Yep, go directly to jail, pirate. Play by the rules, and that won't happen. That is all...
An electric car could cost more initially and still be viable, because electricity is the equivalent of about 60 cents a gallon gasoline. Buy an expensive vehicle, and then cheap out on the fuel costs for the next 5 - 10 years. If they could cure the other problems of range and how long it takes to refuel, I'd be interested.
Tesla 0 - 60 about 4.6 seconds. How fast do you want to go, anyway?
There's of course the range of an electric, and then there's how long it takes to "refuel." If you buy one, you have to have a 2nd regular gas car if you want to go on a driving vacation like I did earlier this year - Virginia -> Arizona -> Colorado -> Missouri -> Virginia. There just wasn't time to stop every 300 miles for 8 hours to recharge a battery.
We need someone to invent the "magic battery" that will let a car drive 300 miles and then recharge in a couple minutes and be cheap and not to big or heavy. Someone does that, we'll have 18 wheelers running on electricity.
But then we'll have a new problem. The electrical grid and generating capacity will have to be wildly expanded. Nuclear is probably the only choice to provide that much power, enough to move every car and truck and locomotive and ship using electricity instead of fossil fuels. It'll be incredibly expensive but still cheaper than fossil fuels due to the inherent efficiency of electricity vs. the heat engines burning fossil fuel.
Yep - I hate thieves in all their forms, and this screwball idea that downloading other people's work and just using it isn't stealing is insane. They shouldn't simply be blocking sites, they should be sending a few hundred thousand people to jail until the public gets the idea that this is a bad idea. Fer cryin' out loud, large groups of people spend months or even years of their lives producing wondrous entertainment, maybe something like Avatar, you can get it for a mere $20 at the store, and... you're so cheap that $20 is too much for you? Get a life, pony up, and be a citizen instead of a public enemy.
Not the reason.
The real reason that most of the mines are anywhere-but-the-USA is our highest-on-the-planet corporate income tax.
Pass the Fair Tax, which eliminates all income taxes, and watch an economic boom of Biblical proportions occur in the USA.
Education system, Hell! Its a simple lack of need. When's the last time you NEEDED to speak or understand another language? Never? Yep, that's my experience.
I care about tailgating because if I have to stop suddenly (or the driverless car has to stop suddenly) then there's going to be an accident and I might get killed. I wouldn't trust that everyone is just going to do 55 because you and a few others are. I used to go everywhere at 85 when the limit was 55 - I figured if I was going to get a ticket anyway for doing 67, I might as well make some real time. The only way I slow down is if the road is actually blocked. If the driverless cars are all poking along in the right lane, I'll be doing 80 in the left lane(s).
BTW, who is going to buy a car that will only do 55 when they can retain their regular car and do 80, and get to their destination much sooner?
The speed limit is (the laughable) 55 mph, the traffic is doing the (routine) 80. What speed does the autonomous car drive? If 55, it won't get a ticket but will probably get hit in the rear and you'll get killed. If 80, they'll probably wake you up from the back seat and give you a ticket.
My car is so much better than a bus:
I'm not going to get beaten and robbed by a passenger in my car.
I can play any song I want as loud as I want in my car.
I can smoke, drink, and sing in my car.
I am not going to have a crazed gunman tromp thru the aisle of my car and shoot 50 people.
I can control the temperature of my car
I will not be prohibited from carrying a personal protection weapon in my car
I'm not going to go deviating all over H's half acre picking up and dropping off passengers.
I can stop halfway home in my car, and buy 50 lbs of groceries
I can arrive at work with 50 lbs of crap such as mechanics tools without lugging them - they're in the trunk.
To be able to converse with the professor?
You have to realize that you don't have a "contract" with the gov't like you do with the insurance company. The insurance company you can sue if they don't do what they're supposed to. With the gov't providing the healthcare, you're essentially in a veterinary medicine situation, with you as the animal and the gov't as the owner, deciding what care you get, when you get it, and how comfortable it is going to be. I call that slavery, myself, whether I technically have to work or not. I will oppose every turn toward having the gov't in charge of healthcare that I can.
Well, _I_ got DaVinci surgery via Blue Cross, so I guess the answer is yes.
I'll tell you. Its the gov't propagating them. Why? Because DaVinci machines are expensive, and the gov't means to take over all healthcare eventually. But does it want to be paying for surgery with a DaVinci machine, or would it rather have you suffer a longer recovery over many weeks from having your gut cut open and a surgeon's hands probing deep into it to find and remove your cancerous prostate gland? That's a lot cheaper, so the gov't doesn't care about your recovery time.
I had DaVinci surgery to remove my prostate on a Tuesday, and went to the theater to see, "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull" on the following Friday. I could have "pushed" myself back to work after 2 weeks, but waited 3 and felt very good when getting back.
Surgery is dangerous no matter how you do it, so it is not hard to find where something went wrong with or without a machine. While sitting around home recovering, I went to the DaVinci manufacturer's website, and saw stats on how many doctors were trained on the machine by locality. My single state of Virginia had 8,800 doctors trained to do robotic surgery with the machine. And then I looked at Canada, that shining star of gov't-run healthcare, that had 6,800 doctors trained on the machine for the entire country. Gov't's don't care about your additional weeks of laying in bed recovering, they only care about how cheap it is for them.
Yeah, tell me about it. Al Maliki is trying to get us to come back to Iraq right now, 'cuz he's up to his ass in Al Qaeda. So he didn't want that status of forces agreement that would have kept troops in his country even yet. I think he's going to die soon. Gonna happen like that a lot around the globe. Don't bother to call when the tanks roll across YOUR border...