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Comment Re:Color me naive.... (Score 5, Informative) 411

It sounds like they went way beyond that. A comment on Jalopnik says:

According to the report from the EPA, it used figures such as steering wheel input, barometric pressure, engine run-time, wheel speed, etc, to determine it was being tested on a dyno.

I think VW is going to be in a world of hurt over this. Apparently their 2016 models are already being held at the port and cannot be delivered to dealers.

Comment Re:YAY (Score 1) 266

RedSteve's reply above mine is right: Vector Calculus and and (intro) Art History classes are in no way equivalent. The College Algebra or Intro Statistics that Liberal Arts majors are required to take IS roughly equivalent to the Art History (or other Liberal Arts GE classes) that STEM majors are required to take.

Comment (Score 1) 311

Yes, I had a classic case of misremembering some details of the story and not double-checking before posting! Sorry. I just wanted you to read the original post since it touched some of the points that you were making, but went into a lot of detailed analysis.

I noticed after posting that someone had already posted the same story further down and been modded +5 too.

Comment (Score 1) 311

You may be interested to know that Sam Yagan, who was the founder of OkCupid and now the CEO of, at one point wrote a super-detailed blog post (including graphs and all) titled "why you should never pay for online dating", where he basically eviscerated the idea of paid dating sites.

Then bought OkCupid and the post was taken down:

Fortunately, as well all know, anything posted online is likely to never go away:

Really a very interesting read.

Comment Re:So? (Score 2) 235

The article where I first read this news said the same thing:

All shares of Google will automatically convert into corresponding shares of Alphabet, which will continue to trade under the stock ticker symbols GOOG and GOOGL. Shares in Google soared 5% in after hours trading. The new structure is said to be similar to Warren Buffettâ(TM)s Berkshire Hathaway, which wholly owns a number of diverse holdings and has stakes in several others.

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 1) 132

Hear, hear. I'm in the same boat as you. For what it's worth, a couple of years ago there was word that the BBC was considering offering their iPlayer (online live programming and catch-up service) to other countries (the US being one of them) for a subscription fee. I don't know if that idea died though, as I haven't heard anything about it in a while.

Comment Re:If visiting Europe, card should have chip AND P (Score 1) 294

That's funny, I just linked the same article above and had not noticed this point because I was looking for something else! Anyway, thanks - it's encouraging to hear that they seem to be planning to go all the way to chip and pin, and that some banks are already issuing cards for both signature/pin.

I hope that they won't eventually try to push fraud liability to the consumer, as apparently they do in Europe! I definitely wouldn't put it past the financial industry though.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan