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Comment: Re:We vote on leaders not lightbulbs (Score 1) 1146

by qzjul (#45700611) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month
I've upgraded to all LED's myself, and my electricity is only 8.5c / kwh; so it'll pay off eventually, but not quite as fast.

I keep looking for an LED lamp to replace my 300W halogen up-right, but haven't found anything yet (haven't found any decent multi-bulb uprights or anything either); anybody know of any LED type in this style of lamp?

Comment: Re:Can someone please explain ... (Score 5, Insightful) 658

by qzjul (#45204393) Attached to: Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile
Sure, weight x distance is generally fairer than just direct gas usage. But if we're going to go there, why not do it properly?

Damage to infrastructure is proportional to the 4th power of weight; thus, we should probably tax something like

([miles travelled]/1000miles)*([vehicle weight]/1500lbs)^4

for vehicle registration. That would take into account the proper damage.

The average american drives 13476 miles and the average fleet curb weight (in 2004, latest i could quickly find) was 3239 lbs; this would give a result of $293 for registration. If you drove the same amount in a vehicle half that, you'd pay like $17, and if you drove a vehicle twice that weight you'd pay $4466.

That would take into account proper damage incurred on infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Can someone please explain ... (Score 1) 658

by qzjul (#45203615) Attached to: Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile
This; why should we charge based on distance travelled, when some are driving super-lightweight gas-efficient cars that cause minimal damage to infrastructure, and some are driving gas guzzling dually trucks that cause significantly more damage to infrastructure, or even transport trucks. Raising the gas tax encourages using less fuel, which also encourages less driving. You could also increase registration fees based on the weight of a vehicle.

Comment: Re:Testla is good... (Score 1) 452

by qzjul (#44319529) Attached to: Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment
Incidentally, even *IF* the electricity is coming from a coal fired power plant, the exhaust from a car is far worse than what is coming out any modern coal power plant with scrubbers. They also run at much higher efficiency. Both these points are mostly attributable to scale and the fact that a car has to stay mobile.

Comment: Re:Capitalism is failing (Score 2) 183

by qzjul (#42852819) Attached to: Eric Schmidt To Sell Up To 42% of Stake In Google
This is a good idea, except it would probably be easily abused by "splitting companies" into smaller ones. Having progressive taxrates where the marginal rate below the median national income is close to 0% and rises quickly above that would be my solution. While you do want to incentivize working harder, if you make it impossible for the poor to work hard and get ahead, what is the point. Also, inheritance tax!

Comment: Our temperature scale goes up to 54 (Score 5, Funny) 289

by qzjul (#42534161) Attached to: Australia Is On So Much Fire, You Can See It From Orbit
It's not 50. You see, most charts, you know, will be capped at 50. You're at 50 here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on 50 on your chart. Where can you go from there? Where?

I don't know.

Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

Put it up to 54.

54. Exactly. 4 Hotter.

Comment: Re:Oh I just love (Score 1) 475

by qzjul (#41938943) Attached to: On Daylight Savings Time:
Yes, we should really be falling forward and springing back rather than the opposite; the sun sets at like 4:40pm here now =/ on DST that'd be 5:40; if we fell forward, that'd be 6:40; in fact, we could fall forward *TWO* hours and it'd be getting dark at 7:40pm... that'd be more reasonable...

I call for DST (+1) in the summer, and Super DST (SDST, +3) in the winter!

(the sun would get up at 10:50am, but np... at least I'd see the sun; right now it gets up at 7:50am, and i'm getting to work at that point anyway; rises and sets while i'm at work =/)

There is one way to find out if a man is honest -- ask him. If he says "Yes" you know he is crooked. -- Groucho Marx