it? In our society, the liability concept is upwardly mobile, searching always for the deepest pocket.""
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