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Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 463

Yes I'm typing on one. It's good as far as laptop keyboards go, but it has the typical short-stroke and cramped button layout of laptop keys, and the smaller versions are missing the numerical keyboard which I'm absolutely dependent on (write scientific applications). Real page up/dn/home/end keys without a required modifier are also an absolute must. Also, since I always use an external mouse (heavy mouse/drawing input in the applications) I don't want the touchpad to be in the way.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 463

I don't know. I'm just picky. Even with what kind of full size desktop keyboard I use. I use it 8 hours a day, so I don't want one button smaller than it needs to be, or one button out of place. I also want a numeric keyboard, something I'd have to get a 17" pro for, which suddenly feels too large as a form factor in a portable.

Comment Re:it's an arms race (Score 1) 1184

I was using 4.3L/100km which is 54 miles per US gallon. This is presumably a manufacturer figure, and not the figure from the article in the link. But my point is that there definitely exists full size estate cars today, with competitive prices, that will do 54 miles to a US gallon. With another test cycle or way of measuring, this figure may vary somewhat, but its not at all too far away (considering we are talking about the average requirement for 2025).

Comment Re:This has been tried, and it WORKED (Score 1) 1184

A modern diesel with particle filters doesn't necessarily emit more particles than a petrol engine (considering that the petrol engine burns twice the fuel). As for the NOx output, the Euro V standard (2009) has the requirement of diesel engines at 3x the requirement of petrol engines. This is not perfect, but a long way from the 10x NOx emissions of a few years ago. The upcoming Euro VI standard will improve this further. But like you are saying, both methanol powered cars and turbodiesels are a quick fix for a problem until we get proper battery tech. I think "pure hybrids" are the way of the coming decade, i.e. plugin hybrids with combustion engines coupled only to the batteries, not to the drivetrain. Fisker Karma is one example. Electric cars will have acceptable performance already in the upcoming years, but it will be another 10 until they are competitive in price, even with moderate subsidies.

Comment This has been tried, and it WORKED (Score 1) 1184

In Europe there are standards set for emissions. After decades of nothing happening with fuel consumption, all of a sudden ALL manufacturers had new full-size models with half the consumption of the models from just a few years ago.

The reason was this: all company leasning cars should fulfill the standards to be eligible for large tax breaks. All government/state/county/authority/etc. vehicles and so on, should all fulfill the emission standards.

So while it would seem ridiculous that the manufacturers could just take a standard, and "bend" physics to cut consumption in half, it looks like it did. BMW, Audi, VW, Volvo and all the rest are now making full size cars that are making 50-55mpg. Because of regulations. And everyone is pleased to pay less at the pump.

Comment Re:Got this wrong.. (Score 1) 1184

Full size estates in europe appear to be doing around 50-55mpg (US), if this conversion is working http://www.google.com/search?q=54+miles+per+gallon+in+litres+per+100km

4.3L / 100km is quite a common figure these days, for example http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/volvo/v70/first-drives/volvo-v70-1.6d-drive-se

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