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Comment: Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (Score 2) 619

by mrego (#47275657) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase
Not to mention (note that it HAS NOT been mentioned...) the Clinton 4.6 cent deficit reduction tax on gas, PLUS state excise taxes... AND... ON TOP of ALL of that is the state sales tax on gas (yes, they are calculating the sales tax ON TOP of the excise tax). So any increase is magnified. Note that it sounds like, oh well, about time for a measly 12 cents... ok for urban elites that travel a few miles by gas powered vehicle, perhaps a scouter...or maybe they commute by train or bus or electric/hybrid car and don't care.... but for rural folk living in jobs deserts who are poor and must travel via used gas-gulzing clunkers it is quite a big deal especially since gas has more than DOUBLED in price since 2008. Sometimes to get to the right unemployment office and back costs us $12 in gas which we don't have.

Comment: Re:Solar Panels on homes is just a good idea... (Score 0) 769

by mrego (#46858639) Attached to: The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy
No, it is not. Unless you live in the southwest, solar on its own is un-economical. With subsidies, it may be break even. But should we really subsidize (from forced taxation) a power source that is only available at best half of the day (and often far less of the time than that)? Go Geothermal instead: a power source that is potentially available 100% of the time from 100% of the land on earth. That makes much better sense.

Comment: Re:Accurate answer (Score 2) 365

by mrego (#45901611) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?
Since they are translating a program/algorithm into circuitry, they need only to know the maximum number of gates that are used at any one cycle time (taking into account necessary time delays), so just adding all the gates per operation way over states the answer since and, not, or, etc. gate circuitry can be reused for different operations at another cycle time. Also, as for logic operations, run it through a Quine-McClusky optimization as well to minimize them.

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