Really? I've heard those rumors (that many car makers build cars that try to detect whether they are tested) years ago. The reasoning back then was that hybrid cars could cheat the results, by completely emptying their batteries during the 20 minute test...
Well, it's not R&D I work with. And it is possible, that this "feature" was not even developed by VW itself, but by a supplier. However, someone must have known this within the company. And since the CEO is also head of the R&D department.....
Gune: [holding up a small device] Does this look familiar? Do you know what it is?
Neither do I. I made it last night in my sleep.
Apparently I used Gindrogac. Highly unstable.
Gune: I put at button on it. Yes. I wish to press it,
but I'm not sure what will happen if I do.
The reaction of the French president is the right thing. It's not like he would be a political prisoner or something. There is a European arrest warrent against him. In Sweden, he would get a fair trial at a european court. If his case even would go to trial.
I think we need to believe in Europe and that also means that we have to accept european arrest warrents. We can also reasonably believe that all EU member states have acceptable standards when it comes to human rights and fair trial.
Yeah, because something the Swedes did to two low profile suspected terrorists 14 years ago and subsequently paid substantial damages for is exactly how they'll treat an expensively-advised public figure in a high profile case. Their desperation to put him on a rendition flight to Guantanamo Bay, even if it means jeopardising their extradition treaties with the EU, is illustrated by the incredible lengths Assange had to go to board a routine passenger flight to leave the country the day after his lawyer had been notified of his impending arrest.
>In Sweden, he would get a fair trial at a european court. If his case even would go to trial. Then he would be extradited to the U.S. by treaty, where he would be exposed to the horrors of the American Justice System.
Do you switch channels on your TV when the commercials start and switch back when the show resumes? Blocking online ads is basically the same. i.e. perfectly legitimate.
Only you hurt the creator more online, since the advertisers can now measure the views+clicks. Which is also perfectly fair - They should not have to pay for ads nobody sees. This would also be fair on TV - But there it's impossible to measure.
IIRC, in Austria, police CAN ask you about your name and home address at any time, and they can even bring you to the police office if they don't believe you and you don't have an ID to prove it. Even though we don't have an "Ausweispflicht" like Germany, having an ID with you can be a good thing in this situation.
They are not allowed to search you without a reason (In theory. I heared that they might just say "I think I smelled cannabis" and then they have a reason.)
Disclaimer: IANAL, and maybe I got some details wrong.
IIRC in the Netherlands they introduced an ID carrying requirement for anyone over the age of 17 or thereabouts. Makes things less complicated in case of having to check your age when buying alcohol, or when you get pulled over for whatever reason, or even when you get into an accident and need to be identified.
The reasons sound very compelling, but I think one reason is missing. I would suggest that the main reason streetcars survived in many cities in Europe, but not in the USA is:
Here in Europe, public transport is not done by privately owned companies, but by the Cities themselves. So the city is very interested in keeping them running.
And it can also keep the fares low by tax subsidies. For example, here in Linz (AT), I only pay €285,00 instead of €444,34 for an annual ticket, because the city of Linz pays the rest for its residents.
The article pointed out that the issue was because of the fare lock-ins, not because they were private. Do you realize how ridiculous 5 cents is, even for 1920? That's like 59 cents in todays buying power.
Even the subsidized 285 Euro price you pay for a yearly pass could have afforded multiple rides nearly every day paying per ride at those rates.
They were stupid enough to do it to the companies, there is little reason to believe they wouldn't have caved to the same political pressure from constituents to keep the prices low if they were operating it.
Austria also lost lots of streetcars to the cars and so did many other cities in Europe. A big reason for that was the switch to the right for traffic. As there were alternatives there was sometimes no reason to keep the trams.
Reminds me of the switch from streetcars to cars - who in their right mind would want to start polluting the city? Maybe back then the air quality was atrocious anyway because of all the inner city industry and heating.
And in Edinburgh, no wait they don't, yes they do. Eh no, they don't.
(Joke explainer for the non-Scots: Edinburgh began building a street-car (tram) system some years ago, massively over budget and a huge political mess, it is now as good as shelved. There is one tram but it doesn't move, but you can look at it if you want to).
I may as well reply somewhat late to say the final route goes from the airport to York Place, which isn't even the complete phase 1. Or the complete Phase 1a. They basically seem to have reached to the point where the route linked the airport to the main train station and decided to call it a day.
"Atomic Rockets" has a section about "Dark Matter Planets" on their "Weird Astronomy" page. Those planets could even be heated to temperatures where liquid water can exist by exotic particles - If they are close enough to the galactic center...
If the forest dies and is replaced by desert again, you're right. Assuming the forest survives, dying trees will be replaced by new one, and the result is that new forest areas means more biomass to keep CO2 sequestered on an ongoing basis.
IIRC it does not help because the trees will decay into CO2 after they die
Only if you let them rot. If you were to burn the trees then you'd have a useful energy sourse and a significant amount (50% for an open fire, up to 90% in a specially designed burner) of the carbon would be turned in to charcoal which doesn't rot down to CO2 and be returned to the ground as fertiliser for the next round of trees.