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Comment I do this now... (Score 1) 146

Here are the tricks of the trade I've found:

1) Take time to pick your location carefully. If you're going to a developed campsite, don't show up on Friday or Saturday. Your options will be limited. Understand that reception make suck at the site at ground level, but just by hoisting a cell phone 10 feet, you'll get good reception. Have a bluetooth ear piece to help facilitate this.

2) Pick your laptops *carefully*. I use an Asus T100 for backpacking because has a long battery life and it charges off of standard USB and is relatively lightweight. When developed camping, I use an Asus UX-305.

3) Solar backpacking equipment is more or less useless, as is the reactor hydrogen fuel cell. The solar cells are too small to produce a meaningful voltage. Your best bet is to bring charged batteries.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 904

> EVs are nicer to drive

On what basis do you make the claim that they are "nicer to drive?" I'll put a BMW M3 -- or if you prefer a soft ride a Rolls Royce -- up against a Nissan Leaf any day. Ride quality and handling are subjective parameters and these 'feel' parameters are based on the configuration of the suspension, wheels, brakes, etc. not the technology causing propulsion. Additionally, because you have a transmission, you can get less wheel spin in the winter in a conventional car by selecting an appropriate gear when you get stuck.

> cleaner (in all senses)

Done properly, biofuels can be carbon negative rather than carbon neutral. Boeing has found a plant that easily releases its sugars and grows in deserts watered with salt water. The end result is that land that is currently not arable such as the Sahara and the Arabian Peninsula can be utilized to grow these crops.

> and you can make it's fuel yourself at home

I can make E100 ethanol or biodiesel at home if I was so inclined, it's just easier to go to go to a gas station.

Remember that electric cars are an old technology and one we ditched years ago because it simply wasn't that good. Even today it still has the same exact problems it had back then.

Comment More Ugly? (Score 2) 147

While he's a brilliant industrial designer, he doesn't know crap about UI design and the UI's he's produced more than show it. I've used OS X since 10.0. I used Next in the 90's. I used classic Apple. I've been in the Apple camp for decades. I frankly can't stand to look at them, so the new UIs have chased me off of the platform.

Comment Repeat Experiments (Score 1) 770

> the more I read literature from other, somewhat-related fields... [such as] psychology ... the more I felt they have little opportunity to repeat experiments

As somebody who is writing a paper entitled "A Generalized Theory on Abnormal Psychology", I assure you that Psychology is about to gain the ability to repeat experiments.

Comment Re:Range anxiety isn't really rational (Score 1) 357

In the last ten days I've seen two articles which, IMO, spell the inevitable death of the electric car's resurgence. The first talked about a new process that breaks down normal plant cellulose into sugar, meaning that the entire corn crop can be converted into ethanol rather than just the second and the second talks about a huge breakthrough by Boeing. I can't find the link to the first, but here's the second:

The Boeing breakthrough basically means we can turn the Sahara Desert into a giant farm to grow ethanol crops. And unlike with conventional fuels or even electric, you can build inefficiencies into the system to absorb more CO2 than you expel back into the atmosphere. Better put, you can have carbon negative fuels.

Comment Re:Free Market? LoL (Score 1) 688

Complete and utter BS. The only thing Tesla wants is a monopoly. Tesla isn't banned from selling cars in Texas; they can sell their cars in Texas through dealerships. Why don't they want to? Because doing so provides downward pressure on prices. When you have multiple dealerships, you can go to different dealerships and peg one against another and get the best price. Dealerships then pressure the manufacturer to sell them the car at a lower price so they can in turn get a higher profit off of the lower price. When the manufacturer owns all the dealerships, you lose all of your leverage -- every bit of it. You can't go to the dealership down the street and get a better price anymore, because Tesla owns that dealership as well. GM, Ford, etc. were banned from selling directly to the public way back when for a reason... because they were trying to drive up prices.

Comment Re:Very Different (Score 1) 453

I've frankly seen some very pretty and very elegant perl code. I've also seen complete crap implemented in other languages, and perl doesn't force you into boxes with a battering ram like a lot of other languages (Python comes to mind). Perl can be old-school function oriented programming, modern OOP or functional. Additionally, you don't spend hours on end trying to figure out how to fix typing issues -- something you will spend far more time doing than allowing bad types to fail in development. Javascript's primary problems come from never properly implementing objects and inheritance, something that would have been fixed had Microsoft not killed the proposal to use Flex/Actionscript as the HTML5 specification.

Comment Superstorm? (Score 0) 414

Why is a category 1 hurricane being called a superstorm? I live in Florida and we get these frequently. They aren't a big deal if you're properly prepared for them. Hell, we got the same winds level of winds from Sandy that NY/NJ got when it was a much stronger C2 (nearly a 3), though the C2 part was off shore. Perhaps a better name for this is a super failure to be properly prepared?

Comment Re:I think that's all college students (Score 1) 823

By losing the attitude, I've come to find that the core source of it was a few things:

* Not realizing that what's in my mind isn't necessarily in somebody else's mind
* Not realizing that just because somebody else doesn't know something, doesn't mean they're stupid.
* Being patient and respectful with somebody who is ignorant on a topic and taking the time to clearly communicate the concept to somebody does wonders. They grow and learn from you and you obtain their respect.
* Realizing that there are perspectives other than mine; losing the "I know better than you" attitude.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton