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Comment Re:It's coming. Watch for it.. (Score 1) 162

The "rights" of mass and momentum endowed by the Creator are absolutely inalienable (inviolable by man) as far as we know.

So when I get in my 18-wheeler and plow through your car, it's cool. I have more mass and momentum, right?

Or are you gonna suddenly get whiny about how I should be more careful?

Comment Re:Smashing idea (Score 1) 140

In a no-holds-barred fight, they have a HUGE bullseye painted on them, and will be easy to take out.

Easy being a relative term.

Keep in mind that in World War II, the Japanese had lots of bases on little tiny islands. And it took hundreds of thousands of Marines to take them away. The US then took advantage of these islands to support attacks on other islands and, eventually, the Japanese mainland.

So, yeah, having islands out that far with fighter planes and such on them isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Comment Re:Didn't the Apple Menu precede this? (Score 1) 270

Actually, they weren't there by default. Only Control Panels were there by default. Of course, all it was doing was showing the contents of the "Apple Menu Items" folder in the System Folder, so you could put an alias to whatever you wanted in there and it would work fine.

On the other hand, Windows 95 = Macintosh '89. So there's that.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 889

1) Studies that have looked at the whole picture of how the electricity is generated and transported have concluded that while there are some "green" zones that have relatively clean electrical generation infrastructure (such as California) looking at the nation-wide average, EVs actually have a *higher* carbon footprint than traditional internal combustion engines.

True. On the other hand, as has been said, you could probably manage to reduce power-station pollution in about 5-10 years. So if you start replacing gasoline with electric now and updating those power plants over time, things get gradually better over the 10 years. If you go with higher MPG cars, things stay the same as they are now over the 10 years.

2) EVs do not have the range necessary to replace internal combustion vehicles. This is not only a matter of battery life but also the time required to recharge the batteries as compared to the time to refill a gas tank.

This is always an interesting argument and, to me, the basis is more sociological than anything else.

I grew up in a fairly rural area. So when I turned 16 and got my driver's license, it unlocked lots of opportunities. The mobility of Americans is pretty impressive and it's really ingrained into our culture. The car represents "freedom" for hundreds of millions of Americans. Today, I could get into my car and drive clear across the whole United States of America on a whim! I could drive to visit my sister in Colorado. It takes a couple of days, but it's kind of fun! I could get a job a hundred miles away from home and drive there once a week--or every day if I was so inclined!

And you're telling me I have to give that up to "save the planet"?! I don't think so!

The thing is, I could do all those things. But I probably won't. I don't usually do road trips--maybe once every couple of years. The vast majority of my driving is to work and back. The furthest I've ever worked was 90 miles, round-trip, which is within the range of most EVs. Electric cars are cheaper to operate and can produce less pollution. The expensive ones can be "fun" to drive.

But I'm sacrificing my "freedom" to go anywhere I want at the drop of a hat. If I wanted to visit my sister in Colorado, I'd probably have to rent a gasoline powered car or hop on a train or a plane--driving up those mountains is going to hurt my efficiency and there may not be charging stations close enough together. At the very least, I'd have to figure all that out before I left or end up stranded in the mountains.

To me, it's a reasonable trade-off. If I could find a used Tesla roadster that I could afford, I'd buy it in a New York minute.

I've seen plenty of people who immediately discount electric cars because of the range or some other reason. When most people would get by just fine with an EV, I figure that it has to be something else. My theory is it's that "freedom." The car represented freedom when we were kids and we want to hold onto that freedom.

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban