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Comment: Re:utter pointlessness (Score 4, Informative) 1165

by livewire98801 (#40315665) Attached to: Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

File the firing pin? Good luck getting the gun to fire reliably after that.

The amount of filing required is far less than the tolerances for getting the round to fire. Actually, one of the biggest critiques of this law is that a few magazines into the gun's life does all the "filing" you need.

Comment: Re:On Hybrid Vehicles (Score 1) 594

by livewire98801 (#30743780) Attached to: Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario

1) mercury (and other heavy metal) content
2) not made in US (shipping offsets power savings)
3) pollution much higher in manufacturing over incandescent.

That's just off the top of my head at work. I've looked at more than just my power bill. We would save a lot more of the environment by streamlining power generation and transport in the US and Europe than changing every light bulb to LED or CFL. At least LEDs don't damage the environment when they're disposed of.

The biggest problem with our power system is the fact that many of our methods of generating power are so terrible for the environment. I live in WA state, and power is cheap and very clean here.

If you have a different opinion than me, I love an honest debate. Being a dick, on the other hand, is not necessary. And, it erodes your point.

Comment: Re:On Hybrid Vehicles (Score 1) 594

by livewire98801 (#30740364) Attached to: Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario

Part of the problem might be the fuel supply, I recall reading that the U.S. doesn't currently have the infrastructure to support a big increase in use of low-sulfur diesel.

And this is why I don't think Hydrogen will ever take off as a fuel alternative. How are we going to set up the fuel infrastructure for a new alternative fuel, if fuel franchise owners have to buy the pumps and tanks? This is a problem that HAS to be considered no matter what the system is, and I just never hear about it when alternative fuel discussions come up. Even diesel is hard to pull off, and it uses the same kind of tank and pump system that gasoline does.

Comment: Re:On Hybrid Vehicles (Score 1) 594

by livewire98801 (#30740240) Attached to: Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario

Or a poorly maintained gas engine with poor maintenance that is burning more oil than gas. . . like that sorry excuse for a Ford Tempo I had at one point. Nobody tailgated me in that thing, I would push the gas pedal down. It didn't go any faster, but the cloud of oil behind me pushed ppl back :)

Comment: Re:Green diesel (Score 1) 594

by livewire98801 (#30740208) Attached to: Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario

What does that have to say about all the other soot and sulfur belching monstrosities?

Nothing whatsoever. There are lots of smog producing gasoline engines too. Has nothing to do with the ability to produce clean diesels. The technology exists and is in production.

Perhaps because your average passenger car doesn't have to haul the tons of freight that your average "soot and sulfur belching monstrosities" do?

I love how everyone compares a modern "passenger" sized diesel engine to freight trucks or redneck pickups (which would be fine if your average compensating-for-something owner would keep his foot out of the throttle). These things are different. The parent is right, modern passenger diesel engines are quite clean. . .

Comment: Re:On Hybrid Vehicles (Score 2, Interesting) 594

by livewire98801 (#30740088) Attached to: Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario

Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to install a new clutch in my 1996 "B4" VW Passat TDi wagon, which gets a REAL WORLD 40 miles per gallon in combined use, and that's a conservatively low estimate.

My 2000 Saturn gets 40mpg. . . and it's a gas engine that has more than enough power to leave most people behind. Of course, when i drive like that, I don't get 40 MPG :)

I am not on the battery powered car bandwagon. I'm also not on the compact fluorescent bandwagon either, I think both of these technologies do more damage to the environment than their "bad" alternatives. And your average hybrid really doesn't save much in the way of fuel over your diesel or my gas engines.

Do I think we need to get away from petroleum fuels in cars? YES. Do I think battery operated cars are the answer? not so much.

Comment: Re:Lol (Score 1) 936

by livewire98801 (#27155449) Attached to: Living Free With Linux, Round 2

From a Windows Server 2003 SP2 machine I have access to.

Microsoft Windows [Version 5.2.3790]
(C) Copyright 1985-2003 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\livewire>ls
'ls' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

Didn't realize so many people were gonna get involved in this, lol. I was just sayin :) Shoulda used 'grep' as my example. . .

Comment: Re:Lol (Score 1) 936

by livewire98801 (#27143057) Attached to: Living Free With Linux, Round 2

While using the OS with the largest install base, there is simply no excuse for not installing it yourself, but you'd rather cry about it.

WTF? I can't install an app on a client's computer (I'm an employee, not an owner) because I FEEL like it. I have to be able to JUSTIFY it. It adds maybe half a second to mutter 'dammit' and type 'dir' instead.

I'm not crying about anything. You might be new to the internet, but the ' :) ' is a sign that I was joking.

I'm glad I didn't actually criticize windows in some way. . . I'd hate to offend you :-P

Comment: Re:No one likes $30 / disk (Score 1) 1276

by livewire98801 (#25121527) Attached to: Bad Signs For Blu-ray

I watched Pirates 2 and 3 on BluRay on my 46" at 1080p. Borrowed my g/f's brothers PS3. It looked great, and I could tell the difference. My DVDs also look great on the same TV, and my player doesn't do upconverson. BD looks better, but only if I'm really paying attention.

My g/f wears glasses, and she can't tell the difference at all (I'm 20/20). Perhaps you just have freakishly great vision :)

Mars

Enormous Amount of Frozen Water Found on Mars 442

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the or-at-least-way-more-than-before dept.
schweini writes "Space.com is reporting that the Mars Express probe's MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) experiment has detected and measured an enormous amount of water ice near Mars' south pole, which would be sufficient to submerge the whole planet's surface underneath approximately 10m of water on average."

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