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Comment Re:Don't keep on trucking (Score 1) 635

And what happens when that truck driver can't find another job? Do we guarantee him a wage? What about his kids when they can't find a job?

I am not against progress, but there is a social cost that partially offsets the gains. We seem to regard this a collateral damage and want to ignore the people that are hurt in the name of progress.

Comment Block It (Score 3, Informative) 60

The Feds should block this one if it ever comes close to being attempted. We have an absolute dearth of competition as it stands now. I looked at moving from Time Warner for my internet and found AT&T is the only option in my area. TW is okay, but overpriced and I have never heard a good thing about AT&T. Allow the two to combine and I get the worst of both worlds.

Comment Re:Does anyone really use these numbers? (Score 3) 56

"i buy cars that make me happy and will be fun to drive. All I'm looking for is what is the best can I can afford to enjoy driving for the money I can spend....gas mileage, I don't really even look at..."

Just because you don't doesn't mean all of us don't.

Gas mileage was one of my top criteria for choosing a car. I bought a car that advertised 27 mpg city, 37 highway, combined 30 mpg. I get around 32 mpg combined, or 35 when I am driving to maximize gas mileage. Overall, I have dropped my gas expenditures 100 dollars per month (roughly) for a car that was under $14,000.

So yes, many people like me do use it as a criterion for their car purchase.

Comment Re:module efficiency (Score 4, Informative) 286

Exactly. I ran some back-of-the-envelope calculations on this 3.5 years ago in another Slashdot thread.

And because we're presumably too lazy to click that link, I'll paste it below for your reading pleasure...

This is why: []

There simply isn't enough solar power delivered to the surface of the aircraft, even at 100% conversion efficiency, to move people and luggage using only available sunlight.

Google tells me direct illumination to a surface perpendicular to incoming full intensity sunlight is about 1.4 kW per square meter. Google also tells me that the wing surface area of a 747 is around 5500 square feet. Only half of the 747 wing is directly illuminated by sunlight at any given moment, but the surface of the fuselage could be covered with photocells as well, so 5500 square feet overall is probably a decent estimate for the directly illuminated surface area of the aircraft as a whole. And for hand-wavy purposes lets assume that the entire surface of the 747 is perpendicular to the incoming sunlight (i.e. a planar plane... pun totally intended). And that we have perfectly efficient photocells giving us 100% conversion efficiency. Running the math, this gives us around 715kW under bright direct sunlight, or about 959 horsepower -- the equivalent of 1.5 2012 Ford Shelby GT500's.

Each engine of a 747 generates around 15,000 horsepower at cruise, and around 30,000 at takeoff, and a 747 has four engines. So you need around 125 times the power generated by a perfectly efficient perfectly illuminated solar-powered 747 to get said plane off the ground, and around 65 times the power for cruising. And then you could only fly it in the middle of the day near the equator.

Comment Islam is a Problem (Score 5, Informative) 1011

When 40% of Muslims living in Britain want Sharia Law (Sharia Law includes death for those who insult Islam)
When 25% of all Muslims living in Britain support the 7/7 attacks
When a majority of Muslims support death sentences for those who leave the faith.

Then it is obvious that Islam has a real problem and is a real threat to the civilized world.

I know this isn't PC, but multiculturalism should not extend to cultures that want to commit violence against others. The quicker we realize this, the quicker we can stop the problem.

Comment Re:Meanwhile in Indian (Score 3, Interesting) 314

"When we violate it regularly, you have no fucking place to say anything to the contrary."

Wait. Your argument seems to have flipped 180 degrees. First you were saying that only the country's national laws applied, WTO rules be damned. Now you are saying that you are upset because you perceive that the US ignores the WTO. Rather inconsistent arguing.

Alleged "violations" (your term) are taken up with the WTO which decides if the complaint has merit and what the appropriate next steps are. This is exactly what happened with India and the United States.

And the reality is that the WTO rules against the United States often. A couple times each year I'll read about something where the US is found to have violated a rule, the WTO rules against the US and the US is forced to change its trade practices, pay restitution or both. In fact many groups in the US would like to see us out of the WTO because they say it hinders our ability to be competitive in the global market. I am not sure I agree with that, but it does show that the US doesn't simply ignore the WTO as you seem to think.

And I have viewed your posting history and strongly suggest you get counseling. You are obviously a very hateful person who flies into abusive comments for no reason. Your constant insults are consistent with a person who deep down feels very inferior and uses harsh words to try to cover for it. Truly successful people don't brag about how great they... only insecure people do that. If you behave like this in real life then you will never have any healthy relationships. You may view this as a personal insult, but it is not... simply a deep concern that you are in need of serious help.

Comment Re:Meanwhile in Indian (Score 1) 314

Ah, Khyber, thank you for gracing us with your insults.

"So you are advocating overriding the law of the land in a sovereign country"

When that country entered into a trade agreement they need to abide by it. Not very challenging to understand. If they don't want to abide by the terms of the agreement, then they should withdraw.

"Your view of reality is fucked. Go seek help."

Thank you again for your insult. It says a lot about you.

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