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Comment Re:Cyanogen != CyanogenMod (Score 1) 121

Sorry but your comment doesn't makes sense. All you need is the play store and play services. Everything else is available on the play store itself. Why would you want Hangouts Gmail, Chrome, Drive, etc all bundled with the firmware? Bundled apps get installed in system space and then when the play store updates them in two weeks they go to the non-system part of your phone's memory, meaning all that space used up in /system is just a waste now. Google started moving away from bundling all the apps a long time ago. You just install them now from play store like other apps. That's the way to go.

Comment Re:Always been doing it (Score 1) 106

You sell advertising. It's not always by using non-personally identifying information. That's the difference in this instance. *shrug*

I don't know why people think companies are always making shit up. Why would they "get around to it?" If they were doing it before without telling users, they'd still be doing it without telling users.

Comment Definitive real-word testing not possible (Score 1) 136

To those thinking the EPA should just drive the cars, even that won't actually get very accurate results. Real-world fuel efficiency depends on so many factors that it would be impossible to reliably and accurately measure them all. For example, so-called hyper-miler enthusiast employ driving techniques to maximize their fuel efficiency. Conversely an aggressive driver could easily drop fuel economy in half. Then we have differences in temperatures, altitude, and terrain across the country.

So with that in mind, I think the current, 40-year old testing regime is probably still our best bet. It may not tell you how much fuel economy *you* will get, but since it's done under very controlled and consistent circumstances, it can give an indication to you how it will do relative to other cars. Honestly that's the best we should expect.

I fear we're going to meet the same problem with "real-world" emissions testing. I don't know of any car out there that can meet standards all the time. Take the cleanest car and get it to accelerate up a grade and it will dump pollutants. Or punch it off the light and you'll dump a lot more NOx and particulates than if you accelerate at a more reasonable rate.

In short, "real-world testing" is fairly meaningless. The only way to actually accomplish this is to have sensors and recorders on every car all the time and measure it and average it over time (and after the fact).

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 0) 80

Not that he's dumb, but Penn Jillette has empowered manchildren in a pretty fun way. Libertarians love him, because he's a libertarian, but this is the same block who is so quick to cut down celebrities who express political views. In other words, you're getting your talking points from a financially successful magician.

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 2, Insightful) 80

Life isn't ideal. People know this. Maladjusted adults think there's some sweet action-movie style alternative, as opposed to the kind of domestic war power vacuum ad-nauseum that happens in places all around the world. So again, do you want to vote for the candidate that is most likely to preserve your way of life, even if you feel you've been wronged so badly by the system? Or the candidate that espouses the kind of thing you really want to hear because he knows you're not worldly enough to know it's just a Disney movie?

Comment Re:This is why you can't use solar/wind for base l (Score 1) 269

And if there's any power in excess of demand, use it to convert carbon dioxide into methanol. Which can then be stored or burned for fuel.

-- BAD IDEA

one step forward and two step back?

Why is that? Chemical storage is very high density and it's still carbon neutral. There will be efficiency losses, but I don't see it as a bad idea or a step backwards. Why do you say it is?

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 360

His Empire? Trump would be richer if he took the money he had inhereted and just put it in a medium risk don't-touch fund. The man has made himself less poor than he could have been based on where he started. The people who think he's a made man simply don't know how money works to begin with, which is why he appeals so much to the lower class.

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