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Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 1) 389

My Panasonic 50-something in TV is *not* a smart TV, and it's about 2 years old. I specifically shopped for a "dumb" TV. The features of smart TVs will quickly become outdated and cumbersome, and I hope to keep a TV for a good 10+ years. It was cheaper than the smart versions.

Comment President-Asterisk Trump (Score 1) 162

Unless that tweet turns into a punitive regulatory action, then you've just lost a chunk of your savings.

This is a good point. We've gotten used to the Prince Jeoffrey phase of this drama, but winter is coming. The King Jeoffrey phase will be much different.

In less than 24 hours he goes from being President-Elect Trump to President* Trump, and those tweets might come with executive orders attached. (Twitter is gonna support that, they don't know it yet, but they'll do it soon, believe me.)

*illegitimately

Comment Re:Just attention seeking, no substance (Score 1) 553

The whole thing smelled of bullshit from day zero. It's much easier for the US to get someone extradited from the UK than it is for them to extradite someone from Sweden, so the whole running-to-the-embassy thing never made sense, except as a possible means to escape being tried for rape. If the US really wanted him, they'd have had the extradition process started with the UK long before Assange went to the Ecuadorian embassy.

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 467

I'm all for electric vehicles, but the US has much lower population density. An electric vehicle only works as a primary vehicle if you rarely leave a major metro area. Unless they become cheap enough that it can be a second or even third household vehicle, it's simply not feasible for a lot of Americans.

I've been wondering if hybrids couldn't say, have the electric motor handle most of the bits that require torque, and use internal combustion for range. In that situation, you could have a smaller engine and have it tuned for fuel-economy rather than performance. So acceleration would be largely driven by the electric side of things, whereas motorway cruising would be largely internal combustion.

Would that work out less polluting than existing hybrids? I appreciate it would probably be much more complex to develop... and I guess if you're a car manufacturer, you don't want to over invest in internal combustion right now.

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