12 posts • joined Monday 7th September 2009 17:37 GMT
Re: Great Idea - In Case of Emergency
There was a great idea - I think out of the UK - to add a contact "ICE". People react to emergencies differently, and perhaps your father has a heart condition but your mother is steady-as-she-goes. The idea was that if you got hit by bus, you had some control over which family member would be notified. I don't think this caught on, but I think it's an idea worth revisiting.
Re: Note that difference *loan* (with interest) versus old car maker (2nd or 3rd) bailout.
Just a factual clarification. Ford didn't take bailout money. Chrysler and GM did, with GM's biggest problem being its finance business.
Quick factual note: This Tiangong space station module is a prototype. It won't be the hub of their space station, the replacement will.
Maybe, just a theory, it's about Chinese website branding. In China, some common portals are hao123, kuku123, and haokan123. So, if citizens search for 123 and get a foreign, money making business, heaven forbid!
Just a thought, what would the effect on windflow if these huge turbines were interspersed with smaller ones? The turbulence from them might compliment one another and make it economic to place them closer together.
Aerodynamics boffins, if you chose to accept this mission . . .
yes, to EU regulators
Thank you EU.
The US has such an unnatural aversion to regulation of industry that there's no way a common standard would have developed on its own. Proprietary connections look good to the CEO types, but they ultimately end with disappointment. iProducts will end up needing two connection points for years and years now. They've painted themselves into a corner. And to think, they could have freely licensed their connector to any and all . . .
Corporate responsibility? Oxymoron?
". . . that we are far better off developing solutions and choices as an industry than if we allow the government to do it for us.”
If only more corporations would adopt this attitude. For instance, in the US, if the health insurance industry had this attitude in the 90s there would have been no real need for the Affordable Health Care Act. If the finance industry would target obscenely high pay in public companies. If natural gas drilling companies would take ground water contamination seriously. Etc,etc., ad naseum. . .
But no. Thank goodness for government of the people, by the people, and for the people to regulate corporate bastards when they won't do it themselves.
Speaking of GM
Just today (Sept. 30) a deal fell through on the purchase of GM's Saturn unit. Seems cheaper to buy one of those production lines and convert it than to build one from scratch. If only capitalism actually worked for creative reuses. They could maybe even build upon one of their existing platforms. I mean . . . if you're throwing $365 million around . . .
That ain't a Mercedes!
Doesn't Mercedes own any other companies? because that thing might be great, but it isn't a Mercedes. Mercedes makes luxury and performance vehicles. Performance as in speed. Mercedes should be making electric cars that have four independent motors controlling the wheels that tear into the tarmac. That thing could be a Fiat or a VW, it actually looks more like a Peugeot to me (oooh, burn!), but it isn't a Mercedes. I know there are lots of embarrassed Mercedes employees on this one.