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Comment: Re: Huh? (Score 1) 81

by billdale (#49063303) Attached to: The Revolution Wasn't Televised: the Early Days of YouTube
LOL!!! If you really don't get it, call your mom, tell her you need to move back into her basement. You'll never make it in this world... or, maybe you just can't handle the truth... single individuals, or small groups of them, really can have profound, lasting effects on the world in just a short period of time, with stunningly little effort. And if you can't bear acknowledging other people's successes, you'll never, ever allow yourself a measure of accomplishment, either. You remind me of the dingbat blogger that insisted that Elon Musk never had any original ideas, never actually started any companies, and is basically just a plagiarist and copy cat. In actual fact, we can be quite sure whoever this twerp was, he is the one with no originality. If he can't see the guy behind PayPal, Spacex, Tesla, Solar City, and a dozen lesser entities as having some major cojones, the two of you need to get together and leave the rest of us alone.

Comment: EVs in the mainstream (Score 1) 215

by billdale (#49062313) Attached to: Japan Now Has More Car Charging Points Than Gas Stations
Wow! More than 200 posts on this thread in just a few hours... that is an indication just how much EVs are taking hold, and, I'm thankful for it. I cannot see any way there, will ever be a backslide to ICE (internal combustion engine) cars... I have a Prius, as well as two fully electric vehicles... but the combination of EVs and self - driving technology is bound to create some very profound changes on our streets. Driving will become much less expensive, so more people will want to drive rather than telecommute, or sit home playing video games or doing whatever else they enjoy doing. Anyone who can afford an EV equipped with self - driving technology but suddenly finds themselves homeless may have an option that has never before existed: ride around in your self - driving car, as you sleep... the homeless, rather than clogging downtown areas and parks may clog our streets instead. Pols will, of necessity, create road taxes based on mileage that can be exacted real-time as we drive, similar to how cars with transponders are charged (fees, not electricity!) on California toll roads today... that will eventually be necessary anyway as a means to compensate for a loss of gas tax, but also as a means of relieving roadway congestion. At some point EVs will hit a critical mass and will quickly become ubiquitous as the general public realizes the profound advantages of abandoning gasoline use, but the unforeseen challenges... retiring of gasoline stations, increased charging infrastructure, roadway congestion abatement and road tax reforms will generate a sea of unintended consequences.

Comment: ... "the SOUNNNND... of SILENCE"... (Score 1) 823

by billdale (#48887255) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Two of my first cars were an BMW Midget, and an MGB. Both had exhaust notes I liked when I first bought them, but it was not long before I realized it was much like having a broken stereo, and all I could listen to-- and was forced to hear even if I didn't want it-- was my very favorite Beatles tune. And, if I wanted to listen to Bob Dylan or The Carpenters, I had to turn up the volume just so I, could hear it over the sound of my otherwise Lennon favorite. It would eventually become unbearable. An engine exhaust-- ANY engine exhaust, even from the most expensive Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Alfa Romeo-- is nothing more than a dirt - simple tune with no surprises, no chord changes or complexities as you have in music, yet we can somehow be lulled into believing there is something desirable about it even though it does little more than make you turn up your volume just so you can hear your radio over the noise, and it slowly contributes not only to your own hearing loss, but those around you that have no choice. I PARTICULARLY hate loud motorcycle exhausts, and even MORE particularly Harleysville that have short, straight pipes that you can hear blocks away. Whenever I hear them, I fantasize of the Axel Foley trick of cramming a banana deep inside the, pipe so that the rider, when he returns to his bike, does not figure out the problem until after his machine has gotten a time-consuming, expensive tow to the repair shop. As for your solution for blind pedestrians, you sound like the dolt whose only tool is a hammer, and so all problems begin to look like nails. The last thing I want is more noise when it's not necessary, forcing EVERY ONE to endure more cacophony even when there are no disabled people around. A much more reasonable solution would be to mandate fifty cents worth of electronics to be added to all new cars, including your beloved ICE- powered dinosaurs, which interact intelligently not only with every deaf pedestrian, but every other child, pet or other creature that is fitted with an inexpensive, mass - produced transponder that will warn ONLY of approaching traffic, and not of vehicles moving away and therefore not a hazard. They could warn of direction, speed, and proximity, even when there is other noise that can be distracting. One of the curiosities of human hearing is that when someone has constantly got their sound system amped to the max so that their ears feel full and ring for hours after removing their ear buds, or after their hearing has already been grossly, damaged by work or other noise, they will get defensive and insist their hearing is just fine, even though you can hear their rap lyrics from their ear buds from across the room. Personally, I treasure my hearing and want to protect it. So, more noise? No thank you. I'd rather listen to the subtleties of the tunes I choose to play on my sound system, without fighting to hear it over your he-man exhaust.

