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Comment Re:Air resistance. (Score 1) 1184

The new Mazda CX-5 in the US gets about 33 mpg on the highway. The new CX-5 in England gets 60mpg combined. Why is the US so far behind production EU models?

The main difference is the US car has a pokey gasoline engine, and the EU version has a turbo diesel with more power and torque.

Draw your own conclusions as to why this situation exists.

Comment Adaptation... (Score 5, Funny) 288

The coral reefs off Australia and New Zealand announced their Climate Transition Plans in Adelaide, Thursday. The reefs, known for their outstanding beauty and fragile ecosystems, have decided to move further south. They announced their plans, which involve a 600 mile hike, as Rex Tillerson, the ExxonMobil CEO, announced plans to survey the ground they abandoned each year for new oil and gas fields.

Comment Well, here's a problem... (Score 1) 120

If companies can't patent it, it's hard for them to make a business case for it, so they won't develop it. Since 'space' is transitioning to the corporate domain, it's in the same boat as research on DCA to treat cancer - no company will invest because they can't control the results.

Either way, people are going to die.

Comment Re:Conflict of interest? (Score 2) 390

No, it's not.

Carreon is suing the charities benefitting from the fundraiser - a deeply unpopular move bound to bring negative publicity, and quite likely against the wishes of FunnyJunk. FunnyJunk may take the view that this action is deeply harmful to their reputation.

The problem with owning an attack dog is that it might bite somebody, when all you want is a deterrent.

Comment Re:Strangely inspirational (Score 1) 373

Journalists talk to a lot of people. If you are using a journalist as a proxy to speak to people on your behalf, it might be important to you that they use the same terminology and understand it to have the same meaning as you do. This way, you can minimize the possibility of being misunderstood by the journalist's audience.

Comment Re:What is the privacy concern? (Score 2) 299

Because they don't just operate n the visible spectrum. Using infrared, they know people are in specific locations in a house. In England, where this practice is common, it is a regular event for houses to be raided for drug "grow rooms" just because of an unusual heat signature. Often, it's just been a poor insulation job in winter, and you DON'T get any apology.

Worse, in the UK for example, if your electricity usage unexpectedly increases, you'll have the same raid and lack of apology.

It's the combining of this archived video data with other data sources that makes this an intrusion that goes INSIDE your home and crosses the line to being an unlawful search, if you hold the view that infrared is not "in plain sight" as many do.

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