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Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 238

Nailed it with "or carry cargo". Every week I drive to the supermarket and pick up 20-30 kg of stuff[*]. It pretty well maxes out my Golf trunk. I couldn't possibly lug that stuff even 30 meters, let alone 10 km to take it home. No; sorry; not even with a hopelessly cumbersome cart. I'm 69 and pretty-well busted-down. I'm doing pretty well just to walk through the store and COLLECT the stuff. And no, nobody will deliver it, even if I had two pennies to rub together to pay them with.

You can say I'm not worth society "allowing" me to live at this point; I'll just say I'm self-sufficient as long as I can make that short drive, and the drive to the post office. I use no more than 1/2 gallon of diesel fuel per week.

[*] 3-4 gallons of spring water (I drink a lot of water), other bottled drinks totaling at least a gallon, a pack of 12 Ensures, cans of soup, etc., etc.

Comment Re:I doubt this is correct (Score 1) 285

the battery design was too aggressive for current technology

Battery "design"? The phone company doesn't "design" the battery. They just call up the Ching Chong Very Fine Battery Company and say "we want 10 million LiPoly state of the art batteries x by y by z mm". All the manufacturers call up the same battery company. There's nothing "special" about the batteries any of them use.

That said, you may be right that these batteries are all ticking time bombs. We know that all models of all brands of cell phones (and vapes, and "hover" boards, and ...) have had instances of fire. But it does seem that the Note 7 stood out with a statistically much higher than average incidence. Pretty sure the researchers are on to something with their packed-too-tight theory. But it's not the whole answer. As long as you put bombs inside of every cellphone, some of them are ALWAYS going to find a way to blow up.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 243

You cannot haul loads of people or freight on batteries

Logic and reality means nothing to these officious, ignorant twits. They just pass laws requiring vehicles to get a billion mpg and one part per trillion trillion trillion of "pollution". We'll see what happens when everybody in these hovels starts to die because their food can't even begin to be delivered.

Those who built the industrial revolution would toss their cookies to see their offspring committing mass suicide by throttling themselves to death as their standard of living plummets.

Comment Re:I peruse iffy websites all the time (Score 2) 414

The law specifically requires "habitual" viewing

So do you think that if I spend time learning about Nazism, or Communism, or jihadism, or ... christianity perhaps ... including getting input from their proponents and practitioners, that should make me a criminal? I hereby issue a "fuck you" to those trying to make it so.

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