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Comment: Gas powered generator trailer as range extender? (Score 0) 229

What are the engineering limitations as to why electric vehicles do not have the ability to add a trailer which has a gas powered generator to extend the range? If a generator trailer were available for long drives(which pretty much all extended range use cases fall into), then wouldn't this take the "range anxiety" issue out of the picture?

Comment: Stock market? (Score 1) 271

What I am wondering is WHY all the articles (not just about Google) on how "businesses are ""failing"" " when all these businesses are posting 10-20% growth, yet some analyst says it's "bad" and so stocks get hit on that. Everything from Cheesecake Factory or Chipotle failing (while people are lined up to say "shut up and take my money") to a list of other businesses are getting these same "analyst reports" which are saying businesses are failing. Are these stock analysts trying to push some narrative to make stocks go down???

Comment: Re:I don't think that's quite right. (Score 3, Interesting) 324

by Whatsmynickname (#48806327) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

In Windows, you don't need elevated privileges to install an application to a user-specific location.

Where have you been? Unless you're deploying "Hello world" written in C++, it is certain you're going to have to distribute some library which insists of being installed in the system area along with registry entries. Therefore you will have to have admin privileges. Heck even just copying to Program Files takes admin privileges starting with Windows 7.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 2) 435

by Whatsmynickname (#48620971) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Only President Obama could get gas to $2.50

Really? Really? Please explain how this happened. First of all, the current cheap gas has all to do with OPEC and NOTHING to do with Obama. Seems to me that between the Keystone Pipeline / recent EPA rulings / ethanol mandates, Obama has been trying to make gasoline MORE expensive, not cheaper!

Comment: Spent 100 million on what? (Score 3, Interesting) 87

by Whatsmynickname (#48591711) Attached to: California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

Hydrogen stations in California have had a choppy rollout. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) first created the "hydrogen highway" concept in 2004 by executive order and budgeted $15 million for hydrogen demonstration projects, stations and buses through 2008. Schwarzenegger increased spending in 2007, signing A.B. 118, which provided roughly $90 million for hydrogen through this year. A bill that Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed last year, A.B. 8, reformed the funding process, allocating $20 million per year through 2023 or until 100 stations are built.

So CA has spent $100 million so far, and all we have are 10 stations? Where did all the money go?

Comment: Re:Democrats voted (Score 1) 932

by Whatsmynickname (#47215959) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

How to get a Democrat into office

1) Get open primary so Democrats can vote for the biggest loser of the Republicans. Don't worry, the hand picked Democrat runner in the primary won't get kicked out.

2) In general election (especially in CA where only the top two can be in), point out what a loser the Republican is.

3) Sit back and relax while Democrat candidate is sworn in (probably again).

Yes, interesting

Comment: Supplement instead of replace (Score 1) 363

by Whatsmynickname (#47171397) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

What if an electric car would have a space for this battery and a driver would only install this type of battery when going on a long drive (i.e., supplement the existing Li battery infrastructure instead of replacing it)??? That way you would have the best of both worlds, quick charging lithium batteries for short trips and alum. battery for long trips. Yes, the downside is more space reserved for batteries instead of cargo, but I think I would be willing to work with that... I can easily see installing this battery right before a long trip and returning it after the trip is finished.

Comment: Exactly, they consider us consumers (Score 1) 2219

by Whatsmynickname (#46183119) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Exactly right. This is how organizations and businesses view visitors to web sites now. They are not participants. They are consumers. We are not here to participate in discussions. We are here to consume advertising. The discussions are just a way to get our eyeballs to this web site and consume the crap they put in the margins. So they pretend to ""listen"" so we will say "OK, since you listened to us, we'll keep looking at your web site, increase your visitor count (sucker count), so we can convince advertisers to buy our ads.

Comment: Re:Just remember now... (Score 1) 361

If you really, truly want a refutation of Spencer's graph, I will give it to you.

The editor of the journal in which it was published resigned in protest (or penance?) for such a bad paper making it past peer-review.

And this refutation follows the scientific method how? And for the other responses to the graph are classic ad hominem, awesome! All I want is data which shows Spencer's graph to be incorrect.

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.