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Comment And trucks (Score 3, Insightful) 231

Actually, the bizarre thing is many firms manufacture more efficient and less polluting planes, trains, and vehicles, including trucks.

End the tax exemptions for business use of fossil fuels: as fuel, in depreciation for vehicles, in deductions for business miles travelled in fossil fuel vehicles of any type.

The Invisible Hand of Capitalism will then crush fossil fuels, which are massively subsidized, and eat up large segment of national and state and county and municipal budgets.

This includes any lanes for fossil fuel vehicle usage, by passenger mile traveled.

Capitalism cares nothing about fossil fuels. It will crush these buggy whip manufacturers and kerosene users like it did before, if you give it the proper signals.

Comment Patch, Backup, Rotate (Score 2) 183

Just realize half of all penetrations are as a result of social engineering or tokens that get passed out beyond your control.

Patch: keep your servers and workstations and laptops and mobile devices patched to the latest fix. Realize the latter two have a high chance of not being, due to their nature.

Backup: keep both daily and periodic backups. Have periodic full backups offsite. Always assume people will corrupt and mess with your key files. Keep offline offsite versions of those.

Rotate: don't always do the exact same thing. If someone hacks one machine in one place, you may notice differences if you switch it up a bit.

trust: never ever ever trust senior execs.

validate: never ever ever trust senior execs. they will give away access always.

confirm: never ever ever ever trust senior execs. they will order people to let the bad guys get access to your key data always.

(i'm starting to sense a pattern here)

Comment Re:Wot? (Score 2) 79

We do have solar PV film being developed here at the UW, but we only have it running around 8-10 percent efficiency and we need to scale up the process so the costs are closer to traditional solar panels. They do have the advantage you mention of continuing to work even after you drive nails through them, or sustaining minor storm damage. With traditional PV solar roof panels, damage to a panel drops output dramatically, leading to replacement.

Comment Re:Wot? Aussie PV water cooled panels (Score 1) 79

I want combination PV-thermal panels; photovoltaic on the top surface, water channels underneath to keep the panels cool (and thus more efficient) and preheat household water, possibly even a substantial hot-water cistern for full-home heating in the cooler months or overnight. They're available in Australia, but I haven't seen them in the US.

Until recently, most of the US didn't get to 50 C in temps for weeks on end. It's likely that the SouthWest might be prime for this, but the South is still resistent to non fossil fuel solutions, out of a misguided sense of "loyalty".

Probably by 2020?

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