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Comment Sprint did this to me (Score 1) 161

I was a founding joiner of Sprint. Worked for Qualcomm, got a good deal on a Qualcomm candy bar. Anyway, I had unlimited data and a pretty good price on Sprint for about 10 years. Then they let me know they are moving me to a 3 gig plan and I get to pay a bit more for it. I said no thanks and moved to AT&T. That was 10 years ago. Sprint has spent time and money trying to woo people like me back. I think of the 1000's of $ that Sprint did not make off of me in an attempt to gouge every last cent out of me. When AT&T come and tell me that I no longer have unlimited data, I'll find something else. But AT&T not attempting to renegotiate my plans has resulted in a family of 5's iPhones, and iPhone upgrades and a $200 a month plus plan. Hum, $2400 a year * 10 years is $24,000. So Sprint, that is what your brilliant plan to gouge me cost you.

Same with cable. Went to satelite. Now I am planning to drop off satellite and use my unlimited AT&T LTE connection feed my house.

Comment Where is a source for raw temperature datasets? (Score 1) 405

There are 5 major sources of global temperature data which are most often referred to. Three of them are estimates of surface temperature, from NASA GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies), HadCRU (Hadley Centre/Climate Research Unit in the U.K.), and NCDC (National Climate Data Center). The other two are estimates of lower-troposphere temperature, from RSS (Remote Sensing Systems) and UAH (Univ. of Alabama at Huntsville). All are anomaly data, i.e., the difference between temperature at a given time and that during a baseline period. They tend not to be on the same baseline; for GISS the baseline is 1951 to 1980, for HadCRU it’s 1961 to 1990, for NCDC it’s the 20th century, and for satellite data the baseline is 1979 to 1999. Since they use different baselines, they’re on a different scale, i.e., each has its own zero point for temperature. To compare them, we need to use the same zero point for all.

I didn't realize that Celsius is a flexible scale. Turns out that zero for temperature, changes based on the location on earth and who is producing the data. There are baselines and anomalies that must be manipulated, indexed and massaged before it can be released for general consumption. Note that all the data sets are comprised of estimates of surface and air data. A synonym for estimate is "guess". Berkeley has datasets but only release the ones that they have manipulated. Why can the public not have access to the raw data? Probably for the same reason that Hillary hides her email.

If you want people to accept AGW, make the data available, straight from the sensors and thermometers. Until then, it looks like a scam to extract more money from the masses. Fuel in CA is $1 a gallon more than the rest of the country, thanks to cap and trade. Cap and trade is merely a scheme to remove more money from the working man's wallet and put it in the coffers for big business and government. When traffic lights are synchronized, and the US gets serious about public transportation, then I will believe that we have a carbon problem and that the government is actively doing something to reduce it.

FYI, I drive electric cars and have solar panels. It makes good economic sense. It also helps insulate me from the idiots who keep raising the costs of living.

Comment Re: Climate change is politics (Score 2) 416

A bunch of people marked this down as Troll. Not certain how this post qualifies, other than it goes against the grain of Slashdot's predominant stance that global warming is real. The main idea of the post is true. Carbon credits is a construct created for taking money from the middle class. Rich people spend a much smaller portion of their income on energy so the carbon taxes have minimal impact. They will just absorb the higher costs of energy and go on with their lives. Middle class workers will bear the brunt of the taxes. In California, gas is $1 more then in other states and moving higher. All it does is reduce the discretionary income of that single mom working two jobs to feed her children.

Whether climate change is real or not, the politicians are using both sides to strike fear and uncertainty into the masses. Instead of coming up with solutions to the problem,, they are finding ways to increase tax revenue. The carbon will continue to pour into our atmosphere and all that will have been accomplished is that Al Gore will now have more jets to pollute our world. The seas are still going to rise, the weather extremes will get worse and people are going to die off.

Comment Re:Only 30 Grand? (Score 1) 426

The TDI will consume two time the energy to transit A to B then a Volt. That is why electric cars have an MPGe rating. For $1.60 worth of electricity, I can travel ~44 miles. This depends on temperature as it ranges from 38 to 50 miles per charge. How far can a TDI go on $1.60 worth of diesel? Does this clear if up for you?

Comment Re:Double nope (Score 4, Insightful) 426

I drive a Volt. You've probably seen the back side of it if you drive around San Diego. Yep, it's very zippy in the 0 to 50 mph range. It is pretty rare that the engine drives the wheels. I have had it for 2 1/2 years and have 50k miles on it. The finish, interior and performance are the same as the day I bought it. GM did an outstanding job on this vehicle. The maintenance costs are extremely low. I've changed the oil twice and not because the car was telling me to. I just got uncomfortable not changing the oil. The brake pads are at 99%. They rarely get used. After driving around, you can touch the brake pads and they will still be cold. The engine in the Volt is really more like a generator. Nothing too complicated about that. The only problem this car has is the ignorant who put forth a worthless opinion that others then parrot as fact. I'd buy another Volt in a heart beat. Oh wait, I did, for my wife. It drives as well as mine does.

Comment Re:Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans... (Score 1) 784

When I was a kid, early 1970's our government was making plans to cover the ice caps with soot to help alleviate the coming ice age. We are after all, at the end of an inter-glacial warming period. Unfortunately, carbon dioxide constitutes 0.04% of our atmosphere. IF there is a CO2 warming link, we'd have to get the CO2 up to 4% of the atmosphere to stave off the next ice age.

google "Next Ice Age". Man typically does better in a warm climate than a cold climate. Women look better in bikinis than parkas. Choose wisely.

Comment Humans have the attention span of a gnat. (Score 1) 379

Wildfires have been with us for a long time.

Some of the largest occurred in the 1800's when we didn't have the means to fight them. But politicians today want more money so they claim the fires are getting worse. Funny, I remember a few California wildfires in the 70s that were much worse than the San Diego fires we just had. Santa Ana winds are just something that Southern California locals have been dealing with for a VERY long time. The problem for San Diego is the arsonists. Three of them were just arrested. Another problem is aging transformers. We have had a number of the explode here recently and they typically start fires. The secondary transformer across for my mother's house is seriously rusted and it's only a matter of time. California's biggest threats is state insolvency and our power infrastructure. Sacramento would rather spend it on the booty train, impose fire fees and raise taxes.

Comment Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (Score 1) 578

Except that it isn't a few hundred $ a month. I went online to discover what it would cost me to replace my current employer's plan with an "equivalent" Covered CA plan, The cost was almost $19k a year or $1500 a month. My company sends a yearly statement regarding the value of my benefits. They priced it at $18k. The year before, it was 11k. BTW, my very large company had been conducting clandestine layoffs at the highest levels. I'm pretty sure they can thank Obamacare for that gift.

"Trust me. I know what I'm doing." -- Sledge Hammer