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Comment Re:I know what I'm getting for christmas... (Score 2) 399

The word everyone is looking for would be obsolescent. Just because a newer processor comes out, it doesn't mean that the old ones stop working en masse.

The statement isn't even true, however. Not as long as the older gear is still useful and the inconvenience of replacement outweighs the advantages.

Comment Re:They reconsidered (Score 1) 266

The days of gentlemen skippers are long gone. America's cup teams now use professional crews and professional skippers. USA 17 (the current cup holder) was helmed by Russell Coutts. Larry didn't "command the crew", Russell did. Larry's most important task was to support Russell financially and organizationally.

I don't mean to take away from Larry's abilities as a sailor, but simply to point out the commitment required of sailors at the top levels of competition. It's no longer the hobby it was 30 years ago. It is a life and a career.

Comment Re:Wait what? (Score 1, Informative) 799

It actually does mean they can't plan evil. Within the Piaget model, children do not form the processes necessary to reasonably determine the consequences of their actions and furthermore do not have an understanding of right and wrong beyond an egocentric level.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_cognitive_development#Preoperational_stage

But you're right about the brain matter thing.

Comment Re:Diesels already do this. (Score 1) 576

Not a problem. Diesels tend to be quite durable, so (with a few notable exceptions) if you can put the mileage into the car, the motor will stand up to it. 1/2 million miles is not uncommon for a VW diesel.

It doesn't make sense to buy an expensive, efficient car if you're going to be putting in low mileage/low hours on your car.

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