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Comment Re:Installation cost? (Score 1) 191

Well, there's a reason they're doing this kind of trial/test run on this island. Of course it won't immediately be at maximum efficiency, but that's why things like this are done. To learn how to do it better in the future.

Give Tesla a few years of practice at these sorts of deployments, allow for greater economies of scale, and the costs will go down dramatically.

What you're saying is essentially akin to claiming passenger air traffic is impossible, based upon the results at kitty hawk.

Comment Re:do we want smog like china? (Score 1) 111

It's a trade off you see; as a renowned amateur sociologist/economist i'd wager that 90% of the social issues in the US are directly attributable to outsourcing industry.

You take away the low-skill manufacturing jobs that are/were the bedrock of a modern economy, and you're left with scads of really poor, desperate people with nothing to lose.

Look at the economic success stories of the 20th century.. China, Brazil, South Korea, hell even Poland to an extent -- they DID NOT improve their economic standing with that attitude. they build stuff in their country. they export stuff.

Comment Re:Hoping (Score 1) 269

as a dude who grew up with an NES, and having a 2.5 year old kid -- i know what console i'll be getting in a year or so.
(hint: it's the switch, or a used WII U)

Partly the nostalgia, but truthfully, i'm more interested in fun games I can play with the kiddo than ultra realistic graphics (that's what my PC is for.)

I suspect there's a metric ton of 30 something year olds in a similar boat, with similar histories. Nintendo will have that as a market for years to come.

Comment Re:Microsoft... (Score 1) 292

really? i have a 2014 fusion with myford touch, and an iphone 5s. it works pretty much flawlessly every single time (referring to spotify playing and the steering wheel controls changing tracks/pausing etc.)

(interestingly enough it did NOT work nearly as well when i had a windows phone)

Comment Re:Is the implication that fresh water is bad? (Score 1) 159

i guess. the only real answer here is "tough shit". human beings have been pretty good at figuring out how to survive in a very wide array of environments. whatever harm we're doing to the environment, we'll figure out a way to get through, just like other forms of life on the planet will adapt as well.

cajoling anyone, anywhere, at anytime to reduce consumption (aka standard of living) is a non-starter. it's a pipe dream that green-leaning lefties try to impose on the rest of us. The right answer is to innovate ways to make things more efficient and behaving in a 'green' way, more economic, rather than less.

You will never, ever be able to sell the idea to the ~3b people living in the developing world to not follow the trajectory of the west. it simply will not happen. But by all means, eat your tofu, drive your prius and give yourself a pat on the back for making a difference.

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