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Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 627 627

You seriously think there are only 6 million Americans in mega-urban areas? What?

And you really think ICEs and "power plants" all the same efficiency? Of course different kind of power plants have different efficiency levels. Not to mention they burn different kind of fuels, and a direct comparison is silly. However, even if they burn off dirty coal, electic motors are more environmentally friendly. This is an easy thing to Google if you have any interest in numbers or the truth (I suspect you don't).


Please post less and contemplate more.

Comment: Re:My next car will be an e-Golf. (Score 1) 627 627

There are fewer than 20 fast chargers in America? In the Bay Area, I see about 40 of them (looking at my cell phone app). The local Whole Foods has one, so does the local mall.

Was your family run over by a Golf? I see you making a few other extremely pointed anti-Golf comments, that have no basis in fact. What's the motivation? There are legitimate complaints to make about electric cars, why imagine things?

That said, the idea behind electric charging is more like, you charge it overnight, rather than on the road. Even a fast charge simply isn't fast enough.

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 4, Informative) 627 627

Well, more like $280 a month, with $80 subsidized by the government.

So it's true that if everybody was getting electric cars, the subsidy would be untenable. However, if everybody was getting electric cars, the unit price would go down as well (which is a big part of the motivation behind the subsidies).

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 627 627

Yeah, I went from a gas guzzler to the egolf, but even with a decent gas mileage like 30mpg I'd pay $100/month fuel (and that's with gas prices pretty low right now).

I don't do extended trips often. It happens rarely enough that the prices of gas for her car are kind of a non-factor.

So yeah, range is an issue. On the other hand, I do have a fairly long commute, I go out hiking, I have friends all around the Bay Area, and range hasn't been an issue. In an emergency, charging stations are all over. So it's bad, but not as bad as you might think.

Comment: Re:pretty simple really (Score 1, Redundant) 627 627

I leased an egolf, it's like $23k to purchase and just looks like a normal golf, if it didn't say "egolf" you wouldn't know. Fiat 500e is same as a 500. Nissan Leafs don't really look any weirder than other Nissans.

Chademo charging stations aren't free (L2 stations often are, but take longer to charge. Tesla stations are as well).

Bay Area has a million charging stations.

Everything single thing in your post was wrong, why are you talking about something you clearly know nothing about?

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 3, Informative) 627 627

Electric vehicles are very cheap, if only because the federal government subsidizes $7,500, and the CA state government subsidizes $2500. Additionally, some local governments fund home charging stations.

I leased an egolf for $200/month, versus my old car where I was spending $150/month on fuel. Googling that, leasing a standard golf is the same price, but with the higher fuel/maintenance costs.

There are good reasons not to get an electric car, which basically boil down to range issues - my wife has a normal fuel car, or I wouldn't have even considered an electric car. It's great/cheap as a commuter car, but the (very common) L2 chargers take four hours to fully charge, and even the (uncommon) L3 chargers take an hour. Imagine going on a road trip where every hour and a half you stopped for an hour to charge your car.

Comment: Re:From the TFA (Score 1) 389 389

It's the restaurant's responsibility, not the DJs. DJs aren't obligated to pay at all. Perhaps the DJ lied to him, perhaps it's just something the guy said after the fact.

But it doesn't really matter. This wasn't a one-time event he was sued for. If you read the article, you'll see that BMI had been warning him for years.

Comment: Re:From the TFA (Score 1) 389 389

They call you, and warn you that you need a license to play their music? Effectively giving you the option of just not playing their music? Not just surprising you by suing you for currently playing their music?

Why is that thuggish? Aside from just giving their music away freely, how would you want them to act?

Comment: Re:Not seeing past one's nose (Score 2) 389 389

Well, that's because you are relatively poor, and go to fast food, or occasionally low-end chain restaurants. Quality restaurants will generally not have music, and even semi-decent restaurants will either not have music, or will have it playing at barely-noticeable volumes.

Comment: Re:He was much more than that (Score 2, Interesting) 96 96

Sorry for the long quote, but this isn't the wikipedia of a guy who was a "badass," although he did serve honorably and with initiative, as did many other soldiers:

When World War II broke out, Lee volunteered to fight for the Finnish forces during the Winter War in 1939.[33] He and other British volunteers were kept away from actual fighting, but they were issued winter gear and were posted on guard duty a safe distance from the front lines. After a fortnight, they returned home.[34] Lee returned to work at United States Lines and found his work more satisfying, feeling that he was contributing. In early 1940, he joined Beecham's, at first as an office clerk, then as a switchboard operator.[35] When Beecham's moved out of London, he joined the Home Guard.[36] In the winter, his father fell ill with double pneumonia and died on 12 March 1941. Realising that he had no inclination to follow his father into the Army, Lee decided to join up while he still had some choice of service, and volunteered for the Royal Air Force.[37]

