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Comment: Re:Bolt is a 20k car (Score 1) 247 247

I own a Volt and love my Volt, but you are right. The ICE makes the car much more complicated that it would be if it were a BEV.

But 100 miles is still not enough.

I have a 78 mile round trip commute (live in a rural area) and am able to charge at work in a shop, but sometimes the welding plug I used is being used or the bay is taken up by a tractor or truck being worked on.

When I was shopping to replace my 10 year old Sonata, I loved the idea of an electric car, but the current gen of affordable EVs with their 80 miles of real world range just weren't nearly enough.

200 miles would definitely be doable for me though.

Comment: Re:Still too expensive (Score 2) 247 247

I doubt it. That's what people like to say about the Volt - that it is a Cruze with an electric motor. Except that's not true at all. The Volt is much more luxurious ride and is better appointed than a Cruze. I suspect the Bolt will be similar.

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1065 1065

...taking a religious ceremony and perverting it to no longer have a religious element.

To the state, marriage has never had a religious element to it. It is a legal contract pertaining to rights and obligations between two parties.

Churches are merely granted the *privilege* of performing official marriage ceremonies.

Comment: The pre-requisite to my 16 year IT career? (Score 1) 306 306

A job at McDonalds. I also worked at a dry cleaners and a Dairy Queen.

So there you have it kids. If you want a successful, fulfilling career in IT, learn how to make fries and Blizzards and learn how to press Wrangler jeans...with extra starch please!

Networking

M0n0wall Fork SmallWall Has First Official Release 34 34

New submitter houstonbofh writes: When the m0n0wall project ended back in February, many people just did not want to lose their small and lean firewall. And now, one of the forks, SmallWall, has released it's first non-beta release. It has some small improvements to the GUI, and now has added L2TP support. The announcement with the changes can be found here. Also, a partnership with MIXTPC was announced, allowing firewalls with SmallWall preloaded to be purchased. Their web store is here.

Comment: Re:Highly evolved animals can also smell bull**** (Score 1) 637 637

I disagree about us needing more water. Our Ag industry is simply not as important as it would like everyone to believe. There is common misconception that food prices would skyrocket and people would go hungry if California's Ag production was severely cut short. This is especially true here in the Central valley where I was raised and live. People here are led to believe (by agribusiness propaganda) that California's economy would sink without Ag. It's not true at all.

California grows almost no staple crops, like wheat and corn. Instead we dominate the pistachio, almond, strawberry and artichoke markets. We also grow a shitload of alfalfa, a water intensive crop which at the present time is being shipped to China to feed their cows.

Food is a world-wide industry which is extremely agile. Any shortage in one area of the world can easily be filled by another.

The most sensible solution is to regulate water so as to price farmers out of production in times of drought. When the rains come back (and they will), they can grow to their heart's content. Ag is 2% of California's economy. It's not worth the investment.

Comment: Re:Highly evolved animals can also smell bull**** (Score 1) 637 637

So instead of spending a few more pennies per gallon to set up the mass-desalinization

Adding a "few more pennies" to the cost of a gallon of water means increasing the wholesale cost of water five to ten-fold.

The problem is, when these folks say that they want to save 25% of California's water use through cuts to residential and municipal water use...

Meaningless feel-good policies. 4% of California's developed water goes to municipal use, while 80% goes to agriculture. It's most likely agri-business funded propaganda that has you thinking desalinization is an answer to our water problems. What the Ag industry would like is for cities to switch to super expensive desalinated water, so they can have the existing cheap water sources all to themselves.

Comment: Re:Nothing to see here, move along. (Score 2) 308 308

Ask the Democrats who were running congress at the time, maybe even read the transcripts of the hearings where people from the Bush administration sat before that congress and said what a horrible idea it was.

Fact: CRA loans had a much lower default rate than non-CRA loans.

Robotics

Florida Hospital Shows Normal Internet Lag Time Won't Affect Remote Robotic Surgeries 125 125

Lucas123 writes: Remote robotic surgery performed hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the physician at the controls is possible and safe, according to the Florida Hospital that recently tested Internet lag times for the technology. Roger Smith, CTO at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center in Celebration, Fla., said the hospital tested the lag time to a partner facility in Ft. Worth, Texas and found it ranged from 30 to 150 milliseconds, which surgeons could not detect as they moved remote robotic laparoscopic instruments. The tests, performed using a surgical simulator called a Mimic, will now be performed as if operating remotely in Denver and then Loma Linda, Calif. The Mimic Simulator system enables virtual procedures performed by a da Vinci robotic surgical system, the most common equipment in use today; it's used for hundreds of thousands of surgeries every year around the world. With a da Vinci system, surgeons today can perform operations yards away from a patient, even in separate but adjoining rooms to the OR. By stretching that distance to tens, hundreds or thousands of miles, the technology could enable patients to receive operations from top surgeons that would otherwise not be possible, including wounded soldiers near a battlefield. The Mimic Simulator was able to first artificially dial up lag times, starting with 200 milliseconds all the way up to 600 milliseconds.

Comment: Re:When will their price be on par with ICE cars? (Score 2) 107 107

Sure.

I built one to match the features of the Volt and the base price climbed to $23.1K. After rebates, my loaded Volt cost 28K.

The focus is a nice little car. I like Ford vehicles. But it's still a buzzy little gas guzzler and it only gets 36MPG highway.

I'm getting 80MPGe in my Volt and drive 20K miles a year. With free workplace charging (from a Solar array BTW), my daily 79 mile commute costs me $1.03-1.50 in my Volt, depending on the weather. At 36MPG highway and current gas prices, which are historically normal, that same commute would cost $7.26 per day in the Focus.

I keep my cars for a very long time. My last car was a 2004 Sonata. If I were one of the many people who swap out their cars every 4 years, the Volt would certainly make much less sense.

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