"Old man, take a look at my life..."
They are talking about shutting down an order of magnitude more coal plants. Four nuclear reactors is not going to cut it.
To me $50 billion does not seem a reasonable figure, when you factor in something else has to be built to provide the energy the plants are currently reliably producing.
That something would take a long time to build, if in fact it could be built at all (as many locations now want nothing to do with new power plants). Any viable replacement would not meet any definition they had of being "green", unless they are OK with nuclear power which seems unlikely (and again, how many replacement nuclear plants will be built for just $50 billion)?
Isn't that the same as taking a traditional class that meets on a college campus?
Which costs a LOT of money, hence the draw for a similar model that is far cheaper - thus a lot more people could explore topics for study without spending a small fortune to find what they like, or even if pursuing further education makes sense for them.
They would not have to put out a lot, just start some seed groups in a few cities for some people taking a course to encourage them to meet somewhere central to get a study group going.
I've wondered why more online educational institutions don't try something this, real groups that meet somewhere public to work through a course together.
The aspect of being paired with a working programmer eventually is also a great advantage, but just having a group to work with would lead lot more people to have enough motivation to complete a class.
lot of time (and money) spent burning discs that you likely will never need
If you have any data, over a long enough period of time you WILL need a backup. Saying "I will likely never need this backup" is a non-sensical statement, because (a) you probably will, and (b) the cost of NOT having the backup is essentially infinite in pain and grief.
For that much data over that period of time, it's cheaper than a MiFi (For Verizon the cheapest plan is $30/month - for which you get 4GB/month, but then you are paying $180/six months).
If you need a lot more data then it wouldn't be such a deal, but a car is going to use a subset of data - maps and music mostly, which should fit into the 1GB/month structure they are going for here.
I was actually thinking to post, why can't I get a plan like that for a tablet...
I have a car. I cannot use it simultaneously with my laptop, tablet, and phone.
Ask me how I know you don't drive in the U.S.
It literally said "exporting water". Only way to make it true is to consider evaporation to be a form of exportation, maybe if the wind blows it into another jurisdiction. Sounds to me that they should recapture the water in the curing barn if they can't encourage it to rain again within their watershed.
In the meantime, I'll make a point of not eating crop grown in California, plenty of locally grown around here, except for pistachios and I can get them from outside of California, too. That would do more to reduce water consumption in California than the Asian alfalfa export argument since I'm not in Asia and can't influence the consumption of alfalfa in Asia. But, what about the California economy? Seems it would hurt if people stopped farming.
How does it help California for Americans to go vegan when the problem you choose to highlight is alfalfa shipped to Asia? The flow of your post seems to indicate we (Americans who aren't in California) should stop eating any product of California. Then, suddenly you started talking about alfalfa, which I don't eat, and beef, which I require to be grass fed in Georgia. I don't think much California beef gets shipped to the east, it's the cornfed stuff from the Midwest we gotta watch out for.
Hey. It's "Gamification" of the comment hierarchy.
Save us both some time, and just send it to me...
Right you are. Being on the SoftImage side, that chronology is fuzzier to me.
Still have an Indigo R4400 Elan here, under the desk...
I only use one phone; why does it matter if what I write for myself only runs on the one phone I have.