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Comment: Re:Any realistic data on battery replacement? (Score 2) 377

by HungWeiLo (#47252997) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Anecdotes say that NYC taxi drivers, with all their stop-and-go cyclings of the batteries, are going 350k-500k miles and some are just beginning to need replacements. Average consumers are seeing usually a minimum of 150k or so from online anecdotes, though most people don't keep cars that long anyhow.

And there are third party outfits that do replacements for $2000 now.

Comment: Re:Punch actual numbers into this calculator (Score 1) 482

by HungWeiLo (#46895241) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

But for people who enjoy driving Euro cars, leasing is really the financially responsible option.

A typical German lux sedan that gets leased is the 3-series/C-class/A4. They lease for around $300-$400/month. For a 3 year lease with a typical $3000 down, the cash outlay is about $13000. If you had bought the car outright, the depreciation during the same 3 year period would be greater than $13000.

The manufacturers subsidizes the leases, and you get to dump the cars before the warranty expires (keeping a Euro car past warranty can often be an expensive proposition).

Comment: Re:This is why (Score 1) 264

by HungWeiLo (#46895175) Attached to: An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

[Anecdote] One of my first jobs out of school was working with a bunch of self-taught developers of which none of them except one person had a STEM degree. Econ, environmental studies, theater, political science. The product they wrote ended up being very popular in that particular market niche and took a healthy slice from the dominant player in that market. I've never encountered another workplace setup like that ever again.

Comment: Re:What society really needs to do (Score 1) 518

by HungWeiLo (#46631739) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

There's a perfectly good explanation for it. Most immigration (in the UK as well as many Western nations) will be from Asia and Africa. Most people in these countries do not own cars and use public transport as they are predominantly city dwellers. Coupled with the fact that most immigration occurs when the test taker is past the minimum age of getting a driver's license - it's understandable that test takers from Asia and Africa are at a disadvantage.

Comment: Re:France is obsolete today. (Score 1) 506

by HungWeiLo (#46363035) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

When in Montreal (or Paris or wherever), I learn just enough of the language to butcher it. Badly.

As their ears bleed from my pillaging of their respective beloved language like nails on a chalkboard, the admission of their excellent knowledge of English usually comes forth quickly.

Comment: Re:Vancouver example... (Score 1) 506

by HungWeiLo (#46363001) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Actually, isn't it cheaper do go bilingual anyways? With French/English and Spanish added to a product's packaging and manual, you are essentially able to sell your product to consumers in all of the Americas, Africa and much of Europe without much little or no repackaging of your product.

Recently, a thousand signatures were gathered to require English signs in Richmond (though it failed to pass in city council), so it shows that BC people are not immune to fears of language hegemony when it is perceived to threaten their own identity.


Comment: Re:I believe it (Score 1) 1010

by HungWeiLo (#45848989) Attached to: New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution
I used to teach music lessons to primarily homeschooled kids, and the vast majority of them were never silent about their disdain for science.

I was a childhood friend of one of the sons of the pioneer of the Christian homeschooling movement, and their beliefs were also pretty far away from you and your parents'.

To a good chunk of these people, your family would neither be defined as "Christian" or "conservative". You're clearly an exceptional case.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.