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Comment: Re:They forget the coolness factor (Score 1) 384

by danlip (#46817975) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

That's a lot of assumption you made there. Who drives 200 miles per day? I drive about 10 miles per day - I know that's shorter than most people, but I would probably move or change jobs if it was a lot more - which makes more sense than buying a very expensive electric car. I would never drive 100 miles per day except on vacation.

BTW, I do have solar panels, but they don't make enough power to cover my current usage without an electric car, and there is no room to add more (badly shaped roof and lots of trees).

Comment: Re:It's not just raw range, refueling matters as w (Score 1) 384

by danlip (#46817575) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

It makes a lot more sense if you are already a multi-car family - but that probably describes the majority of families in the US. Replace one car with EV and keep the other for long trips. Even if only 25% of the cars in the US were EV it could make a big difference.

Comment: Re:They forget the coolness factor (Score 1) 384

by danlip (#46817453) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

There aren't really millions of anybody who can afford a Tesla. I suppose I technically could, but it would make a big dent in my retirement/lifestyle, so I wouldn't say I really qualify. Upper-middle class can't, you pretty much have to be in the 1%. You can't compare to Apple - an iPhone is a much smaller purchase, easy to save up for if you are middle class, and not that much more than another type of smart phone.

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 1) 588

by danlip (#46748955) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

ignorance is not inherited

The kind of willful ignorance exhibited by the anti-vax crowd and the christian right is certainly indoctrinated into children by the parents. The children will likely display the same trait as the parent. Certainly some children overcome it, but that is a de novo mutation. Evolution is always statistical, not absolute, and nothing has to be 100%. So if you have 2 populations, and one is less likely to survive than the other because of a trait like this, I think that is a valid invocation of Darwin's name.

Comment: Re:Not words... Context. (Score 1) 512

by danlip (#46615907) Attached to: Why <em>Darmok</em> Is a Good <em>Star Trek: TNG</em> Episode

I agree. I hate this episode. I can suspend disbelief about how ridiculous a universal translator is in the first place and enjoy most episodes, but not an episode that specifically calls attention to the universal translator. Most SciFi has some ridiculous elements that exist purely for convenience and should not be turned into plot devices. Except for Doctor Who, which can turn any kitsch into cool.

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