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Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 1) 217

How much does the battery cost to replace?

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Unknown since it is not known how soon one needs to replace it. With the first round of the batteries in the MS (i.e. 2012 version), it appears that somewhere around 200-250K miles, is when the battery pack will be around 85% level. So most ppl think that it new packs will be needed around 2020-2022. At that point, it might costs 5K for a change.
Of course, with 200-250K miles on an ICE car, you will most likely have to rebuild the engine, along with all of that nasty maintenance.

Comment To the person that modded my original posting down (Score -1, Offtopic) 72

I am not certain if you are Indian and take this personal, OR, if you are simple a liberal that sees this as 'politically incorrect', but obviously, you are one likely 1 of these. I am not being racists in this. In the past, the very situation of this kind of monetary difference was seen as being prone to security issues. What is needed is to keep this situation out of production. Yet, many companies choose to go with foreigners on implementing production code and never think about the security implication. It does not mean that foreigners can not be used to code, or in other arenas. BUT, the money should be much closer and the company should be operating withing that nation's borders. That way, the employee has a loyality issue to their fellow country men.

But, it is long past time for you to get past your OWN racism (I am married to an Indian and we have children ), and realize that this situation is occurring.

Comment And this will continue because: (Score -1, Troll) 72

1) the ATMs run windows
2) they outsourced some or all of the production side of this to India.

Now, with that known, why should ie surprise ANYBODY that an Indian company who has NO sense of loyality to American companies that are not allowed to operate in their nation, and where the Americans pay them under $10,000 / year, while paying Americans more than $100,000 / year, should not take 100,000 (i.e. 10x their salary) to leave a backdoor in that the russians access, put in a new back door and then remove the old one.
Until the west gets past their insane political correctness, this will continue.

Comment Re:last chance to buy quality Sharp products (Score -1, Flamebait) 48

None. Sadly, idiots like that run around screaming about Obama and how O is going to take their guns/rights.
These are the same kind of idiots that back police for killing a kid in the street for being black, but has no issues when a bunch of mental right wing nut jobs take over gov. buildings in a terrorists action, they will back it.

Comment whittington remains an idiot (Score 1) 310

Seriously, this guy is an idiot.
Ok, he does not like ARM. Yet, he claims that it does not have any scientific or engineering merit. Neither are accurate, or even close to accurate.
To move part of an asteroid will require a new tug. This will require new engineering that will then be used for asteroid mining. it can also be used to save the earth from an inbound asteroid.
Then you have several astronauts in space around the moon for several weeks. We have not sent anybody beyond LEO since the 70s and none for several weeks. This will require new engineering to protect the crew and will provide a great deal of science about radiation.

finally, we have the boulder itself. The astronauts will be able to work on it, and figure out a number of things: Namely how to deal in lowGs.
If we are going to mars, it is very likely that we will land and stay on one of the moons FIRST. They also have low G. So, this really does make sense.

Finally, NASA does not have to re-direct all of its resources to go back to the moon. NASA has been hard at work on developing new private space's capabilities. In particular, they have over 4 companies working on different re-usable lunar landers.

Sadly, ppl like whittington is too wrapped up in the past to think of what Eisenhower and Kennedy wanted for NASA, which was that they would go above and beyond, not just repeat.

Comment Re:Averages are misleading (Score 2) 127

For example, the average person has approximately 1 testicle.

Whenever people trot out the tired statistic that 70% (or whatever) of drivers believe they're better than the average driver, to mock the idea of how well people rate their own abilities, I trot out the statistic that 99.9% of humans have more than the average number of eyes. We assume gassian distributions with no idea if that's actually representative of the results.

With that said, at least the air force example is a case of misunderstanding of how averages concatenate, which is a slightly more complicated poor understanding of statistics. (It doesn't take long to calculate 0.3^10 and realize that it's an extremely small number, but that's not intuitive if you haven't taken statistics classes, or, in my case, lots of chemistry classes: when you have a complex synthesis that has seven steps, each with 80% yield, you realize you're going to need kilograms of starting material to even measure your final product.)

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