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Comment: Volt / C-Max (Score 1) 293

The Volt and C-Max (and similar plug-in hybrids) are the answer to the transition problem.

You can drive them for your daily 40 mile commute on battery, then switch over to gas for your 1500 mile vacation.

It's not a long term solution, since having a gas generator and electric motor means extra maintenance in the long term. The long term solution will be fast charging for electric. These cars are the bridge between the existing gas infrastructure and the new electric infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Why would I use it? (Score 1) 631

by Joe U (#48252821) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Visa, MC, Amex and Discover will forbid fees again and that problem is solved. I don't think BestBuy or Walmart is going to stop accepting credit cards.

Also, I think Apple & Google should block the CurrentC app from their stores. I don't usually say that, but I'm really annoyed by CVS turning off Google Wallet for no reason except to be anti-competitive. If they are going to be anti-competitive then Apple and Google should not allow them access. CurrentC can be a web app and bypass the app store if they really want to.

Comment: Re:I may have mentioned this before but... (Score 1) 127

by Joe U (#46959737) Attached to: Earthquake Warning Issued For Central Oklahoma

(how's that global warming working out for ya?)

Unfortunately, it is working out exactly as most people thought it would. Summers are getting hotter, storms more violent and weather patterns more unpredictable.

But don't worry, someone will mention that it was cold in the US this past winter, so it's all good, you know, ignoring the global part.

Comment: Re: Not Fracking. Disposal. (Score 1) 127

by Joe U (#46942369) Attached to: Earthquake Warning Issued For Central Oklahoma

Overly restrictive, like, 'Please, don't poison the local aquifer', or 'Can you avoid killing most of the wildlife in the area', and 'Even though they are poor, doesn't mean you can ruin their homes'.

Some regulations are needed, others are not, that's what debate and compromise is supposed to be for.

To say that the 'little to no regulation environment' wanted by energy companies is foolish would be insulting to fools.

Comment: Frackin A. (Score 1) 127

by Joe U (#46932565) Attached to: Earthquake Warning Issued For Central Oklahoma

First off, NPR edited and reported on what the USGS published. That's called news, NPR is not the source, the USGS is. If your world renowned PhD is laughing at the USGS, I think he needs to publish a paper explaining why.

Second, this is Slashdot, not a peer reviewed scientific journal. Posting links is fine as long as they are backed by real research. Again, I think the USGS is, by far, the best source for this. That's what they do, their agenda is to answer questions, not to make money for the local energy concern.

Given the gas and oil industry's scientific reputation, anything they publish should be suspect. (Remember how safe leaded gas was?)

Comment: Not Fracking. Disposal. (Score 1) 127

by Joe U (#46931775) Attached to: Earthquake Warning Issued For Central Oklahoma

...and no it's not fracking. The faults already existed, the only thing that fracking may have done is lubricate those faults, they still would've happened eventually.

Unaided those earthquakes would have happened anyway, on the normal geologic timescale of some time in the next thousand years.

But I agree with you, it's not fracking, it's wastewater disposal. We've known since the 50's that you don't pump water into areas that are not stable. What's going to happen is the state is going to do very little until there's an earthquake that does major damage. Then the Feds are going to get involved and things will finally get done.

Also, at some point, some random idiot with a following will blame the gays, Jews, Muslims, communists, blacks, or generic sinners for this. The only group that will not be blamed will be the people who pumped water at high speeds into an unstable area.

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