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Comment Re:Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 1) 242

I tried using iOS after years on Windows Phone. Frankly, I thought it felt antique. The main UI hasn't been updated substantially since... ever, minus the new theme which IMO is ugly. Having to navigate to and open apps all of the time to get at my most used information felt clunky, but it's one of those features where you don't know what you're missing until you've had it. IMO, Apple's lost its edge. I'm not by any means saying that WP is perfect. It's actually kind of funny watching Microsoft make all of the same kinds of bad decisions that IBM made with OS/2 20 years ago as far as marketing is concerned. Not paying a small fee to Verizon to get the 950 and the 950XL on to the largest carrier in the US was just stupid on their part.

Comment And? (Score 1) 317

Do vegetarians seriously think that everybody is suddenly going to abandon eating meat when a fake meat alternative is created? In the West, we happen to live in a place where food is plentiful enough that vegetarians have the luxury of being vegetarians.

Comment I do this now... (Score 1) 146

Here are the tricks of the trade I've found:

1) Take time to pick your location carefully. If you're going to a developed campsite, don't show up on Friday or Saturday. Your options will be limited. Understand that reception make suck at the site at ground level, but just by hoisting a cell phone 10 feet, you'll get good reception. Have a bluetooth ear piece to help facilitate this.

2) Pick your laptops *carefully*. I use an Asus T100 for backpacking because has a long battery life and it charges off of standard USB and is relatively lightweight. When developed camping, I use an Asus UX-305.

3) Solar backpacking equipment is more or less useless, as is the reactor hydrogen fuel cell. The solar cells are too small to produce a meaningful voltage. Your best bet is to bring charged batteries.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 904

> EVs are nicer to drive

On what basis do you make the claim that they are "nicer to drive?" I'll put a BMW M3 -- or if you prefer a soft ride a Rolls Royce -- up against a Nissan Leaf any day. Ride quality and handling are subjective parameters and these 'feel' parameters are based on the configuration of the suspension, wheels, brakes, etc. not the technology causing propulsion. Additionally, because you have a transmission, you can get less wheel spin in the winter in a conventional car by selecting an appropriate gear when you get stuck.

> cleaner (in all senses)

Done properly, biofuels can be carbon negative rather than carbon neutral. Boeing has found a plant that easily releases its sugars and grows in deserts watered with salt water. The end result is that land that is currently not arable such as the Sahara and the Arabian Peninsula can be utilized to grow these crops.

> and you can make it's fuel yourself at home

I can make E100 ethanol or biodiesel at home if I was so inclined, it's just easier to go to go to a gas station.

Remember that electric cars are an old technology and one we ditched years ago because it simply wasn't that good. Even today it still has the same exact problems it had back then.

Comment More Ugly? (Score 2) 147

While he's a brilliant industrial designer, he doesn't know crap about UI design and the UI's he's produced more than show it. I've used OS X since 10.0. I used Next in the 90's. I used classic Apple. I've been in the Apple camp for decades. I frankly can't stand to look at them, so the new UIs have chased me off of the platform.

Comment Repeat Experiments (Score 1) 770

> the more I read literature from other, somewhat-related fields... [such as] psychology ... the more I felt they have little opportunity to repeat experiments

As somebody who is writing a paper entitled "A Generalized Theory on Abnormal Psychology", I assure you that Psychology is about to gain the ability to repeat experiments.

Comment Re:Range anxiety isn't really rational (Score 1) 357

In the last ten days I've seen two articles which, IMO, spell the inevitable death of the electric car's resurgence. The first talked about a new process that breaks down normal plant cellulose into sugar, meaning that the entire corn crop can be converted into ethanol rather than just the second and the second talks about a huge breakthrough by Boeing. I can't find the link to the first, but here's the second:

The Boeing breakthrough basically means we can turn the Sahara Desert into a giant farm to grow ethanol crops. And unlike with conventional fuels or even electric, you can build inefficiencies into the system to absorb more CO2 than you expel back into the atmosphere. Better put, you can have carbon negative fuels.

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