From all of this, it seems like Honda is doing a better job of accuracy than some of the other car makers. Perhaps that suit against Hyundai about falsely reporting the fuel economy was warranted. I felt the one against Honda probably wasn't, i.e., Honda was sued because many people didn't get the advertised fuel economy, but I've not had a problem. I have heard rumors that BMW sets their speedometers about 5 mph faster than the real world as a marketing thing to fool their drivers into thinking the cars are faster than they are, but never saw any proof. Apparently this kind of thing really does happen.
In fact, the web-site fueleconomy.gov allows people to put in real world estimates of their fuel economy and show that data side-by-side the EPA estimates. Here's the one for my car, a 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid. The real world estimates (based on 11 data points) are about 1 mpg off from the EPA estimates. That's pretty darn good. While I will admit that there might be some companies who are gaming the system, it's not EPA's fault that they are doing that. By posting the real world fuel economy estimates, EPA is actually trying to combat that behavior. What I see here going on in this thread (and all too commonly on
But conservatives/libertarians/etc. are not motivated by rationality nearly as well as fear (evidence here for evidence), so unfortunately they will not accept any rational arguments the way liberals expect them to.
More importantly, I think many of the "killer apps" of the modern day are independent of operating system:
This is important. The slashdot crowd can talk about how you can't run most apps on a tablet, but a lot of these apps you just mentioned are made for tablets. No one doubts that MS will maintain a strong presence in the corporate world for a long time, but increasingly people aren't computing with PCs any more, they're using mobile devices. In any case, even in the corporate world, people are losing interest in MS. I do get e-mails about training for ipad users, I have yet to get one for Win8. In fact, IT has banned win8 from its computers thus far.
If you head over to statcounter and add up the iOS plus OS X versus all the windows flavors, you find that the peak in MS dominance of usage share occurred in May, 2009 at 94.33%. The minimum? February, 2013 at 86.04%. Apple is inversely correlated: max at Feb., 2013, minimum at Dec., 2008. This is not a coincidence. Similarly, if you look at Win8 adoption rates, you find that win8 is being adopted at 0.3% of usage share per month. Win7 was adopted at 1.1% per month. Even Vista was adopted at 0.5% per month, a greater adoption rate than Win8!! Microsoft has failed with its newest OS, and moreover the crest of each new OS they've released has been lower and lower. I'll admit that right now that non-MS stuff is a lot like people without a TV, growing, but still insignificant, but just wait until somebody like Valve releases a gaming OS or console based on linux, you could see the usage share of MS start to drop more rapidly.
Consistency; The noise from a wind far is there usually 24/7 at a fairly constant rate. All the examples you cite are intermittent. There are periods if quiet between when trains and aircraft go by. When building roadways millions are spent on berms and sound fences to mitigate the noise. Even then there are periods of time, usually at night when people are trying to sleep, that roadways are much quieter.
You've obviously never lived in a major city in the U.S. The highway noise is 24/7 and constant, no intermittent about it. No amount of berms and sound fences will stop it, in part because of the Acoustic Shadow effect. Sure a highway doesn't throb, but that's not much of an issue with the newer wind turbines. The older wind turbines (70s era vintage, from the last energy crisis) had prop. speeds that were fast enough to throb, but people realized that having the props spin so fast was inefficient and was reducing the lifetime of the props due to fracturing, so the newer turbines all have automatic transmissions and gear boxes in them to keep the prop rotating at the same speed regardless of wind strength. As far as I know the props spin nice and slow now. Kills less birds, no throbbing.
Another thing that I've thought might cause it is that the air density at 32 F is only about 93% of air at 70 F (~20 C). This may become significant at high speeds because IIRC air resistance doubles every 10 mph or so so colder air may mean significantly more resistance at high speeds.
Regardless of other factors, the battery definitely holds less charge in cold weather.
I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States.
Him, you and all the people like you couldn't be more wrong. Science and mathematics has everything to do with the economic growth of the United States. How can the U.S. compete in biotechnology if what we learn in biology courses is that god created the beetle? How can we compete in oil production if all we learn is that fossils are there to fool the unbelievers and the earth is 6000 years old? Time and evolution created both: 4.54 billion years is a LONG time, animal species can change a lot over that amount of time.
Frankly, I think you people are all nuts, and I'd happily let you live in your bubble if not for the fact that you all are ruining my country. I think it's a real shame that our education system has failed so miserably to produce roughly 48% of the voting population who can't even do basic arithmetic (i.e., go read Ryan's or Romney's economic plans: they either don't add up or impossibly vague). This has nothing to with Democrat or Republican, you could have figure out who was the right person to vote for just by looking at which one could do basic arithmetic. This election, my vote went for logic and reason, and that fortunately prevailed, but only by 3.3% or so.
You can see the EPA rating and the average user's rating are similar, but not exact. The more popular a car is, the more estimates there are. If you click on view individual estimates, it'll show you the locale, driving conditions, and the last time the estimate was updated. I found this site to be invaluable when trying to calculate how long it will take my hybrid to pay itself off in reduced gasoline costs. The answer, BTW, is 90-99k miles, or 5-6 years. Since the hybrid battery is warrantied for 100k miles or 8 years, it'll be fine.
On a different note, I can't help but wonder if Lucas is in poor health
He's pissed off because everyone keeps bitching at him. Nobody liked the Star Wars prequels, nobody liked Indiana Jones 4 (a.k.a. Indiana Jones and the kingdom of just how stupid do they think we are?), and Red Tails. He's declared he's going back to directing art films.
My opinion is that the Star Wars prequels not only showed that Lucas was making it up as he went along for the prequels, but in episodes 4-6 too. All that wondering about why Obi Wan would lie to Luke about Darth Vader killing his father? It's because Lucas pulled it out of his ass because he needed to make another movie after Star Wars was a hit and wanted some sort of continuity and dramatic tension to bring the characters together. Meh, he's still brilliant in terms of special effects, etc., it's just a pity he could never recognize that he should work with someone to get less silly storylines.