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Comment: Re:So here is the deal. (Score 1) 525

"Get every penny out of your car" does slightly go against buying a new one I should probably have left out drive it into the ground. Drive it till it needs major repairs. Don't spend money on a major repair to a 10yr old vehicle. Anything over $500 you should get a new car.

Comment: So here is the deal. (Score 1) 525

Cutting down the rain forest and polluting waters where plankton grow drastically contributes to CO2 levels. As you burn you release it and take out some of the vegetation absorbing it. Another thing is all these air conditioners vs evaporative coolers. If you live in a dry climate you should use evaporative coolers. Water is a precious resource, but so is heat. When you use an air conditioner it heats the surrounding environment to cool the wanted area. An evaporative cooler uses the process of evaporation to cool and contributes to cloud formation(double fold cooling) and swap coolers are easy to repair anyone can do it. All this blacktop paving roads doesn't help either. The asphalt absorbs all the heat and releases it to the environment; cement does better in so many ways and lasts longer. Why not recycle? you are going to eventually(nature does this over a long period of time) and if it saves energy to do so it saves money in the manufacturing process and reduces the area needed for landfill. Why not use less energy? With all the advances in technology you can do so much more with so much less power. Update your appliances so that you get more production with less resources. Update your vehicles. If your car is more then ten years old (and not a classic) why spend another dime on it? Buy a new vehicle with a warranty and drive it into the ground, get every penny out of your investment. It only makes sense. I'd bet if we correct what I just mentioned it would improve things ten fold. Upgrading appliances and vehicles would also improve the economy (Win win win). I don't care if you believe in Global Warming or not. Personally I think the above things I mentioned have a greater effect then the garbage being spieled out of the anti-coal and anti-gas crowd. If we can figure out how to make it worth while for the areas with the rain forests and figure a better way not to pollute the waters needed for plankton and grow economy from doing it we would have all winners. Lets make this the golden age.

Comment: Re:Cheap Gas. (Score 1) 622

by PenguinJeff (#49529913) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
Not true. OPEC is hurting. In fact most of the nations in OPEC are having trouble making ends meat. OPEC is hoping demand will go back up so that the price will rise. OPEC has some tough decisions to make. If they cut production prices should go back up. However the countries hurting now need to sell their oil to make ends meat and do not want to cut production. This is more to financial problems over seas then it has to do with the US. They are hoping demand will rise so they can sell more at a higher price.

Comment: Can't fix stupid. (Score 1) 622

by PenguinJeff (#49528833) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
I don't think Climate Change is anything to drastically curve our behavior over. However there is a saying "Waist not, want not." It means you should try and get the most with the resources you have. I can see some reasons to go back to a gas car from full electric. I can not see why you want to buy a vehicle that waists it. That isn't getting the most from your own resources. I wonder what was so wrong with the hybrids.

Comment: Re:Higher, at first ... (Score 1) 142

by PenguinJeff (#49481211) Attached to: How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?
I have had a number of issues with Centurylink's routers. About 6 years ago I put a linux box in between the rest of my network and it has improved things substantially. Specifically I installed bind because of DNS caching issues on the DSL routers. I haven't had an issue since. I always disable the wireless on my DSL router and use my own setup behind my linux box. Also now I use it to do ipv6 masquerading.

Comment: I love my wife's brown eyes (Score 1) 2

by PenguinJeff (#49201389) Attached to: Make those Brown Eyes Blue
This is a one way procedure. You can not go back. This can really screw with ones psyche. Sure I bet some people would say I don't want brown eyes I want blue eyes. But years latter when they realize they gave up something that they can not go back it could eat at them like nothing else. I guess the same could go for a tattoo but I can just imagine looking at myself in the mirror and missing something that once was.

+ - Mozilla Follows In Sun's Faltering Footsteps

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq writes: The trajectory of Mozilla, from the trail-blazing technologies to the travails of being left in the dust, may be seen as parallelling that of the now-defunct Unix systems giant. 'Mozilla has become the modern-day Sun Microsystems: While known for churning out showstopping innovation, its bread-and-butter technology now struggles.' The article goes on to mention Firefox's waning market share, questions over tooling for the platform, Firefox's absence on mobile devices, developers' lack of standard tools (e.g., 'Gecko-flavored JavaScript'), and relatively slow development of Firefox OS, in comparison with mobile incumbents.

+ - How to fix Slashdot Beta? 17

Submitted by Forbo
Forbo writes: Since the migration to Slashdot Beta was announced, it seems all meaningful discussion has been completely disrupted with calls to boycott and protest. Rather than pull an Occupy, what can be done to focus and organize the action? What is the end goal: To revert entirely to the previous site, or to address the problems with the new site?

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.