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Comment Re:On Hybrid Vehicles (Score 1) 594

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

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:Green diesel (Score 1) 594

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

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

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

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:Lol (Score 4, Funny) 936

He probably means 'command line' not 'linux command line'. He's been using the DOS command line for a long time, but he's implying that the Linux command line is different.

He's right. . . 'ls' never has worked on the Windows machines I work on, no matter how often I try :)

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

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 :)


Enormous Amount of Frozen Water Found on Mars 442

schweini writes " 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."

All power corrupts, but we need electricity.