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Comment: Re:And how long does it take... (Score 2) 179

by drinkypoo (#47729261) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

public parking spots are extremely cheap to build - basically involves pouring asphalt or concrete

Uh no. It involves leveling and lowering the site, backfilling with a proper bed, laying asphalt or concrete (asphalt if you're smart, due to its repairability) and then typically also doing some landscaping. There's curbing, there's permitting, there's drainage which you've ignored completely and which I'm glossing over which might cost as much as laying the surface itself... Adding some conduit, wiring (which can be Aluminum since it's just going to lie there) and some meters does significantly add to the cost of the whole thing, but not overwhelmingly as you seem to believe. Also, the parking lot becomes a profit center rather than a drain which is simply necessary to do business. People will be paying for charging. You'll be charging them a premium for the electricity, and they'll be happy to pay for the convenience — it'll still be markedly cheaper than driving on gasoline. It's actually a win for everyone, and you start with just a few spaces near the existing electrical services, keeping initial costs down. The demand for full lots isn't there yet.

Comment: Re:Enough of the Tesla circle jerk (Score 1) 179

by drinkypoo (#47728719) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

and a sealed meter in your car measures how much juice you actually pulled out of the battery

Nah. Figure out the pricing so that the customer pays a flat fee for a swap, always give them a charged battery meeting some basic specification standards. That eliminates the need for any crap like that, which you can never trust.

Comment: Re:And how long does it take... (Score 1) 179

by drinkypoo (#47728675) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

You're proposing we turn a lot of those parking spots into pretty expensive charging stations with safety systems, billing systems and presumably security systems (to avert vandalism).

Don't make them superchargers, just make them chargers. It will still provide range extension. The billing will be contracted away, if in fact the whole system is not. There is already parking lot security.

Comment: Re:And how long does it take... (Score 0) 179

by drinkypoo (#47728657) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

With fossil fuels, you HAVE TO fuel-up at a station, every single time.

Not if the fossil fuel is diesel, and you have a truck. If you don't actually live smack into a city you can often legally store a drum of diesel. And then there's transfer tanks. You can make your own biodiesel and if your lines and seals are adequate, mix it to any ratio with petrodiesel or green diesel.

In theory you could make your own butanol using a process formerly used to make consitutents of TNT but uh... I'm not eager to go there.

Comment: Re:Building times (Score 1) 179

by drinkypoo (#47728621) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

The Model S is notably heavier than it's conventional peers, and the Roadster as well. They carry the weight well, but it's still there.

The Model S is vastly heavier than the cars of a decade ago, let alone two, but it's only slightly heavier than its modern contemporaries. BMW and Mercedes have notably both enlarged their cars significantly. The E-Class is now well-appointed with more heavy kit copied from the S, the new M3 is literally based on the chassis of the old M5, and so on.

Comment: Re:What would happen? (Score 1) 137

by drinkypoo (#47728603) Attached to: It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

Your home town probably doesn't have a network-connected traffic light, either, since it only has one light to work with and there's not much point. Unless there's some compelling reason to do otherwise, these systems are only replaced when they fail. If you live in a major metro area then sure, there's reasons to upgrade before failure, involving traffic management.

Comment: Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (Score 3, Interesting) 367

by drinkypoo (#47727995) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

If Scotland wants to get out of the nuclear game; but the UK wants to hold on to some Global Influence, it would be a very, very, mutually convenient arrangement for Scotland to offer a sweetheart deal

It's really quite simple. They get all the benefits of having the nukes (MAD) without any of the drawbacks (paying for them) just by having them next door. So yes, they really want them out. There are no drawbacks.

Comment: Re:$230 (Score 1) 546

by drinkypoo (#47727927) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

I'm convinced that ad based funding is a bubble waiting to pop.

Congratulations on learning the lessons of history! You must have been paying attention to past trends in print media, which in this case are completely applicable to the modern technology.

I almost never watch anything on youtube anymore.

I haven't seen an ad on youtube in ages. I have a youtube adblocker on my android phone (via Xposed Framework) and I use adblock on desktops.

Comment: Re:Ads or Paywalls, take your pick (Score 1) 546

by drinkypoo (#47727921) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

How do you propose to reimburse people who generate or curate content, such as the editors at Slashdot, or the writers at Cracked or the Onion?

I don't. The slashdot editors don't deserve any money, since they don't actually do their job. Cracked regularly slips some completely ignorant or perhaps willful bullshit into their top ten lists, where anyone with even passing familiarity can see they have no fucking clue what they're on about. The Onion will get paid by someone, but not me, and if not, no great loss. Only a small handful of their articles are actually better than the basic internet noise floor, and those articles cost nothing to write and can exist without The Onion.

In short, nothing of value will be lost if all of those outlets disappear. All the same content can exist without them. Especially slashdot editors.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis