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Comment Re:Hmmm. (Score 3, Insightful) 687

Actually, from the anti-tax Republicans/Libertarians it would be: "I don't think the government should be in the business of providing these benefits."

And the pro-environment types would be like: "I want the government to encourage environmentally-friendly transportation by subsidizing it."

So both groups are being quite rational. Neither is thinking like the way you've set up your straw man.

Comment Re:Any reason why? (Score 1) 50

I have nothing to base this on, but if I were a betting man, I'd say it goes something like this: To build a robot and travel to the US from Afghanistan means these girls come from some means. Having money in Afghanistan by purely savory means cannot be easy, given the recent turmoil. My guess is that one or more of their daddy's has either done some unsavory things, or has dealt with some pretty sketchy characters. That doesn't necessarily make them "bad" or dangerous, but it is probably what happened... bureaucrats are good at playing CYA.

Comment Re:Why am I not surprised? (Score 1) 304

Probably in part, but they also make a hybrid version of their other cars, and they are quite competitive. The hybrid drivetrain is very similar to the regular ICE drivetrain, with a small electric motor and a small battery taking up trunk space. My personal, completely unjustified opinion of the Prius is that they kept it hybrid-only for purely marketing reasons. If they had released a non-hybrid ICE only version of the Prius, it would still benefit from the narrow tires and very low resistance shape. This creates the perception that the hybrid drivetrain is solely responsible for the improved efficiency of the car.

Comment Re:The war on freedom and privacy. (Score 1) 303

How? The prices are right on the shelves. If you mean online, what makes you think that Amazon is sharing their data with Walmart or Newegg? In either event, I use price shopping plugins, so it wouldn't really bother me if Amazon tried to jack the price on me - I just wouldn't buy it from them.

Comment Re:The war on freedom and privacy. (Score 1) 303

Yeah, I didn't mean to imply that, say, Visa knows the contents of your receipt - I left it vague at "companies". But in my case, I use the company credit to get the 5% discounts - so it's true that Target tracks me perfectly, Lowes tracks me perfectly, and as you point out any store with a loyalty card tracks me perfectly. Hell, even my local co-op tracks my purchases perfectly. Stores without loyalty cards can still get a rough idea of who is buying what by keeping track of which payment cards you use. Companies can then buy and sell these lists to one another to improve their optics.

It's true that we are far from an all-seeing eye kind of scenario - but it's also true that we are far from a cash-transaction, anonymous kind of scenario.

Comment Re:The war on freedom and privacy. (Score 1) 303

The problem is that it's very hard to recruit people to a cause that doesn't affect them in a tangible way. Sure, companies are selling data about you and sure, they know everything you purchase and where and when you purchase it. But none of that has any impact on people's day-to-day lives where you can point to it and say, there, there is the problem.

Comment Re:Why am I not surprised? (Score 2) 304

They're just ENGINES. Just ONE component of the entire car.

That's an incredibly naive view. Sorry to be harsh, but you come off sounding like an expert and I don't think people should consider you one. The drivetrain is what the entire car is designed around, and the attributes (shape, weight, etc) of the drivetrain are driven by the engine technology. Toyota has been making the Camry since the early 80s, with incremental improvements over 35 years. An electric version would need to be a ground-up redesign. From a manufacturing standpoint, it would be no big deal. But from an engineering and logistics standpoint, going electric is a huge undertaking.

In simple terms, an electrified Camry would be a terrible car and would flop in the market. An electric Toyota needs to be a ground-up redesign.

Comment Re:Coding is now VocTech. (Score 1) 106

Pigeonhole me if it makes you feel better, but a lot of 50-something people I know who found themselves jobless during the recession had a major attitude adjustment after learning that they were competing with the going rate, not their old salary. They are all re-employed now, but it was rough for them. I'm not sure why someone who is 52 should make more than someone who is 22 just because they have put in more years - the only important things are what skills do they have, are they a good worker, etc... Experience is likely to be a feather in their cap if it is in the right thing.

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