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Comment Re:Whats the point? (Score 1) 81

Most people who charge at home, charge at night. So, without storage, solar panels don't help.

That's idiotic nonsense. Most people who charge their electric car at home, switch to peak/off-peak billing with their electric company. That means electricity used before midnight is insanely expensive, but solar panels can offset most of that daytime demand. And after midnight you can charge your car for a pittance.

Comment Re:Anyone else find it amusing (Score 1) 235

Facebook has to change their posting guidelines to allow what's become "normal" political speech?

Right-wing political speech becomes less extreme every year. What Trump has said, while baseless and unsupported, is far less offensive than what we've previously seen from them.

"The gay community has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across this country, and they wield extreme power⦠That agenda is the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today." -Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

âoeBlacks Bought A Lot Of Propaganda On The Liberal Plantation.â -Pat Buchanan (R-Nixon/Regan administrations)

"We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and thatâ(TM)s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they donâ(TM)t want to study as hard in school? Iâ(TM)ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didnâ(TM)t study hard because they said the government would take care of them." -Sally Kern (R-OK)

"Yes black lives matter. The best way to end the slaughter of young black men is to take guns away from blacks as they are the main killers." -Randy Pullen (R-RNC Treasurer)

[Chris Mapp (R-TX)] stood by his comments, made during an editorial board meeting with the Dallas Morning News, that âoe'wetbacks' should be shot by ranchers and that President Barack Obama is a 'socialist son of a bitch.'â

Comment Re: Still Catching Up (Score 1) 44

Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular still maintain sizable CDMA infrastructure. They cannot use Intel's gsm-only modem.

Where in my comment did I mention any of them, let alone suggesting they should get one or the other.

HINT: I've worked as a senior engineer for one of those companies...

Comment Re:Still Catching Up (Score 1) 44

My guess is Apple is willing to turn a blind eye to that for the "1st gen" product and use the new revenue as a carrot to get Intel to direct its engineering efforts to the features that Apple wants, probably stuff like CDMA for example.

If Apple knew the Intel chipset was inferior and chose to sell it anyway, why is there no rhyme or reason to which of the models each of the carriers use? Surely the 2nd rate one would only go to carriers who want cheaper phones in exchange for compromised performance? Instead T-Mobile and AT&T both sell the Intel chipset version. Meanwhile, the cut-rate MVNO services of those same carriers, like MetroPCS and Cricket are getting the (better?) Qualcomm chipset.

As others have shot-down your other claims, I don't see that anything you've posted makes any sense...

Comment Pretty spammy (Score 1) 2

I have to agree with the mods, your submissions look awfully bad.

Stories without a sci/tech angle don't belong here, and most of yours have none. Your submissions are a lot of rumour-mill crap, full of words like "appears", "alleged" and "supposed", lousy sources like near-tabloid publications, etc.

Comment Re:For them theoretically hacking a private org? (Score 1) 352

Hillary was trumpeting "But Russia!" the day of the leak, before any investigation could possibly have taken place.

Trump does the same thing all the damn time, and he uses his rush to judgement as proof of how awesome he is.

If you're going for a Hillary conspiracy on that same thin premise, I suppose we'd have to say Trump mush have had advanced knowledge of the NYC bombing...

Comment Re:Is This a Joke? (Score 1) 271

California is one of the states that gets raped on taxes by the federal government; our income taxes go to pay for stuff in other states that we can't afford

No, California ends up about even, getting slightly more dollars back than they pay out to the fed.

The state getting screwed the worst seems to be Minnesota, although Connecticut, Jersey, Colorado and Boston are way up there, too. Note that most western states are getting more back from the fed than they pay out.


Comment Re:Maximum yield (Score 4, Informative) 813

Importing a third world country that holds that exact opposite ideologies as your own is fucking suicide

Yeah, it sure destroyed the USA.

There are numerous Islamic countries that are very well off that aren't 'lifting a finger' to help their fellow Muslims.

That's completely wrong.

