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Comment Re:Excess (Score 1) 241

If the pipeline provided benefits, they were overshadowed by other factors.

Just remember that all I said was that the pipeline was 'often' used as shelter or movement. You talk about the MRC overstating things - Some environmentalists predicted that the pipeline would drive the caribou to extinction(back when the pipeline was built). Hyperbole much?(not referring to you).

A thing about solar panels is that they cover far more area - the pipeline is basically about as wide as a two-lane highway. It's long, but very narrow. A solar plant would have panels all over providing shade. This might allow more like in the areas.

Comment Re:Work on writing comprehension, will ya? (Score 1) 592

You could have, you know, asked for citations?

Speed Variance and Its Influence on Accidents. - Citation that variations in speed kill more than speed itself, that highway speeds tend to have more to do with design of the highway and not posted limit, and that as you move the speed limit signs away from the design speed, variance in driving speed and accident rates go up.

Montana: No Speed Limit Safety Paradox Montana highways at safest without speed limits

Is Every Speed Limit Too Low? - again notes that changing the speed limits doesn't actually change the median speed people drive on the road.

Comment Re:Excess (Score 1) 241

I thought that about carabou but info on it seems to be mixed on an ideological basis.

Except I was talking specifically about the effects of the pipeline. As your links state - there's many more factors than just that.

The pipeline didn't really affect them much at all. Certainly not negatively, on average.

You can't cite herd declines more than 40 years after the installation as the fault of the pipeline. Statistically speaking, pipelines are the least spill inclined of the common transport methods.

Comment Re:Excess (Score 1) 241

Also, creating a huge shaded area should create an interesting micro-climate underneath the power plant.

This. From my admittedly limited ecological studies, there's not a lot of life out in the 'high desert'. Instead, the life there tends to cling(relatively) to sheltered bits.

Increasing the amount of shelter could drastically increase the amount of life in the desert by providing more shelter. Much like how rather then disrupting and killing off wildlife, the trans-alaskan pipeline is often used as a travel lane and shelter by the caribou, moose, and such.

Comment Re:Good ... (Score 1) 202

Sidebar: Any chance that was an actual experiment to document what would happen? I'm not saying it would be right to jeopardize people like that, but you have to know how the system will react.

Nope, the professional driver was just being a moron. The cars have extensive logging though, so they knew precisely what happened.

Comment Re:Good ... (Score 1) 202

So far your "simple" scenario has yet to be validate by anybody, and so far all these tests require a driver in the seat ready to take controls.

From all the documentation about google cars I've seen, while a professional driver ready to take control is required, the self-driving car will continue to drive until the driver takes positive action to over-ride it.

That's actually how one of the accidents happened - the google car was braking to a stop, the pro disabled it and hit the gas into the back end of the car ahead of him. The car attempts to keep itself safe. Getting 'stuck' is a bigger problem than getting into an accident.

Comment Re:Good ... (Score 1) 202

This bizarre model in which the car drives, except when it doesn't, and with no clear demarcation between is damned near impossible to make sense of.

If the car decides it's got no idea what to do, and it just says "you're in charge", and before you even know what's happening you're in an accident .. and the logs say "human was driving, his fault", you're screwed. Or, worse, someone builds in code which lies and just says "human was driving" 5 minute before any crash is triggered (so they can avoid liability).

Hell, they're already doing just the opposite. Remember the Hyundai superbowl commercial? Within a certain speed range the car will emergency brake itself to prevent a collision - and that's with a human driver at the wheel.

Given the VW scandal, I think that car companies are going to be under more intense scrutiny for a while. The only time I've heard about self-driving cars that will toss control to a driver were extreme-alpha builds, manned by professional drivers. Modern self-driving cars have the opposite problem - they're designed to stop safely if there's a problem, and not proceed if they don't understand what's going on.

Tossing control to a driver while traveling at 50+ mph moments before an accident isn't something any professional is going to allow. "Cattle car" is a good analogy. Worst case, it stops safely on the side of the road and buzzes for assistance. That's an acceptable failure mode.

Comment Re:like an electric toothbrush? (Score 1) 60

How about ZERO inefficiency by just plugging your damn car in?

There's still loss from the cable, and the transformer that's in the charging unit - whether in the car or in the exterior charger. You can get rid of that transformer when you're using induction.

As for the danger, at the voltages and amps we're looking at, it actually IS dangerous if it wasn't for that said cables are very much NOT simple, containing sensors to limit voltage potential to what's needed to detect a connection. Something like 1V until it's done a handshake, then it can ramp up to 400V or more.

Comment Re:like an electric toothbrush? (Score 1) 60

But with an automated bus/taxi fleet (or even a manned one), the vehicle that's running low on juice can be swapped out for a freshly charged one

Swapping means you need an extra bus, and they're expensive. You can do maintenance checks daily, not 'per charge'.

Rather than forklifting batteries, have a dedicated robot doing it that undoes the bolts and replaces the battery.

Comment Work on reading comprehension, will ya? (Score 1) 592

You are signing us all up for that bullshit with your hairbrained plan.

Note what I said: studies have shown. IE the real-world results of tests removing speed limit signs was fewer accidents. So you don't get to presume that 'outliers will cause more accidents'.

Matter of fact, you just pass some law about unsafe driving and let the cops worry about that, the outliers get busted even faster.

If anything I expressed was 'self driving cars render it all moot'. IE we don't have the accidents because people aren't driving(outside of race tracks and such).

Comment Re:like an electric toothbrush? (Score 2) 60

Except for the credit card reader, unless everything is going to be free in La-La Land.

Well, outside of La-La land they can just use wireless billing or subscription services, you know?

Anyway, people (and entrepreneurs) will still want the adjacent shop to buy their booze and fags when they top up, so a few charging pillars wont make much difference.

Note how I said buses and taxis. Not vehicles that can be EVs spend that much time in parking lots. Also, on road charging.

Though as batteries keep getting cheaper such ideas become financially less feasible compared to just adding more batteries.

although as I said even a hard connection could be automated.

As I mentioned as well, remember Tesla's automated charger?

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