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Comment: Standardize (Score 1) 133

by pak9rabid (#48641087) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program
For this to work (and it has to for EVs to reach broad appeal) they need to standardize the batteries across all vendors such they can be installed/uninstalled quickly by standard equipment.

In addition to this, it would also make sense to have the battery packs federally-owned and maintained (possibly paid for by an annual tax, similar to a registration tax for those that drive compatible vehicles, or surcharges at the time of a battery swap). In addition to the benefit of no longer having to worry about which battery is owned by who, this would effectively take the costly burden of battery ownership and disposal off the backs of vehicle owners and leave it for the government to deal with.

Comment: But what about my burger? (Score 1) 133

by pak9rabid (#48641039) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program
That's a narrow-minded view. In the real world, most people need to get places on time and can't jack around for 30 minutes waiting for their car to recharge. Unless they can make some serious advancements in charging times, some sort of battery or electrolyte swapping solution is going to be mandatory for EVs to reach broad appeal (especially for long commuters and road-trippers).

Comment: How can it not be realistic? (Score 1) 133

by pak9rabid (#48641031) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program
I'll do you one better (this is a topic that I've put a fair amount of thought into for years):

Instead of people owning the batteries, standardize them and make them federally owned and paid for by a yearly tax (like an extra fee on your yearly vehicle registration if you drive a compatible EV). Since nobody owns the batteries themselves, nobody has to worry about them other then when they're in your car. Once one starts to go bad (which should be relatively easy to test for during the charging process), it gets decommissioned and sent back to Uncle Sam (or equivalent) for recycling. This takes the burden of battery ownership and recycling off the shoulders of the vehicle owner and lets the government (or whoever they contract this out to) deal with it.

Comment: Good reasons for Swift and Go (Score 1) 161

by pak9rabid (#48534741) Attached to: Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

Won't comment on Facebook Hack, since it's not clear to me why Facebook itself needs to exist. But to each their own...

My understanding is that Facebook needed a more statically-typed language (while still preserving the familiar syntax of PHP) in order to exploit more performance advantages when compiling their code to the HHVM, which started off as a PHP compiler.

Comment: Email is insecure (Score 1) 245

by pak9rabid (#48368889) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption
Email is an insecure medium. Anybody that pretends it isn't is going to have a bad time. Sure we might have some tricks to secure messages along some of the paths it's going to traverse, but if you expect it to be secured end-to-end, you're naive. If you absolutely must send something via email that contains sensitive information, GPG-encrypt the message first and then send it, otherwise seek a more secure medium.

Comment: The Fed could stop it easily if they wanted to (Score 2) 588

by pak9rabid (#48321155) Attached to: Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC
If the federal government really wanted to stop the spread of or even regress the legalization of marijuana at the state level, all they have to do is cut federal funding for various things until the state in question made laws making it illegal again, similar to what they did with the National Minimum Drinking Age Act back in the '80s.

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