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Comment: Re:Insurance and a 1099 (Score 1) 150

by Mr D from 63 (#47809447) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany
If you don't like the license requirements, then you should ask for all existing taxi drivers to be exempt from them, not just the Uber drivers. Also, maybe they should give some refund to those who already paid. And make insurance requirements the same for all as well.

Why stop at Taxi services? Some might want to take it a step further and eliminate all business licenses or fees, and minimize regulation of them.

Comment: Re:In Soviet Maryland (Score 2) 313

by Mr D from 63 (#47808579) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist
If you read the new articles, its interesting to note that there is no mention that he was forcibly taken to an evaluation. Also, there are curious descriptions of his situation, such as "inability to travel anywhere", which in no way actually states that the police are restricting his travel. It appears that he is simply restricted from entering school properties while on administrative leave and someone is playing this up. As I looked it over, I am suspect there are facts that are intentionally left out fo subsequent stories for the purposes of hype. They evidently did a 'sweep' of the school and a 'search' of his house while he was not present, but only the person interpreting the news article uses the word "raid", clearly not someone with any more knowledge than you or I at this point.

http://www.wboc.com/story/2636...

Comment: Re:In Soviet Maryland (Score 1) 313

by Mr D from 63 (#47808383) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist
That's a perfectly legitimate position. Just don't join the crowd that call out the police and schools as negligent or 'not caring about the kids' when something does happen and there were warnings that were ignored. We are in an age where there is a great social sensitivity to school violence with tremendous media attention, and there can be great pressure from the community to act on this kind of thing. That doesn't make it right or justifiable, but we can't pretend that element doesn't exist.

I agree there is likely more to the story than is publicly released. It could be a blatant overstepping of authority or something more justifiable that meets the eye.

Comment: Re:In Soviet Maryland (Score 1) 313

by Mr D from 63 (#47807023) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist
In some respects, there are so many preventative measures that police and other organizations feel they need to take to avoid future litigation for "not acting", that you can't necessarily blame the police or the school. Its a no win situation for them. I am not sure it helps perspective to call every search performed a 'raid', either.

Comment: Re:We have day and night rates (Score 1) 206

by Mr D from 63 (#47806393) Attached to: Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed
It is rare when a product, no matter what it is, does not see the classic bathtub curve when it comes to reliability and failures. There are a lot of failures found early due to a certain percentage of manufacturing defects or improper application, then a period of relatively low failures as the product serves its normal use life, then a rapid increase as the product approaches end of life. Batteries follow this curve as well. What we don't know is at what point in that curve we would be for these batteries when they are discarded by the auto owner, but certainly they would want to hold on to them as long as they are reliable and serving the needed demand, and will be discarded more quickly as the uptick in the failure curve is approaching.

Comment: Re:Arevas failure (Score 1) 107

by Mr D from 63 (#47805537) Attached to: Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again
There are more problems that just the constructor at play. Finnish requirements have changed during the process, and local sourcing that was required by Fins has had a series of issues as well as the issues you mentioned.

It been quite some time since a green field nuclear build has started, particularly with a new design. They are large and complex projects, and the ability to build them efficiently has to be re-established. There are a several units being constructed around the globe and we will see a variety of results. There were challenges when the first round of plants were built as well, and those units completed have proven to be stalwarts of generation for the last half century.

Comment: Re:We have day and night rates (Score 1) 206

by Mr D from 63 (#47805471) Attached to: Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

a battery which has degraded to 80% of its original capacity and expected to drop to 50% in 5-10 years of daily use is crap for a car, but perfectly fine for a fixed installation if you have room for a few extra batteries.

I would disagree with that. Starting with a battery that is already half spent & has a short remaining lifespan is invokes more frequent replacement and reliability issues. Usage in this manner will be fringe, not mainstream.

+ - Ssatellite images show summer ice cap is thicker->

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dcbrianw (1154925) writes "At the close of 2014's Summer, the Arctic ice cap's growth has surged by 63% by some measurements and 43% by others. This marks 1.71 million square kilometers of growth since 2006. US National Snow and Ice Data Center and the University of Illinois's Cryosphere project have each captured and analyzed satellite imagery to produce this data."
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Comment: Re:And if they hade a place to store the waste. (Score 1) 239

by Mr D from 63 (#47796827) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go
You are right that it is entirely a politically manufacture problem. Transporting spent fuel is really very simple to do safely. But first, get over the politically frozen waste repository plans. The nuclear haters want the waste to be a problem more than they want to solve it.

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