Comment: Re: Battery tech is the automotive heir apparent. (Score 1) 124

by billdale (#48764089) Attached to: Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
Kendall: you are allowing your FC biases to skew reasonable judgment. Back in the 60's, backers of FCVs declared confidently that we'd all be buying fuel cell cars within ten years... they have kept saying it for the last 50+ years... and FCs are still "just a few years away." Keep beating your dead horse as long as you think it's gonna wi you the Preakness, but meanwhile you'll continue to see EVs surge forward, and FCS stagnate as they always have. You're wearing blinders that allow you only to see the FC "progress" that you think will eventually vindicate your viewpoint, but meanwhile that sad, blind loyalty of yours keeps you from objectively looking to see if their are any reasonable solutions to the deadly flaws in the FC game plan, as I outlined in my previous comment-- what do you think will ever allow FCs to overcome The-Chicken-and-Egg problem, The Hindenberg Effect (which is inevitable) and the dozens of other huge problems FCS face? It is all those huge stumbling blocks that all the other car makers realize that Toyota is ignoring... just because they can handle some of the minor technical problems that have always been there, until they look at the broader picture and see that they' re fighting a losing battle, they will continue to flounder as Tesla swallows them up with impeccable products that have them with huge backlogs of orders to fill, which is why the $5B Gigafactory is being built. Again, yes, Toyota, is "big"... but look instead at the trends of both companies and it's obvious Tesla and all the other companies that are putting their money into EVs are the ones who will emerge the winners in this brawl. You and I cannot both be right on this issue... I'm confident that with every passing month, the gulf between Toyota and Tesla (and other EV makers) will continue to grow in the favor of EVs. If you cannot read the handwriting on the wall, I'm sorry... this will be the last comment I'm going to leave on this thread.--- Electric Bill

Comment: Battery tech is the automotive heir apparent. (Score 1) 124

by billdale (#48761963) Attached to: Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
You're woefully short-sighted, my friend! You assume batteries are improving in mere increments, or perhaps are even out of tricks to try to better their game-- but not so. As I said earlier, several of the upcoming chemistries, such as (several competing versions of) nanotitanate, and nanopore ceramics, and silicon nanowire can be recharged either fully in a matter of 5 minutes or so, or to 80% in a similarly short time, at which point they must be charged more slowly if you want to top them off, but a full pack is rarely needed regardless. Even today's Leaf can be recharged quickly enough to make them quite attractive to buyers, given the enormous savings in travel expenses, lack of need for tune-ups and service, and lack of the dreaded Smog Test. There are a number of primary battery chemistries, once tweaked to their maximum potential, whose energy density can be increased by an order of magnitude by coating the electrodes with silicon nanotubes (or other materials that increase electrode surface area). That means that for a car such as the Model S that can already top 400 miles range per charge with less aggressive driving, it could easily make it nonstop from Los Angeles to Atlanta... and, rather than increasing an EV's range to ridiculous extremes, the battery pack could instead be reduced in size, making EVs lighter, less expensive, more nimble and with even greater vehicle cargo capacity than they already have. (There's a REASON the Model S got the best rating in the history of Consumer Reports, as well as Motor Trend's Car of the Year Award! You would have to be delusional to ignore that, and continue to believe without basis that fuel cells will ever overcome EV momentum! Critics love the totally flat floors, and, huge trunks in both front and back. FCVs will not likely ever have such roomy cargo space.) And, since batteries are still far from running out of new tricks, they need not remain the vehicle of choice for the rich. Within the next few months or a year, more models and other variations of the Model S, Model 3 and others that will be available which will put Teslas within the reach of the average American. Musk laid out that plan publicly even before the first Roadster was sold... very serviceable EVs in the range of $30,000 or so in the third generation. You appear stubbornly obsessed with this idea that EVs are heavy-- that is already not true, at least that today's EVs are typically only slightly heavier than today's ICE cars, and EV car makers already are working out the production lines to deliver battery packs that will be lighter, more energetic, more robust and cheaper than what is available today. The Tesla Gigafactory will be poking a hole in the whole battery cost thing... Musk's not going to tell everyone of breakthroughs he's putting online-- but look at his past history, and you can tell he's got some surprises to reveal soon. He is a showman, and loves to spring incredible publicity blockbusters at gala events... and if you think I'm lying, notice that at no time in the last couple of years has he betrayed any stress of "Where do I go from here? Do I have any options left? Is the other shoe about to drop?" Anything but. He's been behaving like a giddy daddy the week before Christmas, just waiting to see how the kiddies respond to the toys beneath the tree. As for your misplaced, gushing enthusiasm for FCVs, there are enormous hurdles for FCs to be overcome, which appear to a lot of specialists in such chemistry, to be ominous, thorny, and expensive to resolve. Fuel cells might make some good sense for stationary installations such as homes as cogenerators of heat and electricity, but natural gas is still a finite resource, and may become even more finite if fracking proves to be causing an increase in ground water contamination, as well as the swarms of troubling earthquakes that have been occurring in the last few years. Solar power is not perfect, but in balance, is far more sensible than continuing to use up finite resources when clean, quiet renewables are available. Storing compressed gas aboard a vehicle requires heavy, expensive tanks... far more expensive and critical than the fuel tanks currently used in ICE cars. And the filling stations, unlike EV charging stations, would be far, far more expensive than either gasoline stations or EV charging stations; electric vehicle charging stations are inherently of negligible value to terrorists, whereas compressed gas stations would become favorite targets for terrorists. Yes, the terrorism element SHOULD be considered and resolved wherever possible. The first time Soccer Mom and her brood is incinerated in an enormous conflagration while at the local station, whether by accident or design, you'll run headlong into the Hindenberg effect: instantaneously, no one in the country-- or the world-- will want a rolling bomb sitting in their driveway. Now, the Chicken and the Egg: who will chance paying for the trillion dollars in stations needed to gas up your fuel cell cars, if only a few dozen FC vehicles ply the roads? And if there are no fueling stations, how many people will want to chance buying an FC vehicle? How do you break this very thorny stalemate, unless you're one hell of a lot richer than Gates, Buffet, Cuba and the Koch brothers combined. Just today a dozen or more talented, exceptional French cartoonists, writers and policemen were killed by ISIL terrorists. Some choose to bury their head in the sand rather than admit to themselves that such acts as 9/11 and today's events were financed by our oil money. Iran would love nothing better than to blow up the US and Israel with the atomic bombs they have been trying to build with oil money. Without petrodollars, they would have no hope of doing so. We CANNOT continue to fund our enemies, and driving EVs is the best way I know of to end such madness. The dramatic drop in the price of gasoline is a direct result of the blossoming popularity of EVs: OPEC is deathly afraid of this trend. Sorry, but the other problems with FCs stretch from here to Hades, and I-- as well as anyone really versed in the issues-- will want no part of it all. And, no, EVs are NOT the dead end you are deluded to believe them to be... if they were, the numbers of EV drivers would not be increasing by leaps and bounds yearly. EVs are destined to supplant ICE cars: the longer you kid yourself into believing otherwise, the longer you'll be spinning your wheels, and the more crow you'll eventually have to eat. I apologize to everyone for such a long comment, but this issue is my absolute passion. Electric Bill

