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Comment Re:And what's wrong with such reasonable assumptio (Score 1) 362

Why is it a lie this time?

Because if your country has a high percentage of the populace who "have given up looking for work", it doesn't really matter what the official unemployment statistic says. The only number that really matters is the number of people who would work if they could find a job. And the official unemployment stat has fuck-all to do with that number.

Submission + - German Car Giants May Have Operated Illegal Cartel For Over 20 Years (telegraph.co.uk) 1

An anonymous reader writes: A number of news outlets are reporting a breaking story where German authorities investigating the Volkswagen emissions scandal appear to have found documents indicating that German car giants like Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi have been colluding with each other illegally going back at least as far as the 1990s. Representatives and engineers of various German car makers, which were supposed to be competing with each other, apparently met in secret several times a year and agreed on everything from what kinds of cars, engines and automotive tech is created, to how the international market and supply chain for German cars should work. The emissions scandals that have plagued German car makers recently also appear to be the product of this cartel — the cartel members may have decided together to produce cars that try to trick emissions test equipment into believing that not very eco-friendly cars are in fact eco-friendly. It appears that some of these companies may now have come forward and admitted guilt to German investigators to avert huge penalties — but not the general public yet. German investigative news magazine Der Spiegel, which first broken the story of this scandal is reporting: "The five carmakers have been 'co-ordinating the development of their vehicles, costs, suppliers and markets for many years, at least since the Nineties, to the present day', apparently basing the information on the content of the not-to-the-public Volkswagen admission. The Der Spiegel report cites an example of the carmakers agreeing to limit the operation of convertible roofs while a car is moving to speeds up to 30mph (50km/h). The most damaging allegations concern diesel emissions. The five carmakers agreed to limit the amount of a chemical cleaning agent they fitted, in order to save costs and space, the report claims. The agent in question, AdBlue, filters some of the most harmful emissions from diesel engines. Before the agreement, some of the carmakers were testing AdBlue tanks as large as 35 litres (1,232 fl oz) on their cars, which could clean emissions for up to 30,000km. But in 2006 the carmakers agreed to limit AdBlue tanks to just 8 litres, which can effectively clean emissions for less than 6,000km, the report alleges.

Comment Re:Not affordable (Score 2) 196

And I love how the summary cites 70mm presentations as the redeeming quality of theaters, when the vast majority of theaters can't even play 70mm films. Shit, most theaters have gone digital and most can only play movies in 2K resolution. I don't think I've even seen a 70mm projector since my last visit to one of the very few *REAL* Imax theaters in the country (not that shit passing itself off as "Imax" today, I mean the real 70mm gigantic screen kind).

Comment Re:I'm shocked! (Score 0, Troll) 160

Here's a quick rule-of-thumb that I've learned from 45 years of disappointment:

Anyone who says they're going to send a man to Mars is full of shit. Any date they announce is bullshit. Any plan they announce will never happen. Any technology they plan to use will never materialize.

Now there, print that out and keep it handy for future reference. It will save you a lot of heartache in the future.

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