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Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 4, Insightful) 1148

Nope. There are heaps of firearms in Mexico that can't be traced back to the US since they never originated from the US in the first place. The major supplier of the ones that can be tracked is the US Government via the DoD. That's right...the US military sells/gives firearms to the Mexican military and law enforcement agencies where the often go missing. It also doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that the cartels that are in the business of smuggling stuff, will also be able to get their hands on military grade firearms. That is what they are using and that stuff isn't readily available in the US outside of the military and law enforcement. The automatic or selective fire firearms manufactured after 1986 cannot be sold legally to US citizens regardless if they have a ATF class III license or not.

What is Mexico's fault is restricting their citizens' ability to defend themselves from criminals while also having a corrupt and ineffective police force. Fortunately, some politicians and citizens are trying to change that.

Comment Re:That's nice. (Score 1) 322

Yes, but if you wanted to go anywhere else, you would have to stay within 150 or so miles from home so you could make it back to recharge. It would have sufficient range to get to the Nashville supercharger and from there to Knoxville or Chatanooga. Once at those locations, a person could go north or south to eventually get to a east-west route with superchargers. One might be able to make it to the supercharger west of St. Louis, but why take the chance of waiting to get towed while you're sitting in a $100K along the side of a STL road? I don't know if there are other charging stations along the way, but 30 minutes at a supercharger seems like a waste of time to me, so a slower one would be even worse.

Comment Re:SUV? (Score 1) 322

I wouldn't consider it a SUV either. They put a hatchback body on a Model S platform. I guess they had to call it a SUV since most people view hatchbacks as being "cheap vehicles" and this certainly isn't cheap by any stretch. I also wonder how much rain/snow those rear doors will let in during the 6-7 seconds that Wired mentioned it will take for them to open.

Comment Re:This wasn't an engineering decision... (Score 1) 569

Love Canal wouldn't have been an issue had the local government not forced the company to sell their waste disposal site so a school could be built on the site and then allow developers to build homes around it. I'm sure the developer(s) and the school board made a mint on land they obtained for $1.

Comment Re:This wasn't an engineering decision... (Score 1) 569

Back in the day, I had a Dodge 2500 pickup that I did fence construction with. I would load that thing up to the point I was occasionally blowing out 16.5in load range D tires on the highway. It had a 318 gasoline engine. This was in the Pittsburgh areas with many long hills. My parents had a 18 foot RV with a 318 gasoline engine. It worked fine even pulling a small trailer in various areas of the Appalachians. I am not a Dodge fan, these are just examples, I am sure the equivalent Chevy 350 and Ford 302/351 was equivalent at the time. They worked fine. Would a diesel be better? Maybe, maybe not. Todays gasoline truck engines have more HP and in some cases more torque

My parents had a trailer probably similar to yours'. They went on a trip one year with some other relatives one year. Both groups had Dodge Ram pickups of similar model year (another uncle worked for Dodge so they could in on the employee discount) pulling similar RVs. My dad's pickup with a Cummins diesel only needed to stop about 1/2 as much as the other pickup with the gasoline engine. So, yes, a gasoline engine does work fine, but it will consume more fuel doing the same job as a diesel.

Comment Re:That'll teach you... (Score 1) 301

That would essentially put them out of business in the US. But VW has a puny market share in the US, when compared to other foreign auto producers in the VW or Audi price range. So the government in the US is probably thinking of what the collateral damage would be for VW car dealerships, independent mechanics, etc.

VW also manufactures vehicles in the US, so if they were to go out of business in the US, that plant would have to close.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen