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Comment: Re:so... (Score 1) 68

by Charliemopps (#47587195) Attached to: Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year

but the vast majority of electricity is produced from coal.

You think that 39% is a "vast majority"? The US is rapidly moving from coal to natural gas because the price of natural gas is falling as domestic production increases. All in all, an electric car creates slightly less pollution than a Prius.

http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=427&t=3

Coal 39%
Natural Gas 27%
Nuclear 19%
Hydropower 7%

In comparison with anything else? I do. An 11% spread would be a landslide in an election. I suppose I could have used better phrasing on that line, fine: "Coal is the biggest source of electricity in this country by a wide margin" Is that better?

But lets assume the whole country was on natural gas. That makes a difference how? It's still a fossil fuel, and after transmission and charging losses it's still probably less efficient than Gasoline. You put less CO2 into the atmosphere just burning gasoline than using an electric car. The only way electric cars make sense is if the power plant isn't producing CO2... either because it's nuclear or if they're sequestering it. You could go with hydroelectric but that has it's own environmental problems.

The entire country could switch to electric cars tomorrow and nothing would change in regards to our CO2 problem. In fact, it would likely get worse. If you want to get the newest fanciest car just because it's cool... fine... but realize what you're doing is no different then the assholes with the Hummers. Your cool is at the expense of my climate.

Comment: Re:Thanks for the pointless scaremongering (Score 1) 346

7000 people will die of the influenza in Liberia this year. That's nearly ten times the number of people that have died from Ebola. It's almost more than the number of people that have died of Ebola in all of human history. You are falling victim to hype by news agencies that want views and clicks. Why aren't doctors speaking out about this? They are, the news media aren't putting them on. Calming people down, makes them turn off the news. Can't have that happen.

I know you've seen a lot of scary made-for-TV movies and what-not, but despite that, there is no disease that can penetrate a hazmat suit. Period.
If my wife contracted this, I'd put on the suit and go right in and give her a hug. There would be absolutely no risk to me. None, zero, nadda.

Comment: so... (Score -1, Troll) 68

by Charliemopps (#47584983) Attached to: Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year

So... not to stir up a hornets nest... but everyones aware that electric cars produce more pollution than gas right?

If you live near a nuclear plant, ok, maybe not... but the vast majority of electricity is produced from coal. Gasoline engines are terrible... only 30% efficient or so... but coals only 40% efficient. Add to that 6% losses in AC transmission lines... then the Tesla charger is only 80% efficient in practical applications (The instructions say its 90% but that's under optimum circumstances) These things consume a lot more fossil fuels than Gasoline cars ever would.

Sadly, unless we start building a lot more nuclear power plants, this will be terrible for the environment, especially CO2 levels.

Granted they will solve the problem of the soccer mom that's been driving around that mini van from 1998 and has no idea what a spark plug is much less a tuneup. People like that are almost solely responsible for smog in this country.

Comment: Re:Thanks for the pointless scaremongering (Score 4, Insightful) 346

What I find slightly curious is that they'd bother to transport the patient for a disease that (at present) has no treatment other than supportive therapy to try to keep the symptoms from killing you. The Liberian medical system is not exactly a shining star; but this isn't one of those "Oh, sure, we could cure that; but this hospital doesn't have an endoscopic microsurgery suite and we'd need $250k worth of drugs that you can't even buy here." diseases.

Is there a research interest? Is supportive therapy that much better here and the CDC is the place with isolation expertise? What advantage is being sought?

Because it's the right thing to do. Both of these people are heros, and had the bravery to travel to a remote foreign land and care for a people the majority of us didn't even know exist. They've a level of humanity that's rare in Americans, and we should celebrate that just like we'd protect a wounded soldier. You're not going to die alone in a foreign land. You'll receive the best care possible, and if you die, you'll be around your family when it happens. Because that's the right thing to do. Let people volunteer to care for them. I'm sure there are plenty that would do so. I would.

Comment: Re:Yes, let's do this. (Score -1, Troll) 346

Don't worry, Texas will be ground zero for this once the virus crosses over a now nonexistent border. Though I'm sure the feds will be all to happy to have border control between the states, just not the one's seperating nations.

Because of all those dirty foreigners? Take your Xenophobic nonsense to Anne Coulters site and leave slashdot out of it thank you.

Comment: Re:Yes, let's do this. (Score 4, Informative) 346

Let's bring all the diseases here. What could go wrong?

