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Comment: Should have done this at the start... (Score 2) 225

by mspohr (#48039095) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

The Feds made a big mistake by not specifying and requiring interoperability as the very first item.
Now that they have paid for people to install all of these different systems, it's very difficult (expensive, time consuming, kludgy) to bolt on interoperability to the installed base.
Big mistake.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 2) 475

by mspohr (#48027999) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

No free lunch for Tesla.
In California, there are annual vehicle license fees which go a long way towards paying for roads, etc.
Here's the cost to register a Tesla. The sales tax is only paid once but the other fees are annual.

Current Registration: 43.00
Current California Highway Patrol: 24.00
Current Vehicle License Fee: 651.00
Current Auto Theft DUI Crime Deterrence Program: 1.00
Current Air Quality Management District 6.00
Alt Fuel/Tech Reg Fee: 3.00
Use/Sales Tax: 7,500.00
Total Registration Fees: 730.00
Total Use/Sales Tax: 7,500.00
Grand Total Registration Fees: 8,230.00

Comment: Re:Is this a joke? (Score 1) 52

by mspohr (#47998781) Attached to: Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

I know that you didn't read the k/s page but it really does help:

"We’ve based much of our work on the large amount of scientific literature available on fluorescence spectroscopy for oil identification. A selection of articles have been collected and summarized on this page -- and we welcome contributions to the list. "

Comment: Re:Pay cash (Score 1) 904

by mspohr (#47996679) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

You clearly are clueless about the poor. They are working minimum wage jobs (with hours that vary on the whim of their employer) and living literally hand to mouth. They need a car to get to their crappy job. They don't have an extra few hundred or thousand to "pay cash". They have to pay rent and utilities and buy food. After that, there's nothing left.

Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 1) 393

by mspohr (#47931381) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Electricity costs much less than the cost of gas.
Electric cars use about 250 wh to go one mile. This costs about 3 cents at 12 cents/kwh (my cost of electricity in California is about 10 cents/kwh).
A gas car at 25 mpg and $4.00/ gal costs 16 cents to go one mile.
It's just math. 3 cents is less than 16 cents.
Looks like a big cost saving to me... the HOV lane, etc. are just added perks.

Comment: Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (Score 2) 82

by mspohr (#47904673) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Thanks for this clear and reasonable reply.
Clearly you don't just stop the flow of fossil fuel without having a replacement source.
The credible way out of the problem of burning fossil fuels is to replace as many energy sources as possible with renewables (wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, etc.). This will cost money and there need to be strong market signals to accelerate the change. Something like a carbon tax with the proceeds going to develop renewable resources would work (for some value of $tax and $subsidy).
The problem is political (mainly in the US) where the corporations which count fossil fuels and fossil fuel infrastructure as "assets" are able to corrupt the political process to prevent the necessary incentives from being put in place. I fear that it is already too late since we are now experiencing the effects of climate change and it will get much worse going forward. However, any reduction in CO2 now will help in the future.

Comment: Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (Score 1) 82

by mspohr (#47903789) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

It reduces the CO2 footprint of the oil by reducing how many fossil fuels are needed to extract it. You can't just "Stop using oil" that's not possible, even remotely. So get over.

Even reducing the CO2 cost of extraction, this oil is very dirty and produces more CO2.
Yes, it's hard to stop using oil but not impossible....
"So get over."... ?

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.