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Comment: Re:Demand (Score 1) 160

by Ichijo (#48942407) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

We're taking food and converting it to fuel...

That makes bicycles, which get 48 miles per gallon of orange juice, sound bad.

And if it's wrong to use a natural resource for transportation when that same resource can also be used to produce food, then why are we using fossil fuels for transportation?

And is it wrong to use land to produce biofuels if the biofuel is used to produce or transport food?

For these reasons, the "no food for fuels" argument doesn't make perfect sense to me.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 304

by Ichijo (#48893195) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

the cost of improving brakes is likely to be far, far less than the economic cost of excluding millions of people from driving, in a society where driving is nearly essential for daily life.

Or taking bad drivers off the road would create better drivers and help free ourselves from an overdependence on a single mode of travel (a single point of failure), one that consumes massive amounts of land for roads and parking, drains similarly massive amounts of money to overseas oil and car companies, and creates respiratory problems, up to $1,600 per person per year.

Comment: Re:You can do that if you're willing to lose it (Score 1) 238

by Ichijo (#48859117) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

In California, the minimum liability requirement is:

  • $15,000 for injury/death to one person.
  • $30,000 for injury/death to more than one person.
  • $5,000 for damage to property.

So all you need is $35,000 in a separate account to fulfill the worst case.

I could take out a $35,000 surety bond, but that money would do more work for me if it were invested in a nice index fund.

Comment: Re:Be careful what you wish for (Score 2) 160

by Ichijo (#48853145) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Do ghettos exist outside of cities, or do they exist because cities take wealth from financially productive run-down areas and use it to attract newer but relatively unproductive big-box stores in middle-class neighborhoods?

If the latter, it would appear that breaking up cities as if they were monopolies would prevent the flow of wealth from the poor to the rich and thereby prevent ghettos from forming.

Comment: Re:Silly assumptions. (Score 1) 172

by Ichijo (#48833969) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

My refrigerator needs to maintain a consistent temperature to prevent spoilage.

It needs to be between 32F and 40F (0C and 4.4C). The ideal temperature is 35F (1.7C). So the idea is that you would set it for 35 and if there's an electricity price spike, the setpoint would temporarily change to 40 to save you money.

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