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Comment: Re:What's the point (Score 1) 341

by Motard (#47408843) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

In the long run "subsidizing the people who don't take care of themselves" will save money for everyone. Even you. A rising tide lifts all ships and all that stuff.

Really, the best thing we can do now is to make sure everyone is healthy and educated and happy. You just never know where the next Einstein will come from.

Or Hawking. I wonder what his FitBit readings would look like.

Comment: Re:FOOL Cells is what they are (Score 1) 216

by Motard (#47321457) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

So for $70,000 why would I want to buy this car versus a Tesla Model S? Or two Chevy Volts?

Thanks you for weighing in, Elon. I think I can give you some answers....

1) The Toyota is cheaper.

2) It can be refilled quickly.

3) GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota, (and even Hyundai, for fuck's sake) don't agree with you.

Comment: Re:Nice to see. (Score 1) 216

by Motard (#47321189) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

If there was a high school science fair project that demonstrated some sort of free energy, I would definitely sit up and take notice. If only to debunk it.

But who said anything about Free energy? It could be anything generated by a Bunsen burner or pond pump. In the real world, it could be anything from Germany's solar plants, or Iceland's abundant hydroelectric or geothermal power.

I don't see where you get "Free energy" from that.

We don't ever need to get beyond 'cost effective' - that would be fine. If we could get to 'ubiquitous', it could be a world saver.

Comment: Re:Nice to see. (Score 1) 216

by Motard (#47318297) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Electrolysis may not be the most efficient way, but neither is carrying an extra 1,000lbs worth of batteries to haul around your electricity - as a Tesla does (comparision: Tesla Model S vs. Honda FCX Clarity).

But efficiency may not be that much of an issue. When you think about it, solar power can never be very efficient because the vast majority of solar power never comes anywhere remotely near earth. Yet solar power can still have a significant impact.

Why, let's just take some of Germany's new 22GW solar capabilities and merge them with the hydrogen zeppelin tech they had in the 1930s. These could now be piloted automatically by GPS (a heck of a lot easier than a Google driverless car). The hydrogen already on board could power the craft all the way to a delivery point where the hydrogen (providing a few thousand tankfuls of H2) could be replaced with helium for the trip back.

Of course, by this means of delivery, production wouldn't be limited to sunny Germany, but could utilize all sorts of energy of the sort that's available in places like Iceland. Hydrogen can float itself anywhere in the world. You can't do that with a battery.

Comment: Re:Hydrogen? (Score 5, Interesting) 216

by Motard (#47318115) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

This is a common, but knee-jerk reaction. But as bad as it looked, I think many would be surprised to learn that most of the people aboard the Hindenburg survived the disaster despite it being engulfed in flames hundreds of feet off the ground.

Imagine if it were filled with gasoline fumes. Everyone on board would've been dead as well as most of the people on the ground.

Toyota was fired bullets at its pressurized tanks. Regular bullets just bounced. 50 cal rounds too chunks out. It took an armor piercing round to penetrate the tank. When that happened, the hydrogen simply leaked out. And, being lighter than air, it just rose up into the atmosphere instead of pooling on the ground.

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