* Posts by JC_

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Boeing's 747 to fly off the production line for the foreseeable future

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Trump wants to use his own planes so that he can make money off it.

Seriously, WTF does Trump know about what is required to build these one-off* planes? Bespoke-anything is expensive, let alone gigantic aircraft, and this is just another stupid populist stunt from the corrupter-in-chief.

(Yeah, okay, there are actually two of them.)

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Re: even if its role has changed to a cargo-hauler.

Ha, you'll have to pay for her ticket as she recently changed industries - much better pay, but no staff tickets anymore, sadly :)

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There isn't that much difference in weight for passenger and cargo configurations. I've been off-loaded from a 747 in Hong Kong because the plane was at the weight limit. It left with 5 empty seats and a bunch of unhappy staff on the ground.

Also, the plane still needs to meet the various safety ratings. If an engine is lost during takeoff the plane still has to be capable of safely getting off the ground, which a 747 won't on one engine. It's also an old plane and when it was developed it didn't have the advantage of decades of proven performance that allow modern twin engine planes to be allowed to cross (say) the Pacific.

There were 3 engine concepts for the 747 where the third engine was at the tail, but that's basically a different plane. Five engine 747 configurations do occasionally happen, though.

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Re: even if its role has changed to a cargo-hauler.

"Cathay [argued] that boarding and (crucially) disembarking was speedier from downstairs"

And it avoids the awkwardness of parading down the stairs past the queue of economy-class passengers being held back for your convenience.

(Excruciating when you're only up there because your wife works for an airline and the tickets are almost free.)

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Bank robber reveals identity – by using his debit card during crime

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Re: Natural selection at it's finest.

Classic! Isn't prison rape just a hilarious joke?

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Re: M$ Long History

Anything else available from Microsoft maybe... But that doesn't say much for Windows 95.

The same capability had been available for UNIX systems for quite some time. And had mostly left it as the menu system is a rather stilted interface.

The 'Start' menu is literally a Microsoft invention, right down to the (lamentable and inevitable) patents, so I don't see how UNIX had had it for quite some time.

If you mean menus in general, what has replaced them since for mouse & cursor? Microsoft's own 'Ribbon'?

If you meant that a shell is better than the GUI, that's indefensible for the vast majority of users, but the command line was in Windows 95, too, of course.

Really, what you say makes no sense at all unless you take the attitude that everything from Microsoft is either crap or already invented. They've come out with plenty of crap & thievery without making some more up.

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Re: M$ Long History

The GUI of '95 was good. The rest of it was garbage compared to their own NT3.5 and less stable than a properly installed WFWG3.11

Adding a new GUI, plug & play, an actual 32-bit API and pre-emptive multi-tasking while still maintaining backwards compatibility with all the 16-bit applications and the crappy hardware they ran on was a minor coding miracle. Check out some of Raymond Chen's columns for a bit of insight into what it took.

Of course Win95 was 'garbage' compared to NT - NT was a clean-sheet design that didn't have to deal with the compromises of 15 years of DOS. Windows 95 did and was still massively successful because of that work done to keep backwards-compatibility.

What was a "properly installed WFWG3.11"? One that didn't crash because it didn't run anything but Minesweeper?

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

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Re: On charities...

Crooked ones: Clinton Family Foundation (enough said).

No, not enough said. Please provide evidence for your assertion that the Clinton Foundation is "crooked".

Charity Navigator reports the following:

• Overall Score & Rating 94.74

• Financial 97.50

• Accountability & Transparency 93.00

In comparison, the Red Cross gets an overall score of 85.01.

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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

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Re: No problems here...

It was flaky in West London this morning. Some sites - e.g. BBC, wherever Logitech SqueezeBoxes point to - wouldn't resolve at all - while others were unaffected. If I hadn't turned on the radio and also tried to check the weather forecast, I wouldn't have known it was happening.

Their 'Service Status' site was misleading as it reported nothing except routine maintenance this morning, so they lose respect for fibbing.