They are all, already here. If you think they aren't, you're rather foolish. The difference here is this case got the media's attention. You literally have to get the carriers bodily fluids in your mouth to catch this. That's only happening in areas with sanitation so poor that hardly exist in this country, or if you're in healthcare and taking care of the victims. Which, btw, is what both these people were doing. They're heros, and should be treated as such.

Comment: Re:What a bunch of pansies (Score 1) 346

Its not perfectly safe, but that's fine. This disease just isn't that dangerous to the general population. Yes, the symptoms are horrific, but it's very difficult to catch, you're not contagious for that long, and it kills you fairly rapidly. HIV is far far more dangerous. You're contagious for the rest of your life. You don't display symptoms for DECADES. Even in Africa, where there is little medical care, poor sanitation and little medicine, it's only killed a few hundred people.

Bringing someone with the flu virus into this country would kill more people, and we do that every winter.

Comment: Re:What a bunch of pansies (Score 1) 346

22 days is a very very short incubation period. You have to remember, these disease are very difficult to pass from person to person. The bad ones happen because of repeated exposure over and over again. Even if I placed Ebola directly on your skin right now, you'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than catching it. During the flue season, literally everything you touch is covered in the virus, yet you still have a relatively low chance of getting the flu. And the Flu virus is far more advanced than a giant bacteria!

In the end Ebola is not all that dangerous because it kills the host very rapidly. If it were less immediately deadly, it would be far more dangerous. But the symptoms come on no rapidly, and are so horrific, no one will go near the patient when the contract it.

Comment: Eegads! (Score 1) 346

I've seen nothing but panic on this Ebola issue.
It's not the end of the world. You have little to worry about, the media is making a stick out of it to get more clicks and higher ratings, that's all.

With diseases like this, the death rate and the incubation time are both critical to how dangerous the disease is. Ebola is deadly, but the incubation rate is very short, and it has little time to spread. Bascially it kills the host long before they can infect too many people. It's prevalent in African due to poor sanitation and its natural host which is indigenous fruit bats. It's killed just a few thousand people throughout human history. If you want an example of a truly terrifying disease, look at HIV. The incubation time is decades, the death rate is high. It has scores of years to spread and by the time you know you have it, it's often too late. HIV has killed nearly 40 million people in the 25yrs or so we've known about it. But it likely existed as far back as the 1920s and people just didn't know what it was.

The first time you'll hear about the next "World killer" disease it will already be far too late. You'll likely already have gotten infected.

Comment: Re:or credibility of the government (Score 1) 118

by Charliemopps (#47581521) Attached to: The CIA Does Las Vegas

If we look what is happening today, most of the government overreach does not effect such average of high profile private citizens.

Yet... there was a time before the McCarthy hearings, before the Vietnam war, when those atrocities could have been stopped. That's where we are now. I'm not going to throw up my hands and say "This isn't a big deal!" We know what happens in the end, my Sons not getting sent to some BS war when he's 18 because we were cowards when he was 6.

Comment: Re:It's better to hear people you might disagree w (Score 1) 118

by Charliemopps (#47581489) Attached to: The CIA Does Las Vegas

Closing one's ears to people one might disagree with is a sure way to rot as a community. It's not like the community that attends such conferences is unanimous in their views; it's not *all* technolibertarians. If you look at other presentations by such bodies at past conferences, you see that they're often quite good.

Closing your ears to those that have shown contempt for the truth and a desire to deceive you however is entirely appropriate. I'd have no problem if it were an open debate and I just disagreed with their point, but that's not what it is. They are bold faced lieing. You're just giving people proven to be bold faced liars a chance to lie some more.

Comment: Re:Sensationalism at its worst (Score 1, Funny) 153

by Charliemopps (#47580629) Attached to: NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

Fact 1: The NASA team has measured approximately 30-50 micronewtons of thrust in the experiment
Fact 2: The NASA team experienced a similar thrust on a test item that was NOT design to experience any force.

It is pretty obvious that there was a systematic error in NASA's experiment.

Or the midichlorians were just screwing with them for fun.

Comment: Art (Score 4, Insightful) 68

by Charliemopps (#47580335) Attached to: Unboxing a Cray XC30 'Magnus' Petaflops Supercomputer

I do like the art. I'm not generally a fan of indigenous art. I grew up with a lot of native american kids and was forced to do tons of it for the pow-wows, school art projects and such. So I've an aversion to it now. It's kind of like growing up Scottish and hating bagpipes now because of it...

Anyways, what they did for those computers was well done and has a modern flavor. Good job!

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