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Comment Re:Anti-Tesla Rhetoric! (Score 2) 466

What I find most annoying about all this is less the could of smug, and more the fact that household electricity use is such a small slice of the pie of overall US energy use. From wind power to this DC nonsense, it's obsessing on feelgood measures of little importance to the big picture.

This biggest slice of the pie is industrial energy use where electricity isn't part of the picture: "Primary energy use" by heavy industry for blast furnaces and the like. Industrial electricity use is the next biggest slice, followed by IIRC industrial transportation.

False, residential accounts for 22 % of energy use in USA. In fact, buildings in general (commercial + residential) take up the largest slice of the pie.

Comment Re:Here's what holds ME back. (Score 3, Insightful) 530

It can be cheaper to go green. Drop down to 1 car if possible (try to bike or walk instead). Buy clothes from the thrift store etc. Switch to mostly vegetarian diet (maybe not cheaper now, but meat prices are skyrocketing so it will likely get there soon). Run your AC/heat less. Buy a used car (it may get less mpg but I imagine the emissons saved from not having to manufacture/transport a brand new car would make it worth it) In general, buying/consuming less is greener, and obviously cheaper. I bet it has a much higher impact than buying organic/fair trade shit, or prius's

Submission + - Big data will keep driverless cars off roads until 2040, analyst says (

colinneagle writes: IDC's program manager for product lifecycle strategies Sheila Brennan is leading a new effort in the research firm to gauge the potential time to market for autonomous vehicles. Brennan says Ford and Google are both accurate in their prediction that driverless cars will be street-ready within the next few years, but not with their expectations for them to reach mainstream markets by 2025. She sees too many barriers, and says adoption will more likely reach the mainstream around 2040. Privacy, cybersecurity and safety are the first concerns that come to mind when autonomous cars are discussed. But another problem with just as much of an impact lurks around the corner, and leaves plenty of questions to be answered.

"It's extremely valuable data," Brennan says. "I can't argue that point. That data will be worth a lot, and it's still not clear, again, how the consumer will play out."

It's still unclear who will own the data generated by autonomous cars, and given how valuable the data will be to auto manufacturers, insurance companies, and third-party advertisers, it is likely to be a competitive data grab when the technology is ready. Some manufacturers are already asking drivers to sign waivers granting them permission to use their data. Will consumers oblige, or will it cause a privacy-minded backlash against manufacturers?

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