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Comment Re:Overpriced (Score 1) 102

>They are electric cars. That don't have oil.

The apple car that doesn't exist is electric? The article mentions apple is rumored to be interested in Mclaren, who's only electric car is a toy car for kids.

Also all current production electric cars have Gear boxes with a reduction, and oil in them. Telsa's service calls for a Oil change at 150k miles.

Comment Re:Boko Haram? (Score 1) 326

> How does the climate change cause the rape?

First show me where the article or I said that. It is a read hearing, neither I nor the article said climate change caused anything, let alone a specific act.

Horrible shit happens in War. War is more likely to happen, when you have millions of people who cannot feed their families because crops are gone, clean water is not available and the food they had bought in the past is too expensive and thus out of reach. You cannot tell me in that situation, it isn't more likely for a warlord with food, money, and smooth talk to get a army together of those people to further his agenda? Pre-existing problems that may have lead to war without a major drought, but with time could have found another outlet, it boils up faster and larger when more heat is applied.

Comment Re:Boko Haram? (Score 2) 326

>No matter where you stand on climate change, linking it to the above is more than a bit of a stretch.

Likely your bias contributed to your reading into this a claim never made, and that is that all climate change = Man made Global warming. Some are related, but if you re-read this article with that difference in mind, it is then true. That small localized changes will get worse as the world gets hotter is made more important by understanding how vulnerable the world is to small changes in local climates.

I think too many people just don't get that ag societies still exist, and need to be informed that it often doesn't take much to trigger a flare up when you have so many people living in poverty. It may be wrong to conflate climate change of the past (regional droughts, water shortages, poor crops due to weather variations.) as closely with man made global warming, as this article hints. But it would be difficult or impossible to say localized climate change didn't contribute some to all of those uprisings.


"A once-in-a-century winter drought in China contributed to global wheat shortages and skyrocketing bread prices in Egypt, the worldâ(TM)s largest wheat importer." (Sternberg, p. 7)
"Of the world's major wheat-importing companies per capita, "the top nine importers are all in the Middle East; seven had political protests resulting in civilian deaths in 2011." (Sternberg, p. 12)
"The world is entering a period of `agflation,` or inflation driven by rising prices for agricultural commodities." (Johnstone and Mazo, p. 21)
"Drought and desertification across much of the Sahel-northern Nigeria, for example, is losing 1,350 square miles a year to desertificationâ"have undermined agricultural and pastoral livelihoods," contributing to urbanization and massive flows of migrants. (Werz and Hoffman, p. 37)
"As the region's population continues to climb, water availability per capita is projected to plummet. Rapid urban expansion across the Arab world increasingly risks overburdening existing infrastructure and outpacing local capacities to expand service."(Michel and Yacoubian, p. 45)
"We have reached the point where a regional climate event can have a global extent." (Sternberg, p. 10)

Comment Re: So don't use apps (Score 1) 118

Right, the locked out a function from the users but not from the hackers: They were able to reverse engineer some of the software that we use for our telematics," said Dave Buchko , a BMW spokesman. "With that they were able to mimic the BMW server.â

BMW didn't even think to use https to access their cars lock and unlock during design. A quick search shows lots of issues with the BMW connected drive security.

Comment Re:Average work week reduced from 60 hours to 33 (Score 2) 278

> So we now work about HALF as much as our grandparents

During the same time Women went from 20% employed rate to 60% employed. So we have 50% more of the population working than we had in the 1900's, so really we have only reduced the average working hours by 4 hours per week. We went from (60 hours * 40% working) = 24hours to (33 * 60%) = 20 hours worked per week/person today. Granted because of washing machines, running water, efficient grocery stores... The quality of life at home more than doubled, instead of working long hours at home that were not counted as employed.

Comment Re:Popcorn time! (Score 1) 1321

>Clinton's opponents have been running a smear campaign against her for 25 years, and after a while, some of the mud sticks

I really don't think that was as bad as the people taken down on her behalf. Her campaign ran a very negative campaign against Obama and his supporters, and although she did support Obama after, the olive branch was from Obama to Hillary supporters not the other. Her campaign was then very nasty to Sanders and his supporters, and again Sanders put out the olive branch not Hillary, She then attacked not just Trump, but his supporters. She was also very demeaning on the issues found, "I told you so", "see nothing illegal", "blame the Russians for bringing it forward". Oh DWS was irresponsible, out her on my campaign instead....

