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

by BravoZuluM (#48794447) Attached to: Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

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

by BravoZuluM (#48794275) Attached to: Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

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

by BravoZuluM (#47040331) Attached to: Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

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

by BravoZuluM (#47038347) Attached to: Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

Wildfires have been with us for a long time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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

by BravoZuluM (#46474821) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

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.

Comment: Re:Google's Aura (Score 1) 240

by BravoZuluM (#46465001) Attached to: Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

The incompetent lawyers hire the additional incompetent lawyers. It was hell just getting our lawyers to understand that ftping source over the network through open source routers and servers did not make the transmitted code open source. The name LGPL needs to be changed so that the letters "GPL" does not appear in the acronym. Our lawyers screech, "GPL! GPL!" "Uh no, it's LGPL" "But it's GPL!" Our lawyers are fine with the BSD license so maybe we can call it the LBSD license. :-)

Our lawyers, quashing innovation one bad decision at a time.

+ - Anti-Polygraph Instructor Targeted by Feds Goes Public 1

Submitted by George Maschke
George Maschke (699175) writes "Last year, the McClatchy newspaper group reported on a federal criminal investigation into individuals offering instruction on how to pass polygraph tests. The ongoing investigation, dubbed "Operation Lie Busters," has serious free speech implications, and one of the two men known to have been targeted is presently serving an 8-month prison term. The other, Doug Williams, himself a former police polygrapher, has this week for the first time gone public with the story of federal agents' February 2013 raid on his office and home. Williams, who has not been charged with a crime but remains in legal jeopardy, is selling his story in an e-book. Public interest website AntiPolygraph.org (which I co-founded) has published a synopsis."

+ - Ask Slashdot: Copyleft, permissive license, or something else?

Submitted by Jason Baker
Jason Baker (3502325) writes "It may be an age-old discussion, but whether to choose a copyleft license, a permissive license, or something in the middle is still a hot topic of discussion. There's certainly a philosophical argument to be made for going with copyleft, but sometimes, the complications just aren't worth it. Philosophy aside, permissive licenses just seem simpler to use. Time is a precious comodity, and writing code is just more fun than spend time figuring out the complex licensing chains that are sometimes attached to copyleft projects. How do you balance the demands of time versus philosophical purity?"

+ - With No Guidance from Google, Makers Creating Own Glass Accessories->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Google remains tight-lipped about its roadmap for Google Glass, and its population of early-adopter "Explorers" remains small. Nonetheless, a growing collection of engineers, designers, and artists are creating their own accessories and add-ons for Glass — some of them useful, others totally whimsical. For example, there's Brooklyn designer Todd Blatt, who's relying on a 3D printer to churn out Glass accessories such as tiny flower-pots and pencil holders (not so useful) as well as a plastic camera cover (useful, at least for anyone in the vicinity who likes their privacy). Small firms such as GPOP and Remotte are likewise exploring how to best skin, dangle, screw, and attach hardware to Glass that makes it operate in whole new ways. (The avenues for exploration have opened up with the second generation of Google Glass, which includes a small screw in the right arm that can double as a mounting point for new tech.) Google seems to have no choice but to let this growing ecosystem thrive, even if some of the modifications (such as camera covers) don't necessarily suit its interests. But will the company actually say something about it?"
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