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Comment: Re:Testla is good... (Score 1) 452

by FrankieBaby1986 (#44322967) Attached to: Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

This gets a bit more complicated. You need to also compare Gas vs Electric engine efficiency, Gas vs Electric Storage Efficiency, The effects of Regenerative Braking, on and on and on...

Gas engine has poor efficiency, but electric larger has transmission and storage losses, but gains regenerative braking. The picture is very complex. Maybe in the end its a wash?

Comment: Re:It's Not Stats, It's Racism (Score 1) 474

by FrankieBaby1986 (#42792557) Attached to: Racism In Online Ad Targeting

When a business targets African-Americans by buying names associated with African-Americans, that's textbook racism. Why? Because it's making assumptions about individuals based on their membership in a group.

Its not racism unless they are getting treated in a negative way. If the business is targeting those "it" perceive have the most need for it's goods or services, then it's just being smart. If it's denying people access to good and services because of arbitrary traits, then its bad.

Comment: Re:What a load... (Score 1) 163

by FrankieBaby1986 (#42727685) Attached to: Elon Musk Offers Boeing SpaceX Batteries For the 787 Dreamliner

The Tesla batteries are individually small units - basically, repurposed laptop batteries stacked together. Tesla does not make them. And, they have been known to have problems, which Tesla has had to engineer around.

"In electricity, a battery is a device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells that convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy."

Sounds like connecting a bunch of cells they don't actually manufacture into a battery, and basically successfully dealing with the side effects, management, and other issues involved in stringing together a battery of cells. How are they not qualified to make batteries?

Comment: Re:Can't decide if this is good or bad... (Score 1) 519

by FrankieBaby1986 (#42035963) Attached to: Man Arrested At Oakland Airport For Ornate Watch

I don't expect the guy at the checkpoint to be able to decide if the "modified" watch is dangerous or not, and so they called in the experts (who decided that there were no explosives).

Why Not? If the guy at the checkpoint is supposed to be responsible for security, then he aught to at least be somewhat technically adept and have some idea of whether or not a circuit could be dangerous.

I think your expectations are too low for someone with this level of responsibility.

Comment: Re:better yet (Score 2) 534

by FrankieBaby1986 (#41957635) Attached to: Man Arrested For Photo of Burning Poppy On Facebook

The problem is that in this case, the law shouldn't exist at all whether it's for the Koran, a flag, or a poppy, but fundamentally it's got to be one or the other, either you can burn poppies, flags, and Korans, or you can burn none of them

Well I, for one, hold as Sacred the following: Wood, Natural Gas and Coal. Have fun heating/powering your home without burning anything!

Comment: Re:Wow, I guess. (Score 1) 331

by FrankieBaby1986 (#41531995) Attached to: A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

I hear this "household typically has 2 or more cars" argument all the time. It's crap. We have 4 old cars, one for each person. It's not like one could just have a short-range only car. What would they do when they needed to go somewhere far-ish and everyone else is at work? Mind you that yes, everyone works every day and so takes their car.

I'm sure that most households with more than 1 car don't just have that car sitting around until they need to take a long trip (which could be a weekly or more occurrence). If you own more than one car, it's usually because your using it regularly.

I can't wait until electric cars can really be practical, but the theoretical option to have an extra car for distance doesn't make them so

Comment: Re:defcon is the workplace or covered under title (Score 2) 1127

by FrankieBaby1986 (#40969197) Attached to: Is Sexual Harassment Part of Hacker Culture?

Why should a woman who wants to go to a hacker convention expect to be subjected to sexual advances? Or, more to the point, why would a man at a hacker convention feel entitled to make sexual advances? After the fact, why do you feel the need to defend men who make sexual advances at a computer hacker convention?

Seriously? Because in our society it is traditional for men to make the advances. If men didn't make the advances, our species wouldn't continue. Essentially anywhere a woman or a man goes, there will be the possibility of sexual advances, even if such an advance is simple verbal flirtation. Why would it not be expected that a women who willingly goes somewhere there is a high concentration of men in a non-formal (social) environment will be hit on?

Comment: Re:While giving other markets the shaft (Score 2) 209

by FrankieBaby1986 (#40778647) Attached to: Comcast Launches Superfast Internet To Fight FiOS
Maybe they can get rid of all the non-hd channels and sell SD boxes that simply down-convert? That would certainly free up some wasted bandwidth!

They could also just admit that TV = HD now, and stop charging extra for the privilege to use your now 10 year old tv! I mean, really, how long has HD been around?

Comment: Re:Relative Poverty Value? (Score 1) 696

I'm not a social scientist, so I am legitimately asking "what is the point to eradicating poverty?"

I think the point is to continually increase standards of living. In a sufficiently wealthy economy, the poverty line could very well be where a person has food and shelter, has some spending money, but can't afford high speed internet or educational courses to better themselves. Not being able to afford a car in some locations would make it difficult to get by or get ahead. Not having a cellphone or cable tv might put you at social disadvantages that hinder your confidence and make getting a job or working a job more difficult.

I am not a social scientist, just my 2c.

Center meeting at 4pm in 2C-543.