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Comment: Re:It's not really that bad (Score 1) 913

by maven_johnson (#32081818) Attached to: How Bad Is the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?
According to Political Compass, on the right side of the line are people FOR the severest punishment in child rape cases... This is a country of with deep convictions about justice, dignity and personal responsibility. I hope it is what always separates us from the weakness (aka leftness) found in many other "first world" nations.

Comment: Re:Hybrid cars? (Score 1) 307

by maven_johnson (#28617805) Attached to: Toyota Builds a Patent Thicket For Hybrid Cars
The Volt gets pretty good gas mileage because, it, uh, doesn't run on gas. I think it's hard to even compare the Volt and a "hybrid" or any car where locomotion is directly tied to an internal combustion engine. The Volt is a true EV that has a gasoline engine to watch over the battery. If you drive under a 40 mile "session", the gas engine won't need to start... ever. Imagine that, from a near dead American car company that also makes 400+ HP hot rods. What else? I don't think GM licenses hybrid technology from Toyota... They seem to be doing pretty well without Toyota's help. I am reasonably sure GM's 2 mode hybrid system is also more sophisticated, albeit different, from Toyota's "synergy drive". I saw my first Tahoe hybrid the other day. Sure strange listening to a big SUV "whine" quietly and drive off.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming