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Comment: Wait a min.... (Score 0) 414

by bobbied (#48417523) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

REPUBLICANS did this?

Not so fast. This was obviously written by a partisan hack from the democrat side. How do I know?

1. Republicans do not yet control the senate. Despite having a good election and winning the majority of seats in the senate, they will not be seated until JANUARY 2015. We are in a lame duck congress, meaning the only thing that has changed from before the election is some senators know they are going home soon. The names have not yet changed on the office doors. Democrats are still in control.

2. This bill passed the Republican controlled house, meaning it had to receive at least SOME Republican support.

3. A number of Republican Senators voted for cloture on the bill which required 60 votes. This means there where democrats that DID NOT vote for cloture.

So, Why would Slashdot engage in something so obviously partisan and blame Republicans? Shame on you. This bill's fate was decided by both sides, not just one.

Comment: Re:But I thought... (Score 1) 414

by bobbied (#48417405) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

The article is misleading. Some Republican Senators voted for cloture. This bill also was passed by the Republican controlled house. It's failure to proceed was bipartisan, and included a number of democrats not voting for cloture. Like it or not, Republicans are NOT YET in control of the Senate. The new congress is not seated until January 2015.

Comment: Re:How do I refill it? (Score 1) 191

by bobbied (#48414007) Attached to: Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Look, either go full 100% electric and just put in chargers everywhere, or use CNG

If you're going to talk about existing distribution infrastructure, why not choose Option C: Propane autogas? It's #3 in the States (behind gas and diesel) as well as the most common alternative fuel worldwide...

Works for me, propane is a bit more expensive than CNG, but why not? It's been used for a long time as a motor fuel too. Hydrogen is still just a stupid idea though.

Comment: Re:How do I refill it? (Score 1) 191

by bobbied (#48413999) Attached to: Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Where, pray tell, are you going to get burnable hydrogen? From Water? Have fun with that.

You obviously don't understand what it takes to convert water into hydrogen fuel. HINT: Lots and LOTS of electricity, which, despite what you might think, cannot be produced for free. Windmills and solar cells cost money and harm the environment. Industrially, Hydrogen is currently produced FROM Natural Gas, not water.

But never mind all that.... Try this one. Using hydrogen as a method to "store energy" is a stupid approach. You would be better off using currently available battery technologies (lead acid, Li-Ion etc) by nearly 10 times.

Comment: Re:How do I refill it? (Score 1) 191

by bobbied (#48412431) Attached to: Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Oh sure Natural Gas is cheaper, it has to be.

As I posted previously, where do you suppose we get hydrogen now? For industrial supplies we reform natural gas, which involves steam and fairly high temperatures. Processing and storage of hydrogen is harder than for natural gas. So, hydrogen will be more expensive, it simply has to be. Start with Natural gas, process by adding heat to get hydrogen, suffer larger losses in the storage and distribution of hydrogen and it will ALWAYS be more expensive.

And before you start down the "just use solar/wind power to split hydrogen" understand that neither of these technologies are cost effective and doing what you suggest is much less efficient than even Lithium Ion batteries.

Comment: Re:How do I refill it? (Score 1) 191

by bobbied (#48411819) Attached to: Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Again, just in case it wasn't clear from my first response. Who is concerned about Hydrogen's safety? Hydrogen Gas is no less safe than Natural Gas and I'm not debating this aspect.

What I AM saying is that Hydrogen is a stupid idea when you consider the engineering efficiency of the whole system. Just burn Natural Gas as a motor fuel, it's easier and more efficient (and cheaper as a result).

Comment: Re:Not For Me (Score 1) 191

by bobbied (#48407017) Attached to: Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

You have to start somewhere. If we required the full infrastructure to be in place first then we would never advance at all. This may or may not end up working in the long term, but could theoretically have the advantages of gas (i.e. pour some liquid into your car every few miles) and the advantages of electric vehicles (efficiencies of scale by generating large amounts of power instead of all the cars generating small amounts inefficiently).

Why do the hydrogen canard then? Why not burn Compressed Natural Gas? Nearly all the benifits and CHEAP fuel too...

Oh, and before you start into the "Using free solar electricity to disassociate hydrogen from water at home" exercise, let me remind you that even solar power costs (both in money and environmental damage), the process is wildly inefficient and currently the industrial source of hydrogen today is reforming natural gas.

Comment: Re:How do I refill it? (Score 1) 191

by bobbied (#48406891) Attached to: Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Hydrogen is a stupid idea.

Use CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and just forget this nutty hydrogen idea. Getting Hydrogen from water and electricity is wildly inefficient and thus extremely expensive. It's also not a very good motor fuel because it takes some pretty major modifications to existing motors.

Do you know where we get most of our industrial hydrogen gas? From Natural Gas. Guess what? We already have a distribution infrastructure in most of the States for Natural Gas. We should just cut to the chase and go to CNG which burns very clean with a minimum of modifications to existing engines. All this hydrogen talk is just hype..

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