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Comment: Oh how I wish for some smaller vehicles.. (Score 2) 891 891

by lazn (#38616420) Attached to: Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage

Like say a compact pickup. I'd buy one if I could. (preferably turbo diesel, while I am dreaming) But the Ranger was discontinued, the Colorado is big enough to be a full size pickup of 10 years ago, and the Durango is big enough to be a semi truck, much less the "full sized" trucks. And it's not just the "merican" companies. The last time the Tacoma was mid sized was in 2004, now it's ginormous (same thing with the Frontier).

Comment: He kinda cherry picked what phones he used.. (Score 1) 770 770

by lazn (#37857886) Attached to: Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment

He kinda cherry picked what phones he used to make the point he wanted to make.

When I switched off my original Motorola Droid a few months ago it was up to date and had gone through two major upgrades in the time I had it..

With Android being so diverse and wide a market I say picking your MFG is the important part. And what I see in that list.. HTC is the brand to avoid. But I already knew that. Motorola or Samsung for me please.

Comment: increase NASA's budget! (Score 3, Informative) 288 288

by lazn (#37400912) Attached to: NASA Unveils Design for New Space Launch System

NASA is one of the FEW places where the $ spent MORE THAN PAYS OFF in actual $$s into our economy:

Every dollar spent on NASA actually GENERATES between $7 and $22 for our economy:

People who think spending $ on NASA is bad are the same kind of people that think treating an infected wound with HIV infected dog poop is good.

Comment: Minimum time of owning stock & futures. (Score 1) 524 524

by lazn (#37387926) Attached to: $300M To Save 6 Milliseconds

There really should be a minimum time that you must own stock & futures. Right now it is just all games and millisecond gambling. I mean really if you only own the stock for 1/10th of a second, why do you care if the company is doing good or failing. And if you can sell futures before they mature, how does that in any way relate to the real product that the paper represents.

Non voting stock should have a minimum 3 month ownership, if you buy stock in a company, you shouldn't be able to sell it again for a minimum of 3 months.. This would cause investors to actually investigate the stock they are buying.

And futures must be held till they come due.. If you are buying oil futures 6 months out, the actual value of the oil 6 months later should be what will determine if you gain or lose money.. You shouldn't be able to sell those futures before then.

That would put some stability back into the markets.

Of course I am just a layman and have no experience in the actual markets.

Comment: Re:The big difference (Score 1) 821 821

by lazn (#37387790) Attached to: Of Diamond Planets, Climate Change, and the Scientific Method

How well can humans adapt when the climate changes (coastal areas underwater, rivers flood, fertile land does not get rain)?

Just fine thank you very much.

Humans are the masters of adapting and surviving. I have no doubt that even if the very worst predictions of the global warming alarmists comes true the human race will survive. And prosper. Oh there will be a thinning of the herd, possibly myself included in that number. But do we really need or want 7,8,9 billion or more humans? By environmentalists own words we are the problem.. well then we are also the solution, a self correcting one. Like bacteria that bloom in a petri dish when food is added, then most (but not all) die off when the food supply is exhausted.

Besides evolution and Darwinism requires some to fail, if there were no failures there would be no evolution.. Dinosaurs would still roam the earth. Stop trying to prevent change. Change is good in the big picture, even if bad in the small.

If you are so worried about it, move to Greenland where you will benefit from the coming changes.

Comment: Why always hydrogen? (Score 1) 199 199

by lazn (#37353696) Attached to: UK Joins Laser Nuclear Fusion Project

I am sure there is a good reason, but why are we always fusing hydrogen? Why not heavier, easier to grab - move - focus elements? Like fusing Iron or something, it'll turn into something higher up the elements ladder. Because we can shuffle iron about with magnets quite easily, compared to hydrogen that isn't magnetic. Just some very fine iron dust into the big magnet thingy and hit it with all that pressure. Or if not Iron, something else.. Why always hydrogen?

Comment: pull out of california entirely? (Score 1) 639 639

by lazn (#37342686) Attached to: Amazon Folds In California Sales Tax Deal

I hope they just pull out of California entirely, lock stock and barrel.. And offer incentives to their current partners in California to relocate to other states.

That might just wake up the legislators to some inkling of the modern world.. But probably not, most of them think digital watches are high tech.

Comment: These policies are why I set my profiles private (Score 1) 318 318

by lazn (#36999538) Attached to: Are 'Real Names' Policies an Abuse of Power?

It is because of these policies that I set my profiles to private and not searchable, and why I don't put my picassa pictures to public. I'd share more if I didn't have to provide my real name, but as it is, I share as little as possible and still have the services be usable.

Comment: So that begs the question. Are neanderthals human? (Score 4, Interesting) 406 406

by lazn (#36804890) Attached to: Neanderthal Genes Found In All Non-African Populations

So.. Just how "different" are/were they? It sounds to me like we are calling neanderthals non homosapiens when in reality they are no more different from us than say a tall blond Scandinavian is from a short Asian.. Or a chihuahua from a great dane.

The rate at which a disease spreads through a corn field is a precise measurement of the speed of blight.