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Comment Re:It can't. (Score 4, Informative) 107

Hate to break it you, but the formation of the Moon probably didn't seed the solar system (or anywhere else) with life from Earth. The earliest single cell life forms likely date to around 3.6 billion years ago; the Theia impact hypothesis puts the collision around 4.4 to 4.5 billion years ago (and only 30-50 million years after the Solar System even began forming). Even if both estimates are off by a couple hundred million years, there is still no overlap. Earth was an uninhabitable ball of molten rock at the time, not remotely suitable for the initial development of life remotely like ours.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 4, Interesting) 904

Funny, for all those "crazy Government mileage requirements", I find that the cost of new cars has generally risen at slower than the rate of inflation, even as they offer more features, better reliability, and (thanks to said mileage requirements) lower fuel costs.

Case example: My parents bought a Geo Prizm LSi (also marketed as the Toyota Corolla) back in 1990. At the time, it cost ~$12.3K. It was much smaller than the current Toyota Corolla, the electrical system sucked (adjusting the power windows dimmed the headlights and radio), etc. The LSi add-on features (power windows) are all standard now, the MPG has gone from 21-22/26-28 MPG city/highway under the old system (that rated all cars better than what you'd actually get), to 27-29/36-38 MPG under the new, more realistic rating system (and remember, the car is actually bigger now than it was), which reduces your fuel costs by a third or so. Yes, the cost is up, between $19.5K and $22K for most models (remember, the 2015 low end model is still better on features than the top end model of 1990). But that $12.3K from 1990 is ~$22.4K in 2015 dollars (according to U.S. Inflation Calculator). So the price actually dropped in inflation adjusted dollars, while the car got bigger, more efficient, and got more "luxury" features.

Remind me how big bad government mileage requirements are making cars so expensive?

Comment Re:HOME ownership is key (Score 1) 688

I was responding to the point about the time and difficulty associated with the rebates (namely, there isn't any issue). You can dislike the Leaf (I think it's an awful car if it's your only car, but perfectly fine if it's a second car in a household where both people have short-medium length commutes), but it's silly to criticize a post that answers questions as asked.

Comment Re:HOME ownership is key (Score 1) 688

Well, in MD, the check for the rebate ($3K IIRC; it was only $1K when I bought) comes in a month or two, and the dealership does the paperwork. You claim the federal $7500 credit on next year's income taxes (no additional paperwork beyond checking the box and providing a VIN IIRC). And if you have decent credit (I do), Nissan was giving $0 down, 0% interest six year loans. So I haven't paid a penny for my Leaf yet really; I'll hit "paid more than the credits gave me" in December of this year (having bought early last year).

Comment Re:So what? (Score 2) 529

The town already bans most transmitting devices. That's the whole point. The problem is that the wackos want stores to replace and/or disable lighting fixtures because of their "sensitivity", and they want staff in cafeterias to wait on them directly because they'd have to pass through lit areas to reach the food and don't want to. Read the article. I'm fine with self-treating psychosomatics, up until the point where they start imposing unreasonably on others.

Comment Re:Great (Score 5, Informative) 312

The U.S. Constitution says no such thing. Quit making shit up. Article III, Section 3 (omitting the second half which is all about punishment, not conviction):

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

If you levy war against the U.S., it doesn't matter if the U.S. has declared war against you. And you don't actually have to be making war, that's just one way of being labelled a traitor.

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

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.

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