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Re: Fact-checking, we've heard about it

That preface before the broadcast of 'Ida' is loathsome, but I think it is due less to lying than it is to the nationalist bent of the Kaczynski government and their manipulation of the state broadcasters.

I have some sympathy for Poles feeling prickly about how they are represented - 60 years of hearing "Polish death camps" in publications that really ought to know better would infuriate me, too. But reacting as if every gentile Pole behaved unquestionably behaviour is absurd and diminishes the vast majority who were brave and did not collaborate with the Nazis, let alone participate in the Holocaust.

That said, Poles are free to have these discussions. Under Putin, Russians aren't.

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Re: Teleporting trucks

That automated truck will be able to communicate with the automated vehicles around it, to let them know what it's planning on doing and take away the surprise.

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: Giving them aid and comfort - no.

Depends if you consider Putins Russia to be an enemy of the US, does it not?

Putin certainly considers the US to be an enemy of Russia. The little man is paranoid, but I guess he has to live with the constant fear of defenestration.

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Re: Treason

Trump was calling for the Russians to supply evidence of Hillary's crimes.

What crimes? It's always smoke and never fire from the Clinton-haters.

Trump, on the other hand, is a proven racist, lying fraud.

Forget any claims of false equivalence, too; Trump is a threat to democracy and the world. Clinton isn't.

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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Re: There oughta be a law!

I'm a little surprised you got down-voted for promoting truth in advertising. That recent bus-based advertising campaign that had a whopper of a lie deserved a few prison sentences.

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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"So any company producing goods in the UK may start looking to relocate - it won't be a sudden thing but it will certainly start weighting decisions on where companies invest in the future."

Anyone want to hazard a guess about how long it will take Airbus (EADS) to decide that manufacturing wings in Wales and then flying them to Southern France is rather more hassle than simply manufacturing them in Southern France? It won't be the toughest sell to get a few key people to swap Flintshire for le Midi.

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Brexit government pledge sought to keep EU-backed UK science alive

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Re: brexit government?

"Anyone know who can initiate article 50?"

Here it is:

1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.

2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention.

It's vague, but given there's been a referendum I'd imagine the PM in his role as "head of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom" could simply send a letter. Passing a bill or a motion might be the way they actually do it.

I'd expect that if the remaining EU members feel they're getting jerked around with the UK govt. delaying then they might come up with a creative interpretation of "notify" and get the ball rolling.

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Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

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Re: Roaming is a very minor point

Finally, if we do vote to leave, this will split up the UK. Scotland will want another referendum, possibly Wales as well

Not to mention Northern Ireland - it'd be a case of ripping out the stiches of an unhealed wound.

Border controls would have to be reintroduced (or else the whole line about protecting the UK's borders would be meaningless); I can't imagine the local constabulary or the British Army being too keen on handling that horrible mess again.

My local shopping centre was bombed by the Real IRA only 15 years ago. It'd be nice if the peace process wasn't destabilised.

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Re: Not capitalism as we know it, Jim

I think you will find that roaming charges are basically socialist.

Wait, you're seriously suggesting that the mobile operators offer PAYG service out of the goodness of their hearts and not for profit?

The 'capitalism' answer was a bit smart-alecky but still on the money - the operators will charge whatever they can get away with it. That is unfettered capitalism in action. It doesn't matter if one thinks it's good or bad, it's a fact.

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Re: Scaremongering

More worrying is how the remain campaign official economic reports all seem to support leaving as fixing the housing market, better economic growth, bank of england interest rate rise (something we have all been waiting for) and while assuming awful trade policies as we currently have.

You are clearly confused. The Remain campaign - and 10 Nobel Prize winning economists - are all predicting a drop in GDP if the vote is to leave. If Leave is chosen then the trade policies will only remain the same if the UK govt. accept freedom of movement, which would make no sense given that that is the source of most of the complaints. No freedom of movement, no right of access to the common market. Lower house prices would be good, but the current govt. could do that just fine by introducing, say, land-taxes.