These issues deserved actual answers on how they wouldn't be repeated, not just a well its over it should have been different. And people that felt wronged by her held their grudges (even though it was her campaign, she still needed an answer).

Comment Re:Limits of bluetooth and tablets (Score 1) 50

> That's b'cos Bluetooth is a 1:1 connection protocol, not a multiplexed connection

definitely not true, I personally use my phone to connect to a Bluetooth OBD-II device, Bluetooth radar detector, and stream music to the car via bluetooth at the same time daily on my android phone. I can hear the radar detector app through my BT headset on my motorcycle with music playing as well, so definitely all work at the same time.

Devices do have to have unique UUID (so not from the same manufacture) and you can have driver and bandwidth conflicts I am sure, if they used the same serial drivers for example.

Comment Re:Too bad (Score 2) 96

> I wonder in what situations do human drivers experience more accidents,

A little googling gives more questions than answers on that one. Most fatal accidents are at night or at intersections. Seams most minor accidents are close to home or in parking lots. Seams like the drowsy driver and missed traffic control would be covered today by Tesla type system (many equal variants from Ford and GM). The auto system will likely have issues with detecting slick roads, construction, pedestrian interactions. So I would estimate a hybrid system, where we hand off the monotony of driving to the Tesla system. Then get around, with some sensor help the dense areas would save the lives. Full autonomy might not do as much, at least to save lives, but might pay off if in other ways, if it improves efficiency of driving to have fewer traffic jams, and minor accidents.

Comment Re:Typical Elon Musk bait and switch (Score 1) 174

It is a good response to OP, but crash worthyness isn't exactly the only measure of safety.

Tesla Model S stock braking distance is 174 feet from 60.
The P85D with upgraded brakes and rims is a respectable 118 feet. That 174 feet is worse than most all pickup trucks. Where as most of the cars that accelerate as fast as the Tesla stop from 60 in under 100 feet.

A car that out accelerates a corvette, but stops like a pickup is not the safest car in history.

Other 60 to 0 times:
2015 Kia Sedona: 118 ft
2015 Toyota Sienna: 121 ft
2014 Chrysler T&C: 126 ft
2015 Honda Odyssey: 126 ft
Sedans & Hatchbacks:
2014 Honda Civic: 118 ft
2012 Kia Rio: 119 ft
2013 Honda Accord: 117 ft
2014 Mazda 6: 121ft
2013 Toyota Camry: 120 ft
2014 BMW i3 eDrive: 108 ft
2015 Honda Fit: 127 ft
2013 Ford F-150: 132 ft
2013 GMC Sierra 1500: 137 ft
2013 Chevy Silverado: 138 ft
2013 Ram 1500: 142 ft
2013 Nissan Titan: 144 ft
2013 Toyota Tundra: 150 ft
Sports Cars:
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon: 93 ft
2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia: 93 ft
2012 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Centennial: 94 ft
2012 Lexus LFA: 94 ft
2010 Porsche 911 GT3: 94 ft
2010 Ferrari 16m Scuderia Spyder: 96 ft
2009 Audi R8 5.2: 96 ft
2008 Audi R8: 96 ft
2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: 97 ft
2008 Dodge Viper ACR: 97 ft
2003 Dodge Viper SRT10: 97 ft
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: 98 ft
2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV: 98 ft
2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: 98 ft
2008 Porsche 911 GT2: 98 ft
2011 Nissan GT-R: 99 ft
2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: 99 ft
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia: 99 ft
2010 Porsche 911 Turbo: 99 ft
2009 Porsche Boxster S: 99 ft
2007 Porsche 911 GT3: 99 ft

Comment Re:Bad time for the Environment (Score 1) 72

I did come off a bit negative on electric cars, I am interested, But I am also not convinced the best path to reducing our environmental footprint is battery cars.

> I didn't leave out transmission losses, I specifically mentioned them.

You underestimate the true losses with that. It takes a lot more energy to build and maintain the grid, which is not capable of supporting more than a small percentage of households having electric cars today. For example is a gas pipeline and gas tanker 100% efficient, because all the oil that goes in comes out? The cost is as good of estimate of the true environmental cost, and it is currently $.05 to generate electric, but $.12 for electric delivered.

