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Comment Kids do not need to learn how to code. (Score 1) 200

You don't need a mechanical engineering degree to be able to flush a toilet. You don't need to go to the Bondurant school to be able to drive a car. You don't need an electrical engineering degree to plug in an electric appliance. And you don't need to know how to code in order to use a computing device.

Comment Re:Say what? (Score 1) 392

Lives at stake? Seriously? Have you READ the regulations on diesel emissions? So, there's a few more nitrates, you are *burning* the diesel, where do the regulators expect this stuff to go? Basically you have to hobble the vehicle in order to pass US emissions tests. The only thing VW got by doing this was a leg up on the competition. (assuming the competition wasn't doing the same thing... time will tell)

No, you do not have to hobble the vehicle, you just have to use the same urea injection system that all the other manufacturers were already using but that VW was too cheap to use (and now does use anyway, because they couldn't find any other way to get the job done).

Comment Re:Say what? (Score 1) 392

Stationary power applications can be very clean indeed. A friend of mine was involved in the engineering for a power generating facility in the NYC area, and he told me that the combined-cycle (gas/oil) turbine engines they used could run as clean as 9 parts per million NOx output.

Comment Re:Theory (Score 1) 591

There are facts *and* there are theories. Observable, measurable phenomena are facts. Explanations of *how* and *why* those things happen are theories. An apple falling from a tree is a fact. We can verify its change in position, we can measure its speed and acceleration. Meanwhile, there are theories of gravitation that explain *how* and/or *why* the apple falls. Newton had one such theory. Einstein came along with a better one. The changes in theory do not change the fact that the apple still falls.

Comment Re:morepixels = morebandwidth, data, costs. (Score 1) 198

Asia beats most of the world - the top three countries are all Asian:

Even Spain is ahead of the USA, I have a 200Mbps symmetric connection (ie. 200Mbps up _and_ down) for 50 Euros/month - fiber optic all the way to my PC.

...and what does that have to do with smartphone data usage caused by high-res displays?

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