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Comment Tesla asks for huge tax on meat: (Score 1, Insightful) 291

Suppose Tesla was concerned about man made climate change. The company might want to decrease animal protein consumption because methane from farm animals is far more important than automobile emissions: http://timeforchange.org/are-c... If the government can force us to drive different cars, they can force us to eat different foods. Come on Tesla: lobby to force all bacon and hamburger be made with 55% tofu. See how popular you are. Disclosure: I drive a P85D and I love it. It is an amazing car and works great for my family.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 2, Insightful) 235

I don't care about thinness. I want to use my phone hard and have it last a full day. I have an aftermarket battery in my S4 and love it. The new battery will charge quickly only with a special charger. If you connect it to a regular USB outlet you won't get very far very fast. The built in battery doesn't have to die. If it loses 30% of capacity before a typical 2 year US contract is up you will want to replace it.

Comment It had better be reliable! (Score 5, Interesting) 158

A 100 year old steam car can be kept running. A 70 year old Ford can be a daily driver. What will happen to an electric Tesla when the first capacitor on the control panel CPU craps out in 10 years? Will spare motherboards be available? Will you be able to drive the car when the computer controlling the battery cooler dies? Or will it become a brick? That central panel isn't the radio, it is indispensable to the operation of the vehicle! BTW I've driven a Tesla S Supersport and it is a lot of fun to drive and a worked very well.

Comment Why do cars get all the negative press? (Score 0) 330

If governments can tell you what car to drive and how much CO2 it can emit, why not tell people what they can eat, how much animal protein, and put a methane tax on cows and pigs? All this concern over cars and driving and global warming but eating meat seems to be worse than driving a Hummer. http://www.scientificamerican....

Comment Smoking cases more than lung cancer and COPD (Score 1) 401

Everyone thinks of lung cancer and COPD/Emphysema. I work as an anesthesiologist and I can tell you one of the biggest problems smokers get is disease of the arteries. They get heart attacks because of blocked coronary arteries. They get strokes because of blocked carotid arteries. They get peripheral vascular disease (PVD) which means legs that become painful when walking due to lack of oxygenated blood. Combine smoking with diabetes and you are guaranteed to have vascular problems in life! So don't imagine coughing up blood and dying of lung cancer, don't imagine COPD and needing oxygen to slowly walk 100 feet. Think of blocked arteries to the brain and strokes, think of blocked arteries to the feet and gangrenous toes, think of blocked coronary arteries and getting your chest sawed open to bypass them. Think of blocked arteries to the penis and (Sorry I can't even bear to think of this!) Smoking is bad mm'kay

Submission + - How do I insure a consumer RAID array lasts a long time? 4

olddoc writes: I am a home user and I back up all my digital pictures, home movies and several computer install images. This requires a few terabytes.
I look for 5 year warranty HDDs but I wonder if I should use motherboard chipset RAID, Windows software RAID, a stand alone box or a major vendor's (LSI, Adaptec) add-on card? In the past I have had a disk in a motherboard RAID5 array fail and I kept the system off until I installed a replacement drive and it worked like a charm with no data lost. How would /. users set up 4-10TB of storage that they could move on to the next system down the line? Would an LSI RAID array be supported or readable 5 years from now if the card died? Software RAID seems like a good solution since if a mobo fails the array will be easy to move. I also have a 4TB drive in a bank safe deposit box and I keep buying SD cards and saving them after a year or a major vacation.

Comment When the Constitution dies? (Score 1) 165

I like his quote, "When people die, those that leaked information should be held accountable... I think there’s irreversible and significant damage to this nation. " But what is more important than people? When does the military send people in to harm's way and maybe even to their death's? They do it to protect the Nation and The Constitution. When The President is sworn in he takes an oath to " preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" Not individuals. So I think that an excellent case could be made that when the NSA kills The Constitution, those that ran the program should be held responsible. I think the NSA has caused significant damage to this country because what makes this country special is the constitutional limits on the engorgement,

Comment Re:YAY! I'm going diving next month. (Score 1) 255

No Trimix (Helium) is to mitigate Nitrogen Narcosis. If you were worried about Oxygen toxicity from breathing air below 60M you could just add dirt cheap Nitrogen. With 80% Nitrogen in the mix, you have significant narcosis after 40M. So add Helium after 40M and cut down Oxygen below 21% after 60M. Interestingly Xenon is an anesthetic. 80% Xenon in Oxygen would cause complete unconsciousness at 10M! Hydrogen works as a non narcotic gas to replace Nitrogen but I'd hate to cause a spark near a tank of Hydrogen/Oxygen! I wonder if it has been studied and if it would be explosive in a mix with 3% Oxygen and say 40% Hydrogen. It sure would save a lot of money at 100M.

Comment YAY! I'm going diving next month. (Score 3, Interesting) 255

I plan to do some deep Scuba dives next month and I will be breathing high quality, pure Helium mixed in with my Oxygen and Nitrogen to prevent Nitrogen narcosis at depth. I'm glad the supply will continue in the future and I hope there is a plan to replace what the US Government has stockpiled.

Comment Re:If he asks and doesn't take your advice (Score 1) 340

I agree completely. I have an elderly family member that can screw up a fresh OS install in a week. He will install 3 or 4 antivirus programs, 3 or 4 "registry cleaners", 5 or 6 toolbars, 2 or 3 download optimizers and every free trial nagware that promises to optimize his computer. He WILL NOT LEARN. I got tired of trying to fix his computer which merely consisted of uninstalling crap so I did the best thing I could think of: I cloned his HDD over to an SSD and now his PC will boot in 2 minutes instead of 10. I tell him over and over but he sees a pitch about something that promises to make his PC better or get him free coupons and he installs it. It is some kind of mental disease and I know of no Jedi mind tricks to change him...

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