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Comment: Re:Nobody wants this (Score 1) 324

by zippthorne (#47901767) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

More importantly, my car has a built in hands free that I can operate by voice. Why should I not be allowed to use it.

Bad example. It's counter-intuitive, but apparently hands-free doesn't actually reduce the risk of a distracted driving accident.

If we really want to make the roads safer, give me the power to arrest the dipshits that fly around me on the Interstate doing 20 miles above the speed limit and changing lanes like they are at Daytona.

You really shouldn't be in the middle lane if people are passing you on the right. Also, If the average speed is 20 over the posted limit, there are a number of states whose traffic laws I think could be interpreted to mean that you are the one who breaking the law and creating a hazard by not keeping up.

There is a technical solution to texting while driving (and also eating cheeseburgers while driving, which iirc is far more dangerous...). It is called autonomous cars. Then you can text and pig out all you want because the car is in control. Once we have one that is demonstrably safer than human drivers, we just need to find a way to deal with all the irrational ninnies who will want to keep the human in control of the vehicle.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 1) 438

by zippthorne (#47894031) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

"spinning reserve" means they're basically burning coal for nothing, right? 0% efficiency to back-up the renewables? So we should attribute the carbon emissions for spinning reserve to the renewables?

I guess the question is, factoring in the spinning reserve, how do the carbon emissions of the renewables actually compare to just having straight coal plants?

Comment: Re:Compromise: (Score 1) 485

by dfenstrate (#47868959) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Humans like cars, not buses.

Americans like cars not buses thanks to decades of marketing getting shoved down their throats. That's led to a chicken/egg situation where it's hard to get around without a car because everyone has them.

Have you ever actually ridden a bus? You sound like someone with little experience riding a bus daily.

Comment: Re:Confusing summary - here's my version (Score 1) 74

So, it's fine as long as we don't go around breaking it up and dispersing it into the air, and our solution if it ever becomes commonplace will not be to just stop using it in new construction and take extra care when removing old construction, but to actively go in and smash up the walls of old buildings to make sure it gets broken up and dispersed to maximum effect in an occupied building.

Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth