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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

BravoZuluM Re: Only 30 Grand? (426 comments)

My dad bought a 2001 Prius. Everyone told him the batteries would die with in 8 years. Nope, 2013 and it runs like the day he bought it.

about three weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

BravoZuluM Re:Only 30 Grand? (426 comments)

The TDI will consume two time the energy to transit A to B then a Volt. That is why electric cars have an MPGe rating. For $1.60 worth of electricity, I can travel ~44 miles. This depends on temperature as it ranges from 38 to 50 miles per charge. How far can a TDI go on $1.60 worth of diesel? Does this clear if up for you?

about three weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

BravoZuluM Re:Only 30 Grand? (426 comments)

In my case, 100% solar at home and at work. But, if I didn't, it would cost $1.60 to drive 40 miles. Gas is getting close to $1.60 a gallon, but then the car would have to get 40 mpg.

about three weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

BravoZuluM Re:Only 30 Grand? (426 comments)

I'm glad I don't have your paycheck.

about three weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

BravoZuluM Re:Double nope (426 comments)

I drive a Volt. You've probably seen the back side of it if you drive around San Diego. Yep, it's very zippy in the 0 to 50 mph range. It is pretty rare that the engine drives the wheels. I have had it for 2 1/2 years and have 50k miles on it. The finish, interior and performance are the same as the day I bought it. GM did an outstanding job on this vehicle. The maintenance costs are extremely low. I've changed the oil twice and not because the car was telling me to. I just got uncomfortable not changing the oil. The brake pads are at 99%. They rarely get used. After driving around, you can touch the brake pads and they will still be cold. The engine in the Volt is really more like a generator. Nothing too complicated about that. The only problem this car has is the ignorant who put forth a worthless opinion that others then parrot as fact. I'd buy another Volt in a heart beat. Oh wait, I did, for my wife. It drives as well as mine does.

about three weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

BravoZuluM Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

I'd love to let them have the run of things for a while, except they insist on flying planes into our buildings and beheading children. No, I think the only option is to go in and kill every last one of them, like the vermin infestation that they are.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

BravoZuluM Re:Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans... (784 comments)

When I was a kid, early 1970's our government was making plans to cover the ice caps with soot to help alleviate the coming ice age. We are after all, at the end of an inter-glacial warming period. Unfortunately, carbon dioxide constitutes 0.04% of our atmosphere. IF there is a CO2 warming link, we'd have to get the CO2 up to 4% of the atmosphere to stave off the next ice age.

google "Next Ice Age". Man typically does better in a warm climate than a cold climate. Women look better in bikinis than parkas. Choose wisely.

about 8 months ago
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Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

BravoZuluM Humans have the attention span of a gnat. (379 comments)

Wildfires have been with us for a long time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Some of the largest occurred in the 1800's when we didn't have the means to fight them. But politicians today want more money so they claim the fires are getting worse. Funny, I remember a few California wildfires in the 70s that were much worse than the San Diego fires we just had. Santa Ana winds are just something that Southern California locals have been dealing with for a VERY long time. The problem for San Diego is the arsonists. Three of them were just arrested. Another problem is aging transformers. We have had a number of the explode here recently and they typically start fires. The secondary transformer across for my mother's house is seriously rusted and it's only a matter of time. California's biggest threats is state insolvency and our power infrastructure. Sacramento would rather spend it on the booty train, impose fire fees and raise taxes.

about 8 months ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

BravoZuluM Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

Except that it isn't a few hundred $ a month. I went online to discover what it would cost me to replace my current employer's plan with an "equivalent" Covered CA plan, The cost was almost $19k a year or $1500 a month. My company sends a yearly statement regarding the value of my benefits. They priced it at $18k. The year before, it was 11k. BTW, my very large company had been conducting clandestine layoffs at the highest levels. I'm pretty sure they can thank Obamacare for that gift.

about a year ago
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Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

BravoZuluM Re:Google's Aura (240 comments)

The incompetent lawyers hire the additional incompetent lawyers. It was hell just getting our lawyers to understand that ftping source over the network through open source routers and servers did not make the transmitted code open source. The name LGPL needs to be changed so that the letters "GPL" does not appear in the acronym. Our lawyers screech, "GPL! GPL!" "Uh no, it's LGPL" "But it's GPL!" Our lawyers are fine with the BSD license so maybe we can call it the LBSD license. :-)

Our lawyers, quashing innovation one bad decision at a time.

about a year ago
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More Bitcoin Exchanges Forced Out of Sync After Massive DDoS Attack

BravoZuluM Government(s) intervention? (135 comments)

Some of the best hackers work for governments. This may be an attempt to destroy digital currency so that people are forced to contend with the historical money makers.

about a year ago
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Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

BravoZuluM Re:GTK+ is standalone (282 comments)

How is this insightful? GTK guys modding this up? FUD. Qt is not written in some weird dialect. Where'd you pull that factoid from? I compile QT all over the place, Windows, Mac, LInux and embedded Linux using the VS C++ compile or gcc. On each of those platforms, it works VERY well. It's cross platform; more so than any other framework/language I've worked with. Qt apps look like Windows apps on Windows, Mac apps on Mac, Linux apps on Linux (if there really is such a thing)

1 year,15 days
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

BravoZuluM Get tested to see if you have gluten sensitivity (384 comments)

If I consume gluten or wheat products in general, I develop foggy mind. No gluten, my mind becomes clear as a bell. What you are describing is a classic symptom of gluten sensitivity. A doctor can test you easily for this.

