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Comment: Re:EVs are a PITA (Score 1) 209 209

Obviously the outcome was suspected before going, but he does claim that he did call them up and be very clear before he was going where he was going, and that the card still didn't work; a subsequent call solved the problem, but in the moment it would still be highly frustrating. But returning to the first point, if you suspect it will go this way, then yes the whole video is an attempt to sell us the idea (for whatever reason) that if you buy an i3, you'd better buy the range extender. I, of course, am using it to sell the idea that EVs need lots of range, and since there are some relatively cheap ones coming out which suit the description better than the i3, which is not quite BMW's message. With that said, I wouldn't buy a Bolt, either :)

Comment: Re:Biofuels? Hmm (Score 1) 209 209

The problem with biofuels is you need to grow them somewhere and if they're normal plants (as opposed to algae)

Well, your comment does include the solution. Algae can be grown at most latitudes and in most water. The waste from the process can be composted safely anywhere. What's not to like?

Comment: Re:EVs are a PITA (Score 1) 209 209

and yet, everybody that owns EVs (real EVs, not hybrids like the volt or the I3),

You can buy the i3 as an EV. It's got piss-poor range, though.

Why? Because they are far less hassles than ICE cars.

Look, the average age of the American fleet is currently at a record high of 11 years. That means that of the people with money for new cars, most of them have still got warranties. So what are they going to buy? They're going to buy what's familiar. If you have a warranty and a decent dealer then it's not a big deal if your ICE fails. You get a loaner and they replace your motor, or whatever. Who cares?

I have argued frequently and passionately that EVs will be superior to ICEs once they get the range up around the same place as ICEs. But you can get cars with ICEs that get over 600 miles on one fill, and it's unusual for one to get less than 300 on a tank. There's lots of reasons to love EVs, but cars are about convenience and it's not convenient to have to rent another car. I bought a car so I could go places in it, not so I could rent another car when I want to go far away.

Comment: Re:Carbon Footprint (Score 1) 209 209

I suspect that switching from my petrol-powered car to an electric vehicle would actually increase the amount of greenhouse gas emissions I generate.

you would be wrong, even if 100% of your power comes from coal you'd still reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. you do however increase your radioactive isotope emissions...

Comment: Re:That pretty much sums it up (Score 1) 209 209

The model S is luxurious and looks good, no doubt about that. It is the first EV that people actually get enthusiastic about, and one that even petrol heads might want, after test driving one. Still, subsidies also help.

Over here, you'll see tons of Tesla taxicabs, and a lot of freelancers drive them as well. The reason? Subsidies. If you have a company, buying a Tesla on the company means that you:
- don't pay 21% VAT (since it's on the company)
- don't pay the special extra tax on cars (the tax is zero for EVs; on some cars the tax (ex VAT!) exceeds the factory price of the car)
- receive an extra "small scale environmental investment" subsidy (or rather, your company does)
- can deduct the price of the car and the operating cost from your company's profits.
Of course if you drive your company car for private trips as well, you pay a tax: a certain percentage of the sticker value of the car is added to your income. This goes up to 24% I believe, and it's a lot of money given the insanely high sticker prices (due to taxes), and the high income tax (many people are in the 42% or 51% bracket). But for an EV, the tax for private use used to be 0% (it's now 4%). All in all, you get to drive a car with an €80,000 sticker price for a net sum of perhaps €25,000. And then there's the savings in fuel cost and road tax.

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 209 209

There's a good chance the vehicle that'll need replacing will be the minivan. There are no electric minivans.

There will be, sooner or later. The crossover trend is going to double back around and become the minivan again. If I were to build one myself, though, I'd start with a Previa. The mid-engine layout ought to lend itself. Most of the existing ones are VW microbuses, but those are expensive and also instadeath in a big collision.

Comment: Re:Preening Progressive Prius Pricks (Score 3, Informative) 209 209

No law needed, once the government stop subsidizing oil diesel and gas vehicles will be as expensive to drive as they are in other countries and electric will start to look a lot more attractive.

Without government granting bullshit patents we'd have carbon-negative biofuels for our diesels by now. They'd still make acid rain, of course, but they wouldn't be contributing to carbon release. And you'd fill them up with bio-based crankcase lube, too — it's better when you run biofuels, because of the compatibility of the blow-by gases.