As for Turkey joining the EU: not in the foreseeable future and perhaps never if Imam Erdogan continues on his path. They meet exactly 1 of the 35 criteria and Cyprus and Greece are not afraid to use their vetos.

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Phone operators have a target of money they want to make from their customers. They'll find a way, if one door is closed another will be nudged open.

Yeah, but it would be nice if that way is making something so awesome we all say "take my money, please!" rather than just extortion.

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France POPs €800k fine on 'illegal taxi service' Uber's windshield

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Re: Good

They are amongst the worst offenders for avoiding paying any taxes.

Thanks, a good answer to a genuine question. In that respect they're very similar to Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks etc. I'm all up for taxing them properly and making the field as even as possible.

That said, it's hard not be sardonic about Black Cab drivers being used as an example of paying taxes :)

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Re: Good

Out of curiousity, what subsidy do Uber get that other cab operators don't?

Uber certainly have their share of shady practises, but taxis in France are well overdue for a shakeup. Every over-blown cliché about the French work habits - strikes, laziness, arrogance, extortion, unreliability, etc. - actually do apply to them.

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Disk death: Three-quarters of PCs will run SSDs by 2020

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Re: Gartner?

I'm reading this thread on those Windows Phones we all have now.

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Ireland's tax arrangements are as clear as a pint of Guinness

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Re: Just get rid of corporation tax

In fact, once it is offshore the horse has bolted, there is bugger all you can do short of blanket taxing 40% any financial transaction coming from Panama, Virgin Islands, etc.

Sounds like a solid idea to me!

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BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles

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Re: More than reported here?

I miss the good old days when personal culpability was the rage and if you acted the idiot and got hurt it was your fault.

When the 'hurt' is abstract then it's easy to be a bit heartless, but see it up close and it's hard to keep that attitude. An uncle of mine was squashed by a shipping container while working at a port; it was partially his fault and partially the port-operator's, but the death was entirely his.

One of my lecturers at uni showed the class a series of pictures of industrial accidents - the one that sticks was the girl with a pony-tail who was scalped when her hair was caught up in the engine of a go-kart - and the point was clear: health and safety laws are there for very, very good reasons.

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How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

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Re: An easy (pragmatic) solution

"God Mode"? You mean, the Control Panel view that lists the various helpers and utilities?

Next you'll be getting all breathless telling us how you hacked into Google using tracert.

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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Re: Councils

"it is slow and you worry for the fuckers"

It's kind of you to worry about people on bicycles, AKA mums, dads, friends, colleagues, children and other assorted fuckers.

The fact is that traffic here in London moves no faster than horse-drawn carriages did a century ago; in fact, a running chicken out-paces drivers and bicycles certainly do as well.

You may feel that cyclists are holding you up, but they aren't, other drivers going nowhere fast in their cars are.

As Chris Boardman says, cycling is just a means to an end: space (and time) efficient, reliable, cheap and healthy urban transportation. It should be supported because it's the best way to achieve this goal. You may disagree, but if you do, what is your alternative plan?

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Re: Councils

Aberdeen City Council has cut £900k from the sport and elderly care budgets, but found a million to put in a cycle lane no-one will use.

No-one? The count of cyclists in Aberdeen was up 23% in 2014; decent cycling infrastructure results in more cycling, which means less pollution, fewer road deaths, and a healthier (and wealthier) population.

It's beyond ironic to bitch about cycling on an article about potholes when road damage caused by a vehicle is proportional to the the fourth-power of the vehicle axle weight.

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Toshiba rolls out PC-busting monster: 1 terabyte TLC flash SSD

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One thing's also not noted: the PRICE ... in terms of mass market adoption, they're going to have to do something about the price first

Not really, since the value of HDDs only applies when users want and use huge drives. If they're satisifed with 256GB it's already cheaper to buy the SSD; the more that production shifts to SSDs, even the wee ones, the harder it is for HDDs to maintain economies of scale.

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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Nearly all jet passenger panes these days look so similar and boring, thank heavens for the A380.

