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Comment: Re:A first step (Score 1) 247

by mrchaotica (#49550687) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

We use electric heating--which is expensive, and while our neighborhood will be getting natural gas in the next few months, it makes no economic sense for us to replace our central heating system with gas. (The payoff exceeds the lifespan of the HVAC already installed.)

Resistive heating or a heat pump? If the former, I suspect that replacing your AC with a heat pump would save you a lot of money. I would even go so far to say that if your HVAC is old then it would make sense to upgrade (because you'd have to replace the AC eventually anyway, and the marginal cost is small), and if your HVAC is new then whoever had it replaced last time was an idiot for not upgrading to a heat pump then.

Comment: Re:Local recycling is dependent on a local market (Score 1) 77

by mrchaotica (#49545967) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War

I have never understood why if your company makes something that is shipped in glass jars why you would care if they are reused or not unless you receive back the old jars like Coke use to do with glass bottles to refill and resell.

Liability, maybe? I think Classico was irrationally worried about getting sued by somebody whose jar exploded while being used for canning (either during the process, due to the heat, or afterwards from bacteria growth due to an improper seal).

Comment: Re:Local recycling is dependent on a local market (Score 1) 77

by mrchaotica (#49540713) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War

Classico pasta sauce comes in jars with Mason-type lids. However, they're made of cheaper glass than "real" Ball/Kerr Mason jars and are unsuitable for canning due to breakage risk, so Classico apparently wasn't very happy that they were getting saved and reused.

Classico recently tried to switch to lug lids, but their customers (including me) complained, so they switched back. (In my letter, I pointed out that the reusable jar was the main differentiating factor that caused me to prefer their sauce over any random other brand in the same price range.)

Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 4, Insightful) 675

by mrchaotica (#49536647) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

The problem with Snowden is that he unilaterally made himself the judge of which secrets should be released and which should not.


Snowden had no goddamn choice -- NONE WHATSOEVER -- because going through the quote-on-quote "proper channels" would have resulted in his whistleblowing being ignored or buried and nothing changing.

Comment: Paging Mr. Hamilton... (Score 4, Insightful) 201

by mrchaotica (#49530541) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance

So I was going to make a joke about how somebody should "appropriately deal with" Senator Burr, but then decided against it because the jackbooted thugs at the FBI (or whatever) might not be amused.

Let this just be one more example of the damage the so-called "Patriot Act" has done to our formerly-free society.

Comment: Re:Buying cars based on fuel price... ugh (Score 1) 616

by mrchaotica (#49529269) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Meanwhile a diesel Fiat Panda had been getting 70+ mpg for like 20 years.

Yeah, but that's a Fiat. Nobody wants that!

We have a few reasonably-efficient cars like that here, by the way, such as the VW Golf 1.9L TDI. They're not popular because they have less-than-stellar reputations for reliability, and the reliable Japanese brands don't sell Diesels here.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 2) 616

by mrchaotica (#49529157) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Also to sell vettes and other crap.

Actually, Corvettes get pretty decent fuel economy (almost 30 MPG highway), especially now that they've got cylinder deactivation. Between the low weight, low aerodynamic drag, and tall gearing, they've got almost all the right characteristics of an economy car. The only thing holding them back is the huge, sticky tires.

Comment: Re:amphetamine - no adverse side effects? (Score 4, Insightful) 391

by mrchaotica (#49525277) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

This drug is two amphetamine salts mixed together.

Yeah, and table salt (NaCl) and cyanide (NaCN) are just two kinds of sodium salts. That doesn't mean they affect the body the same way, though!

Besides, dosage matters (a lot!), and the dosage of Adderall used medicinally is way, way lower than the typical recreational dosage of meth, according to Wikipedia.

Comment: Re:Amazing... (Score 2) 202

My main issue is he's too anti-government, and wants to cut into the Department of Education, and is way too "pro-life".

I find myself wondering how much of his "pro-life" schtick is genuine, and how much is pandering in hopes of winning the primary. This is one instance where I hope it's pandering.

Comment: Re:narcissistic spectrum personality disorder (Score 3, Insightful) 202

he was offered a 6 month sentence if he would plead guilty.

Oh yes, that's how it works today in Amerika! "We don't give a shit what you did, but YOU MUST BE GUILTY." All you fascists get a sexual thrill from that all-important admission of guilt. You just love how, once somebody gets in your clutches, you can fuck up their entire life by disenfranchising them, disarming them, and eliminating the possibility of them ever getting a decent job. And it's "only a six month sentence." Six months, my ass!

Six months is just as unjust as a goddamn death sentence when you've DONE NOTHING WRONG!

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

by mrchaotica (#49520827) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

LOL! You think I'm a right-wing nutjob? That's weird; I more often get accused of being exactly the opposite. In reality, I'm a moderate anti-authoritarian, and want both government and corporations to GTFO of my business.

Besides, you're a dumbass, since you apparently fail to understand that negligence is a completely separate, irrelevant issue that's already covered by existing laws. I would already be liable if I modified my car to be unsafe, and computers don't change that!

Go re-read that last sentence, and let it sink in. Then read it again. Got it? Good! Now you'll realize that the stunt these automakers are trying to pull has nothing whatsoever to do with actual safety, and everything to do with them trying to assert control over their customers' property, so that they can restrict customer choice and increase their own power and profits. Nothing more, nothing less.

...though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"