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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

ChrisMaple Re:Can I go anywhere useful yet? (120 comments)

Propane tanks of a given size always deliver the same amount of propane. Batteries, not so. So I should drive in with my new EV, swap out the battery for one near its end of life that only delivers half as much charge and whose internal resistance has tripled? No thanks.

3 days ago
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The debate over climate change is..

ChrisMaple Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

The Democrat party has been the party of slavery and racism since its founding circa 1828, and in the last 100 years has become the party of power, big government, and crushing individuals. Any policy of the Democrat party is calculated to increase its power, especially populistic ecology policy.

The Republican party is about evenly split between "We wanna be Democrats too" and freedom-lovers, with the former currently having the most power.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

ChrisMaple Re: n/t (278 comments)

Do you understand that AGW stands for anthropogenic global warming? Do you understand that saying " it is largely because of people. " looks really silly?

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

ChrisMaple Re: 666 (753 comments)

Gold also fluctuates, just nowhere near as much. Particularly in the long term: you won't see gold drop to 2% of its value a century ago, as the US dollar has.

about two weeks ago
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IBM To Invest $3 Billion For Semiconductor Research

ChrisMaple Re:Not possible (68 comments)

The field effect transistor was invented in the 1920s. Point-contact transistors date from 1947, and conventional junction transistors from the 1950s.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

ChrisMaple Who buys insurance? (353 comments)

There are only two types of people who freely buy insurance: cowards and those who think they can fool the insurance company into paying more than the premiums cost.

Both groups are immoral.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

ChrisMaple Re:real vs pretend (353 comments)

democracy.

That word does not mean what you think it means.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

ChrisMaple Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

Sure, let yourself be tracked. And when you're arrested because your favorite bookstore is between a drug smuggler and an Islamic bomber's home, don't act surprised.

about three weeks ago
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How the NEPTUNE Project Wired the Ocean

ChrisMaple Re:Woo! (46 comments)

The standard anonymous sex is male. Using "she" when the subject is not known to be female is confusing and is not proper English. It exposes your conscious bias.

Furthermore, the author of TFA is Matthew Braga, a male name.

about three weeks ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

ChrisMaple Re:Video is fake (200 comments)

The video was obviously edited. Bad or boring parts didn't make it to the final cut.

about three weeks ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

ChrisMaple Re:Cool video (200 comments)

Fireworks are quite bright. I've photographed plenty with 100 ISO film.

about three weeks ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

ChrisMaple Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (200 comments)

The Charles River is over 1500 feet wide near MIT. If a firework were aimed at the shore, there's a good chance it wouldn't make it.

about three weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

ChrisMaple Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

Humans aren't motivated by logic.

Of course not. Logic, by its very nature, cannot be a motivator.

Instead, they use logic as a tool to satisfy their emotional needs.

That's understating the use of logic.

No tool suits every problem.

Logic adds value to the understanding of all problems.
The gist of the sum of your statements subtly undercuts the value of the human mind. What is your motivation?

about three weeks ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

ChrisMaple Re:CFL (196 comments)

Old CFLs (Lights of America) were separate ballast, and the ballast was good enough (if you were lucky) to last through 4 bulbs. They lost in the marketplace because of higher initial cost, and the difficulty in finding replacement bulbs was another disadvantage.

With LEDs, the LEDs and their heatsinks are the expensive part and the part most likely to fail. Separation of ballast from LEDs does not make economic sense.

about a month ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

ChrisMaple Re:Oddball (196 comments)

Incandescents don't like shock or vibration, especially when they're turned on.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

ChrisMaple Incompetent Lamer (1330 comments)

The "closely held" test is pretty meaningless, since the majority of U.S. corporations are closely held.

It's more important to look at how many people are affected. According to https://www.census.gov/econ/smallbus.html more than half of the employees in the US are employed by companies with more than 500 employees, which excludes almost all "closely held" corporations.

Sure, there are a lot of "closely held" companies, but most of them are pikers.

about a month ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

ChrisMaple Re:wealthy funders can't be eliminated that way (148 comments)

who said anything about revoking the First Amendment?

A large group of Democrats in the United States Senate are currently working on repealing the First Amendment and replacing it with something weaker and less explicit.

It has long been thought that the political right is the major force behind censorship, a notion reinforced by the attempts, some successful, to prohibit anti-religious and grossly sexual material. Prohibition of political communication is increasingly the realm of the political left, and it is far more dangerous.

about a month ago

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