The A380 has all the elegance of a beluga whale. It's certainly nice to fly on and is probably the most practical design possible, but no charm at all.

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Obama: What will solve America's gun problem? What could it be? *snaps fingers* Technology!

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Re: Stats for comparison

And the rabbits, wallabies, possums etc are out of hand so I'm glad I'm moving into town later this year.

The wallabies really are getting out of hand if they're ravaging sheep...

If Australian gun laws prohibit gun-owners from lending out firearms to unlicensed people, then it's hard to see a problem with that. If you want a gun, get a gun license.

Laws prohibiting shooting around dwellings are also quite sensible. Most people would prefer that there are no bullets flying anywhere near their house and family. Possums and rabbits are easy to trap and as for wallabies, they're native and cute, so let them be.

In any case you're setting up a straw man arguing about farmers when farmers would be completely unaffected by a prohibition on Glocks, AR-15s and pump-action shotguns.

Australia implemented gun control after Port Arthur and there hasn't been another massacre since; who would want to go back to the slaughter that the US experiences. Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine High - none could have happened in Australia, thankfully, and hopefully one day they won't repeat in the US.

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Re: Stats for comparison

No, people I mean.

That's a really weak counter-point you've made. Guns have a place as a tool on farms, but show me a farmer who would shoot a sheep rather than cut its throat and I'll show you a gun-nut.

Hunting and pest-control are legitimate uses for guns; neither requires a Glock, nor an AR-15, nor a pump-action shotgun. All of those are for killing people.

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Re: Stats for comparison

I guess it boils down to whether you are happy to accept a higher chance of being shot in exchange for the freedom to own a gun

When gun-nuts talk about their rights, I always wonder why they ignore the right to not get shot.

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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

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Re: Interesting justification.

NOx is only a problem when ... when idling ... during normal driving they wouldn't encounter the situation where the cheating was required

In what way is idling not part of normal driving? In the city, that's what cars are doing much of the time.

Imposing standardised tests is rather more useful than non-standardised tests; at least with standards, VW knows what cheating is 'required'. Other manufacturers might attempt to actually meet standards because people's health is important.

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Re: Interesting justification.

If true by some law of physics then all manufacturers will be equally affected.

This is the only flaw in your otherwise spot-on post; some manufacturers tried different ways of meeting the regulations, especially by selling petrol-engined cars and/or hybrid transmissions.

This is perhaps the fundamental problem: European manufacturers have committed hugely to a technology - diesels - that just can't meet the necessary standards. Saying 'tough luck' to pedestrians getting asthma and heart-disease isn't acceptable when there are superior alternative technologies in use right now.

They're right up shit creek with regulations now in the public eye, thanks to this scandal, they'll have an awful lot of trouble getting out.

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Re: 85'000 vehicles in toto?

Maybe, but the more improtant (political) point is that its 85,000 cars that aren't from good ole USofA manufacturers

About half of US auto sales are from imports and VW even have a factory in Tennessee, so nationalism doesn't seem a likely cause. The simplest explanation is that VW tried to sell an unsuitable product - diesel-engined small vehicles - and cheated so egregiously they had to be prosecuted.

On the other hand, German civil servants have done there damnedest to fudge EU standards so that their national champions can keep selling smoke-boxes, "calling for the tests to be conducted on sloping downhill tracks, and for allowing manufacturers to declare a final CO2 value 4% lower than the one measured"

Regarding the air-quality vs. CO2 trade-off; thinking locally it's understandable to prioritise the air-quality, although ideally both could be helped by promoting electric vehicles and built-environments suited to walking & cycling.

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

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Re: May not be an issue

Do you mean TCO

Yes, because manufacturing is included in the price and installation and removal is not expensive and for small installations may even be 'free' if part of the roof for a new build.

Location is of course important. Here's a headline from Texas: A Texas Utility Offers a Nighttime Special: Free Electricity. It's for wind-generated power.

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Re: May not be an issue

I'd rather take my chances with climate change. It might or might not kill me. Lack of electricity or any other energy I can afford definitely would.

