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Comment: Re:Volt (Score 1) 245 245

Because they're cramped, have poor ergonomics, stupid non-overridable defaults (like it always defaults to 8A charge, and if you want 12A @ 110VAC you HAVE to set it EVERY SINGLE TIME, no way to save the setting), and has pretty poor QC. This is from a coworker I've had over the last 2 years who can't wait for the lease to end and he'll move to something else. Yes, it's saving him some cash over gas, but it's just not worth the hassle.

Comment: Re:"Clean Energy Candidate" (Score 3, Interesting) 308 308

Before the Civil War they said freeing the slaves would ruin the economy. The US had to free them because it was a moral imperative. The war cost us 5% of the US population in casualties. The sum total of the monetary value of all slaves at the start of the civil war was roughly one trillion dollars in today's dollars. The slaves were freed and the US became the world's greatest economic power as a result.

Really? The US didn't become the number one economy until 1916 - about the time that most of the European powers (specifically, the UK - which was the biggest economy before the US stepped into that role) were deep into World War I. World War II pretty much cemented our position as the rest of the first world (and much of the 2nd) was bombed and broken. I don't think it was the slaves that made us the greatest economic power, but rather the fact we have two large bodies of water keeping us relatively safe from wars in Europe and Asia.

Comment: Re:Phase out fossil-fueled power plants by midcent (Score 1) 308 308

And yet somehow every year since Eisenhower the national debt has increased. I guess you can have a budget surplus AND increase your debt if you redefine a lot of expenditures so they're no longer budgetary items...

Comment: Re:Liberty (Score 1) 609 609

The difference is the shooting in Sydney was one, isolated incident. Compare that incident to the daily shootings in the U.S.

The vast majority of those shootings happen:

A. in cities/States where private ownership of firearms is highly restricted;

B. by people who are legally barred (for other reasons - age, criminal record, etc.) from possessing firearms

So how does adding further restrictions help this situation? We have people illegally possessing firearms, in jurisdictions which ban those same firearms, using them to commit crimes. Does another law eliminate this from happening?

Comment: Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 1) 609 609

Is it the thing that owned, or how it's used that makes it socially irresponsible? Perhaps rather than banning an inanimate object, we should hold those who misuse them to stronger consequences. After all, which kills more random non-combatants annually - howitzers or cars?

Comment: Re:Desalination (Score 1) 599 599

You're going to upset some desert snail-darter lizard or something, and since they might have a range of [$insert_insane_value_here] miles we can't do ANYTHING in the desert. It's for the children, don't you know! After all, we're flushing 4 billion gallons - enough for the ANNUAL needs of 175,000 people - so that 6 steelhead could swim downstream.

Comment: Re:Desalination (Score 1) 599 599

Yeah that was the proposed 2013 rate (as reported in the Ventura County Star). My last water bill was $120.84 for 4488 gallons of water (not including service charges, waste water, or meter hookup cost). Or about $0.027 per gallon, which is about double the high-end costs for desalination.

As for Texas, that's your problem. You should also be furious that you're being charged quite a bit more than the costs associated with desalination of water. But then, you don't have an income tax, so you're probably going to pay more in direct costs for basic utilties/State/County services since you don't pay as much into a general slush fund like we do in California.

Comment: Re:Desalination (Score 1) 599 599

Desalinated water in most of the world is LOWER COST than the water we pay for right now. Why wouldn't we keep the desalination plants running, when it's lower cost for the consumers and leaves 100% of the "natural" water available so we can send [URL=]4 billion gallons downstream for 6 fish to migrate[/URL]. Lower cost, no concerns about fish migration - why not use desalination?

Comment: Desalination (Score 4, Insightful) 599 599

Here in Ventura County we pay more for water than in Israel or Saudi Arabia, two countries with much more severe water problems than California - and who get a large (or even majority) portion of their water from desalination. We have the world's largest body of water right next to us - and we simply don't utilize it. Desalination.

Comment: Re:Lol (Score 1) 248 248

Because writing in Chinese or Arabic is something to be sanitized? According to the summary (no, I didn't RTFA - this is /. after all), having a long enough message so that the ellipsis happens between those ISO-extended characters causes the problem. Sucks to be a user who writes/communicates in other languages!

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