Turkey is taking responsibility for fully HALF of Syrian refugees, at great expense. Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt are home to nearly all the rest. The number going to Europe is miniscule by comparison:

"In three days in September 2014, Turkey received some 130,000 refugees from Syria â" more than the entire European Union had in the past three years"

Successful Muslim (Gulf) countries like Saudi Arabia are JUST AS DISTANT from Syria as the EU is. Those same distant Muslim countries ARE now contributing significant amounts of money to support the current crop of Syrian refugees (though it certainly took them quite a while, and they could reasonably be doing more). They have some peculiar issues with taking in more refugees, which seem quite strange to someone in a western country:

"these countries are already overloaded with foreigners. For example, 88 percent of the population of the United Arab Emirates are foreigners. For Qatar, it's 85 and Kuwait 70 percent."

Lots more useful information is available here:

Comment Re:Almost cut the cord (Score 3, Informative) 198

If it wasn't for my wife wanting to watch The Bachelor the second it comes on I would have cut the cable a long time ago.

The Bachelor is on ABC, which is broadcast over-the-are to something like 90% of the US population. Depending on your location, getting it might cost as little as $20. I wrote an in-depth tutorial that really walks you through antenna selection and setup:

I literally watch 3 channels and most nights not even that. I really can't stomach whats on TV these days

I've always been that way... That's why my favorite slogan is:

"PBS: Television for people who hate television"

You'll do better with an antenna, anyhow. Lots of sub-channels with old TV shows and movies, several of which don't even get carried on most cable systems.

Comment Re:Still waiting for the 300 second recharge. (Score 1) 296

Being forced to spend a half hour waiting for a car to charge [...] is going to be *FAR* more time consuming than only stopping for only about 5 minutes at someplace that may have been at most 10 minutes out of your way

Biological needs tend to require breaks about every 4 hours, anyhow. Add some time for restroom use on top of your 15 minute fuel-up time, and I would throw-in several minutes more for driving over, waiting for my order and eating at the nearest fast-food joint, too. That gets us pretty close to that 30 minute EV charging number.

You CAN road-warrior it, I realize, and leave your car unattended for a few minutes and HOPE gasoline isn't spraying everywhere, or wear a diaper on your travels. You also can take along unhealthy but convenient foods and increase your risk of accidents by eating while driving. I, and I expect most others, choose not to do that, so your 5 minute gas stops tend to be much, much longer than your theoretical numbers.

if you accidentally forget to charge your EV overnight, then you could be unable to get *anywhere* for hours,

A very cheap and simple solution to that problem is simply to NOT FORGET to plug-in your EV. Crazy, I know, but it works. I've seen people run out of fuel on the freeway, so I realize some small percentage of people will do this at some point, but I would call it an imaginary contrivance.

Comment Re:Still waiting for the 300 second recharge. (Score 1) 296

You already don't have to drive a gasoline car to the middle of nowhere to fill up because gas stations are quite ubiquitous already.

There are no gas stations:
- in my garage
- in my office parking-lot
- at the airport
- at the shopping mall

With an EV, you can fuel-up in the places you're going to be, without waiting around your vehicle, without taking any extra time to drive out of your way, so half-hour EV charging time is much quicker than 5 minutes at a gas station. The advantages you're touting for gasoline are actually big disadvantages, and a waste of MORE time.

Given the already shorter range of EV's compared to a tank of gas, you'd be having to recharge 3 to 4 times for every one time otherwise spent refueling a gas vehicle,

I have to gas-up my car every 200 miles. I might be able to stretch that just a little bit, and the specs say it's further, but I'm not the type to wait until the fuel light comes on, and having a good bit of fuel left helps avoiding gas traps and the like. I happen to be getting better gas mileage in the city than the EPA estimate.

The Leaf and even RAV4 EV get more than 100mi of range, so that's only twice as frequent fueling stops on long trips. The Tesla model S and X have significantly better range than my car, so that would be FEWER refueling stops, NOT "3 to 4 times" more.

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