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Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine 94

Posted by samzenpus
from the standing-tall-before-the-man dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Petraeus, a now-retired U.S. Army General, has already agreed to plead guilty to a criminal misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. As part of the agreement with prosecutors filed in March, the government will not seek any prison time. Instead, Petraeus will agree to pay a $40,000 fine and receive two years of probation, according to court documents. The recommendations are not binding on the federal judge who will preside at the hearing Thursday afternoon in Charlotte.

Comment: Re:Couldn't they have spent that money better? (Score 1) 204

almost certain they are going to ask the state for some kind of bailout

Um, no it really isn't almost certain the state will bail them out since that doesn't really happen. And if they default on their bonds, why would that affect surrounding communities?

And I am curious when "investing" became a guaranteed profit and no chance of losing your money? Isn't it supposed to carry some risk?

Comment: Re:I don't think hydrogen makes sense (Score 1) 293

Well it's a 40 minute recharge time. And if you go by federal laws which require truck drivers to take a 30 minute break within the firs 8 hours of their maximum 11 hour drives, then the requirement to recharge doesn't really seem like a big deal.

And it's great that you can drive for 16 hours just about straight through, but put a wife and two kids in the car and good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Wake me when they solve the infrastructure prob (Score 1) 293

The biggest problem I see is that we already have a pretty good infrastructure for delivering electricity with almost none of the complexity or drawbacks of dragging cylinders of gas around. Electric is already here and viable as Tesla is proving. As soon as I can get a Tesla for less than $50k I am all over it.

Comment: Re:It's The Parts Count (Score 1) 293

It probably also has something to do with inflated executive salaries too, since those cost money just as UAW salaries do. There was a pretty big stink when Dimler bought Chrysler when the german workers were worried they would start paying the Daimler execs the same ridiculous salaries Chrysler did/does.

And american car quality took way too long to come close to import quality/reliability standards for it to make a difference and that had nothing to do with pensions or labor costs.

Comment: Re:This is a great idea (Score 1) 363

by fodder69 (#47171457) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

I actually bet more potential EV owners are put out by the cost of the car initially than anything else. I always hear about long trip anxiety but they have these places where you can go and rent a gas car pretty cheaply for long trips. I have even heard of people doing that so they don't put miles on their regular car! Crazy.

But when you can buy a reliable used car for $10K it's hard for me to justify going out and dropping 30K for a new EV car.

Comment: Re:Not ideal (Score 1) 363

by fodder69 (#47171425) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Oh, you're right, you found a situation that it isn't ideal for. Forget it, just throw in the towel, it won't work for this guy to go blow money in Las Vegas so let's just forget the whole idea.

And 220lbs? I bet you have relatives heavier than that so subtract one passenger.

And what next-gen rechargable are we waiting for that is going to be perfect for this use case?

Comment: Umm, anything look different in that video? (Score 1) 79

by fodder69 (#46821953) Attached to: BioWare Announces <em>Dragon Age Inquisition</em> For October 7th

The combat looked exactly as crappy. I saw lots of rolling and the jump/zoom 40 feet to kill monster. They are making some noise about tactical gameplay, but the guy flat out says you can play the whole thing as an action game. The same shit that made DA2 combat suck. Without even getting into all the other ways DA2 sucked (amazingly ugly, emtpy levels, backtrack over same 3 places over and over, completely uncompelling story, forgettable characters, I honestly can't remember anything I actually liked). I was actually optimistic (stupid I know) until I saw that video. Ah well, I suppose I'll just save my pennies until Witcher 3 comes out.

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