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Comment Re:Canada gets screwed by the AGW scam (Score 3, Insightful) 293

It's clearly going to take a generation or two to transition to electric vehicles, and even then, anyone who needs a long-hauler or high-endurance vehicle isn't going to switch to EVs, as they're not very practical for that.

LOLWUT? EVs are already very nearly as practical as gasoline vehicles, even for long travel distances unless you'd rather set some cross-continental speed record than take a short break from driving, and faster-charging, longer-lasting, more energy-dense batteries are being developed all the time. ICEs in new cars will be a rarity within 20 years.

How about air travel? No good alternatives there for liquid hydrocarbon fuels - at least not that I can think of.

You're right on this one, at least for large aircraft. Without some unforeseen radical breakthrough in battery technology, large aircraft will be running on liquid hydrocarbon fuels for the foreseeable future - but that could mean biofuels.

Ships and ocean-going vessels? I don't think there are any realistic alternatives there.

Batteries and wind for small craft, nuclear and wind for large ones. "Wind" here may mean exotic new forms of sails.

Manufacturing? Nope, lots of oil-based products still needed.

Enough to sustain the giant gaping hole in demand from most of the world's land vehicles running on whatever powers the local grid?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Do you have a plan B for when ${evilcorp} goes dark?

relliker writes: From the department of pessimism and realism:

Let's say one of the biggies you rely on today (???gle || ?ahoo || ?ing etc.) suddenly goes titsup/implodes and all of their services you are accustomed to use daily such as storage, search, calendars, social networks, online services, photos, music, videos etc. go dark forever with no prior notice? What will you do? Do you have a (service and/or data) backup plan? What is it? How easily could you rebuild your online world again somewhere else?

Submission + - Does Mark Zuckerberg Need to Dump Peter Thiel from Facebook's Board? 2

theodp writes: Over at Slate, Dan Gillmor says Mark Zuckerberg needs to dump Peter Thiel from the Facebook Board of Directors. "Thiel's secret laundering of the Gawker lawsuit disqualifies him as someone who should be on a board of directors of any organization that claims to value freedom of expression," writes Gillmor. "Facebook's other directors, employees, and users should ask how much they want to be associated with a company that keeps someone like Thiel in a position of such power and influence...Facebook claims to believe in freedom of expression, and in journalism, and at some level that's true. But every minute it allows Thiel to remain on its board of directors, it will be broadcasting how limited those values truly are." Gillmor, it seems, is hardly alone in his line of thinking. By the way, Thiel was present when Zuckerberg met with conservative leaders on May 18th at Facebook HQ to assure them that the social media giant would never mess with the press. "Mark looks a man in the eye the entire time," remarked satisfied radio host Glenn Beck after that meeting. "I watched Sheryl [Sandberg] and Peter Thiel and the whole team. Not one time did I get a sense that they were saying these things to get this off their back. I think they’re sincere." Exactly one week later, Thiel revealed his secret war with Gawker in a NY Times interview.

Comment Re:they can save so many resources... (Score 1) 55

That would have very limited usefulness, only the wealthy elite in NK can afford to get online (and by "online" I mean "onto the national intranet." The Internet is only for a select few of the political elite and military). They already know they're being watched and to keep their heads down.

More likely, it'll be populated with millions of dummy accounts talking about how EVERYTHING IS AWESOME in North Korea. A digial Potemkin village.

Comment Re:RAID (Score 2) 157

Certain RAID types can protect data specifically against data loss caused by the hardware failure of a limited number of active disks...but I think the RAID option was there to see how many Slashdotters are idiots on the topic of making backups. Right now it looks like almost 1/8th of us are.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 624

Because there is an electrical infrastructure in place while there is no hydrogen infrastructure in place, and hydrogen escapes through solids and embrittles steel. Hydrogen cars also currently have running costs similar to an ICE, with an up-front cost even greater than an EV. I don't see why anyone would think hydrogen is a better idea than an EV, or perhaps even an ICE car considering that most hydrogen is currently produced as a fossil fuel byproduct.

Comment Makes sense (Score 0) 624

It could explain why the idea of hydrogen-powered cars, which offers the best selection of the worst downsides, keeps being brought back out over and over again, if it was a scam. Automakers regularly forget what a terrible idea it was and push for hydrogen, most recently and bizarrely Toyota, which was making major gains in EV technology before they made this baffling decision.

The only situation in which any kind of hydrogen power could make sense is if a fusion reactor were producing excess hydrogen. Even then, it would be worthwhile to use an on-site power plant to turn that hydrogen into electricity to power EVs, just to avoid the nightmare of storing and transporting hydrogen.

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