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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

dunkelfalke Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (787 comments)

Engine noise, especially when the PTO is activated, is far louder than beeping. You can hear it clearly when a hybrid garbage truck picks up garbage. It is almost silent and the beeper seems far less obnoxious.

2 days ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

dunkelfalke Re: Crusty Hardware (185 comments)

I had a dual pentium motherboard with eisa slots once, made by Asus iirc. Used to sit in a server of a German content management software company.

2 days ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

dunkelfalke Re:Health Insurance (237 comments)

Let me know when Sweden's health insurance is welcomed by German doctors.

They are. EHIC is, in fact, honoured in the whole EU for treatments that need to be done while being in another EU country. The insurance can also cover for a non-acute treatment abroad (for example cheaper dentists in the Czech Republic), but one has to get an acknowledgment from the insurance first.

You want to fix healthcare, make the price paid the same for everyone, and pricing is upfront (as can be allowed). Let the user know exactly what the Knee Scope is going to run before surgery.

Back to the 19th century? Universal health care was introduced because the kind of healthcare you describe didn't work.

4 days ago
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What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola

dunkelfalke Re:We have bigger problems (83 comments)

You are talking about the low level corruption, that certainly isn't very common in the more developed countries (except for southern Europe, obviously). The high level corruption thrives everywhere, though.

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

dunkelfalke Re:The Dangers of the World (778 comments)

Look like it is difficult to walk in a car-obsessed country. Even the police finds that strange.

about a week ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

dunkelfalke Re:Extradition? (299 comments)

Taxi driving is, in fact, different from personal driving. Taxi drivers drive much more than personal drivers, so the probability of an accident is higher. And since they are drivers for hire, they are responsible for the passengers. Hence the different license.

So, what exactly does the government gain? The processing fees for issuing the commercial driver license? They aren't that high, the fees usually just cover the costs of the pencil pushers.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

dunkelfalke Re:It's a badly written article/summary (481 comments)

What if he is?
Free market forces can suck very much. They lead to bubbles, crashes, front runnings and all the rest of the misery that is associated with them.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

dunkelfalke Re:Is Uber a big government straw man? (299 comments)

Nortel used to be worth 400 billions. Two years later only 5 billions. It still was the same company, just not as overvalued anymore. Market capitalisation doesn't show how much an enterprise is actually worth or whether it does something right or not. It only shows what the speculators currently think.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

dunkelfalke Re:Rail line (206 comments)

This was, in fact, a proof of concept. Freight train between China and Germany is already regular.
Trains are quite efficient. They are also way cleaner than ships, especially when using electric power.

about two weeks ago
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Ammonia Leak Alarm On the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side: Crew Safe

dunkelfalke Re: Russians (95 comments)

On the russian side they use blue electrical tape, not duct tape.

about two weeks ago
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Ammonia Leak Alarm On the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side: Crew Safe

dunkelfalke Re:Anyone who knows refrigeration? (95 comments)

Only on the US side. The russian modules use CO2, if I remember correctly.

about two weeks ago
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For the First Time In 3 Years, Investments In Renewable Energy Increased

dunkelfalke Re:Huh? (134 comments)

And this is a statement born out of ignorance of what peak oil actually is. It is maximal sustainable production.
Tar sands won't ever get you over a peak because the oil from tar sands is difficult to extract, so it won't be possible to extract as much oil from tar sands, as there was extracted from easy to claim oil wells at their peak. You won't be possibly able to extract as much oil from the difficult sources as you had extracted it from the easy ones.
Even if you get your oil off world, you certainly won't be able to get 80 millions of barrels a day from space. Even if one very distant day in the future the transport capacity would enable humankind this feat, the humankind would not need oil by then anymore.

Supply and demand function is not magical, as you imply. Sometimes there is just no more supply, no matter how high the demand is. And sometimes the supply costs have risen so high that it would be way cheaper to find an alternative solution. Thus in any of these cases oil production would not ever reach the erstwhile peak.

about two weeks ago
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For the First Time In 3 Years, Investments In Renewable Energy Increased

dunkelfalke Re:Huh? (134 comments)

USA hit their peak oil in the 1970ies in fact. Russia reached peak oil about a year ago. When the ISIS situation is over, then the cheap oil from Iraq will also be gone. Oil price will go up long term, even when they are political driven fluctuations right now.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

dunkelfalke Re:And the rules for Putin? (412 comments)

you don't need a driving license for a horse.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

dunkelfalke Re:islam (1350 comments)

you mean the crusades against the very much christian russians and czech? and since when were livonian peasants conquerors who's land had to be retaken?

about two weeks ago

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