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i don't understand, but then I've been brought up to save...

marc_gerges Re:Americans are weak (5 comments)

While I agree it's a good thing to have a small nest egg, so one can weather bad times, millions in the bank for a comparably low pay couple seem obscene.

After all, although money and 'stuff' is not the most important in life, sometimes it's nice to be able to spend some.

more than 3 years ago

[Family] And suddenly we are three...

marc_gerges Get professional help (20 comments)

Jorg, call social services - to take on something like this without professional help is very, very hard. If you have somebody to help and guide you, you as well as him may come out of this ok.

Good luck!

more than 3 years ago

T-Mobile Slashes Fair Use Policy, Says Download At Home

marc_gerges Re:I'm bracing myself (364 comments)


I have 500MB a month (for which I pay 10EUR), and am usually getting along fine with it. That includes surfing, emailing, the odd app and video during train rides. I could upgrade to 2GB for 20EUR, but I don't see a need for that right now.

about 4 years ago

Inventor Demonstrates Infinitely Variable Transmission

marc_gerges yep (609 comments)

This is pretty much exactly what's in every Prius. Little electric motor driving the sun wheel, IIRC in my 2nd gen Prius it's a 9kW motor doing up to 10000rpm in both directions. Transitions from forward to backward speed seemlessly.

Very cool tech, but hardly new.

more than 4 years ago

The DIY $10 Prepaid Cellphone Remote Car Starter

marc_gerges Re:Are Americans really this lazy? (454 comments)

It ain't really necessary unless you go to seriously deep temperature. If your usage profile includes -12 C (conversion for those of us having no clue about Fahrenheits), proper oil with the right viscosity will be 'there' within half a minute, tops. From then on, light load is way better to heat up the engine than letting it idle for an eternity. It's quite some air pollution, too.

Now, if you're going -30 or so on a semi-regular basis, I'd suggest a block heater or a propper fuel based heating system. Those will actually prewarm the engine.

about 5 years ago

Entire .SE TLD Drops Off the Internet

marc_gerges Re:change control / management, anyone? (207 comments)

I seriously hope someone is fired or loses a contract over this.

It seems a silly idea to fire somebody just after having invested $(whatever_this_snafu_is_supposed_to_have_cost) into his education.

more than 5 years ago

How many countries have you visited?

marc_gerges Re:10+ is winning... (958 comments)

In Europe you can hop on a train or bus or car and visit 10 countries in a day.

Europe's not quite that small. You could do it with a sports car or private plane I suppose, but your life would be truly miserable.

That'll actually be a nice challenge, I'll need to try that one of these days.

I'm in Luxembourg, so 2 countries is about 5 minutes, 3 about half hour, 4 about an hour. 5 about 3 hours, but then it's getting somwhat pesky.

Starting in Dover/UK, I can do France, Belgium, NL, Germany, Luxembourg, then down south to Switzerland, Italy, back to France, taking Monaco into Spain. Around 2000 km, that'll be 20 hours of driving.

Better way: starting in NL, doing B, then down to Lux, dashing over to Germany, Switzerland, taking Lichtenstein, Austria, then down to Italy, over to France and Monaco. 1500 km.

Good plan, I'll try that next summer :)

more than 5 years ago

The reconstruction of the last days.

marc_gerges Re:xxx (16 comments)

Jorg, as said, answer not for us, but for yourself. We don't need any justification.

In your writeup, you got the call when getting out of office in Lux City. Filling in blanks, I assume you got on bus to Howald (Konz?), picked up the car, went to your parents and then drove over to hospital.

I expect my reaction to have been to take a taxi and get to hospital. Irrelevant of the fact that ER is not open to outsiders, or that the dealer expects the car to be picked up that evening, or whatever else.

No wrong or right here, yours is just different than mine would have been.

more than 4 years ago

The reconstruction of the last days.

marc_gerges xxx (16 comments)

Sorry, my comment got lost the first time. Fickly network.

One question, which you may want to clarify (for yourself more than for us). Why are you on slashdot and facebook, instead of being in hospital with your wife? May tell you some about that relationship...

more than 5 years ago

My next car will be powered by ...

marc_gerges Re:Clean Diesels offer better mileage than hybrids (857 comments)

What would be the long term pollutant emitted by gas cars you refer to when weighing against the NOx'es?

Apart from the fact that many Diesels - mostly VW/Audi's actually - don't take Biodiesel, I'm somewhat uncomfortable with fuel made from food in general. I haven't really understood all the implications of it yet, so feel free to convince me. My general thought is that by making food into fuel, we'll couple the food price to the fuel price. And that seems unfair the lowest income 2 billion or so people, when the highest income 800 million compete for the same resource.

As to lifetime expectancy, you're off. That was valid in the times of Mercedes' old 'Farmer Diesel' engines, but modern diesels - especially the VW kind - are known for leaking head gaskets, blowing turbos etc. Besides the fact most cars don't get scrapped for engine wear, but because some bit or other breaks and it's uneconomical to repair.

I'm from a place where 70 odd percent of all new cars are of the diesel kind. I had two modern diesel cars (an Alfa JTD, and a Peugeot HDI). I see way too many brand new Diesels that smoke when pushed to attribute it to maintenance. And on my motorbike, I can smell most of them, even if they don't smoke visibly.

Frankly, if I were out for a Golf, I'd look at the new TSI gas engines, they're apparently getting quite nice mileage, too. But as it is I'm happy with my Prius. I don't care for 200hp in a car, when performance is important I ride motorbike. I like my car to be green, and compensating for the higher CO2 output per liter that a diesel has, it's hard to go lower than my small gas engine.

more than 6 years ago


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