Comment: Re:There should be a wavier on birth (Score 1) 99 99

As to insurance companies... wrong. If that were so then car insurance and home insurance etc would be sky high expensive.

Ah yes, as you continue the argument from ignorance. Car insurance costs you vastly more than it costs to provide it, and a great deal of that is the way the insurance industry manipulates the situation. They total repairable vehicles, for example. And my landlords are paying two grand a year just for fire insurance.

why is uniquely health insurance so expensive?

It isn't.

Of all the organizations that are responsible for the high cost of medical case, health insurance companies are the least to blame.

The more health care costs, the more they can skim off. It's not rocket surgery. They also manipulate the system by preferring to pay for procedures in which they've invested.

You blame the health insurance companies for the high prices. Explain to me please how they conspire to inflate costs when somehow their profits are so low? Where is the money going if THEY are keeping it?

Into private pockets, obviously. Also not rocket surgery.

Comment: Re:That was the funniest part to me (Score 1) 122 122

The claim that Sweden would hand him over to the US. Were I to worry about anyone in the EU doing that, it would be the UK. [...] So they would be the one I would peg to hand him over all quiet like, if anyone.

What's hilarious is that the reason why this isn't a realistic threat is contained in the comment to which you just replied: "Under an EAW surrender, the sending state has certain rights and responsibilities - for example, if a request comes for extradition to a third party, it has to not only go through the receiving state's judiciary system, but also the sending state's judiciary system; the receiving state can't just hand off someone that they received under an EAW at will." By traveling to the UK, Assange made himself harder to touch.

The other thing I find amusing is that this same thread contains people complaining about Assange not releasing every bit of information he has wholesale, and people assuming that he doesn't know things that he's not telling everyone, and in many cases they are the same people.

Comment: Re:slashdot (Score 2) 122 122

Steve Jobs was a cruel narcissist, but he "had to be" to turn Apple into what it is.

I am generally anti-Apple and think Steve Jobs was a massive cock, but I still think that's true. Look at how ineffectual Apple is without him.

Linus Torvalds has on occasion treated people nastily, but that's something to be absolutely admired and never criticized.

It's often criticized, and over the last few conversations on the subject I'd say that the tone on slashdot has been more muted, with less support for his level of abuse. On the other hand, when has Linus gone off on someone who hadn't definitely earned a less-than-polite brush-off?

Hans Reiser was being persecuted because he was a geek.

Where are those people now? We haven't heard from them basically since... well, you know. Since their argument got taken away.

Terry Childs was the epitome of integrity for locking out his supervisors.

He was in a position of awesome responsibility and performed his job duties to the best of his ability. That's a fairly useless level of integrity in my opinion, but yeah, a very high level as well. He was only arrested after actually having made arrangements to hand over the passwords, as well.

Julian Assange isn't a self-obsessed narcissist, he's the noble target of an international conspiracy to besmirch his good name.

Oh no, he's both. He's an easy target, but still a target.

If he is accused of committing a crime in Sweden, he should fight those charges in Sweden.

Yes, and they should have pressed those charges the first time, rather than dropping them, then raising them again. The whole thing stinks.

Comment: Re:Exactly what I was thinking (Score 1) 84 84

ATI has also been dicking around with mantle, anyone could have told them we didn't need another proprietary standard and now they have announced they are not going to be improving it in the future. So hopefully they will return to their core mission of making drivers that people will actually use. They're not very good at it, so I understand why they'd want to work on a research project that no one will use, but I'm sure it's a bit frustrating for the people who haven't learned not to buy ATI graphics cards.

Comment: EVs are a PITA (Score 3, Informative) 209 209

The problem is that the overall experience is more of a PITA than just shoving fuel in the tank. Obviously this assumes you ignore externalities, but that's the norm so it's a safe assumption. Once more of these issues are ironed out then there will be less anxiety and more purchases.

It seems like 2016 is the year of EVs with more than 200 miles of range (more than one or two of them anyway) so perhaps this will be a big uptake year, but more infrastructure will more or less "always" be required.

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