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Comment Shouldn't have mixed prime parking with charging (Score 1) 524

By many accounts, owners of gas-powered cars often take up desirable parking and charging spots that companies and cities reserve for electric cars.

The biggest mistake was to put the chargers at the closest parking spaces. Why are we treating electric car owners like the handicapped? They should have put the chargers out at the farthest parking spots to limit the chances of ICE cars parking in the prime spots. And before you complain about making them walk farther, consider this obvious fact: They are using those spots to charge their car, which takes a lot of time. The time spent walking to and from the car is insignificant compare to the charging time.

A Google computer manager said he had sold 9,000 of the EV Etiquette Survival Packs that he created. For $15.99, a pack includes hang tags for vehicles that urge fellow drivers not to unplug others’ cars while charging.

BWAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Seriously? People paid $15.99 for a sign?

More public chargers are the obvious long-term solution.

Is it? Where are you going to put these chargers? In existing parking spots? The more regular parking spots you convert to EV, the more likely it is that regular parking spots will not be available for non-EV people. This increases the chances of non-EV people parking in EV spots.

Comment Apples to oranges... (Score 0) 140

show that thyroid cancer is suspected or confirmed in 137 of those children

Elsewhere, the disease occurs in only about one or two of every million children per year by some estimates."

Why do you include 'suspected' cases? How about splitting up those two completely different diagnoses? If it is 1 confirmed and 136 suspected, that would change the conclusion of this study, since it could potentially put it more in line with the estimates. Also, you would need the results of the same ultrasound checkups on a few hundred thousand kids living outside Fukushima to really determine if there is an increased risk of cancer or not. Going by some vague estimates isn't as accurate.

Comment Alternative is just as bad... (Score 2) 570

Now kids are drinking 'energy drinks'. Not sure if this is an improvement or not. On a side note, soda isn't really that bad, it's just that they give such gigantic amounts of it to you now. I wish my company vending machine would just vend a can of coke, rather than the giant 1/2 liter bottles. And god help you if you order a 'large' soda at any place now days...

Comment 64%? (Score 1) 278


And of collisions between drivers and pedestrians, 64 percent were the driver’s fault.

Given what I've seen of how pedestrians acted when I worked in SF years ago, I'm shocked that that number isn't reversed towards pedestrians being more at fault. They routinely waited OUT IN THE STREET for the light to change, rather than stay two steps back on the nice, safe sidewalk. It was truly the most bizarre pedestrian behavior I have seen in a city. They also would start crossing a busy six lane main road when there was no chance for them to make it across before the light changed. Many times I would be in the far right lane, and couldn't see pedestrians meandering across because of large trucks to my left. Light turns green, I start to go, and... whoops! Almost hit a clueless pedestrian.

Comment Re:Not scientifically nitpicking (Score 2) 163

But driving 3000 miles on a martian landscape with a rover-like vehicle while pulling another vehicle is quite a far stretch.

If I remember the book correctly, the rovers were designed to be towed. And he carried the solar cells to recharge the batteries each day. And electric motors have incredible torque (perfect for towing at slow speeds). What is it that makes that scenario a stretch?

Comment Nothing explainded at all... (Score 1) 618

This was a complete waste of time. The only statement that sort of tried to explain anything was:

"With one line of code you can break down how it happened," Kaul said. He described an "'if' statement with two clauses: If you do this, then do that. If something doesn't happen, do this."

Shit, I already knew that, and I only know some basic programming. Wake me when someone explains some technical details of how the engine ran in test mode and in real world driving.

Comment Nobody to blame but themselves... (Score 1) 392

As I've said before, the government/law enforcement has nobody to blame but themselves for this. We tried to trust you to only look at private information that was vital to an investigation, AND with a warrant. But now that we know that you scoop up everything you can at look at whatever the hell you feel like at any time, warrants be damned, we can't trust our data to be un-encrypted around you people. Deal with it.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 1) 663

Soft drinks are carefully formulated to be addictive and not quench thirst.

I can believe the first, but what would be the point of the second? If I drink something, and it doesn't quench my thirst, I'm not very likely going to be drinking that next time I'm thirsty. That would be like selling marijuana that don't really deliver a very good high. Besides, I seldom drink soda to 'quench my thirst'. I drink it because it is so damn tasty!

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 904

I noticed the same thing when buying a new car recently. Back in 2003 we purchased a new Nissan Murano w/ AWD. Out the door price was about $35k. After 12 years we replaced it with a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe. The Santa Fe was superior in every way. Seated seated seven vs. five in the Murano, gets slightly better gas mileage, more cargo room, navigation, etc. Price? $40k. So, in 12 years, the average inflation rate was about 1%. And the car is BETTER than the old car.

Comment Delusional (Score 1) 904

Are We Reaching the Electric Car Tipping Point?

Nope. Next obvious 'no' question, please.

"Electric cars will be better than any alternative, including the loud, inconvenient, gas-powered jalopy,

Loud? Inconvenient? This guy seems to have no clue how a modern gas-powered car works (I have no idea what a jalopy is. Maybe a French word for 'car'?) Another person who thinks people don't like their gas-powered car, even though we gladly buy them by the millions.

The Tesla Model S has demonstrated that a well made, well designed electric car is far superior to anything else on the road. This has changed everything."

I can buy a pretty awesome gas-powered car for $100k. Tesla keeps promising something under $50k, but until I see them out on the road, it is just vaporware. The next person who brings up the Tesla as some type of viable alternative to a $20k gas-powered car gets a timeout in the corner.

Comment Unintended consequences... (Score 1) 330

So, France wants their dumb "Right to be forgotten" rule to be applied world-wide. OK, but what happens when Iran wants any references to the Holocaust to be deleted from search results because some Iranian court rules that the Holocaust never happened and is all just a Zionist hoax? Now French citizens can't lookup information about the Holocaust. And China wants all search results about Tienanmen Square removed? The French need to learn that the internet is about open access and information. Try to restrict perfectly legal information, and you might as well shut down the internet.

"I never let my schooling get in the way of my education." -- Mark Twain