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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Ralph Wiggam Re:What does require those things? (383 comments)

When did this turn into the Fox News comments section?

When most of the smart people left years ago. This site is a retarded ghost of its former self.

3 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Ralph Wiggam Re:Politics (383 comments)

If this were about solving disease problems then the President would give the CDC more funding if they needed it.

Did they change the Constitution last week and give the President the power to budget government money? Why wasn't I told about this?

3 days ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

Ralph Wiggam Re:SlashDot Is Watching You (75 comments)

This isn't what the Internet was designed to be, its not the outpost of freedom we wanted. I am trully disappointed.

The internet was designed to be a way for DARPA contractors to share data without having to mail giant tape spools to each other. "We" didn't get involved until a couple decades later.

about a week ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

Ralph Wiggam Re:Really? (75 comments)

I believe that among this target market there is a belief that any off-the-shelf hardware is going to have NSA back doors in it.

And you can certainly hand make one unit for less than $7500. But setting up mass production of any consumer electronics product, even one based on stock boards, requires one or two orders of magnitude more money than that.

about a week ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

Ralph Wiggam Really? (75 comments)

The guys who said they could create custom hardware for 7,500 bucks were full of shit? I am shocked.

about a week ago
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An Air Traffic Control System For Drones

Ralph Wiggam Re:Top to bottom (77 comments)

having to file a flight path befor the flight and waiting for the government official to give you the green light.

FTsummary- "The system will use what it knows about other drone flights, weather forecasts, and physical obstacles such as radio masts to give the go-ahead."

Where did you get that a "government official" would be involved?

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ralph Wiggam Re:Wonder How Much? (294 comments)

What's the biggest campaign donation you think one of those "fat checks" represents?

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ralph Wiggam Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

You should actually read Citizens United. That's not at all what it says.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ralph Wiggam Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

That decision had absolutely nothing to do with campaign donations or lobbying. Maybe you should read it.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ralph Wiggam Re:Wonder How Much? (294 comments)

And it's wrong a vast majority of the time.

For people that claim to be objective and science-based, people here sure don't seem to have the same rules of evidence for claims they want to be true and claims they don't want to be true.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ralph Wiggam Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

I was saying that "lobbying" and "bribery" have actual definitions as words.

So do you just ignore all facts that conflict with your narrative and make up word definitions as needed?

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ralph Wiggam Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

Look at the existing franchise laws and how they are being used. It's not really a question that bribes are occurring, it's what lobbying is by it's very definition.

No. Lobbying involves talking and bribery involves illegal money.

If it's "not really a question" then you should be able to provide tons of evidence to back up your claims. How about it?

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ralph Wiggam Re:so im sure the pitch for this one was great. (294 comments)

s and futuristic car designs they probably stole from us!!

They pretty clearly copied Aston Martin's exterior design. But Ford only owns a small minority of Aston Martin.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ralph Wiggam Re:Cannot stop progress (294 comments)

Teslas are for the masses.

I'm a big fan of Tesla. But I wouldn't exactly say that their $75k cars are "for the masses". I have a Nissan Leaf, which is less than half that price. It's a great car, but it's certainly no Model S.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ralph Wiggam Re:Wonder How Much? (294 comments)

On Slashdot, bribery and shadowy conspiracies are always the default answer.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ralph Wiggam Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

Do you have any evidence that anyone was bribed in this case?

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Ralph Wiggam Re:Light on details, however... (395 comments)

Also on the logistics side, the amount of power required would be extraordinary even if there were no waste heat. The battery in my electric car is 24 kW-h. 70% of that is 16.8 kW-h. Wouldn't delivering that much power in 5 minutes require a 200,000 Watt hook up? Now imagine an electric "filling station" with 5 or 10 bays that could be used concurrently.

The outlet in my garage is 220V 30A (normally used for electric clothes dryers), and I think that's about as heavy duty as you can get in a normal American home. The battery charger is 6600W, to go along with that outlet.

So even if we had these amazing batteries today, there are still a lot of other problems involved in actually shooting that much energy into them that quickly.

about two weeks ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Ralph Wiggam Re:Not only in Finland. (314 comments)

"Cash" as in bills or "cash" as in a check? Everyone can handle checks, no problem. I'm talking about a stack of $100 bills.

about two weeks ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Ralph Wiggam Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (237 comments)

I always liked the idea of using the excess power during the day to lift water to a lake high up, and running hydro at night to power the datacenter.

The version I like is using excess power to pump air into an enclosed space, natural or artificial. Then at night, release the compressed air to drive a turbine. It seems more flexible than large water works. And in case of massive failure, you just get a loud noise instead of a million gallons of water everywhere. Datacenters and standing water door poorly together.

A different variation is what they're doing at Solar Two in California. It's a "solar thermal" plant, but unlike other thermal plants that heat up water, Solar Two uses a molten salt mixture. The higher temperatures involved allow the plant to continue producing electricity for up to 3 hours after the sun sets. By the late evening, demand drops off and base load plants can handle it. This technology dovetails nicely with nuclear power.

about two weeks ago

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