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Comment: iPod, iPhone, iPad. (Score 1) 389

People said at the time that Apple would never sell 1M iPods, or iPhones, or iPads. They've sold hundreds of millions of these things. In each of these categories they sold more than 1000x more than what all previous manufacturers in those categories had every sold...combined.

No guarantee they'll do the same here--but everyone who has bet against them before has been catastrophically wrong.

Comment: Why is this great big lie so appealing? (Score 1) 221

by Brannon (#49210855) Attached to: New Concept Tire Could Recharge Car Battery

Is it because you love your ICE car so much and you need to rationalize its continued use? Is it because you hate people who like electric cars because their politics are different than yours? Why are you so desperate to believe something that is so obviously silly?

Incontrovertible facts:

1. Electric cars are 3x as efficient as gas cars. 100mpge+ is common for electric cars.
2. The grid is dirtier is some places than in others, but it gets greener everywhere over time (through the introduction of renewable energy sources and improved efficiencies & scrubbers located at energy plants). So, the installed base of electric cars immediately become *greener* each year while ICE cars only become greener when the car is replaced--and it is *much* cheaper to make grid power cleaner than ICE cars.

With these two facts in hand any sane person would be very skeptical of claims about ICE cars being greener than electric cars--VERY skeptical.

Your link is pointing out that the grid is currently pretty dirty in some places in the world--and then you say that in 80% of the world it doesn't reduce carbon footprint to buy an electric car.

For one, it doesn't matter where all the people live, it matters where all the miles are driven--and there are about 3x as many miles driven per year in the US than in all of Asia, despite Asia having 10x as many people: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=us+auto+miles+driven+per+year+vs.+asia+auto+miles+driven+per+year

Secondly, as I said earlier: the grid gets cleaner every year and it is *much* cheaper to improve the carbon footprint of a handful of power plants than in a couple billion individual ICE cars.

Comment: The last mile should be regulated (Score 1) 391

by Brannon (#49155301) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

It's absurd for everyone to have parallel high-speed links into their homes to enable competition, just as it would be absurd to have multiple parallel sewage or electrical networks. Instead there should be a single last-mile network that is heavily regulated (including net neutrality) and then let the companies compete on everything else

Comment: The old "Apple doesn't invent anything" meme (Score 1) 196

by Brannon (#49096703) Attached to: A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees

This is where a group of idiots declares that Apple doesn't invent anything, their employees only "integrate" technology invented elsewhere. As someone who (a) invents hardware technology for a living, and (b) doesn't work for Apple, I can tell you with absolute certainty that you are completely full of shit. Apple does a huge amount of hardware R & D.

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.