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Comment: Re:VR again? (Score 1) 202

by Mike Buddha (#46627139) Attached to: How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

I got to play around with one of these last year at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo and I only used it for a few minutes and was feeling queasy. I don't get motion sickness. The only other place I've felt that was when I went to see the Tornado Alley movie in IMAX and was subjected to shaky cam in full IMAX glory. Not good.

Comment: Re:Brake Pedal (Score 1) 262

by Mike Buddha (#46596083) Attached to: Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

This is specific to Priussies*. I drive a Camry Hybrid and have no problem at all getting up to 65 lickety split.

Before I got my car I considered buying a Prius but couldn't figure out if the car was gutless or the drivers were gutless. Either way, the Camry was a much better choice for me. And cheaper than a Prius.

*A Priussy being the driver of a Prius.

Comment: Re:Almost there (Score 1) 262

by Mike Buddha (#46596051) Attached to: Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Mazda announced they're working on a hybrid system that feeds no energy directly from the engine and has no battery. It uses regenerative breaking purely to charge up capacitors which then power a motor used to add power to the drive train. It forgoes a lot of the weight inherent in the standard hybrid setup. I'm curious to see how well it'll work. It'd be awesome if you could plug it in to charge up your caps before you took off for the morning commute.

Comment: Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (Score 1) 878

You are wrong :)

The amount of money you owe is set in stone. A loan of $20 is a loan of $20, even if inflation has made that $20 worth the equivalent of $10 when you first borrowed it.

If you were to borrow money in a foreign currency, then have your inflation shoot up 600%, you'd have to come up with the same amount of foreign currency, which would now be considerably more expensive in your native currency, so it would in effect cause your loan to rise 600% the way you describe.

Many loans have adjustable rates tied to indexes (in particular LIBOR), but that only affects the interest rate that is paid on the loan, not the principle itself.

Consider yourself corrected :D

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