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Comment Re:Huh (Score 1) 567

Nope... Road traffic act is the bare minimum insurance you have to have by law, but most insurers basic package is 3rd party, or 3rd party fire & theft. The difference in price between 3rd party and comprehensive is basically 0, so most people have comprehensive insurance now. Most people who have a prang fix it themselves, and don't report it to the insurance, because the cost of repair is less than the insurance price hike most of the time.

Comment Re:squandered research on purpose (Score 2) 293

No... these electric vehicles were destroyed because they were awful. They were slow as hell, and/or had crap range. And they took a half day or so to recharge.

Tesla has succeeded because they have good/ok performance, and ok range. The charging time and availability is still an issue, but that's something the buyers can deal with.

Comment Re:Yawn. (Score 1) 293

I guess I'm just tired of seeing thinly-velied advertisements for Tesla's stock on /.

You may be tired of it, I'm not. I enjoy seeing innovative companies doing well, I like hearing about new stuff, and I don't care about the stock exchange.

I doubt I'll ever buy an electric car, because I always buy cheap and sell (or scrap) cheap. My current car (a DC2 Integra type R) cost 5% of a new Tesla.

Comment Re:do tell (Score 1) 233

The other material, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), could produce a gun that fired 8 times without incident.
The agents stopped shooting after 8 bullets, an ATF spokesperson said.

These aren't intended to be highly engineered precision weapons. If you expect that, you're missing the point. However, a downloadable gun that will fire at least 8 rounds without failing... that's quite useful to some people.

Comment Re:do tell (Score 1) 233

The other material, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), could produce a gun that fired 8 times without incident.

The agents stopped shooting after 8 bullets, an ATF spokesperson said.

Looks like the tests showed this gun worked pretty well. I'd personally expect experimental plastic guns to be a bit unreliable, and this test showed they were better than I expected.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 702

Straw man. Social democracies have existed for decades. Some stuff (like the postal service, and power) is better nationalised. The US, bastion of the free market supposedly, pumps billions into infrastructure via private companies. It's more socialist than you realise.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1, Interesting) 702

Yes. However... this is not a result of socialism per se... it's a result of cronyism. There are quite a few Venezuelan companies which have not been targeted like this. There are plenty of stable social democracies around the world.

That being said, with the US's record of destabilizing democracies in south America that it does not like... I wouldn't put it past them to nudge a bit (I'm not accusing, just guessing).

Comment Re:Yes and no (Score 1) 182

The diameter (goes with the radius, r), the surface area (goes with r^2), and the volume of berries (goes with r^3). They cannot all be Normally distributed at the same time, so assuming any of them is starts you out on shaky foundation.

So what? People are only trying to show normalised distribution over one thing. No one is trying to tell you what the best berry is. You can obviously do normalised distribution over each one of those, the radius, area, and volume. I don't see the problem with that.

Comment Re:What about this system? (Score 1) 58

Desalination is not easy or quick... the reason it's not caught on is because it's difficult, and energy intensive. If you're rich enough, they work... You need lots of power to run then though.

Desalination plants are common in the middle east. There is loads of power there, and not much water.

Comment Re:Calories (Score 1) 440

BMI correlates well with heart disease. People like Michael Clark Duncan don't look fat, but still drop dead from heart disease.

That's probably a result of his sarcoidosis (something the wikipedia article doesn't mention, but is easily googleable). The sarcoidosis can result in problems with many bodily systems. I've got the pacemaker/defibrilator to prove it :D

Comment Re:name that tune! (Score 1) 281

The lyrics sites in question have already consulted with their lawyers, and released the following statement which clarifies their positions on the issue:

Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!
Motherfucker!

(fuck you slashdot junk text filter)

Oh man, dude, that's utter genius! Now what song are those the lyrics to, again?

Vera Lynn.

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