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Submission + - Hybrid Car Battery Life (

Hybrid_99 writes: The batteries in present day half and halves are intended to keep going for no less than 100,000 miles. Some may even make it to at least 150,000. In case you’re the first proprietor of a half breed vehicle, odds are you won’t ever need to supplant the battery pack since it just destroys.

All things considered, half breed batteries aren’t insusceptible to the laws of nature. Much the same as some other auto part, they can out of the blue fall flat. That is the reason automakers give protracted guarantees. The battery pack in the Toyota Prius is ensured for 100,000 miles. Honda and Ford remain behind theirs for 80,000 miles. It’s sheltered to state that substitution is an uncommon occasion.

In case you’re looked with supplanting the battery on an out-of-guarantee auto, there’s no compelling reason to freeze. The cost of another battery pack keeps on declining and now remains at about $3,000, not awful when you consider to what extent they last. An utilized pack rescued from a destroyed vehicle will set you back around $1,000.

Battery substitution ought to be left to experts. There are strict directions for the dealing with and transfer of old batteries, which can release unsafe materials. Truth be told, not very many outsider mechanics are met all requirements to handle the activity. All substitutions are performed by merchants, who have the experience and know-how to do it the correct way. New merchant introduced batteries accompany full guarantees, so you might be secured for the rest of your possession.

While there are numerous hypotheses about how to influence batteries to last more (drifting, moderate departures, and so forth.), they haven’t been appeared to really broaden battery life and are unreasonable in any case. Just keeping up your vehicle as prescribed is the most ideal approach to guarantee your battery remains sound for whatever length of time that conceivable.

At the point when do you know it’s the ideal opportunity for another battery? Your auto will let you know. The gas motor will run always and your mileage will endure an observable shot. While your auto may keep running for quite a while on a bum battery, its execution and proficiency will relentlessly decrease until the point that it’s supplanted.

Submission + - Armed US Agents Enter Warehouse in Puerto Rico, Seize Hoarded Electric Equipment (

schwit1 writes: On Saturday, A day after becoming aware of a massive store of rebuilding materials being held by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the U.S. federal government — the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with their security detail — entered a Palo Seco warehouse owned by the public utility to claim and distribute the equipment, according to a spokesperson for the Corps.

Rumors of a tense standoff had been circulating on the island, but the encounter was confirmed to The Intercept in a statement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Asked if the federal officers were armed when they entered the warehouse, USACE spokesperson Luciano Vera said they were indeed accompanied by security detail and quickly began distributing the material after seizing it. Vera declined to say whether there was a confrontation at the entrance, saying only that PREPA officials ultimately toured the warehouse along with the feds:

The federal government “began distributing [supplies] to contractors,” Vera said, including hard-to-find full-tension steel sleeves, critical to rebuilding. “We obtained several hundred of these sleeves on Saturday,” Vera added.

The armed encounter comes as around half of Puerto Ricans still remain without electricity well over 100 days after Hurricane Maria. As PREPA hoards crucial resources that could help remedy the island’s dire situation, the Puerto Rican government is attempting to annihilate the power provider’s only regulator.

Comment Re:CIA (Score 1) 183

Fly away, troll.

wtf, of course there was a US resource lingering off the coast. There's *always* a US resource lingering off coast. Call it recon, intel, E3, C&C, whatever. It's what they do.

To give them the benefit of the doubt, we have a nation-state that is apparently flummoxed about the "high technical challenges" of making wood drones.

I imagine that their imaginations fly free.

Comment Re:The Irony of Esperanto (Score 2) 225

Interesting. I've always thought that assigning a gender to inanimate objects was useless. This is the first reason that I've seen that shows a use. Are there other reasons?

I am procrastinating about going to work, so I decided to google it and got sent to the wiki, of course.
1 In a language with explicit inflections for gender, it is easy to express the natural gender of animate beings.
  2 Grammatical gender "can be a valuable tool of disambiguation", rendering clarity about antecedents.
    3 In literature, gender can be used to "animate and personify inanimate nouns".

...and goes on to describe #2 as the most useful, as you mentioned.

Among these, role 2 is probably the most important in everyday usage.[citation needed] Languages with gender distinction generally have fewer cases of ambiguity concerning, for example, pronominal reference. In the English phrase "a flowerbed in the garden which I maintain" only context tells us whether the relative clause (which I maintain) refers to the whole garden or just the flowerbed. In German, gender distinction prevents such ambiguity. The word for "(flower) bed" (Beet) is neuter, whereas that for "garden" (Garten) is masculine. Hence, if a neuter relative pronoun is used, the relative clause refers to "bed", and if a masculine pronoun is used, the relative clause refers to "garden". Because of this, languages with gender distinction can often use pronouns where in English a noun would have to be repeated in order to avoid confusion. It does not, however, help in cases where the words are of the same grammatical gender. (There are often several synonymous nouns of different grammatical gender to pick from to avoid this, however.)

Since the flower bed example points out what I always thought was a glaring deficiency in English, I grudgingly accept #2 as useful.

But now it's time(masc) for me(masc) to go to work(masc). No more fun(fem).

Comment Re:Technically it met its goals (Score 1) 171

I'd say Douglas Adams covered it...

"There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. ... Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that presents the difficulties." ..."

As the rumors suggest, Zuma failed the second part.

Comment Re:But majority-minority districts are just fine?? (Score 1) 409

Outstanding, thanks for that. Another lesson that politics is often a double-edged sword. For a little more history from wikipedia...

The word gerrymander (originally written Gerry-mander) was used for the first time in the Boston Gazette on 26 March 1812. The word was created in reaction to a redrawing of Massachusetts state senate election districts under Governor Elbridge Gerry (pronounced /ri/; 1744–1814). In 1812, Governor Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a mythological salamander.[4]


Gerrymandering is used most often in favor of ruling incumbents[15] or a specific political party—the one drawing the map. Societies whose legislatures use a single-winner electoral system are the most likely to have political parties that gerrymander for advantage.[citation needed] Most notably, gerrymandering is particularly effective in non-proportional systems that tend towards fewer parties, such as first past the post.

For years I had been misled by a bit of fake news from some article claiming that Jerry Brown invented jerrymandering. Actually, it wasn't until wikipedia came out that I found the actual history.

Cue arguments about...
Democratic-Republican Party (bet you didn't know about that)
Jerry Brown, Jerry Brown the Reboot, Jerry Brown the Sequel.
Fake news
Did I miss any buzzwords? Oh yeah.

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