Comment: Re: Battery tech is dead-end in cars (Score 1) 124

by billdale (#48759457) Attached to: Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
Sorry, Kendall, you're not using any common sense. There are BILLING being spent every year in a frenzy to be The Next Big Thing in battery chemistry, and that's even in you don't include Tesla and it's Mega factory in Reno. You should check facts before showing your lack of, awareness of what is state-of-the-art: look up nanopore batteries, carbon n a not be vatteries, silicon nano wire batteries, lithium air batteries, ultracapacitors... you'll see chemistries that can accept charges faster than you can put that expensive fuel in your gas guzzler, and provide ten ten times as much range per charge. I have multiple electric vehicles, they're quiet enough I can actually HEAR the stereo even when it's not blasting as so many cars are... near - zero maintenance... no smog tests, tune-ups, oil changes... no transmission service... and I can get my electrons from a variety of sources, including my own solar panels, not just from OPEC bloodsuckers that want to use our money to finance terrorism and suppress their own countrymen (and women). If you don't bother to look, you won't see there is constant improvement and maturation in the EV universe, and there is no sign that anyone is running out of clever ideas to keep making each day's EVs even better than the EVs before. Like Elon Musk says... "Don't they ever get tired of being wrong?"

Comment: Re: They said that about cell phones (Score 1) 386

by billdale (#48709583) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making
You're off by several years: you should have looked it up before posting. When I started driving a car was expected to last less than 100,000 miles, but the lifespan has been stretching out ever since... it's 11.4 years now, even though many cars are chugging along for decades more. Light trucks are slightly less: 11.3 years average. Electric vehicles are likely to change that: even without a breakthrough in today's battery chemistry, EVs are so much simpler they are much easier to keep running.

Comment: another thought (Score 1) 33

by billdale (#48655311) Attached to: New Record Set For Deepest Dwelling Fish
We try to think outside the box-- biological systems surviving at enormous depths, extreme temperatures, feeding on arsenic and old lace-- but what if life is even more extreme than our wildest imaginings: life forms whose atoms are stripped of electrons, nothing more than ionic creatures, surviving within suns, or deep within gaseous bodies such as Saturn, Jupiter... or even within black holes? We could never know what is in such places, it would seem.

