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Comment: Re:Stuff Happens (Score 1) 334

Neither of the hostages were "operatives" to be compromised. The U.S. citizen worked for USAID; he was a foreign aid worker (USAID administers the distribution of U.S. foreign aid money). Calling them "operatives" that were "compromised" (when they were both aid workers working entirely above board) makes it sound like some CIA cover op gone wrong. Please at least read the article before blaming people for ops gone wrong when nothing in fact went wrong.

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?

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!

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