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Comment Re:Manipulative headline (Score 1) 102

The title may be manipulative, but it's also right. Even with plenty of coal-fired power still on the grid, electric vehicles offer lower greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas vehicles, and the grid continues to get cleaner as more renewable energy is added to it. EVs are a great complement, too, because their batteries allow for energy storage of variable wind and solar. And even the 1st generation EV batteries have enough storage to power 60% of daily vehicle trips in the U.S. From a climate perspective, we have no business trying to increase extraction of fossil fuels. From an infrastructure perspective, we have no business trying to build another fossil fuel fueling network when we already have electricity everywhere to power electric vehicles.

Comment No, because they are not compatible (Score 2, Interesting) 551

Wind and solar have variable output, so they need to be partnered with flexible power generation. Nuclear is fundamentally inflexible because you can't quickly ramp up or down electricity output from a nuclear power plant. See this short video for a nice explanation of the incompatibility: http://www.ilsr.org/coal-nucle...
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Submission + - Interactive Map Shows When Solar Gets Competitive in U.S. (ilsr.org)

indros13 writes: "A new interactive map illustrates how much solar photovoltaic power could be installed at prices competitive with retail electricity (without subsidies) over the next decade in all 50 U.S. states. Move the slider to see the impact of falling solar prices, as well as the huge impact of current tax incentives.

Full disclosure: I did the research behind the map and I think it's a very useful tool for planning our energy future."

Comment It's about the perception of safety (Score 1) 353

The Lake St. light rail station in Minneapolis is one of the few with an indoor area (an enclosed escalator) and heat. In the winter, the students from nearby schools tend to congregate in the stairwells and escalators, smoking (which is illegal, of course). The music works because it drives them outdoors, helping passengers feel safer because they don't have to push through a crowd of high school students. Of course, whether or not people should feel unsafe because of a crowd of kids smoking is a different issue, but I'd guess most of the adult travelers coming through the station prefer the loud music to the loitering teens.

Comment Complaining about defaults? (Score 1) 554

I'm rather surprised that so many Slashdot users complain about the default settings in FF4. Yes, they changed the toolbar, statusbar, tab location etc.... But every single one of those things can be changed with in-browser settings or extensions. In my mind, those aren't problems - that's exactly what makes Firefox a great browser. Isn't this a site for nerds?

Comment Re:Does it still have the AwfulBar? (Score 1) 554

I'll bite - please tell me what is so awful about the Awesome Bar. When used for search, it will quickly identify sites I've already bookmarked/tagged with the terms I'm searching for. It ranks my bookmarks higher than just my history, so I almost always see those historic sites first. Plus, I can use keywords to quickly load pages I use frequently. I no longer waste time sorting my bookmarks into hierarchical folders because that requires a lot of wasted mouse clicks when I can just start typing terms/tags/keywords into the bar. And this is bad because?

Comment Re:Yes...this will end well (Score 5, Informative) 759

ACORN has been exonerated of every single false charge brought against it. http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/15-7

The whole affair was a whirlwind media circus trial orchestrated by conservatives who didn't think poor people had a right to fight back against the banking industry.

Democrats may have their own skeletons, but ACORN isn't one of them.

Comment Re:Whatever happened to common sense? (Score 1) 699

I'm sure the locals and the municipality are saying "Why the !#%!%$! did we build these stupid trails if people aren't going to use them?"

I know this taxpayer is saying, "why can't our idiot local governments publish their routes so Google, Garmin, etc. can include them in their databases?"

This taxpayer is usually also saying "cut my taxes, they are too high." The connection escapes them.

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