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Comment: For very limited (South) values of United States (Score 1) 227

Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

They're only interested in Southern or Southernized states, which is not representative of the US. That is, they're only interested in places with a well-defended "know thy place" mentality where labor is rendered servile.

Any deviance from said philosophy is severely punished, whether it be by individuals or corporations. In the case of individuals, it is measured in legally-friendly terminations, designed to break support. In the case of corporations, especially the precedent-setting Volkswagen, interest groups will threaten to take out tax incentives or otherwise hobble the company.

Comment: Re:Ha! Remembered the password... (Score 1) 8

by FroMan (#47721371) Attached to: Terminal Ballistics and Ferguson

I'm well aware of the difference between handgun and long gun terminal ballistics.

I evidently mis-read your comment about 9mm and .38 being the same size, which is what I was addressing. .38 is slightly larger, but the larger powder charge behind the 9mm makes it a more effective round. That being said, more effective round is easily eclipsed by shot placement.

And again, a round from a long gun is head and shoulders above any handgun round.

Comment: Re:where are we headed 5, 10, 15 yrs from now? (Score 1) 142

by Isca (#47719897) Attached to: How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper
Don't forget that all of the old batteries that are returned to Tesla will probably go into large warehouses in rural areas where they can take those batteries that are only 70% of their effectiveness and use them for another 20 years as grid storage. I honestly think this is Elon's long term goal. Using them in transportation pays for the initial cost of the batteries - long term grid storage is what will make the money. Once the first few large scale grid storage "warehouses" come on line the financiers will join in to make purchasing your electric vehicle batteries a lease with the goal of making money over the long term, making it even cheaper for the EV owner to purchase them.

Comment: a holistic bot ecosystem (Score 1) 133

by Thud457 (#47705477) Attached to: FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine
I think you've put your finger on an underserved market - clandestine growbots that can be sent out to tend your crop in national forests while maintaining plausible denialblitiy.
Anti-aircraft-drone drones. Drive-by killbots for defending your territory. And pusherbots. And if you expand into related industries, pimpbots.

Like Syndicate LARP. With robots.
You know, for the kids.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.