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Comment Re:Here's an obvious power saving solution... (Score 1) 188

Half? I kinda think it was only a small subset of your devices that was actually using all the power. My cable box has a DVR, so it basically uses almost as much power when "off" as when on. Smart TVs and blu-ray players might keep their CPUs booted up so that you don't have to wait every time you turn them on. Then we have some defective cell phone chargers that use power even when nothing is plugged into them. That's why I got a Kill-a-watt. I'd rather not unplug everything in my house.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 188

The think the more important note here is that the guy with a 707 HP Challenger Hellcat is probably not driving it to work every day. Even if he were, he's a vanishingly small portion of the vehicle fleet. The frustration of the greenies over SUVs when they were incredibly popular was well placed, but losing your shit over elite musclecars is straining out a gnat to swallow a camel.

Gaming systems are much the same. I'm more annoyed with the knuckleheads who purposely turn off their energy saving features like screen blanking.

Comment Re:Who owns your car? (Score 1) 236

The job of the government is to create "solutions" for problems that they create. A self-driving car only needs to replace a human driver-- it doesn't need to become an arm of the state. The police detain people, not cars, so it should be the person's decision. Don't make self-driving cars be at the mercy of the state just because you can!

Comment Re:In "oil" country no less! (Score 1) 316

You don't even have to Read The Fine Article... just Read The Fine Summary to see that "Solar power has gotten so cheap to produce and so competitively priced in the electricity market that it is taking hold even in a state that, unlike California, doesn't offer incentives to utilities to buy or build sun-powered generation."

NOT due to subsidies-- at least not state or local ones.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard