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Comment: Re:Not about jealousy, but ... (Score 2, Informative) 265

If you buy gasoline, it was probably your money they used.

No, it is their money that they used. Once you traded your money for gasoline, it's no longer your money. If you don't like that then don't make the trade, nobody is forcing you to do so.

Comment: Re:What about range on this smaller car? (Score 1) 245

by Enigma2175 (#47386317) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

I've always wondered how big of a generator you would need to keep an electric car running continuously, and whether it would be feasible to just tow it behind you on a trailer. Maybe make those available to rent so that people can make long trips on their electric car. It would probably be cheaper to rent than an actual car, and the money you'd save from using an electric car for most of the year would easily offset the cost of renting the generator once in a while.

Back when they first made the RAV4-EV there was a trailer that you could pull behind it to extend the range. It used a 500cc motorcycle engine and was not too big. I have been interested in this concept for a long time, it seems to be a great way to alleviate range anxiety.

Comment: Re:On this 4th of July... (Score 2) 349

by Enigma2175 (#47386239) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

No, it is not. It sounds like a great way to earn a whole bunch of money from somebody who is having repeated brain farts about what the law actually says.

Even if you win (and that's a big if, considering you are an individual vs. a company with armies of lawyers on staff) the most you will ever see is that your copyright gets upheld and you MAY recover attorney's fees. Unless you can prove Qualcomm maliciously and purposefully filed an false DMCA claim you aren't getting jack. If you are a contributor to an open source project are you really going to give up hundreds of hours of your life and thousands of dollars out of pocket to defend your portion of the copyright on the code? On the slight chance that judge says "yep that's your code" and pays your lawyers? Seems like a huge risk for a very modest reward, if you win you are only out the years it took to litigate the matter but if you lose you could wind up liable for damages for infriging copyright on your own code (now Qualcomm's code).

This is why the DMCA is bullshit, it's not enough that corporations have extended copyright to life+infinity, even if they don't own the copyright laws like this allow large corporations to abuse the already fucked-up system. Like global thermonuclear war, the only winning move is not to play.

Comment: Re:Be polite (Score 1) 286

by Enigma2175 (#47338599) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Really? You think we need to raise pay for cops? While it's true that the base salary is kind of crappy cops get all kinds of other income from other places. For example This New York Times article says this about the NYPD:

"annual pay for city police officers ranges from $43,062 for a cadet entering the academy to $90,829 for an officer with five and a half years on the job, including overtime and other earnings"

What other job do you know of that doesn't require a college education where you'll be making 90k after 5 years? That's disregarding the very generous pension and insurance benefits that police receive. Plus other benefits, like the guy who walked down that line ssssof non-violent protesters during an occupy rally at UC Berkeley getting $38,000 for "depression and anxiety" instead of being fired like he should have been. Police get paid plenty, the solution isn't more money for them the solution is independant oversight.

Comment: Re:IF.. (Score 1) 561

by Enigma2175 (#47324529) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

The fact that a computer can beat a human at chess does not mean that chess ability isn't correlated with intelligence. A computer can also easily multiply several 10 digit numbers together and "remember" a list of one million items, if a human performs those feats there is a good chance they have a high intelligence. Nobody says Usain Bolt is a slow runner because my 1975 Pinto can go faster than him.

Comment: Re:huh (Score 1) 83

by Enigma2175 (#47316417) Attached to: What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

Does your average voyage contain a zip-lock bag big enough to house a body?

Weight is a huge concern for space voyages. It's something like $10,000 a pound. Quite a lot for a even a simple bag that doesn't have a dual, or tri, purpose.

I know nuclear submarines don't have airtight bags big enough to hold a body and they're much more free with what they can bring aboard. I was reading an article about one where a guy, what do you know, had a heart attack and died while they were submerged for a long duration. They ended up having a "feast" as a wake, because they cleared out one of the food freezers and chucked him in there.

Yes, the big zip-lock back is called a space suit and most missions will have several onboard.

Comment: Re:For fuck's sake, how does this get a 5, Insight (Score 4, Informative) 268

by Enigma2175 (#47287185) Attached to: The EPA Carbon Plan: Coal Loses, But Who Wins?

The coal plants can still be "plugged in" and operated during times of peak load (weekday summer afternoons and winter mornings); what they can't do is operate much the rest of the time.

The problem with this is that coal plants can't operate this way. A typical coal plant takes 4-8 hours to reach full power from a warm start and can take 24 hours to cold start. This is why we currently use them for baseload power and use other sources (mostly natural gas and hydro) for load following.

Comment: Re:It's Chicago (Score 1) 107

by Enigma2175 (#47287127) Attached to: Chicago Adding Sensors For Public Monitoring

I figured with your sig you would realize there is a lot more to the political spectrum than just the left/right false dichotomy that the US system presents. The voting system ensures that the system will never change from 2 dominant political parties, but it would be nice to at least get a better party than the two shitfests we have now.

Comment: Re:Ocean garbage patches? (Score 2) 139

by Enigma2175 (#47287109) Attached to: Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

Why even bother with the landfills? There are massive garbage patches floating around in the oceans, the vast majority of which are plastics. If you can get a big enough tanker and implement this system on it, you could probably cut the amount of fuel needed even further - the tanker goes into a garbage patch, melts all the plastic down, keeps the oil, and uses some of it to get back to land. It would probably be more effective than loading fleets of trucks.

You are vastly overestimating the density of these patches, probably due to media sensationalism. For example, the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" has a density of 4 particles per cubic meter of water. These particles are quite small, even microscopic. I know the news stories make it sound like it is just this mass of garbage floating around but that's just not how it is. From the Wikipedia article linked above:

"and the relatively low density of the plastic debris at, in one scientific study, 5.1 kilograms of plastic per square kilometer of ocean area"

I doubt it would be cost-effective to process a square kilometer of seawater to get that paltry amount of plastic, even assuming you could recover 100% of it.

Comment: Re:This just in. (Score 1) 281

by Enigma2175 (#47283157) Attached to: Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

How was it legal? He stole people's property.

So, bitcoins are now property that you can steal?

Please show me a law that shows bitcoins are any more real or worth any more than virtual gold in World of Warcraft.

The IRS says Bitcoin is legally property, if you think that doesn't hold the force of law go ahead and try to defy them on that.

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