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Comment: Re:The main problem with all elec (Score 1) 245

by runningduck (#47388361) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

I generally agree with the challenges with an appartment, but a garage is not necessary. I live in an older neighborhood where there are no garages and several people have Leafs. People generally install charge stations on the side of their houses and plug the cars in while in their driveways.

I have seen a couple of newer appartment comlexes provide a row of charge stations as well. I believe that even providing a row of low cost 110 outlets is sufficient for most daily driving.

Comment: More Consistent Laws (Score 1) 328

by runningduck (#46839951) Attached to: FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

I think the problem with the current situation is inconsistent laws. I understand why dealership laws exist. I even support a state's right to prevent direct selling of vehicles. But the Interstate Commerce Clause absolutely prevents states from barring the an out of state sale and the transport of the otherwise perfectly legal product back in state as if should.

I think that the missing law is one which prevents states from taxing purchases made in other states. Such Nevada, Texas, Arizona and Virginia can prevent me from purchasing a Tesla in their states. But why are they allowed to then tax my purchase? The underlying justification for a sales tax is to cover the cost incurred by state and local governments which provide countless services facilitating the sales and trading of goods. If they interfere with the sales and trading goods then they have no basis for levying a sales tax on those goods. And as long as those goods are otherwise legal I should be free to purchase these goods in other states and ship them to my home . . . free of any local sales tax.

Comment: Solution to this repeated problem (Score 1) 332

by runningduck (#46802149) Attached to: Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

I have a solution this this repeated problem. They should run an electric mesh fence around the edge of the reservoir. When idiots decide to take a leak they will be in for a serious shock. If expense is an issue they can set up cameras and live stream then next idiot. The ad revenue of the video going viral should cover the costs.

Comment: Re: Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (Score 2) 330

Agreed. And as the mix of electricity generation continues to get cleaner, every existing electric car currently on the road gets cleaner as well. In the case of Mazda, if we are to believe that their new engines will have a serious impact on emissions we will have to wait 1) until they release a car with the new technology, 2) an average of 5 years for people to trade in their old cars and purchase new cars, and 3) for enough people to actually purchase the new cars with Mazda's new technology. Even if Mazda delivers on their promise and doubles their market share they will at best have a marginal impact on overall automobile related pollution especially when compared to electric cards.

I'll get off my soap box now.

Comment: Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (Score 2) 330

To your point it take between 4 ~ 7.5Kwh of electricity for refine 1 gallon of gas. Electric cars can travle about 4 miles per Kwh. That mean that an electric car can travel between 16 ~ 30 miles on the same electricity that it takes to refine 1 gallon of gas. In effect gas cars generate the same amount of CO2 from electricity production per mile as an electic car, but add to the mix all the CO2 generated from drilling, extracting, shipping, refining [the chemical side of the process] and distributing fuel.

The most honest well-to-wheel analysis I have seen suggest that an electric car charged with the dirtiest type of coal plant is roughly on par with a gas car which get 50 miles per gallon. The US has a roughly 50% mix of coal generated electricity across the nation. If Mazda is claimng that a 30% improvement in their car is cleaner than current electric cars they must be trying to prove their point with a theoretical edge case.

Comment: Re:In other words ... (Score 1) 265

Hmmm, could it possibly be that none of the scandals stick because there is an overabundance of noise based on non-scandals? I am not saying that there are not real issues with Obama or that there are not things that could raise to the level of scandal. I am just saying that there is so much B.S. being thrown at Obama that any real scandal would get lost in the mix.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 5, Informative) 796

by runningduck (#45840685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

I understand how the "errors" comment relates to #8 & #9, but how does it relate to #10? Have you read the Wealth of Nations? What errors did you find? I suspect that you have been exposed Adam Smith's work via someone else's filter and interpretation.

Unlike Atlas Shrugged and The Communist Manifesto, The Wealth of Nations does not take a position and is consistantly observational throughout the book based on data of the time. Although Adam Smith is often noted as the father of capitalism, he is first and foremost a philosopher. It is clear throughout his works that he does not always agree with what he observes, but lays out the facts regardless. Most people latch onto the observations regarding self-interest in The Wealth of Nations and extrapolate it to mean that "greed is good" when in fact Smith is more focused on the notion that people have to do what is best for themselves and their families. A reading of his earlier work, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, expands upon his observations and helps balance the nuanced conflicts within each of us and society as a whole.

Comment: Re:Probably not a big deal? (Score 1) 375

by runningduck (#45364965) Attached to: Third Tesla Fire Means Feds To Begin Review

No, there is a big difference. It is incredibly difficult to single out individual gasoline car fires among the tens of thousands whereas it is easy to single out each and every Tesla which catches fire.

As the old saying goes, "A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic." Currently Teslas are not able to hide behind any statistics and so each and every event takes on a disproportinate significance.

Comment: Impossible Physics? (Score 1) 506

by runningduck (#44206531) Attached to: Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

People being interviewed who were on the plane keep says that passengers hit their heads on the ceiling during the crash. Being this crash was during the landing how was this possible. People should be have been fastened in their seat. Did the seat belts fail? Did the fuselage flex that far? Did the overhead bins flex down? The news media has been repeating this "fact." What are people's thoughts on this mystery?

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