Comment: space, deep sea, money and allocations (Score 1) 33

by billdale (#48655161) Attached to: New Record Set For Deepest Dwelling Fish
As already stated, we spend trifles on space. We spend even less on these undersea adventures that all but Tea Party psychos feel enriched by, if for no other reason than because we find new and unique life forms that give us keys to untangling cancers, aging, and diseases of every kind. What we DON'T need is a back-breaking military budget when there are alternatives, such as flooding the Internet with countermeasures against the very successful lures al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIL and other malevolent jackasses use to suck in vulnerable nitwits that become suicide bombers, rapists and child killers. No one has yet begun to tell them: "what if they're wrong, and Allah does not gift you with dozens of virgins and pleasures for eternity? What if what they say does not agree with the Koran by any means? Are you willing to burn in eternal hell for the terrible, evil things they want you to do?" There are countless such things we can be telling them, assaulting their faulty logic, hammering home the illegitimacy of their doings. "Who are the real good guys, and bad guys? Who went to Malaysia after the tsunamis, and brought food and medicine to the millions of Muslims that were starving and bleeding? How much effort has the Taliban made to build hospitals and schools, rather than destroy them?" If we start driving electric vehicles rather than spending $450B a year on oil we buy from despotic OPEC countries, that's hundreds of billions of dollars we have to spend on hospitals, schools, roads, bridges... and SPACE. We can also encourage the super-wealthy among us to play higher, more challenging games as Musk, Gates, and others have done, such as using their resources to produce inexpensive medications and verify herbal remedies, if Eli Lilly, Pfizer and others are only interested in profit? -- Electric Bill

Comment: Re:Participant Psychosis? (Score 1) 540

by billdale (#40471157) Attached to: Ask Bas Lansdorp About Going to Mars, One Way
You sound like a priest advising on matters of sex and marriage-- obviously lackng in personal experience or any truly reliable data. The first thing you'll notice when exposed to even a mild vacuum is that your ears hurt, and with extreme vacuum administered quickly, your ears would rupture unbearably. The nitrogen in your blood would boil painfully, and within a minute or so, you would die, but it definitely would NOT be painless.

Comment: Re:but handling uncertainty isn't easy (Score 1) 242

by billdale (#40431541) Attached to: Strong AI and the Imminent Revolution In Robotics
I strongly disagree. You seem to think that all these thorny AI probs will have to be handled in some kind of serial fashion, by some tiny batch of techies slaving away in drudgery. In fact, there may be a couple of dozen serious thorny problems that are presently hampering AI, but for each of those thorny probs, you can be sure there are thousands of individual talented, clever, innovative groups working to solve the single conundrum they are focused on. By dividing up the problem and the available supergeeks to deal with them, and the incredibly rapid pace of development in computing and hardware, I am very confident the AI necessary to give us the robots we want will be here soon indeed. Consider the pace of computing overall it has not been steady, but logarithmic just a few short years ago, computers were generally thought of as science fiction, and anyone that even USED a computer was referred to as a "computer genius". Do you remember those days?! Anyone using a computer was doing so on a "time share" basis? There was no such thing as a "personal computer"! That term did not even exist! Today, the average person has been through several generations of PCs; the same is surely to happen now with robots, especially now with the widespread use of dirt cheap 3D printers, laser cutters, etc. The pace cannot be suppressed. Open your eyes!

+ - Envia Systems announces breakthru EV battery->

Submitted by billdale
billdale (1095237) writes "Envia Systems, who is a new tech startup-- about 5 years, I understand-- have announced a breakthrough lithium battery of novel chemistry, with several times the energy density (read longer distance driven per charge), greater tolerance of complete battery drain (which is the problem Tesla Motors is dealing with at present), will allegedly cut battery cost in half, and each battery cell provides higher voltage than typical Li-ion cells; it is said to be safer as well. Backed by GM and ARPA-E, the batteries have done very well in third-party testing and are ready for production. I am quite hopeful this is the breakthrough EVs need."
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Comment: Re:SOPA isn't the only reason GoDaddy sucks (Score 1) 190

by billdale (#39011969) Attached to: Wikipedia Hasn't Forgiven GoDaddy

Timothy is correct-- you are the one whose math is off. An elephant has a gestation of 22 months, so after a year, an elephant cow is still pregnant; after another 12 months, she will have had a single calf that is 2 months old. I cannot see how you could think he made any mistakes.

I find ANYONE shooting elephants a vert troubling thing, unless they are sick, in pain, and are being euthanzed. Several years ago I was in Flint Michigan when a carnival/circus was there... the circus has a trained elephant. Overnight, some coward shot the elephant... it was laying on its side next to its tent. If I had known who the vermin was that shot that poor creature, I'm not sure if I could have kept myself from killing him. Someone like that is surely a threat to everyone he is around-- it's my guess he has committed many other crimes before and since... rape, murder, mayhem. A worthless individual.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.