Your correct I vastly overstated the weight difference.

>Tesla Model S = 4,608 to 4,936 lbs; range = 208 to 315 miles.

the 85 kwHr even by Tesla's numbers is maxed at 265 miles. The weight you stated is not for that P100D. To be fair the Tesla is 2* the weight of my Chevy Cavalier which also has a 300 mile range. Definitely difficult to compare apples to apples, as they electric does fill a vastly different purpose today.

> whether there is an increase in load due to electric vehicles.

I don't agree. With solar, battery packs, low cost standby generators... Were now able to make self sustainable houses with very little need for a grid, with few downsides. If we don't try and charge cars off the grid, we could be looking to downsize, and at least eliminate the huge interconnects into residential. The mega and always growing electric grid just cannot ever eliminate it's huge footprint, if we keep finding new uses for it.

Comment Re:Bad time for the Environment (Score 2) 72

Your leaving out the 2 biggest costs for electric cars.

1) Battery
2) Distribution and transmission.

Also tire/road wear, from cars that are 2* as heavy due to batteries.

These are not energy or carbon footprint neutral.
It is also a big drain on the environment building and maintaining the electric grid. Fixing all the lines that fail, and doubling the capacity to handle transportation will not be cheap, and costs more energy than what is lost in transmission.

Not to mention line workers is one of the 10 deadliest professions in the US. That is not counting all the people who die from accidents involving power lines.

Gasoline is not free to transport, but pipelines are generally safer and carry a much much higher density of power than power-lines. And costs about 1/5 that of power to transport per BTU.

Comment Re:Caveats (Score 1) 280

Generally the lethal voltage to the human heart (to cause defib) is around 140 Volts (500 ohm resistance, hand to hand voltage would draw 35 mA to the heart.) with 2 phase, center tap 230, it is 115Volts to ground. With 3 phase 230 Volts, it is 208 Volts to ground.

So the US single phase is a safer way to get 230Volts without having a lethal voltage to ground. It does mean we cannot go as far from the transformer, so usually only supply 2 houses per transformer. Then again we are a DIY culture, so myself having been shocked over a dozen times, I am sure glad of that.

Generally our houses are wired with at least 100Amp (@ 230V) service, 150 Amp is more common. Generally 200Amp to most properties, with houses that have AC, drawing from that 200 Amp separately from the house (or split to a garage.)

Now why we typically have 120 V outlets/appliances (and thus need bigger wires... inside) is another story.

Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 1) 425

I could see buying a gun with a fingerprint reader to release the safety. I wouldn't buy one with only the trigger finger being able to be read. Similar to you, I had issues with a fingerprint safe: sweat, paint, dirt often meant I had a finger that wouldn't work. Same with a reader on my phone.
Similar to kylemonger, instant access isn't something I worry about as a likely situation, I keep all in a safe now. Being able to always have one out with a simple lock, even if that lock wasn't 100% ready on the first try would be an improvement over my current situation.

Comment Re:one in every home? (Score 1) 228

Surely the point here is to get ethanol when you want ethanol instead of whatever strangeness you are thinking of?

The point is to maximize benefits. Correct, you would make ethanol to have ethanol, but you would ideally make ethanol where you can use the waste heat, and also want to remove CO2.

vent-less Natural gas fireplace

Not just strange - incredibly fucking dangerous to the point of insanity.

They are very popular, can buy them most home improvement stores in the US. It is all I use to heat my house in winter. It has a built in O2 sensor, I have a CO detector a few feet away, that has never activated. When burning correctly, it produces no CO if you see any soot at all, then it is producing CO. I live in the south, where it is warm enough that heat is only needed at night, and rarely stay closed up during the day. Garages and supplemental heat only up north. I love it, because it dumps a ton of moisture into the air, and I live where that is needed.

and not thinking of "cleaning the air"

You have missed the current focus, can we do CO2 capture at power plants is a big question today, likely why this has funding.

Also producing ethanol at location, from solar or natural gas would be a ideal solution. Because A) ethanol doesn't transport long distance as well as other fuels. B) I would much rather come home each night to a gallon of ethanol produced from solar panels, than a charged battery that I would have to either move into the car I was using, or take the time and inefficiencies to charge the electric car, and have to carry extra weight of batteries also.

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