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Comment Re:Taking CO2 from the atmosphere?? (Score 1) 96

Really? What's your end to end solution achievable with today's technology at a price that populations and governments will accept, and which doesn't immediately make transportation people and governments already own useless?

As important as both the issues you raise are (and the deforestation one may be the more achievable), the reality of it is that "that's it, no more fossil fuel" without a reasonable alternative will never happen, even if it kills us, because without a reasonable alternative, many of us will likely die anyhow.

Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 1) 187

How much does the battery cost to replace?

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Unknown since it is not known how soon one needs to replace it. With the first round of the batteries in the MS (i.e. 2012 version), it appears that somewhere around 200-250K miles, is when the battery pack will be around 85% level. So most ppl think that it new packs will be needed around 2020-2022. At that point, it might costs 5K for a change.
Of course, with 200-250K miles on an ICE car, you will most likely have to rebuild the engine, along with all of that nasty maintenance.

Comment To the person that modded my original posting down (Score -1, Offtopic) 65

I am not certain if you are Indian and take this personal, OR, if you are simple a liberal that sees this as 'politically incorrect', but obviously, you are one likely 1 of these. I am not being racists in this. In the past, the very situation of this kind of monetary difference was seen as being prone to security issues. What is needed is to keep this situation out of production. Yet, many companies choose to go with foreigners on implementing production code and never think about the security implication. It does not mean that foreigners can not be used to code, or in other arenas. BUT, the money should be much closer and the company should be operating withing that nation's borders. That way, the employee has a loyality issue to their fellow country men.

But, it is long past time for you to get past your OWN racism (I am married to an Indian and we have children ), and realize that this situation is occurring.

Comment And this will continue because: (Score -1, Troll) 65

1) the ATMs run windows
2) they outsourced some or all of the production side of this to India.

Now, with that known, why should ie surprise ANYBODY that an Indian company who has NO sense of loyality to American companies that are not allowed to operate in their nation, and where the Americans pay them under $10,000 / year, while paying Americans more than $100,000 / year, should not take 100,000 (i.e. 10x their salary) to leave a backdoor in that the russians access, put in a new back door and then remove the old one.
Until the west gets past their insane political correctness, this will continue.

Comment Re:Well then... (Score 1) 123

You don't need usenet for these, by the way, it's all torrent driven.

Usenet tends to be faster, however. Torrent download speeds are highly variable: fairly quick for popular files that everyone else is downloading at the same time, not so much for other files. I've had to leave many a torrent running for days or even weeks for it to complete. SABnzbd, OTOH, will usually pull anything that hasn't expired at 5.5-6 MB/s (bytes, not bits) over my connection, which is pretty much as fast as the connection supports.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 464

Actually, you miss my point entirely.

Personally, I think the best response for such language would be for Siri or Cortana to simply reply with "that sort of language really turns me off" and then power down (maybe wait for the 3rd example). It's a relatively gentle chiding, and enough of an inconvenience that people would avoid it. And it would kind of be funny.

I have no problem with these systems discouraging uncivil behavior or language. No problem there.

What I have a problem with is the sense of aggrievement now spreading to inanimate objects. It's a memetic cancer.
Personally I don't believe that a society can long function if one has to filter ones' comments (and let's be honest, THOUGHTS is the real intent) for every person's conceivable sensitivities. Offense is personal; you cannot insult me if I don't care what you say. Far more sustainable to grow a reasonably thick skin and live your life without looking for opportunities to claim victim status.
Expanding the "hurt feelings" franchise to machinery is frankly ridiculous.

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