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Comment Multi-Mode Cars (Score 1) 138

Many sports cars have at least two performance settings...Mustangs with their Black key and Red keys for instance. How stupid would that be if it didn't change the performance of the engine? And when you do that for more power, you are undoubtedly going to get worse mileage and emissions.

So what does the EPA do? Test the cars in "normal" mode and assume that no one will really ever use the "sport" mode? Reality says almost everyone will be in sport mode all of the time.

Comment How Much? (Score 1, Insightful) 232

Will costs increase because doctors now have to hire more people to encode patient's charts? They already have at least one, very expensive, employee dedicated to that now. This is a typical government response to a fake problem...more rules, more crap, more costs.

Comment Re:what difference... (Score 5, Interesting) 348

"Clinton dismissed the notion that she set up the private
account and server to make it more difficult for her government
officials or her political enemies to gather information on her record
as she seeks the White House."

“That’s totally ridiculous, that never crossed my mind,” Clinton said."

OK, now we've crossed over into the Onion Zone. Parody Writers couldn't come up with better stuff if they tried.

Comment Re:Better (Score 2) 130

I 50% agree.

But nothing can replace people on site, making decisions, and fixing stuff.

Just look at the Hubble telescope. It has far exceeded it's expected life and is still sending images back. Not possible without people in orbit and putting hands on.

You don't need someone to traipse across Mars, but having someone being able to change the tire on a rover enables it to continue its mission.

I see stuff like this as the primary mission of a real space craft...tending to various automated exploration vehicles, refueling satellites, etc.

Comment Better (Score 2) 130

All this time, money and effort would be better spent designing and building an actual space ship that could leave orbit, come back, be resupplied, go somewhere else, etc. A phalanx of ion drives, the EM drive (if it's real), etc. powered by a multi megawatt reactor, a rotating crew module for artificial gravity, long cycle life support systems, magnetic shielding, etc. The Real Deal.

Then you could go to Mars, asteroid belt when you want and come back when you want.

The life of a repo man is always intense.