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Comment Re: Regulation Strikes again (Score 3, Informative) 194 194

The engine is just one "node" on the bus and in my experience isn't really a problem very often. Typical problem would beit something else on the bus, ie switch for hydraulic valve stepper motor.
There are basically 4 tractor companies and they are all world-wide, so yes EPA matters and has to be met, as well as everywhere else.
When your tractor is down and rain is coming you want quick solutions.
New tractors have a big lcd screen, they could have more online solutions and all documentation, etc. but service is where dealerships make their money and they want you to call them and pay 120$ an hour to have a kid sit in the cab with a laptop and read how to fix it in JD service advisor. A customer can't legally buy the tools the dealer has to fix there tractor. This is wrong and should be illegal.
The arguments about emissions tempering are valid, but there are existing laws for that, just because one way is easier to enforce doesn't make it right.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 134 134

So you are saying that the oil companies reason for not building more refineries in Alberta in because Alberta doesn't want the pollution from refining? Have you seen the tar sands? The environmental damage (And energy burning) is done when digging the stuff out and "processing it". At that point the damage is done and they load it on a train or pipeline. My local refinery processes tar sands and/or North Dakota oil. Last I looked there are no giant new holding pits around it? Are they just burning it off? Citation please for: "What Canada really wants is a cheap way to gets its crude to places where there is no pollution control, no labor safety and low wages to do the refining." and "Your crude is too expensive to be refined safely paying decent wages to the workers and without causing too much of pollution."

Or we could believe (https://osi.alberta.ca/osi-content/Pages/OfficialStatistic.aspx?ipid=941 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...) what the oil companies say, that Alberta oil is/was trading at a discount (after taking into account the oil itself is different) because they are transport limited and the gulf has a pile of refineries that can use a new source of oil. Refineries are expensive to build and haven't made much money lately. With every oil train car in north america being used to ship oil I would tend to believe them. The want to put it on a boat too because as soon as you have it on a boat you get world price, which is a lot better than a transport limited price.

Comment future... (Score 4, Interesting) 138 138

Why would we hide some of the most energy dense stuff known to man? Instead put it in long term storage, plan for say 200 years.
Sometime down the road future generations will reprocess it and use it. Unless energy gets super cheap, then in that case...Energy is super cheap and they will have no issue cleaning up the pasts mistakes.

Comment Git can be seen as his more important contribution (Score 5, Insightful) 141 141

"Git can be seen as his more important contribution"
Umm no. The early 1990's were dark days. Linux was/is a big deal. Where would we be without Linux? It changed the world! The same can't quite be said about Git (although great in its domain).

Comment Pure Greed (Score 1) 84 84

20% of people do 80% of the work. 20% of the people do 80% of the innovation.20% of the people use 80% of the bandwidth.......Seems to be how the world works.
Maybe charge 5 cents per gigabyte, ie somewhere within 10x of the (telcos) cost and get rid of the socialist business models. The greed never ends.

Comment Re:why not use meat (Score 1) 260 260

Beef Is grown in New Mexico on range land, 1 acre per cow. Beef is grown on a high corn diet in other parts of the country. Beef is grown in Europe on a different diet. A rumen is an amazing thing. So if we decide corn is bad for some reason then the government can put a massive tax on it and beef cows will eat something else and meat will be more expensive in the store. Simple economics.
If you add enough taxes and costs to a farmers input costs because farming is "bad" then maybe laboratory meat will be cost competitive, but that is a big maybe.

Comment Re:Was the gun legally obtained? (Score 1) 2987 2987

You do realize where the biggest (almost all) source of black market guns in Canada is? The US needs to get their shit together,whether that is mental hospitals or strict gun control I don't know. Someone has to get some balls and take responsibility instead of nothing changing after evey massacre.

Comment slideshow pictures for non-working browsers: (Score 3, Informative) 206 206

Comment Re:Make fun of them all you want. (Score 1) 148 148

Not that I really disagree, but from Canada's point of view who is a serious threat? China launching a marine invasion and holding the second biggest country on earth? The only serious threat to Canada is the USA and that war would be over rather quickly, so why bother with a huge military to defend against that?

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