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Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 823

by ShadowRangerRIT (#48880573) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Which is likely why electric car manufacturers are adding artificial noise at low speeds and letting tire noise handle it at higher speed. My Leaf emits a "strobing" sound below 18 MPH; above that, it stops on the assumption that the tire noise is enough.

Comment: Re:Express Lane? (Score 1) 216

by ShadowRangerRIT (#48760495) Attached to: Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs
Also, there are arguments to be made that roads are a public good and should be paid for by the public as a whole, not as a premium good for the wealthy. I'm personally opposed to express lanes and toll roads in general; I can (to a limited extent) support tolls on bridges and tunnels that are unusually expensive to build and maintain, but otherwise roads should be funded by gas and car registration taxes and available to all on an equal opportunity basis, no special access for the wealthy.

Comment: Re:Subsidies? (Score 4, Interesting) 516

by ShadowRangerRIT (#48414545) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016
How many tax subsidies finance into your average power plant? How much are the indirect costs (ignoring CO2 emissions, let's just focus on locally increased health care costs from coal pollution, long term storage costs for nuclear waste, military adventurism for oil, etc.) of "traditional" fuels?

Comment: Re:Trademark breadth (Score 5, Insightful) 268

by ShadowRangerRIT (#48359725) Attached to: GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon
How does that make sense? The risk of brand theft is higher with a more widely recognized product. If I introduce Coca Cola branded headphones (to name one of the few things Coca Cola doesn't stick their name on yet AFAIK), my sales would be boosted by the brand name association Coca Cola built, not the merits of my product. That's why trademark protections exist; to avoid borrowing/stealing/damaging (if the product sucks) other companies' reputations unfairly.

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