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Comment: Re:The Chinese are not the soviets (Score 1) 78

by hey! (#49793149) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Urges America To Challenge China To a Space Race

The chinese and americans make too much money off each other to go to war with each other.

Which of course means we are no threat whatsoever to to each other, because on both sides of the relationship the leadership is and is guaranteed continued to be completely rational.

Comment: The Tesla power wall IS NOT good for Solar! (Score 1) 309

by LWATCDR (#49791649) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

The Tesla Powerwall IS not that big of a deal and not the solution for Solar!
The 10kwh Powerwall is only good for 50 cycles a year! It is more of a house size UPS. The 7 will work for daily use but it is more expensive per kwh than the 10 and even Solar City is not going to sell the 7.
The Tesla power wall battery still sucks. It does suck less than other battery packs but only a little. The big improvment is one of packaging and frankly hype.
I know that this is going to go counter to the Church of Tesla's teachings but even the Model S really does not count. It is a 100K car for the very rich. Another fact is the simple truth that the Tesla car company is not successful car company yet. It has yet to make a profit.

No we do not need to move to low voltage wiring in our homes because of the "success" of the Powerwall. The Powerwall is the the solution to the solar production/demand problem. And frankly in most homes the biggest power users are things like AC, Hot water heaters, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, and so on. All of which work just fine on AC and I for one do not want to have to have a bus bar the size of my arm running to my dryer so it can work on 12 volts.

Comment: Re:Pist frost (Score 1) 70

by LWATCDR (#49790837) Attached to: GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In Most 2016 Vehicles

"2) People need to pay attention to what they're doing on the road and quit fucking around with cell phones and other cool whizzo shit on the dashboard."
Because trying to read a paper map and drive at the same time is so much safer...
Sure I agree that that playing angry birds while driving is a bad plan but Things like Nav do make driving safer IMHO. For the idiots that follow nav without question and drive into a river.. Well they would have done that sooner or later anyway.

Comment: Re:next up: ban cars (Score 1) 110

by hey! (#49790609) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

Well, driving cars in urban centers generally sucks between the traffic and finding parking. The problem is people are too stubborn to get their act together and provide abundant satellite parking and transit links. Sure, driving your car right up to a store is ideal when you're the only one doing it, but there's a reason malls are built with parking on the periphery and pedestrian access at the core. If parking was the most pleasant and convenient way to get a lot of people into a confined area you'd be able to drive right into Disney World and park your car at Space Mountain.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 3, Insightful) 110

by hey! (#49790515) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

Anything that happens inflates someone's bank account. If governments ban CFCs then people with CFC substitutes get a windfall. If governments don't ban CFCs then makers of sunscreen and skin cancer treatments get a windfall.

This is how capitalism works -- how it's supposed to work. Problems attract capital, which generates profits. But it's also how market solutions fall short. It's better for the public if someone makes a killing replacing CFC than if someone else makes a killing treating skin cancer.

Comment: Re:Of course the majority will be from Android (Score 1) 244

by dave420 (#49790327) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier
The walled garden does not exist for every mobile operating system, though. You can also get Android phones with the Googleness taken out. You can install whatever software you want on them, regardless. But whatever - I bet it's easier to make your argument if you ignore those salient points. NSA! Rabble! Rabble!

Comment: Re:Power users (Score 2) 244

by dave420 (#49790311) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier
It's not really just a phone, though - Android phones are linux machines with great connectivity. If you are hell-bent on calling a 2.5GHz computer with 2GB+ of RAM, a built-in 1080p screen, wifi, lte, bluetooth, NFC, etc. etc. a "phone", then I guess you will always be confused at how people describe the users of it.

Comment: Misses the strategic imperative for Android. (Score 1) 244

by hey! (#49790287) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Google's core businesses would be seriously damaged if Apple obtained a monopoly on mobile computing. If it breaks even and prevents Apple hegemony it's as much of a success as it needs to be.

As for the supposed switching of Android users to iPhone, notice the tortured stipulations in this sentence: "the 'majority' of those who switched to iPhone had owned a smartphone running Android." It's also no doubt true that the majority of users who switched to new Android phone had owned a smartphone running Android in the past. The vast majority of smartphones out there are Android, and that's been true for years now, so it's not surprising that someone buying a new smartphone of any kind has previously owned *some* android handset.

Comment: Re:Awww: "Poo lil' Bouldin"'s cryin' now? apk (Score 1) 229

by dave420 (#49790071) Attached to: A Text Message Can Crash An iPhone and Force It To Reboot
You realise we all know that it's you, APK. We know you chime in pretending to be some anonymous supporter of APK, but your writing style gives it away each time. Each and every time. You might as well have written "APK needs help" instead, as it has exactly the same effect, only it's actually honest.

Reactor error - core dumped!