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Comment Re: (intentionally blank) (Score 5, Insightful) 268

Exactly. For how infrequently the average person needs to print something in color, there is little cost-benefit to keeping your own color printer at home. It's far more cost effective to get a consumer laser printer these days and just do your handful of color prints at a local print shop. I really recommend the Brother 2270DW. It does wireless printing and full duplex and can be bought for around $100USD. The best part is the toner cartridges last for thousands of pages and can be had for the same price as one inkjet cartridge. If you absolutely must have color printing, even color laserjets these days can be had for $250-300.

Comment Re:Is that even worthwhile? (Score 1) 113

E10 is government mandated in my area as well, but Shell and Citgo premium is still 100% gas... albeit at a 30% markup. I've since found a family-owned Lucas Oil place with 87 octane 100% gas for only 20 cents more per gallon. Considering you get about 10% better fuel economy with it, I consider it about a wash even before considering it's better for your car. Only other place I trust fueling up other than that is Mobil and Shell. I'll randomly trip my check engine light with an oxygen sensor warning if I fill up at other places.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

If 1.7 is the norm for accidents at the amount of miles logged, 14 is clearly well more than 3 standard deviations from the norm. My guess is that while the Google car is legally compliant, it operates in such a manner that it causes disruptions or disrupts the standard situational awareness of drivers. IE: They stop too far back at a light and don't jimmy forward like most people do. Given a red light from a moderate distance, they coast a long distance and only apply braking at the end ... or the opposite and gradually brake excessively long—both of which throw off peripheral situational awareness. (AKA those times where the person in front of you is braking and so you check your rear-view for a moment and glance back only to find they stopped a lot farther back from the car in front of them and you have to tap your brakes quickly, etc. It doesn't seem like much, but tenths of a second matter.)

Comment Re:Water for people (Score 1) 599

But are they? Where is the cost of all the lakes for recreation and other wildlife drying up? Where is the cost of kicking up giant dust storms and causing health problems, destruction of the land and other (previously) renewable resources being irreparably harmed? Etc. They are clearly NOT paying the true cost if its still somehow economically feasible to grow almonds and corn in the desert in CA.

Comment Re:Water for people (Score 2) 599

The solution lies in internalizing the costs of bringing in the water instead of subsidizing it. People are certainly able to move into the area then—with the understanding that they will either have to live in a way that uses less water, or pay through the nose to sustain a lifestyle not suited for that environment.

Comment Dirt Berm (Score 2) 278

How much dirt would be required to shield from all/most of the radiation? Yes, manual labor requires more oxygen, but worst-case scenario, they use shovels and pile dirt on an aluminum dome or such for some initial shielding?

Comment Re:Not planned at all (Score 4, Insightful) 107

What scheme would that be? You can buy the game for as low as $30. Earning your way into something like a Hornet has been planned for a handful of days and something like a Constellation about two weeks. Buying massive capital ships won't necessarily do you any good, because you won't be able to afford the maintenance, fuel, and equipment costs to even fly the thing at release. All you get is the base hull with basic fittings. Ships also fulfill certain roles, so there is far far more lateral mobility in hull purchases than vertical. It's been my perception that the more vocal people are about doomsaying Star Citizen, the less they actually know about the game. And that's not to say it's even going to be a huge success—there are a lot of uncertainties related to seeing all of the various modules/systems to the game come together as one cohesive whole. But they've been making consistent progress, and while their have been some delays, they are explained and fall within the usual scope of development uncertainty.

Comment Re:Are they actually dialing up... (Score 1) 153

I finally got my dad to stop paying full price for his dialup account almost 15 years after he got cable internet. He now pays $3/mo through the same provider for just a "business email account" that forwards his old address (which was his sticking point). And the kicker—they had long since given up on updating the old email service, so it still only had 25 MEGABYTES of storage space. The new account has like 10GB and is probably ran through the Gmail backend. He still couldn't tell the difference when I asked him if he was logging into his email via the web login or the standalone email application though, of course.

Comment Re:$30 (Score 4, Insightful) 515

That may be true, but there is something to be said for not having to be behind the wheel for those 6 hours. Train accommodations tend to be roomier than plane or bus, as well. People on business trips could take care of emails and preparations and arrive well-rested rather than restless and sore. Assuming this line has track priority, you would also get there in half the time or less.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.