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Comment Re:Not mine, you won't... (Score 1) 224

"Once you get outside the rabbit warrens of the upper Atlantic coast, the cities are large enough physically that conventional mass transit as Europeans think of it does not work as well."

Isn't this a self-inflicted problem? People density on those "large enough" cities is quite low, isn't it? You build wide, not high, just because you count on personal transportation (cars) to the point of making it basically mandatory. No wonder public transportation doesn't fill the bill if you make your urban design explicitly against it.

Comment Re:I thought diesel ran cleaner (Score 1) 224

"Typical compression ratio in a Diesel engine is somewhere around 20:1, vs a gasoline engine that's running 10:1 or there about."

And then, typical engine regime from a diesel is about half that of its gasoline counterpart (i.e. 1500 vs 3000 RPM) which exactly compensates for the higher compression ratio.

Comment Re:Stop using cars at all. (Score 1) 224

"Not only that, these are cities which are political subdivisions of larger governmental entities who hold power and control over them."

I don't know other cities, but Madrid's council certainly holds enough authority to introduce such a ban. In fact, both Rome and Madrid already have similar bans in place (albeit not as tough, yet): Madrid has some streets on its downtown you can't enter your car into unless you hold a special permit, and Rome a policy for odd/even license plates to control air pollution.

What still they don't have, is power to introduce legislation to come into effect in eigth/nine years in the future, since current council has no guarantees to hold power then. And, in any case, Madrid's major already said she has no such plans.

Comment Re:Stop using cars at all. (Score 1) 224

"I haven't visited the other 3 but it certainly is possible to live without a car in Madrid."

Maybe that's your point of view. On the other hand, I never had a car -not even a driver's license, and I lived in a 650.000 people town, till I came to Madrid and I understood I couldn't live without one.

But this forgets the most important point: policy-makers are chosen every four years, so there's no way you can seriously say anything about what will or will not be allowed in Madrid (I bet it's the same for the other cities) by 2025.

Comment Re:Will it stand? (Score 4, Insightful) 154

"If I am a business and I want to put a non-disparagement clause or review gag order into my contracts, I don't see why I can't."

a) you are allowed to be impersonated as a business under the understandment that you'll abide to the laws of the land.
b) business are ultimately allow to do their stuff for as long as it fits the common benefit.
c) the legislator understands there's a strong assymetry of power between the business and the individual and so chooses to protect the individual under the light of a) and b) above.

"Nobody is forced to do business with me, and they entered knowingly (presumably) into the agreement."

By making your contract a single non-negotiable entity, you are open to a) the contract to be understood in the most favourable way for the party that didn't have a saying on its redaction and b) for parts of it to be nevertheless considered void and null without this meaning, on its sole support, for the rest of the contract the rest of the contract not being enforceable.

Comment Re:This is why I don't contribute to many foreign (Score 1) 89

"In a country that does not truly have rule of law, there is very little you can do to help the people and nothing at all remotely."

And your plan is... corrupt the rule of law at that place?

Please note the allegations are "the nursery and primary schools were not licensed, the teachers weren't qualified and that there was no record of its curriculum being approved"

That's quite easy to fact check: they either are licensed, and then there will be a paper track showing it, or they aren't, and then they have no place running an illegal school.

Provided they are not licensed, *then* you can start on why they are not (maybe they are not bribing the right people) but you still can't run a service requiring licenses without them. That *is* the rule of law.

Comment Re: Tesla builds shit cars (Score 3, Insightful) 145

"Tesla cars are the most advanced and fun to drive. Go to a tesla store and see for yourself, test drives are free"

Probably you didn't figure it but you just made the parent's point: "most advanced and fun to drive" coupled to being expensive has proven time and again to be good enough for the luxury market, it's far from sufficient for the consumer one.

The same can be said about your "test drives" point: millionaires are served if their toy cars can manage the equivalent to a test drive once a month (go see how many miles have a second hand luxury car on its odometer) but consumer cars start to make sense only once you can reliably put 100K miles on them.

In the end, Mr Anonymous Coward, you don't own a Tesla and you are the kind of fanboy that most probably will queue for hours to own the next iShit that comes properly marketed to you. For Tesla to reach the masses, Musk will need to understand not all the people are like his west-coast millionaire early adopters.

Comment Re:Or maybe it should be treated as ... (Score 1) 117

"I watch people sitting at work posting on Facebook and the realization is that their employer is literally paying them to generate content for Facebook."

Since those people is most probably using company-provided devices and bandwith, if it's really such a big nuisance for the company, they could easily block facebook access, couldn't they?

So, those companies are either moronic -therefore deserving what they get, or don't mind that kind of usage -therefore, why should you bother?

Comment Re:My fellow Europeans (Score 1) 2837

"Maybe if you learn Russian language and culture you would realize that Russian people are disinterested completely in conquering Europe."

That's not the danger.

The real danger is that you now have a nutter controlling Russian nuclear arsenal and another nutter controlling USA nuclear arsenal.

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