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Comment Fighter Jets? (Score 1) 1

Just how does one "escort" a blimp with fighter jets?

Don't they have helicopters to keep lonely blimps company or are they just to slow to impress a wayward blimp that has lost its love of military life? Or perhaps it was already too high for helicopters?

You would think one bullet would be all that would be needed to get a blimp back down to earth with minimal consequence as long as it could be tracked with radar.

Comment Solving the Problem (Score 1) 17

This post is yet another instance of right-wing political idealogues attempting to hack a site that should be primarily focused on addressing technical issues in hardware and software technology and its impact on society. While there is necessarily a correlation between technology and political outcomes, the premise of this post is absurd.

A simple-minded argument is made that vilifies "Lefties" for "not solving the problem", when ironically it is the "Righties", who not only make no effort to solve the the greatest problem facing humanity, anthropogenic climate change. In fact the "Righties" can't even come to grips with the SCIENTIFIC FACT that it is a real phenomenon and that can only be denied by those who are DELUSIONAL enough to refuse to accept scientific methodology or evidence.

When the GOP becomes a leader in addressing global climate change, they can get back to the rest of us about demonstrating that they really can "solve the problem".

Comment Re:Merry pranksters (Score 1) 554

Actually, he would only be stealing if the apartment complex owner decides to press charges. However, the owner may think that having a customer, who is paying say $1000 per month for his or her rental unit, is actually more of a benefit to his bottom line than few bucks of electricity he could save, while he repaints and repairs the place and the cost of advertising to get a new tenant.

This is one of the reasons that many of the more upscale rental complexes now provide free charging stations. Its like an extra perk for the customer that makes good business sense. It makes customers happy and the owner gets to keep his customers for relatively longer and makes more money than the rental owner, who thinks its better to kick people out for minor infractions.

You might be better off if rather than complaining about your neighbor, suggesting to your rental unit owner of the benefit of putting in a few charging stations for those who want/need them. You would benefit by paying about 1/11 th less for miles driven and he would be happily pocketing the money from satisfied customers, while making his rental properties more attractive.

Comment Re:Hipsters fight over limited supplies of juice (Score 1) 554

Relative to the cost of petrol, the cost of charging (even if you have to pay for it) is cheap. In the US, it's about 1/11th the cost of using fossil fuels, not including all the hidden costs to the consumer, who gets to breath carcingogenic hydrocarbons, pay for oil spills, and the cost of global warming, which the fossil fuels industry passes on to consumers and every other living thing on the planet. I suspect, in the UK its even more cost effective to go electric, especially since you folks are now having to pay BP's massive fines for more or less permanently mucking up the Gulf of Mexico.

Costs are relative, at least for those of us who don't use the free teletransportaion services that beams us to and from the planet of our choice.

Comment Re:Hipsters fight over limited supplies of juice (Score 1) 554

Buying an electric car doesn't mean one must buy a high end Tesla any more than buying an internal combustion based vehicle means you can only drive a BMW or Lexus or Maserati. Nissan sells the leaf at at less than half the cost (about $30,000) of a Tesla (at about $75,000) and sells a lot more of them.

When one saves about $100-$150 per month on fuel, electric cars that can be charged for $10-20 per month for the same mileage, electric vehicles are a good idea. The prices of fuel is about 1/3 the price of a car over it's life, which is substantial. If one drives 100,000 miles at $3 per gallon for a car that gets 25 mi/gal, that's about $12,000. An electric car with a 100 mile range driven for the same 100,000 miles would cost about $1000 in charging costs (less of course, it you get a free charge from a local business that you frequent, say a local grocery store), for a savings of about $11,000 per car just to go the same distance. Of course, this doesn't include all the environmental benefits like not having high levels of carcinogenic hydrocarbons being spewed into one's environment, not to mention not adding to global warming that is rapidly increasing insurance rates and decreasing the availability of food caused by droughts and floods and other factors, such as pollinator/flowering synchronization problems.

