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Comment Re: NO !! (Score 1) 238

People pay less for digital copies of media without understanding that they weren't buying a property right, only a usage right. Kinda like a refundable versus non-refundable airline ticket.

Except that with the cartel stuff currently going on, they're not paying less.

Okay, they might be paying $2 less than the cover price for a hardback, but I can't think of the last time I actually paid cover price for a physical book, period.

If you're a deal shopper like me, then even new physical books are still cheaper than the e-book versions, with rare exceptions.

Comment Re:Hydogen is just a way to store energy (Score 1) 606

At 130 miles currently it's useless.

Not sure why you're bothering to repeat stuff back at me...

Anyways, a 400 mile holiday is easily doable with a Tesla. If you're talking 400 miles round trip, go on holiday, charge at your destination. If it's 400 miles each leg, then you stop at a supercharger station for lunch, it'll give you ~200 miles in ~30 minutes.

You don't need to change the battery every 5 years. They're looking to see how much they last past 10 now.

Yes, Teslas are expensive. Tesla is promising the next vehicles will be a lot cheaper.

The first EVs were actually nickel-iron, back in 1909(EVs are not 'new'). Then they were Lead Acid. The EV1, during it's production run, started with lead-acid but was upgraded to NiMH.

A new one might replace Lithium Ion soon and make it lighter and smaller again.

Unlikely, for 'soon' we'd be hearing about it being tested in labs and such right now. Instead we're hearing about things like the gigafactory to cut the price of a battery pack in half again.

Comment Re:You're forgetting about taxes (Score 1) 252

Disclaimer: Not a vaper. Have never cared for (recreational) drugs so no interest beyond thinking it's an interesting use of technology.

I'm not one either.

Another thought - even if they're getting their nicotine from tobacco, they might be getting it from 'scrap' tobacco that was deemed unfit for use in cigars, cigarettes, as dip, etc...

Comment Re:Wow (Score 3, Informative) 252

i really don't understand how lithium was ever deemed safe for pocket devices. if i had a tesla car, i'd be really scared of even the smallest collision. fortunately, my hybrid has a NiMH battery.

Which tells me that you haven't examined the risks. For example, you don't worry about the gasoline tank in your hybrid, but that's a lot more likely to be involved in or cause a fire.

Tesla has had a few cars catch fire, but at a lower rate than traditional vehicles. Perhaps even more notably, they've been able to warn their occupants to get out, and even then erupt in fire slowly enough for people to safely escape.

Looking at the other comments, it seems that people are attempting to use dodgy cells in them.

Comment Lawsuit time! (Score 3, Interesting) 252

I know that the first thing people will reach for is regulatory oversight, including banning them, but I remember that Underwriter's Laboratories isn't a government agency, and people are buying vaporizers from dodgy sources. Lawsuits, in this case, can only do so much I think. The companies will simply go bankrupt.

So I have to ask, as I'm a non-smoker who hasn't looked into it, are there any safety organizations that have published safety standards and are offering their guarantee mark to vaporizers that meet said safety standards?

A few stories like this making the rounds of e-cig communication lines(forums, magazines, websites), and the saying to 'get a UL listed one or you risk it blowing up!', and safety should improve.

Comment Re:Kneejerking Statism Catchphrases? (Score 1) 286

I think it would be fair to say that you don't believe the DEA in its current form benefits you personally.

In it's current form, how many people can say that the DEA benefits them, if they're not being employed by the DEA? It's a law enforcement agency. Most interactions, I'd think, would be negative. Also, note that I didn't say the DEA in my post. There's a lot more than the DEA involved in the war on drugs...

That being said, I listed the war on drugs because it doesn't actually affect me personally very much, positive or negative. Not only do I not use drugs, I'm not looking to use drugs.

Sure, you can twist it out and say that since the DEA 'doesn't benefit me', I'm looking to get rid of it because the less government there is, the less government spending there is, and the less taxes necessary.

But that gets into the point where you can say "No, they're only against bits of the government they don't think will benefit them personally." about everybody.

I actively think that the DEA harms the country. I think that it and the ATF need to be gutted and the law enforcement aspects merged with the FBI, the tax aspects with the IRS*, and the drug regulation with the FDA. DHS needs to be overtaken by the DoD. etc...

*As long as you have tax collection, you need the IRS or an equivalent agency. So I'm not going to play with a re-naming game. You need tax collection to fund law enforcement, courts, defense, etc...

