Uh, no. The UK has 2000% and 800% higher property and violent crime than the US, respectively. The only thing they have the US beat on is murder, which is a bit of a special case as usually the victim and perpetrator know each other.
Exactly since when have auto manufacturers standardized on anything? Go to AutoZone. Look at the oil filters. There are literally dozens, and that's a pretty common part. Hell, there's not even such a thing as a standard oil. Manufacturers have _never_ created a standard part, everything is unique by brand and model, and I just don't see this being any different. Exactly how large a battery are we talking here? Maybe, if the range was 5000km, it might be useful, because that's about the range of a severe-duty oil change interval, but I guarantee that it won't be as cheap as an oil change.
At 3000km, that's shorter than even a severe-duty oil change interval. One long trip and it's done. Seriously, say I wanted to drive from Dallas to Las Vegas; the battery lasts just long enough to get me there in one shot. Sure, the rechargable pack lasts long enough for the short drives once I'm there, but the return trip is going to suck with the repeated stops for recharging, especially with the lack of SuperCharger stations along the way. So by the end of 2015 I'll be able to make it, according to Tesla, but what do I do until then? I suppose if I can afford a Model S I'm probably affluent enough to pick up a plane ticket instead?
This "battery swap" is going to be nowhere near cheap, and we're talking about adding 220lbs to an already relatively porky sedan. I think I like my chances with next-gen rechargables better than this.
Anyone notice that he "hidden" or blanked out addresses were still listed in clear text just below the erased entries, albeit in slightly smaller text? Best part is they still let you see the protocol types the sites responded to. Telnet for the win, are they serious?
You should never, ever, EVER do this with factory tires, or any tires that have a tread pattern on them. The burnout box is for drag slicks _only_. The tread on your tires will do nothing other than pick up that water and deposit it into the launch area, creating a dangerous situation for not only you but the other racers. In most tracks, you will be instructed to drive around the burnout box if you're sporting anything other than an honest-to-god race car, and kicked out should you do otherwise.
DO NOT DO THIS
Pretty hot to see this bump for the old Alma Mater:
check the fine print at the bottom:
You've got to be joking. To see a rise in sea levels, you have to melt land-based ice, of which the only significant volume is on Antarctica. Even the IPCC admits that to see appreciable rise would take over 10,000 years. This is a cruel joke, with us as the punchline.
It's another way to strip people of power sources that enable modern standards of living in the here and now.
Here's the problem with electrics: what do you do when you run out of charge? A gallon of 3,3,2 isooctane contains enough energy to move a 6,000-pound vehicle carrying half a ton of cargo or occupants ten miles in ten minutes, and it can be carried in a bucket. Not so much with it's electric counterpart.
Crash-tests: your Prius isn't up against a Suburban in the IIHS crash standards, it's facing off against a four-foot steel-plated, rebar-reinforced concrete cube, anchored to a poured, steel-reinforced concrete foundation. Eventually, mass wins. There's only so much you can do with fold-y bits and energy-absorbing impact zones. Sooner or later you simply have to add more metal.
Engine efficiency: Carnot-cycle heat engines have, at most, a 60% maximum conversion efficiency. In four-stroke motors, about a third of that gets eaten just operating the engine. There is an upper limit. Hope you won't miss that nine-second 0-60, because you won't have it much longer.
Electric dragsters outrace the best gasoline and diesel vehicle? Not at the track. You remind me of a talks-out-his-ass ex-coworker, who claimed that jet dragsters were getting 1.5s 1/4mi times. He doesn't have a job anymore. I'm honestly not surprised. Top fuel cars use nitromethane, and you don't even have to get into the exotic fuels before you outrun one of the turbine-powered cars. Top-fuel and funnycar classes have been ahead of the Jet-A boys for nearly two decades now.
Suffice to say, when the tech actually exists, we'll have electrics. Not that we don't want to make them, they're still really unfeasible for a large array of needs.
As I see it, this violates at least one Amendment (#4, right against search and seizure without warrant) and maybe more (I can probably make a case against #6 as a violation of the fact there's no act or cause of accusation and maybe #5 as a violation of my right to not self-incriminate). This is sick. This kid should be drummed out of Yale due to his gross misunderstanding of the fundamental tenants of criminal law in the United States.
Eh, I have a real problem with prosecuting the people for "making available." Prosecuting people that share their music for having enabled copyright infrigement is essentially like prosecuting people for leaving their doors unlocked and having enabled burglary.
Because it's not legal in the U.S., nor is there any precedent of case law to suggest Tenenbaum's actions were legal? In fact, all the case law to date only reinforces the concept that what Joel did was illegal, and essentially sets fire to any and all copyright law that's ever existed.
This "defense" cooked up by Neeson's retard students is absolute malarkey. The judge's ruling against fair use as a defense is spot-on. There's no "fair use" here, only some kid violating copyright for the hell of violating copyright. This is going to end badly for Joel, and his crybaby defense scheme is only going to set bad precedent. Someone somewhere will only extend this case's outcome to further wreck the place. The whole thing stinks to high heaven of a bunch of whiny Harvard assholes who simply didn't get what they want and would rather push a shitty agenda rather than work through rational means.
Here's a concern. Given the degree to which morons are let enter data to run-of-the-mill DBs like the one in the article, what's the level of accuracy? How many times has some nimrod phoned you up to generate harassment due to bad data? How many times have you yourself called to correct something only to be told "well, the computer says so, it must be right!"
People will make serious policy decisions based on this bad data.
Voluminous quantities of stupid and failure are certain to follow.