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Comment Re:These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 394

I do just this. I would often rip my kids' DVD's and reburn them without the annoying forced previews and anti-piracy nag screens. After a while, I figured out that it was much easier to just download the torrent in about 15 minutes, than it was to go through the hassle of figuring out what ripping software could get around the DRM and copy protection, and ripping it. There are probably a couple of DVD's still in the original shrink-wrap that I haven't actually touched the DVD.

Comment Re:Economic factors are my priority (Score 2) 188

Even if our electricity today doesn't come from predominantly green sources, moving to an electric automobile fleet allows us to more flexibly power our cars. ICE engines confine you to fossil fuels, methane (which can be green), and hydrogen (in the most inefficient way to use it...) Electric cars can use any of these power sources in the most efficient way, as well as solar, wind, geothermal, whatever. We need to overcome energy storage, recharge time, and cost disparities to meet performance parity with fossil fuel ICE's, but having an electric automotive fleet is good for society, even if only 13% of our electricity currently comes from renewables.

Comment Re:What happened to Common Sense? (Score 4, Insightful) 363

Have you ever crossed the street in a large city? When you have the walk signal, cars also have a green light in your direction of travel. A car would likely be waiting until opposing traffic clears to make a left turn onto the street that you are crossing. Very often, cars will hit the gas as soon as traffic passes, not paying attention to the pedestrians crossing the street. The pedestrians did nothing wrong. There were no cars coming when they crossed.

Comment Re:The cost of doing business (Score 1) 215

There are costs to handling cash, as well. A business pays fees for guarded transport, security guards, and higher insurance premiums if they deal in a lot of it. So, as the parent said, those CC fees are spread across the board to all customers, but think of it as a money handling fee that has applications across all methods of payment.

Comment Re:Echo just another gimmicky product (Score 1) 26

I've had mine for a month now. I figured that considering the reviews as a decent Bluetooth speaker, that alone made it worth the $99 pre-order price. The voice recognition is excellent- better than Siri or Google. I've found it useful as a kitchen tool (set timer, tell me the forecast, give me a news briefing, etc) I don't think that I'd pay $200 though, because I can get a similar quality Bluetooth speaker for much less than that, but at $99, the 'gimmicks' are a nice added bonus.

Comment Re:The future is coming. (Score 1) 214

Really? BMW i3 is $40k which, while certainly higher than the median new car price of $33k, is still 'within the ballpark'. I'm seeing them more frequently in my middle-class town. If you want to go below the median, you can get the Nissan Leaf for $30k. The VW e-Golf is $33k, and the Ford Focus Electric is $29k. Of course you CAN go high-end with the Tesla for $70k, but that's the exception, not the rule. And these prices are all before any tax credits.

Comment Re:Amazing post (Score 1) 496

It's not a myth. The problem is someone who is consuming 2500-3000 calories a day will be on a slow weight gain trend with no exercise. When they start exercising, and are now burning 500 calories a day, they would otherwise start to lose weight. But often, the mentality is that they want to reward themselves for their exercise, and have a an extra helping at dinner, and/or a nice desert, and that extra beer. And now they've compensated or exceeded that 500 calories that they burned, and wonder why they haven't lost any weight.

I lost 40 pounds a few years ago simply by cutting my calories. I consumed half of what I would normally eat. If I would normally have a bagel at breakfast, I ate half a bagel. If I was going to have pizza for dinner, I would have 1 slice, instead of the 2 or 3 slices that I would normally eat. It took 3 months, but I lost the weight with no exercise. After I took the weight off, I decided I wanted to eat again because I like it, so now I run 20 miles a week, and have gone back (mostly) to the same level of eating I was at before.

Comment Re:Bugs in Win 7 UI (Score 2) 516

I think it's a problem with some of the file preview code. When you click on a folder, Explorer scans each file to get preview info- picture date, resolution, length for an mpg file, etc. If I delete the folder while this is being done, I will get errors that the file is in use, and that can persist for several minutes.

Comment Cutting rates 90% is significant (Score 3, Interesting) 243

There was a study done comparing Israeli Jews to European and North American Jews, with the premise being that parents in North America and Europe have been directed to withhold peanuts from babies/toddlers, while this practice is not in place in Israel. You have a genetically similar pool of Jews that migrated to the 3 different regions in the last 100 years. Jewish children in Israel have an allergic rate 10% that of Jewish children in Europe and NA. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu...

Comment Re:Sweet, sweet karma (Score 1) 257

Well, since the warranty is 8 years, assuming it costs the same $12k that it does today, that's $1,500 year- IF it fails or capacity has significantly diminished by 8 years and 1 day. But you don't have to factor in are: transmission replacements/rebuilds, timing belt replacement, etc.

If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.