Comment Re:Hydogen is just a way to store energy (Score 1) 606

1. 99% of people don't want to have to drive to a gas station either.
2. With most trips, you don't have to 'wait for a charge' either, you just charge at night as you say for the 3k range vehicle. Job pursuits have separated me and my parents enough that driving isn't an option, so it's been a long time since I was more than 50 miles from home without just flying there.
3. The pressures are a lot higher with hydrogen than with LPG, and hydrogen likes leaking through tinier openings(it'll leak straight through standard uncoated steel, for example). So 'everything' is going to have to be beefier. LPG is easy in comparison.

Look, I'm with you on 100 mile ranged EVs. That's just too short. But the 300 mile Teslas? Those can handle just about anything, with the main problem bei charger availability - and that used to be an issue for petrol as well until you had sufficient saturation with fueling stations.

Hell, I've driven through areas where they tell you to fill up at every station - because the next one might be over 200 miles away.

Comment Re:barratry (Score 1) 286

Or even if the case itself is 'with merit',

The best case of barratry I remember was the DC Judge who went nuts on a dry-cleaning business for losing his pants. Suing a small business for $67M.

Note: The dry cleaners offered to settle for $3k-$12k, but the judge refused, and was representing himself in court.

Comment Re:Kneejerking Statism Catchphrases? (Score 1) 286

No, they're only against bits of the government they don't think will benefit them personally.

I don't do drugs, not even alcohol or tobacco. I believe that the War on Drugs needs to be ended because it's a massive imposition on liberty, and not just on drug users. I also think that the current push to ban(at least virtually) vaporizers is wrong, despite zero desire to use one.

No, I do not limit myself to 'bits of the government' that would benefit me personally.

Comment First person? (Score 1) 286

...Wow. I wonder how that got missed?

Okay. First thing, realize that neither liberal nor conservative philosophies are particularly pacifistic. Second, that there's a difference between an individual using force, and the government doing so.

Individuals and government both have the right to use violence to prevent imminent harm by violence. Otherwise, if you have been harmed through the improper actions of another, the correct action is to ask for redress, and if that is not satisfactory, to sue. After the court passes judgement, yes, violence may ultimately be involved in the enforcement of the court order. Such is life.

Some cites:
"One possible position is extreme pacifism, according to which individuals are never permitted to use non-consensual force against others. Another is moderate pacifism, according to which individuals are permitted to use non-consensual force against others only when necessary in self-defense (or the defense of others). This moderate view would allow the use of force against a person to prevent her from wrongfully using force against others, but it would not allow the use of force to rectify past violations (e.g., punish or extract compensation from the rights-violator). Most libertarian positions would allow the use of force for cases of rectification. Many would allow the use of force for retributive punishment, but some—Barnett (1998), for example—reject retributive punishment and insist that compensation for wrongful harms is the sole justification for the rectificatory use of force."
Non-agression principle

Like many philosophical points, a couple sentences is far from enough to adequately explain such a complicated topic.

It's even more complicated in that as a moderate libertarian, I'm willing to set aside the non-agression principle in cases where there's sufficient evidence that holding to it will lead to increased human suffering. It's just that I hold that, in general, it's the best option, and that any breaking from it needs to be carefully weighed and considered.

Comment Re:hiring mercenaries (Score 1) 286

"for sure later" implies that there's time to get government forces involved, so no, you're not allowed to hire mercenaries to go attack your rival because your rival is totally going to hire mercenaries to attack you.

That's anarchy and warlordism, not libertarianism.

Also, "barrage"? Do we know of him funding any lawsuits besides Hogan's?

Comment Re:Hydogen is just a way to store energy (Score 1) 606

A car that takes more than 5 minutes to fill is not fit for purpose.

Define the purpose. Seriously, we're looking at probably a million different 'purposes', when it comes to cars, even if we combine ones that are less than 1% different into bands.

It might not be fit for YOUR purpose, but since people are buying them, they're fit for theirs. Would a theoretical EV which still takes 30 minutes to fill, but has a 3,000 mile range still be unsuitable?

Also, it's fairly likely that the process would take more than 5 minutes, as there will be more safeties and interlocks to deal with.

Comment Re:Sure it's libertarian (Score 1) 286

So what was "wrong" with telling the world what a racist [], immoral [] piece of shit that Hulk Hogan is?

Nothing. Of course, that wasn't what the lawsuit was about, now was it?

Even the second lawsuit probably has to do with violations of court orders and agreements about anything to do with the sex tape, which is again a valid use of the courts.

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