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Comment: Re:What a nightmare (Score 2) 319

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

Long time fans of the Star Trek franchise say JJ Abrams' enjoyable, engaging prequel betrays what Star Trek is all about.,14333/

Comment: Re:Butt Ugly (Score 5, Informative) 89

by Ralph Wiggam (#48655881) Attached to: Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

Electric vehicle range is hugely affected by aerodynamic drag, particularly a highway speeds. What looks aerodynamic is surprisingly unrelated to the drag coefficient. So modern car designers do things to actually improve drag, which seem weird and ugly to you.

The Ferrari F40, a triumph of car design in the late 80s, has a drag coefficient of 0.34. The Koenigsegg CCX has a Cd of 0.30. A 2001 Toyota Camry has a Cd of 0.29. And my Nissan Leaf has a Cd of 0.28.

My most notably odd feature on the Leaf is the big bug eye headlights. At highway speeds, those headlights create a bubble of low pressure around the side view mirrors, significantly decreasing drag. I'm a function over form kind of guy, so I think it's awesome.

Comment: Thanks, Obama (Score 3, Informative) 51

by Ralph Wiggam (#48638937) Attached to: T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

Remember when the Republicans in Congress fought against the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? This is why.

The CFPB was actually proposed by Elizabeth Warren, then still at Harvard. She was Obama's first choice for its Director, but her appointment was blocked.

Comment: Re:As with all space missions: (Score 1) 200

by geekoid (#48618845) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

"Okay, a fundamental question then... What's the mission? "
Develop technologies the make life here better? learn more about human biology beyond earth. Make another step to spreading our species, Conduct better tests on captures particle. Control descent to the planet with sensors. Look for life in the upper atmosphere.

"I got everybody to pay up front...then I blew up their planet." "Now why didn't I think of that?" -- Post Bros. Comics