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Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over FISA Surveillance Documents

mehtars Re:OCA (184 comments)

Actually there is a lot to the geometry of creating the right explosions around a fissile material in order to compress the enriched core to become super critical.

In addition, the more difficult aspect is purifying the uranium and/or getting enough fissile material.

about 3 months ago

Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

mehtars Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Actually as a private orginization they can do this. Take a look at augusta national golf club. Until about 10 years ago, they didn't even have women and blacks were admitted only 20 years ago.

about 5 months ago

India To Build World's Largest Solar Plant

mehtars Indian usage (253 comments)

I think what this entire debate is ignoring is the fact that indian usage of power correlates directly with how hot it gets.

The area of concern gets to 40C during the summer time, and with air conditioners running at full blast, its eats up a lot of power.

My bigger worry is that despite everything, a lot of the planning and monies dedicated for this project will get eaten through the pipeline.

The only power capacity India has really added in the past few years to the grid,except for individual gen-sets, is wind power. India has not been able to really add large power plants due to one faction, protest, or corruption...

about 7 months ago

GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

mehtars Re: Wrong use of money these days (356 comments)

My argument is the treasury didn't have to sell and take a loss. They could have left the stock on its balance sheet as stock.

The whole point of the bailout was to prevent a systemic collapse of the US economy. A GM failure would have probably caused losses upwards of 105 billion dollars of lost tax revenue (, which is paltry in context of the direct loss of 10 Billion.

The treasury would have had to sold it at 53 USD to break even on the stock. Today's price is around 41 USD. I don't think it would be unusual to see a move closer to 53, as long there is no major calamity in the general economy or through the performance of GM.

about 9 months ago

GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

mehtars Re:Wrong use of money these days (356 comments)

The treasury sold it voluntarily. The treasury could have waited until the price was non-loss making.

about 9 months ago

Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

mehtars Re:News for Nerds? (586 comments)

Lets say you get (god forbid) cancer. What do you do then? Or in an accident? Or whatever. This is probably the worst advice I've heard-- not getting health insurance.

about 9 months ago

Sweden Moving Towards Cashless Economy

mehtars oil/energy based (447 comments)

we need an energy/oil based currency, whereby all goods are priced in barrels of oil.

more than 2 years ago

Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend

mehtars Re:When I was a boy... (301 comments)

Lets say you owned a business that was returning 30% per year on the amount invested by you, why would you want a dividend? The best you can do with a risk free cash investment is 3-5% in the bank, if even.

In a vacuum if the continually resulted in a 30% return, it would be better to compound your money there.
The key thing is you need to buy stocks cheap ie as close to per share book value as you can.

more than 2 years ago

Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend

mehtars Re:Context? (301 comments)

Foxconn makes terrible margins on their product. (10-14 %)

Why on earth does it make sense to buy foxconn? Foxconn does not have anything proprietary that a dozen other assembly mfg companies in China can do.

more than 2 years ago

Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend

mehtars Re:Context? (301 comments)

One big thing is taxes:

share buy backs would not incur a double taxation that a dividend might.

more than 2 years ago

Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

mehtars Re:Stallman and FOSS (1452 comments)

I think Edison and Westinghouse is a more appropriate comparison.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Second Major For a Mechanical Engineer?

mehtars Operations research and system management (296 comments)

Hi As second degrees, I would suggest going into operations research and systems management. Learn industrial design and theories of manufacturing and manufacturability if you can. Most programs heavily gloss over those two subjects. The entire automobile industry is based on large scale manufacturing and eking out as much cost out of their parts. If your insight can reduce the cost and reduce waste while improve performance, then that will give you a leg up on the competition. Auto manufacturing hinges on suppliers and sub suppliers and knowing how to get as much productivity out of limited resources.

about 3 years ago

Verizon Cracks Down On Jailbreak Tethering

mehtars tmobile (286 comments)

I have tmobile, with an andorid. I pay 25 USD for unlimited data and thethering. The first 2 gigs per month are unrestricted and after that they throttle me. I quite happy with this arrangement. (never exceeded 2 gigs for tethering). Its fast too.

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

mehtars Support Imperial Units (2288 comments)

I for one support imperial units, especially the Fahrenheit system-- it covers daily temps without going into negative numbers-- world average temp is apx 50 degrees, 75 is comfortable and 0 is very cold.

more than 3 years ago



Congestion pricing dead in Manhattan

mehtars mehtars writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mehtars (655511) writes "The controversial congestion pricing to get into manhattan is apparently dead in the water, the NYtimes is reporting. Congestion pricing would mean every single car entering manhattan below 60th street would be charged 8 dollars, between 6 am and 6 pm on weekdays. Currently London and Stockholm have had similar plans for its respective city. Congestion pricing would mean that more people would be forced to use public transportation rather than relying on cars to get into lower Manhattan, a plan championed by Mayor Bloomberg. We'll see if this really means the end for congestion pricing or not in a matter of days..."
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