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Comment: Re:They made a decision that's easier for them. (Score 1) 659

by Ogive17 (#47001999) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?
Honda's Clarity (which has been available through a special limited lease program for a few years now) uses the hydrogen to power an electric motor, not an internal combustion engine.

It's basically an electric car that replaces the battery stack with a fuel tank. As we know, electric vehicles right now are limited by battery technology. In my opinion, what Honda is doing could easily transition from hydrogen to battery stack if it becomes quite clear that battery techonlogy "has arrived".

Comment: Re: Eight years? Might work if... (Score 1) 81

by Ogive17 (#46999837) Attached to: New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs
And you are erring on the other side of the spectrum. If your car needs such an extensive repair before it hits 100k miles, you're doing something wrong (accident or not following standard maintenance protocols) or you got a lemon.

Most cars these days should hit 150k without any major mechanical failure. The Japanese forced US auto makers to step up their game over the past decade.

Comment: Re:Brazilian kids and Elderly Americans? (Score 1) 147

I was in Japan when a group of school kids approached me. They had to ask an English speaking foreigner some questions as part of their school assignment.

When they asked me where I was from, I responded "United States". They had no clue what that was. After a few moments of awkward silence, my wife said "America" and instantly they understood.

We call ourselves Americans because United Stateians is rediculous.

Comment: Re:Startup or frat party? (Score 2) 274

by Ogive17 (#46919385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?
What they do during their off time is their business. The submitter is worrying about potential issues at a job he doesn't even have.

I'm not suggesting he needs to go out and participate in activities that make him uncomfortable.. but the guy is already making excuses to not fit in.

I am in my mid-30s.. got a wife, kid and house to all take care of. I can still hang out with friends/co-workers once in awhile. We don't do crazy activities.. but a round of golf or a beer exchange are quite common. Ages range from mid 20s to late 40s.

Comment: Re:longevity worth it? (Score 1) 333

by Ogive17 (#46841127) Attached to: Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life
It's not a question of giving up and wanting to curl up in the corner to die. If I can't sustain a reasonable quality of life in those "extra" years aided by modern medicine, I don't think it would be something I would want to do. Living to 100 but having to spend the last 10 years being tended to by a live-in nurse.. I don't see that as worth it. Once I lose my ability to be independent I do not want to artifically extend my life.

Comment: Re:longevity worth it? (Score 1) 333

by Ogive17 (#46841083) Attached to: Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life
You totally missed the point. Sure, medicine can extend my life, advances have been doing that for centuries.

Just because medicine can keep my body alive an additional 20 years does not mean I would welcome that if my mind is gone or if my joints are all shot or if I have to rely on a mountain of daily pills or therapy to get going. I look at it as a Quality vs Quantity of life.

Of course I want to live a long time and experience many things. I will do what I can to extend this to the point where I can do it independently.

Comment: longevity worth it? (Score 2) 333

by Ogive17 (#46840787) Attached to: Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life
I don't know about how anyone else feels but I do not necessarily want long life unless I can maintain my youthfulness. I'm 34 now and still stay active but obviously my body is already on the decline (comparing myself to myself at age 24). I do not expect to stay in peak condition when I'm age 80.. but I also don't want to live 40 more years if I have to rely on someone else to do standard tasks

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