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Comment: Re:UK gasoline (petrol) currently approx $6.60 (Score 3, Interesting) 762

by Monkey_Genius (#33195484) Attached to: Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings
The reason you pay such high fuel prices in the U.K. is because your government is gouging the bloody hell out of its citizens with taxes. The U.S. has historically had significantly lower taxes on fuel than the rest of the free world. That being said, crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices in the U.S. are inching their way back up despite record high inventory levels and reduced demand due to the prolonged recession. Those of you who are paying less than $3.00 USD per gallon here in the U.S. should consider yourselves fortunate.
The pundits in the financial press attribute much of the recent run-up in prices to the falling value of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies such as the Euro. While this may account for some of the upward price pressure, much of the gains are due to hedging of currency risk by large firms such as Morgan Stanley -the same bastards that were responsible for bidding the price of crude to record highs in the summer of 2008 while that squint Bush was telling the world it was the Chinese and their demand that was responsible for the high prices.

Comment: Re:List of software powered cars (Score 2, Informative) 459

by Monkey_Genius (#31252138) Attached to: NHTSA Has No Software Engineers To Analyze Toyota
...you will never struggle with turning anything at freeway speed.

Unless of course the hydraulic assist from the power steering pump is lost due to a pump failure or broken belt -essentially the same thing. Then the steering becomes very difficult as you have to supply the 'power' necessary to force the hydraulic fluid through the steering gear and the failed pump. This is also made more difficult as most power assisted steering has a higher ratio -fewer number of turns lock-to-lock- than a manual (non-power assisted) steering gear.

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