It's always astonishing that people can decide when it suits them that capitalism will selectively fail. Right now you can buy solar panels at a cost that makes them supply energy at a price more or less equivalent to fossil-fuel power stations.

Yet somehow if fossil-fuels are priced to include their externalities, alternative power sources will neither be developed nor grown, despite the fact that they already exist and are being used right now.

'Greens' have encouraged fuel economy in cars - do you see the complete absence of cars or simply more efficient ones?

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Re: wrong problem

You can import food, even if it's 'too hot' to grow food

Only if you have something to pay for it with, which will be rather a problem when the petroleum runs out or becomes uneconomic, first.

The population of the UAE is 10 million, but only 1.4 million of them are citizens. Egypt, on the other hand, already has 82 million citizens and is a hell of a lot poorer.

The effects of climate change on these poor countries that are also utterly corrupt will be catastrophic.

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Re: May not be an issue

You're certainly right that with industrial monocultures, we're basically eating oil, but there are alternative methods of production that while more labour-intensive are still productive and certainly more sustainable.

Michael Pollan (he of "eat food, mostly plants, not too much" fame) has written a lot on this with Polyface Farm the best known example.

For all its horror, the casualties of WWII were 'only' 3% of the global population; going from the forecast 9 billion down to 2 would be beyond horrific and hopefully not likely.

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Re: wrong problem

You are soon looking forward to a series of wars

It's quite ironic that the US military - not known for liberal tendencies - is forecasting and preparing for these situations as an outcome of AGW, while all of the supposedly pro-military Republican candidates for president flatly deny the existence of AGW.

It's going to be hellish in the worst-affected countries. Yemen is already a disaster heading for a catastrophe.

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Re: I would build down not up.

Not on the Central Line in August.

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Exposed Volkswagen 'n' pals get 2 more YEARS to sort out emissions

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@chris

My other half will easily get 65+MPG out of my car whilst i struggle to get in the 40's.

Speaking heuristically, it might be because you drive like a selfish prick and your other half doesn't.

Or do you only drive when the boat is towed?

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Re: Speaking as someone who breathes air, better air quality can't come too soon.

The proper perspective is that VW lied and cheated and people have died as a result. Not even VW customers, but people who had no choice but to breathe the pollution of VW vehicles.

Everyone knows about externalities, right?

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Re: Here's a plan!

The technology is already available - and in use - for instant roadside testing of emissions. It combines with license plate recognition (and therefore car make, model & year) to give real-world statistics.

This offers a simple solution: manufacturers vouch for their emissions levels and if they aren't met in real-world sampling then they pay a whopping fine per vehicle.

It would also have the benefit of catching owners who re-program the ECU, modify the exhaust etc.

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Re: Speaking as someone who breathes air, better air quality can't come too soon.

7 downvotes? There are that many people who prefer to breathe dirty air and want to keep it that way?

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Herbie Goes Under Investigation: German prosecutors probe ex-VW CEO Winterkorn

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VW has met the letter of the law

VW has publicly admitted cheating.

the climate change/eco scam is a multi billion $/£/€ business

NOx kills.

had the Australian PM removed

So this is all part of the Anti-Abott-pro-Obama-space-lizard conspiracy? You might want to step away from the screen and experience the real world - you'll find it surprisingly different to what you think.

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Re: he was unaware of the "defeat device"

"However, that's not a reason to jail him, and what this article is about is criminal liability (if any)."

In Common Law countries there's the concept of Vicarious Liability, which could make him subject to prosecution.

I don't buy that he was unaware. Breaking into the US market was strategic for VW and they attempted it by mass-marketing diesels, unlike any other manufacturer. Only wilful ignorance could explain Winterkorn - a well known control freak - failing to ask his staff how they were going to achieve this miracle.

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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As the EU likewise did to Intel & Microsoft (and deservedly then, too!)

Hopefully, any such fine levied will hurt VW enough to discourage such practices and cause some high-level heads to roll.

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