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Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 137

It's interesting how the Model 3 is already screwing all the other EV manufacturers so badly, even though it isn't out for more than a year (and likely 2019 for general availability in the UK, first year's production is already sold).

Other manufacturers are struggling to catch up. For example, Nissan say they will start offering some kind of auto-pilot soon, but it will be single lane and limited to 30-60 MPH. Pretty useless really, can't operate in start-stop traffic or at motorway speeds. Nissan don't do software upgrades either, so the only way to get the next version due out a year later with two-lane support will be to buy a new car!

Then you have the supercharger network. Chances are Tesla will offer some kind of pay-as-you-go option for people who want to do occasional long trips without spending thousands up-front for lifetime access. Other manufacturers are relying on commercial charging networks, most of which are less than impressive. In the UK, for example, we have the Electric Highway but it's all 50kW chargers (Tesla's are 120+kW) and there are typically only two (!) at most sites. And one is often broken, and you need a stupid mobile app to use them.

The Model 3 is going to offer Ludicrous mode, and the base model is expected to be pretty quick. Most other manufacturers are still hovering around the 10 second 0-60 mark. Tiny little touch screens that never get updated, and small batteries.

People are thinking, do I really want a 3 year deal on a Leaf or i3 when the Model 3 or a used Model S will be available in the next year or two, especially when a used Leaf to tide me over is pretty cheap. Or just go back to ICE for a bit, because why buy a car that will be out of date almost immediately, never get updated and depreciate rapidly?

Comment Re: Criminal (Score 1) 225

Wouldn't work.

The system is designed to provide stability, because unstable governments that can be toppled by trashy tabloid scandals or are sandbagged by and endless barrage of no confidence motions are undesirable and cause people to lose faith in that country's economy.

Mixing it up sounds like fun, but actually direct democracy is vastly over-rated. Look at Brexit. People are fucking idiots. They can't tell obvious fiction from fact, and they ignore overwhelming expert advice despite knowing that they are extremely ignorant and constantly requesting more information because when the information comes it contradicts their established view. They vote based on their won stupid issues that they know next to nothing about, and based on bigotry, fear and xenophobia.

The only solution to this, which is far from perfect, is to adjust your system so that it has to be governed by coalition. Force the asshats to work together. It's moderately successful in parts of Europe, and it's the best system anyone has ever come up with. It's a fine balancing act though, not easy to get right.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 160

Maybe the original data was fine, exported from some other application and then imported into Excel for publication, at which point it was corrupted. CSV files don't have formatting or data type information, for example.

TFA seems to be saying that while the results are valid, Excel is a crappy format to distribute the data in.

Comment Re:All the data means all the data (Score 2) 225

Years of attacks from various security services and law enforcement agencies has made it hard for wikileaks to process these leaks. Attacks on sources of funding, payment processing, communications, anyone who with for/with them...

So now they have to pick between not releasing and dumping everything unedited. There is no good option.

Comment Re:Alarming Battery Costs (Score 3, Interesting) 137

The battery is good for 900,000 miles to 80% capacity remaining. Accelerated testing confirms it, as do drivers with 300k miles or more on their cars. It's basically 2x a typical petrol engine, similar to a diesel.

When it's end of life you can sell it for recycling into other applications like home UPS/solar storage.

Comment Re:Reminds me of a crazy, hot girlfriend (Score 1) 294

Not saying you are wrong, but let's put the same metrics to use on other energy sources: how much economic damage, loss of valuable land, and social ramifications of losing entire cities to sea level rise from the continued emission of burning oil and coal?

I fully agree that would be a disaster. That's why I'm advocating renewables as an alternative.

Comment Re: uranium runs out (Score 1) 294

Fort St. Vrain is a great example of why no-one wants to build reactors like that. There were a lot of expensive problems with a design that produced 330MWe. It's likely that there would be more if the design was scaled up. Decommissioning anything that uses thorium is a bugger too.

In the end, while technically interesting it just isn't a commercially viable proposition. The risks are too high for too little reward, compared to a much safer design based on tested technology.

If you want new nuclear, especially new designs, you have to make the economic case for them. It's more important that the technical aspects of the design, in fact, because no matter how great it is you still have to convince someone to invest billions of dollars and decades of time into the thing.

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