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Comment: Re:Emergency Scenario (Score 1) 330

by Ukab the Great (#46484165) Attached to: What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

It would take 5-10 minutes of fill up the beast's tank with gas. I don't think an electric car can fully charge up in that amount of time. Any I've heard there are areas of the world that don't currently have available electric service. But again, I'd love to be wrong about both those things.

Comment: Emergency Scenario (Score 1, Interesting) 330

by Ukab the Great (#46478705) Attached to: What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

To back up the parent post, let's say in a single day a sudden coup brings down the government of a development country the president is currently visiting. In i's place is an extremist government that's extremely hostile to the US made up of a lot of recently former terrorists who would love nothing more than hold the US president hostage (or worse). The president is nowhere near Air Force One, and The Beast has to drive 800 miles across hostile territory to reach a SEAL extraction team in a friendly country. The route has to go through very rural areas where Secret Service agents have to do things like hold up gas stations, spending only five minutes pumping before moving on. And where gas stations are sparse, forget even about electric fast-charging stations, the agents have to sneak up to parked cars and steal gas quickly with specialized pump-driven siphons, relying on the fact that gasoline can easily transferred from one car to another quickly. Far faster than any kind of scheme with jumper cables. In this nightmare scenario, you want something ridiculously ubiquitous and instantly replenishable.

An electric Beast would be an absolutely terrible idea. Stateside an electric Beast would actually be a neat PR bit to show the Oval Office cares about green technology. But the fact that electric car advocate geeks will take issue with the above scenario and will make endless excuses for their technology and will dismiss very legitimate practical concerns with electric says a lot about how detached from reality the electric car movement really is right now. Screaming "FUD" really doesn't make anything better.

Comment: Linus Not Being A Subject Matter Expert (Score 1) 158

by Ukab the Great (#46205141) Attached to: Non-Coders As the Face of the Learn-to-Code Movements

Has never stopped him from being an opinionated (if misinformed) spokesman on subject. Google "Linus Torvalds" and "usability" for examples. So yes, I would expect Linus Torvalds to be a spokesman for NCAA basketball, basing his opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of the competing teams CS departments.

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