Maybe in that context, a little "road rage" isn't such a bad idea. Then again the fossil fuels industry will be more than happy to take people's money, while people are busy being distracted by complaining about not having any "status" relative to the hipsters. Then again, people who buy a Leaf are more like "hippie-sters" rather than hipsters, since they are likely to be able to afford installing a solar charging stations in their home giving them even more "freedom" to keep their own money. It is curious that those who profess to want people to keep "more of their money" by not paying taxes are often the very same folks who are more than happy to see people hand the "savings" to corporations.

Comment Re:Hipsters fight over limited supplies of juice (Score 1) 554

Actually, folks who drive electric cars are in some sense better than the rest of us because they have the sense to do more than you and I to shift to much less carbon dioxide emitting vehicles. I'd like to get an electric car, but since charging stations are few and far between and most of my driving is over long distances when I do drive, the present situation makes such a purchase more difficult than I would like.

I very much doubt that people are fighting over "status", since most folks with electric vehicles already have "status" (and problem the money to go with it). Rather, they are fighting over personal time, which they hate to waste because they believe their lives are more important, perhaps mistakenly, than the next guy.

Since as you note, electric car buyers tend to be better healed, businesses put in charging stations to attract customers with the ability to pay. Stores do this all the time because it's good for business. It's a good idea to encourage businesses to help shift American auto buyers away from internal combustion engines and toward a more sustainable future.

The problem here is obviously the need for more charging stations. How they are financed is not as important as the fact that they actually do get financed. California would do well to reduce road rage and encourage more people, like me to shift to electric cars, by providing businesses that provide charging stations with a sizeable tax break to install more charging stations. Business all around would pick up and everyone would be both happy and financially better off, except of course those eager to put every last carbon dioxide molecule in the atmosphere so it can extinguish human life on planet Earth to satisfy their greed.

Comment Re:funny graph (Score 1) 7

This is the same woman whose campaign is claiming that the reason California droughts are so extensive is that not enough holes were dug in the ground to collect rain and snowmelt, without even being able to fathom that without rain and snow there is nothing to fill these holes with.

Voting for Carly Fiorina is very much like voting for a big empty hole in the ground that won't do anything for anyone except for her friends, who she will hire to dig the hole.

It would be best if she went on to destroy a few other corporations before she attempts to destroy the United States. Curiously enough, no corporation has offered her a job since her stint at HP. One would think that should tell us something about her business skills.

Comment Re:Climate change ? Oh Really ? Says who ? (Score 1) 737

" We are told the ice caps will shrink yet they are expanding. "

Whoever told you that misled you. The total amount of ice at both poles is declining at increasingly rapid rates. There is no scientific dispute on this point. What deniers call expanding sea ice is often just a few inches thick that refreezes in winter months because of from more glacial calving only to thaw when temperatures warm seasonally. This will be obvious in about 5 - 10 years in which the entire Arctic Ocean will be ice free completely during the summer.

Comment Re:Totalitarian Dipsh|ts like You (Score 0) 737

"You are either for Life, Order, and Reason- or you are for Death, Chaos, and Insanity. Choose."

It is already abundantly clear what side the deniers and the fossil fuel industry have chosen. All there is to choose from now that the rate of global warming is accelerating is just how much death, chaos and insanity those who would choose to end the use of fossil fuels will have in order to preserve life, order and reason. The nature of the global warming and its cause makes it clear that the choice you speek of will be effectively made within the next 10-30 years regardless of what choice one makes, whether one makes the choice consciously or obliviously.

Comment Re:HAHAHAHAH (Score 1) 737

Frankly, if the deniers continue to obstruct efforts to build economies based on alternative energies and aggressively reduce reliance on fossil fuels, then putting deniers in jail will be a lot more humane and cost effective than simply sending billions to their deaths.

We can only hope that deniers wise up before this proves necessary. Hopefully, putting these jails in places like Basra, Iraq that now experiences summer temperatures of 140 F will permit these reeducation efforts to succeed without the necessity for extended incarceration.

Comment Re:Nothing like allowing others to have opinions (Score 0) 737

"Not done with shunning anyone with a different opinion. "

We are not talking merely about opinions here, but rather the consequences of either doing something to prevent global warming from making the planet inhabitable for humans or doing nothing and watching humanity's chance to escape extinction slip away. In the real world, opinions have consequences. Most rational people would argue to do something about global warming at this point than to try to do the impossible, deny that global warming isn't a threat to humanity.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.