Lee reported to RAF Uxbridge for training and was then posted to the Initial Training Wing at Paignton.[38] After passing his exams in Liverpool, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan meant that he travelled on the Reina del Pacifico to South Africa, then to his posting at Hillside, at Bulawayo in Southern Rhodesia.[39] Training with de Havilland Tiger Moths, Lee was having his penultimate training session before his first solo flight when he suffered from headaches and blurred vision. The medical officer hesitantly diagnosed a failure of his optic nerve and he was told he would never be allowed to fly again.[40] Lee was devastated and the death of a fellow trainee from Summer Fields only made him more despondent. His appeals were fruitless and he was left with nothing to do.[41] He was moved around to different flying stations, before going to Salisbury in December 1941.[42] He then visited the Mazowe Dam, Marandellas, the Wankie Game Reserve and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Thinking he should "do something constructive for my keep", he applied to join RAF Intelligence. His superiors praised his initiative and he was seconded into the Rhodesian Police Force and was posted as a warder at Salisbury Prison.[43] He was then promoted to leading aircraftman and moved to Durban in South Africa, before travelling to Suez on the Nieuw Amsterdam.[44]

After "killing time" at RAF Kasfareet near the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal Zone, he resumed intelligence work in the city of Ismaïlia.[45] He was then attached to No. 205 Group RAF before being promoted to pilot officer and attached to No. 260 Squadron RAF as an intelligence officer.[46] As the North African Campaign progressed, the squadron "leapfrogged" between Egyptian airstrips, from RAF El Daba to Maaten Bagush and on to Mersa Matruh. They lent air support to the ground forces and bombed strategic targets. Lee, "broadly speaking, was expected to know everything."[47] The Allied advance continued into Libya, through Tobruk and Benghazi to the Marble Arch and then through El Agheila, Khoms and Tripoli, with the squadron averaging five missions a day.[48] As the advance continued into Tunisia, with the Axis forces digging themselves in at the Mareth Line, Lee was almost killed when the squadron's airfield was bombed.[49] After breaking through the Mareth Line, the squadron made their final base in Kairouan.[50] After the Axis surrender in North Africa in May 1943, the squadron moved to Zuwarah in Libya in preparation for the Allied invasion of Sicily.[51] They then moved to Malta, and, after its capture by the British Eighth Army, the Sicilian town of Pachino, before making a permanent base in Agnone Bagni.[52] After the Sicilian campaign was over, Lee came down with malaria for the sixth time in under a year. He was flown to a hospital in Carthage for treatment and when he returned, the squadron was restless. Frustrated with a lack of news about the Eastern Front and the Soviet Union in general, and with no mail from home or alcohol, unrest spread and threatened to turn into mutiny. Lee, by now an expert on Russia, talked them into resuming their duties, which much impressed his commanding officer.[53]

After the Allied invasion of Italy, the squadron was based in Foggia and Termoli during the winter of 1943. Lee was then seconded to the Army during an officer's swap scheme.[54] He spent most of this time with the Gurkhas of the 8th Indian Infantry Division during the Battle of Monte Cassino.[55] While spending some time on leave in Naples, Lee climbed Mount Vesuvius, which erupted three days later.[56] During the final assault on Monte Cassino, the squadron was based in San Angelo and Lee was nearly killed when one of the planes crashed on takeoff and he tripped over one of its live bombs.[57] After the battle, the squadron moved to airfields just outside Rome and Lee visited the city, where he met his mother's cousin, Nicolò Carandini, who had fought in the Italian resistance movement.[58] In November 1944, Lee was promoted to flight lieutenant and left the squadron in Iesi to take up a posting at Air Force HQ.[59] Lee took part in forward planning and liaison, in preparation for a potential assault into the rumoured German Alpine Fortress.[60] After the war ended, Lee was invited to go hunting near Vienna and was then billeted in Pörtschach am Wörthersee.[61] For the final few months of his service, Lee, who spoke fluent French and German, among other languages, was seconded to the Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects.[62] Here, he was tasked with helping to track down Nazi war criminals.[63] Of his time with the organisation, Lee said: "We were given dossiers of what they'd done and told to find them, interrogate them as much as we could and hand them over to the appropriate authority ... We saw these concentration camps. Some had been cleaned up. Some had not."[63] Lee then retired from the RAF in 1946 with the rank of flight lieutenant

Comment: Re:Using computers != Computer Science (Score 1) 179 179

"Computer Science" is a misnomer anyway. Only .3% of it, even at a college level, involves applying the scientific method. Really it just involves knowing computer stuff and doing clever computer things. Why not teach that to children?

Comment: Re:Stupidity of Leadership (Score 1) 179 179

> Here is the problem, these people don't have a clue what is learned at what levels.

Looking at the backgrounds of the board members, they seem to be a very good mix of teachers, people educated in teaching, a therapist, a pediatrician, PTA members...

> Why not focus on reading, writing, math and building upon those at the appropriate times?

Kids are using iPads at this age. Why not introduce them to the idea of how the devices they use actually work, from the very beginning? Especially when they live in a city where the tech industry is a major employer? It's not like they're coding, they're just learning basic concepts.

> We have spent the last 250 years in factory schools

Have the last 250 years really been that bad? I'd rather live in 2015 than 1765 any day.

> student paced education system where each student has a customized curriculum,

This is pie-in-the-sky nonsense. Classroom teaching works, and is actually affordable. "Common Core" is just a series of education standards that proscribes a minimal level of education that children should achieve, before they (inevitably, nowadays) go on to college. I'm glad we have a system where educators aren't encouraged to give up on lower-achieving students, just because they seem to lack the "ABILITY and WILLINGNESS" to learn.

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