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Comment: Do you trust them? (Score 1) 147

by pak9rabid (#48920885) Attached to: New Google Fiber Cities Announced
The hidden benefit is the increased competition. I live in Austin. Before Google made their intentions clear that they were moving in, the fastest Internet access I could get was 50 Mbps. Now both AT&T and TW are offering 300 Mbps connections at really affordable rates. Personally, 300 Mbps is fast enough for me and I don't intend to make the switch to Fiber, but without their market presence we'd still be stuck in the dark ages here.

Comment: Re:IMPOSSIBLE. (Score 0) 180

by pak9rabid (#48717539) Attached to: 65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

I think you are perhaps unfamiliar with the early history of the state of Utah, when it was called Deseret, and subsumed most of Nevada and part of Colorado and a corner of Wyoming. The early Mormon/LDS settlers practiced early Communism (early, because it predated Marx et. al., so obviously it wasn't called that yet).

One of the problems was when the kids wanted new pair of dungarees (which is what they were called at the time), they would tend to use a knife sharpening grinding wheel to "age" the cloth past the point of being patched.

Did anybody else read this in Abe Simpson's voice?

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).

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget. -- Miller