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Comment: Re: Time (Score 1) 175

by drinkypoo (#49610581) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Some time in the future, noise and exhaust pipes will no longer be associated with "power", but rather "wastefulness". That is when electrics really will shine.

That's already how most people feel in most of the world. Big loud exhausts are seen as a cry for help, expensive cars as a penis substitute, etc. And now, all the most aggressive American cars have forced induction. Even superchargers mute the engine note, and turbochargers also quiet the exhaust, so this is the beginning of the end of loud. It will still be a thing, but it won't be a thing you can just go buy off the lot, because emissions regulations will kill it by driving people towards more technology instead of more liters.

I know the Hellcat is kind of a conspicuous counterexample, but they won't likely be able to continue to make vehicles like that much longer, so enjoy them while they're here.

Comment: Re:Time (Score 1) 175

by drinkypoo (#49610541) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

There is significantly less room for electrics here, since bikes can already quite easily be very efficient,

It takes an expensive and/or gutless motorcycle driven gently to be efficient, and it's well-known that most motorcycles have atrocious emissions. That's only changed recently... and it's made them very expensive. That's a lot of motivation to keep old bikes around, forestalling the adoption of emissions technologies. Motorcyclists are in general more reluctant to adopt new technologies, which makes sense when you are going to be rushing along over the road protected by some leather or nylon and a plastic brain bucket and with all those technologies stuffed up your ass. You want to be pretty sure they're not going to blow up.

That said, EVs aren't exactly new tech any more, and yes there are a number of contenders these days, put those things together and you get my GP comment.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 17

um of course they would, that is why so much protection is built around the process.

That was one of the things that Manning talked about with the snitch Adrian Lamo; that the process was designed to blind wikileaks themselves from direct knowledge of the leaker's identity; because it would be a liability to everyone involved.

By not knowing, they have to take other measures to carefully validate leaked information since they can't rely on the credentials of a source. Its obviously a series of trade offs.

However, its really the only viable way to operate, since they know they can never ensure total security, the best thing they can do to protect their sources is to actually not know themselves.

Comment: Facebook is G+'s best advertising (Score 1) 42

If Facebook keeps driving people away, maybe one day G+ will be more than an also-ran.

Facebook was making me hate people I thought I knew. G+ makes me hate people I don't know, yes, but it also makes me like people I don't know, so that's still infinitely superior to facebook.

Comment: Re:Learn to read (Score 1) 417

by drinkypoo (#49610207) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

"I am in no way defending either the loud xenophobic fascist Wilders or anyone that wants to take a shot at him.",

Saying that doesn't make it true, and it isn't. By saying that they shouldn't have done what they did, you are blaming the victim. Thus, you are defending the actions of the gunmen, by placing blame on the victims. Stop it, because you're really being an offensive piece of shit and we must either ignore you or respond aggressively to your failure to defend the first amendment.

Comment: Re:tip of the iceberg (Score 1) 417

by drinkypoo (#49610199) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Did Charlie Hebdo engage in deliberately pissing on someone's beliefs?

Yes. And that specific right must be protected or freedom of speech is lost. The right to mock an idea is probably the second-most important right in the category of ideas, just after the right to have them and just before the right to espouse them.

Comment: Re:tip of the iceberg (Score 5, Insightful) 417

by drinkypoo (#49610191) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Then join with me in BBQ pig in a synagogue.

That is a stupid thing to say in one way, and an insightful thing to say in another. The radical Islamics consider the whole world their temple, and it doesn't matter where you do the things they don't want you to do, they reserve the right to murder you for it. So it's a stupid thing to say because this wasnt done in anyone's temple, and it's an insightful thing to say because it doesn't matter if you do it in their temple, they'll try to kill you for it anyway.

I'd make them have their international trollfest way out in the desert so bystanders don't get killed if someone takes the bait.

That's because you do not believe in the first amendment or freedom of speech, and so you can safely shut up now because nobody sane or interested in building a better society is interested in what you have to say.

Comment: Re:Don't Have to Try Very Hard at All (Score 1) 417

by drinkypoo (#49610183) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

There you go, apparently Good Christian Values can lead to peoples violent deaths also.. I guess all Christians must also be murderous bastards?

Christianity is also a religion which needs to be stamped out, over time. But there was a time when it was killing people for their beliefs, or on that excuse, and it had to be reined in. This has happened, so now we can move on to Islam, which is the current largest problem in religion.

Unless we label them all.....

Fine with me, but just realize that they're not going to all get the same labels. It's a fact that not all religions are identical, one of which you should not need reminding.

Comment: Re: The Perfect Bait (Score 1) 417

by drinkypoo (#49610169) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

It's not so strange that some cultures still think that way and provoking them won't help.

Of course it will. It will help us find the craziest members so we can shoot them, before they shoot us. And the sad thing is that this isn't even fucking hyperbole. It's the gospel truth, it's fact, it was illustrated right here.

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