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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

hubang Re:Batteries? Seriously? (488 comments)

The MBTA - Silver Line (Logan International Airport to South Station) in Boston is like this. Diesel near the airport, then it switches to electric for the last leg of the trip.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

hubang Re:RPN FTW (359 comments)

The keys are not as nice, but certainly not squishy. The button feel of the 48G is near perfect. The 50G tried too hard to look and feel like a TI calc. The 50G is really sluggish when responding to commands, even after the key timing fix. It will drive you mad at first, until you get used to it. I wish HP would fix this.

I have a 48G and a 50G. I bought the 50G after the 48G took a swan dive out of a third story window. It survived (I doubt the 50G would). But I didn't want to chance losing it. The 48G stays at home and the 50G stays at work now.

Your 48SX is still better. The 50G is certainly a capable calculator, but it's got a lot to live up to. The only calculator ever made that could claim to be better than the HP 48S/SX/G/GX was the HP 15C, and even that is comparing RPN apples to RPN oranges.

about three weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

hubang I thought the whole idea JMS had... (252 comments)

I thought the whole idea JMS had, was to not turn B5 into a franchise. I mean, isn't the whole point of a reboot to help milk, oops, I mean revive a dying franchise?

(I really mean milk it for all the cash they can get from the suckers. I was cynical to begin with, but I'm a lot more jaded after watching what J.J. Abrams did to Star Trek).

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

hubang As a Massachusetts resident... (534 comments)

If that's how they want to play it, the solution is simple. No taxpayer funding.

Wasn't "No taxation without representation" coined in (what became) the Commonwealth?

about 3 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

hubang Re:Clearly, we need to SPEND MORE MONEY! (688 comments)

Yes, but where is that money going?

Winston Brooks, superintendent for Albuquerque Public Schools, makes $250k a year as of 2013. APS teachers averaged closer to $43k last year. According to CNN Money the poverty rate (lowest 15% of income) in 2013 was on the order of $51k nationwide.

Um, according to the article you cited, $51K was the median household income in the US in 2013, not the poverty line. FTA: "Those making $23,492 a year for a family of four, or $11,720 for an individual were considered to be living in poverty."

about 4 months ago
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SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

hubang Of course not... (303 comments)

In further news, the Nevada Gaming Commission claims that the games at the Vegas Casinos are not rigged in the house's favor.

Film at 11.

about 5 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

hubang Tit-for-Tat (291 comments)

Would have the Russians suspend all ISS related contracts.

Good for the goose and all.

about 6 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

hubang I thought this had been settled long ago. (491 comments)

No. We do not have a shortage. The US has been shedding STEM jobs, not gaining unfilled ones. For almost 3 decades at this point.

There is a vested interest in driving down wages for those few jobs that remain however.

about 7 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

hubang Blaming the cables? (476 comments)

I'd think the batteries would be the problem. Running serious current through the wires should keep them warm even in cold weather. Plus, conductivity should go up with colder temperature.

Now the batteries on the other hand.... Batteries don't hold charge very well in the cold. It's been one of the two big problems for electric cars since the 19th century.

about 8 months ago
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$499 3-D Printer Drew Plenty of Attention at CES (Video)

hubang Am I missing something here? (155 comments)

Didn't the Solidoodle come out at $499 years ago? Takes 1.5mm filament on a spool. I'm a little confused by this.

about 8 months ago
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A Makerbot In Every Classroom

hubang As a mechanical engineer... (152 comments)

I'd rather see a shop class in every decent sized high school in the US. Equipped with manual milling machines and lathes. WAY more useful.

about 10 months ago
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MPAA Backs Anti-Piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students

hubang Re:Godwinned in One Post (250 comments)

“I plead alignment to the flakes of the untitled snakes of a merry cow and to the republicrats for which they scam: one nacho, underpants with licorice and jugs of wine for owls.” - Matt Groening

about 10 months ago
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Steve Jobs Movie Clip Historically Inaccurate, Says Woz

hubang Re:Historicaly accurate (330 comments)

But they did make a fairly historically accurate version. So accurate that Noah Wyle came on stage as Jobs at MacWorld one year.

And Anthony Micheal Hall was eerily good at playing Bill Gates. John DiMaggio (Bender from Futurama) was exactly like Ballmer.

Even Wozniak thought it was fairly accurate."

It was a great movie. I recommend everyone on here see it. But it's a $5 million made-for-tv movie. Not a $too_much attempt to make "The Social Network" with Jobs.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Create New Gasoline Substitute Out of Plants

hubang Re:How is this different from bio-diesel? (419 comments)

Diesel cars aren't AVAILABLE in the US. I bought a new car about 2 years ago. They sell the same car in other markets with a diesel. I would have paid a premium for the diesel. Not even an option.

There are NO compact or sub-compacts sold with a diesel in the US, except for the Volkswagen Jetta (which I didn't want with any powerplant). When American's complained about getting a joke SMART car that got about half the fuel economy the Canadian diesel version got, they stopped selling the diesel versions in Canada, instead of selling the diesel in the US.

I dream about being able to buy an AWD/4WD Hatchback/Station Wagon with a diesel (like the AMC Eagle Turbo Diesel). Someday, it might be an option again. Dare to Dream.

about a year and a half ago

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