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Comment: Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (Score 1) 144

by csnydermvpsoft (#46749901) Attached to: The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

I have enough education to know that there hundreds of "west coasts" in the world. I also live in West Michigan, so I could easily interpret "west cost" to mean the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

However, I also have the skill of inference. Given that this is being posted on a U.S.-centric forum and the reference is being made in the context of a time of day, I was able to reason out that in this case, "west cost" does in fact refer to the Pacific timezone.

Comment: Ham is going to drown Nye in FUD (Score 4, Insightful) 593

by csnydermvpsoft (#46152039) Attached to: Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

This isn't going to be pretty. Just as the oil industry uses FUD to create false "uncertainties" about climate science, Ken Ham misrepresents evolutionary science to make it appear that there is a debate. There is no way for a logical person like Nye (who is a mechanical engineer by training, BTW) to effectively counteract Ham's bullshit.

The very fact that this debate is happening is already a win for Ham (and not just because of the millions of dollars that AIG is raking in): The amount of media coverage that this "debate" has received creates the impression that there is a debate to be had - when the basic science is very well-understood and unambiguous. Ham's work is FUD at its finest.

Comment: Re:Energy density. (Score 4, Insightful) 734

How often do you take cross-country trips? For me, it's at most once or twice per year - renting a vehicle for those times is no problem, especially if my daily driver is cheaper to operate. If you do take such trips frequently, then present EVs are not for you. However, you're among a small minority of the driving population.

By requiring your daily driver to be capable of any situation you can imagine - even if it occurs very infrequently - you're wasting a lot of resources, including your own money.

Comment: Re:Not cans (Score 1) 371

by csnydermvpsoft (#45849345) Attached to: Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses

Because nobody in America wants 20 largish coins in their pants/wallet/purse.

Then carry a single twenty, two tens, or four fives. You should never have more than four singles at a time - if you do, it means that you neglected an opportunity to get closer to exact change.

I don't want 20 paper bills in my wallet either - it would barely fold.

Comment: Re:100Watt Bulb Heat is Useful on Farm (Score 1) 944

by csnydermvpsoft (#45787795) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

What the city slicker politicians and neo-econazies don't understand is that the 100W bulbs are useful.

You do realize that those "fascist, idiot, city slicker, neo-econazie politicians" you're referring to were in the Bush administration, don't you? (the ban was passed in 2007)

Comment: Re:Get rid of those things (Score 1) 944

by csnydermvpsoft (#45787633) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Heat Pumps don't work when it's below freezing.

Incorrect. Heat pumps work at outdoor temperatures well below freezing. Their efficiency does get lower as the temperature drops, however - though there are advanced units that work at acceptable efficiencies at any temperature.

Comment: Re:No, bad (Score 1) 159

by csnydermvpsoft (#45278899) Attached to: Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

I'm quite certain that existing regulations regarding warranties, emissions, etc. already contain clauses that limit an automaker's liability in the event that the vehicle is tampered with. Otherwise, someone could cut out the catalytic converter from their car, sell it (for the precious metals), and have the automaker replace it under warranty. Computer-based modifications would fall under the same category.

"If John Madden steps outside on February 2, looks down, and doesn't see his feet, we'll have 6 more weeks of Pro football." -- Chuck Newcombe