1 year,17 days
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Cadillac Unveils Pricier Alternative To Tesla Model S

BravoZuluM Re: $5000 gets you... (196 comments)

There is NO fixed RPM engine that can convert the energy from gasoline to electricity more effectively than just driving a gas engine. The electricity from the Volt must come from from the grid, or in my case, solar panels to be cost effective. There is a conversion loss of ~30% when the electricity is sent to the wheels and then another 30% when you re-gen. The Volt gets ~36 mpg if you feed it gas alone. That's not a bad number but you can do better with other fuel cars, like a Volkswagen Jetta.

I own two Volts. I have two charging stations at home. My driving situation is that I get about ~40 miles per charge. Several times, I have gotten 60 miles out of a charge that was situational. Mechanically, the Volt seems to be very sound. With the exception of the center console electronics, everything is top notch.

An earlier poster compared the new Cadillac to an old Cimarron, My Volt, from 0-50 will smoke 95% of the vehicles out there. Electric motors don't have a torque curve, they have a torque line from 0 RPMs to 15000 RPMs in the Volt's case. I don't know this to be the case, but if they upped the battery bank, the Cadillac could have even faster take off than the Volt.

At work, we have chargers, again driven by renewable energy. My Volt was backed into the spot and right next to is, was a Tesla Model S. The front ends are remarkably similar. The back end of the Volt is nice. I find my Volt visually appealing with the exception of the black plastic body trim. But it is acceptable

The point is that electric cars can work, but you have to be in a position to make use of it.

about a year ago
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Red Cross Wants Consequences For Video-Game Mayhem

BravoZuluM Then it should be applied across board... (288 comments)

Films should at all times should add scenes which show the consequences of those serious violations. Songs should at all times have a chorus that show the consequences of those serious violations. Books same thing. Of course, the media will get quickly boring when they are forced to follow a recipe.
 
I think that system has been tried...in socialist and communist countries. It seems that people are voting with their money. Games like GTA are fulfilling a need, or it would not sell.

about a year ago
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Undiscovered Country of HFT: FPGA JIT Ethernet Packet Assembly

BravoZuluM Re:Your Start Trek reference (452 comments)

Sure it does. Just like the torpedo, this board will single-handedly cause a market explosion by with all of the other trading platforms can target. It will be glorious.

about a year ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

BravoZuluM Re:jerk (1440 comments)

Actually there is a concept of spirit of law and then another called the letter of the law. This is taught at the CHP academy. The spirit of the law is to stop people from texting while driving, i.e. they are moving; to keep them from hurting themselves or others. If you are at a stop light, there is no danger that you are going to hit someone. Also, the GPS ticket is splitting a very fine hair.
 
Cops who can't think follow the letter of the law. The letter of the law means they don't have to make any moral decisions. They are just following orders. These type of cops are not desirable. You want officers who follow the spirit of the law. Cops who see you speeding and have you dead to rights; they wag their finger at you to slow down, but don't pull you over because you were not a danger to yourself or others. They are the sort of people who follow a moral compass and understand the need for discretion.

about a year ago
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Can GM Challenge Tesla With a Long-Range Electric Car?

BravoZuluM Re:They're just attempting to stay relevant (466 comments)

I own two Volts. I bought mine a year ago in September. My wife liked mine so much, she bought one three weeks later. We both love the cars. I get 40-50 miles per charge. At home, my solar system charges the cars. I charge at work for free. The interior is adequate. I have usually drive 70 mph on the freeway, all electric.

From 0-50, there isn't much on the road faster than the car. There are a lot of sport cars that get surprised pretty fast that the Volt is a rocket and a tremendous amount of fun to drive. The handling going up the mountains to where I live is excellent. It sticks to the corners like a mountain goat.

My only nit with the car is the radio. iPhone integration is buggy. The main display never hangs, but the entertainment display will hang from time to time. Not critical but would expect better from a polished product.

My gas savings has been tremendous. I have quite a long commute. On a short day, it is over 100 miles. Last year, I filled up 6 times, each time, a max of 9 gallons. My current MPG rating on the car over 330 mpg.

It is a great car. The main antagonists of the Volt have ulterior motives for their rantings. The primary one was a GM fund manager who got handed his shorts for lunch and has been whining ever since that it was the Volt that cost him.

My previous car was a Yukon XL. I don't give a rats ass about being green. I only have solar and the car because they make sense.

about a year ago

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