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Comment Re:Cold weather? (Score 4, Interesting) 198

Only on startup will electric heating be required to heat the cabin. Once the battery is up to temperature heating can be accomplished the same was it is now by piping some of the battery coolant through a heater core. If designed correctly (and the driver plans correctly) initial heating can actually be done while the car is still connected to the charger.

Comment Re:Why purge? (Score 1) 258

I know my local library used to sell their old books it isn't like they are tossing them in the dumpster. The money from the sale can also help buy the newer materials that are in demand, be it books, movies (IIRC the local library had and may still have a rental service), or anything else that the public using the library needs.

Comment Re:Analyzing... (Score 1) 79

Satellite communication is only required for long distance pager networks. A pager network with a local coverage can be done on site along with the other IT infrastructure. The antenna can even be installed on site as well depending on the coverage needs. Pager networks do not require public infrastructure at all.

Comment Re:sea-fiber + microwave towers = partial fix (Score 1) 101

While towers tall enough for line of sight is ideal, microwave communication can also occur with what is called Tropospheric Scatter. This is a propagation mode where signals are transmitted above the horizon of the receiving station. Some of the energy is reflected by water vapor back to the receiving station completing the link. Troposcatter links can work for a few hundred miles and used to link remote communities such as Nome, Alaska. A troposcatter link was also used to connect West Berlin to West Germany during the cold war since cables could not be laid on East German Territory.

Comment Re:Poll Ideas (Score 1) 301

Obamacare - Repeal
Immigration reform - Make legal immigration easier
Same-sex marriage - Leave it alone
Abortion - Leave to the states
Gun control - Revert to Second Amendment, replace federal gun laws with a law prohibiting states from restricting guns
Building a wall - Why didn't we do this a century ago?
Death taxes - Repeal
CowboyNeal - Transfer ownership of slashdot to

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