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Comment Re:Are and storms that fierce on Mars? (Score 1) 24

- hydrazine reaction heat being neglected (someone calculated it would heat up the Hab to 400C).

Yes, if the calculation assumes a completely adiabatic Hab, and the heat release occurs quickly. A trickle of hydrazine in a Hab in contact with the ground with ambient temps around 0 deg. C doesn't seem farfetched to me.

Comment Re:Are and storms that fierce on Mars? (Score 2) 24

- raw potatoes being merely "awful" while in reality they are quite poisonous.

Wow, they sell 5 lb bags of raw potatoes in the store! What a reckless thing to do! Amazing the personal injury lawyers haven't jumped on that!

Seriously, properly grown potatoes are harmless, raw or cooked. However, being nightshades, if potatoes are not hilled properly the ones near the soil surface that are exposed to sunlight will turn green and produce solanine, a glycoakaloid poison. I grow potatoes in my garden and just make sure to toss any potatoes that have any green on them.

Fresh young potatoes from the garden, sliced thin and sprinkled with a little sea salt are pretty darned tasty, but eating nothing but potatoes would start to suck ass pretty quickly.

Comment Re:That was then, this is now (Score 1) 117

Except those of us considering buying a new phone will hear the old customers' bitching and complaining, and decide y'know what, let's buy something else.

Old customers stop being a drain on your financials the moment they start spreading negative word-of-mouth about your product.

But where are you going to go? It's not like Verizon, AT&T and the others have stellar reputations for not violating their customer agreements. They are all trying to outdo each other in screwing their customers out of their dollars without losing their contracts.

Signing up for cell service in the U.S. is like going to federal PMITA prison. You're going to be someone's bitch, that's for certain, so you chose the one that beats you the least often.

Comment Re:Incorrect (Score 1) 63

Simple solution - just detonate the bomb underwater. All the nuclear nastiness will be cleared up by the water above it, just like smoking through a bong, right?

Dude, what kind of bong do you have, and what are you smoking with it?

This sounds like the plot of a Cheech and Chong movie.

Comment Re:That was then, this is now (Score 1) 117

New customers make you money but old customers are a drain on your financials.

And old customers will bitch and complain, but will succumb to the sunk costs fallacy since they have the device, and just continue to pay. It's easier to bitch than to actually take your business elsewhere, and people don't like to believe they have been suckered.

Comment Show Me Something Made with C Nanotubes! (Score 4, Insightful) 98

I've seen tons of articles like this over the last decade, touting carbon nanotubes as being the enabling technology for all sorts of improved applications.

Can anyone actually point me to something that has made it to production utilizing carbon nanotubes? I'm not being snarky here - I'm really curious to know if any of this is actually getting off the workbench into mainstream use anywhere.

Carbon nanotubes hit me as being a wonder invention like nuclear fusion; if we can build it it will be awesome, but we probably won't be able to build it for at least $DATE + 20 years.

Comment Re:Dear Mr Musk... (Score 1) 396

This. I think expecting workplace charging is like expecting your workplace to maintain a gas station for you. It would be convenient, but the costs don't make sense, and no one wants to pay it. If you work for a government and they decide to do it for the betterment of society, lucky you, but the rest of the world is out of luck. EVs need to have the range to get to work and back, period.

Comment Re:Dear Mr Musk... (Score 1) 396

There already are $20K 4 seat electric cars (after subsidies) that go 150km, and charge up overnight on a 120V connection, and they're a niche item. 300km would be a definite improvement, but I'm not sure it would change the world overnight.

150km represents something like a 90 minute round-trip commute at highway speeds. 20% of Americans have commutes of this distance or greater, and if they don't have a charging capability at work, these vehicles are non-starters. I'm one of these people - my commute is on the ragged edge of performance range of electrics right now and I can't risk it. I'd buy a $20k electric with a 300km range in a heartbeat.

Electric cars are a very tight niche now. If you have a short commute, it hardly matters whether you drive gas or electric because the energy costs are cheap either way, and gas vehicles are still cheaper to buy. If you have a long commute, you're going gas, because electric can't get you the range. The only place electric cars work is in the extreme ragged edge of battery range, in places where charging at both ends of the commute is possible, and where gas prices might come close to offsetting the cost differential in the vehicle purchase.

Get the range into the regime where range anxiety is a non-issue for 99% of car owners at this price point and electrics will take off. Right now 20% of car buyers know they need more range, and probably another 20-30% aren't sure that the real range (not the quoted range) will meet their needs. 300km range would do this.

Comment Sorry, but you're screwed (Score 4, Insightful) 288

You'll get what Microsoft wants and like it, or not - they don't care about your preferences anymore.

If you want to send them a message, stop buying their software. This is a less painful option than it used to be, believe it or not.

The Wright Bothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.