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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

blueturffan Re:Gull Wing Doors? (247 comments)

Nope - those are "Falcon-wing" doors on the Model X. Look it up on Tesla's website and I think you'll find that someone parking too close shouldn't be a problem.

These are not your gull-wing doors of the 80's, and yes we have learned.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

blueturffan Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

The only real vote is the dollar. I stopped spending money at Chic Fil'A because they spent millions on corporate bigotry. Now I'll stop going to Hobby Lobby because of their corporate misogyny.

That is absolutely your right to do. You should vote with your dollars as you see fit. Likewise, those that agree with Chic-fil-A or Hobby Lobby should be free vote with their dollars as well.

However, based on the language of your post I doubt you would look favorably on those that choose to do business with these companies.

about 2 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

blueturffan Re:What a punishment (270 comments)

If I had a dime for every dime I have...

about 3 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

blueturffan Re:What a punishment (270 comments)

No, it sends the message that it's very profitable to own a professional sports franchise.

about 3 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

blueturffan Re:What about sidewalks and driveway? (193 comments)

That is exactly what their plan is. Start with sidewalks and parking lots to learn and work all the kinks out of the system before moving on to roadways.

about 3 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

blueturffan Re:Goodluck (193 comments)

They were tested in the middle of a northern Idaho winter, and tests showed the snow being removed from the panels so effectively that the glass was dry.

about 3 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

blueturffan Re:Nobody thought of things like maintenance? (193 comments)

From the FAQ:

How will you replace damaged panels in a highway?

Since our system is modular, repair will be much quicker and easier than our current maintenance system for asphalt roads. We've learned that in the U.S., over $160 billion is lost each year in lost productivity from people sitting in traffic due to road maintenance.

Each of the panels contain their own microprocessor, which communicates wireless with surrounding panels. If one of them should become damaged and stop communicating, then the rest of the panels can report the problem. For instance, "I-95 mile marker 114.3 northbound lane, third panel in, panel number A013C419 not responding".

Each panel assembly weighs 110-pounds. A single operator could load a good panel into his/her truck and respond to the scene. The panel could be swapped out and reprogrammed in a few minutes. The damaged panel would then be returned to a repair center. Think of how this compares to pot hole repair!

about 3 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

blueturffan Re:Road hazard much? (193 comments)

From the FAQ:

What are you going to do about traction? What's going to happen to the surface of the Solar Roadways when it rains?

Everyone naturally pictures sliding out of control on a smooth piece of wet glass! Actually, one of our many technical specs is that it be textured to the point that it provides at least the traction that current asphalt roads offer - even in the rain. We hesitate to even call it glass, as it is far from a traditional window pane, but glass is what it is, so glass is what we must call it.

We sent samples of textured glass to a university civil engineering lab for traction testing. We started off being able to stop a car going 40 mph on a wet surface in the required distance. We designed a more and more aggressive surface pattern until we got a call form the lab one day: we'd torn the boot off of the British Pendulum Testing apparatus! We backed off a little and ended up with a texture that can stop a vehicle going 80 mph in the required distance.

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

blueturffan Tesla still wins (258 comments)

This BMW is ugly as sin and only has half the range.

No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame

about 4 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

blueturffan Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Deny, deflect, belittle and attack. Right out of the "Rules for Radicals" playbook.

You're a good little Alinskyite, aren't you?

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

blueturffan Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

So you don't have an opinion, but you think that only right-wing groups protest and boycott to get people fired?

You may want to check out all the protests/petitions on moveon.org -- hardly a right wing organization. Think of all the groups boycotting Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, etc. Do you suppose those are "right wing groups" doing that??

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

blueturffan Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

its wrong to deny people basic rights based entirely on religion

Like denying someone the right to remain in a job based on their religious beliefs?

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

blueturffan Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

its not wrong to be intolerant of intolerance.

Thank you for saying this. I've been turning the other cheek for far too long. I'm tired of being tolerant of those that are intolerant of my deeply-held religious convictions. I'm out for retribution now. There will be BLOODSHED TONIGHT!

I feel happy that people have pushed such a backward thinking person out of a position of high power. good for mankind! yay! there's still some hope for us, yet.

Oh...I see, your whole "intolerant of intolerance" only applies to those you happen to agree with. Bummer.

about 5 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

blueturffan Re:Maybe you can hitchike to space, yankee (291 comments)

4 people have died in 2 separate Soyuz accidents.

There have been other non-fatal incidents in Soyuz. Here's just one such example:

April 19: Soyuz TMA-11 suffered a reentry mishap similar to that suffered by Soyuz 5 in 1969. The service module failed to completely separate from the reentry vehicle and caused it to face the wrong way during the early portion of aerobraking. As with Soyuz 5, the service module eventually separated and the reentry vehicle completed a rough but survivable landing. Following the Russian news agency Interfax's report, this was widely reported as life-threatening while NASA urged caution pending an investigation of the vehicle. South Korean astronaut Yi So-Yeon was hospitalized after her return to South Korea due to injuries caused by the rough return voyage in the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft. The South Korean Science Ministry said that the astronaut had a minor injury to her neck muscles and had bruised her spinal column

  I'd say SpaceX with 0 fatalities is looking pretty good by comparison.

about 5 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

blueturffan Re:How else is NASA going to get there otherwise? (291 comments)

SpaceX is not too far from manned launches.

I believe the most optimistic schedule has a manned launch sometime mid-2015. I'd guess early 2016 as the soonest we'll see a manned SpaceX launch.

Of course, if NASA had gone ahead with Orion and Jupiter-Direct, the US would have manned space flight capabilities by now.

It would be great to have an Orion capsule ready to launch on a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket. Unfortunately the rest of the Constellation program was so horribly over budget and behind schedule that it needed to be shut down.

about 5 months ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

blueturffan Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (152 comments)

Congress doesn't pass ideas, they pass laws. And we expect them to be faithfully executed.

about 6 months ago
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SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There

blueturffan Re:Groovy ... (236 comments)

Groovy ... but before I care, SpaceX needs to first have humans in space.

Then I'll give a quid about their plans for space travel.

I mean, if they haven't done a manned space flight to outside the atmosphere, it is far-fetched to be running before you can walk or even stand.

The end.

When Kennedy made his famous "We choose to go to the moon" speech, the USA had exactly 1 successful manned spaceflight - that being Alan Shepard's 15-minute suborbital hop. SpaceX has multiple successful launches, and are working on a manned version of their Dragon spacecraft.

What Musk is doing is pointing to a finish line that will take many years to accomplish. There will likely be setbacks along the way, but like Kennedy he's setting a grand vision -- hopefully I'll see that vision realized in my lifetime.

about 6 months ago
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Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

blueturffan Re:"Giga" factory.... where? (236 comments)

Why even post something like that? Is uninformed cynicism what passes for a constructive comment these days?

The location of the gigafactory has not yet been announced, but Musk said it would include lots of solar and wind to power it, leading many analysts to assume somewhere in the southwest U.S., such as New Mexico.....

---The Motley Fool

It's completely irresponsible and foolish to speculate that the gigafactory will be built in New Mexico. The obvious location would be in Watts.

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

blueturffan Re: Super gender queer (462 comments)

That's another Christian ideal from after they cooped the business of marriage but before they shoved their moral code down people's throats. Mormonism is Christianity with its own moral twists and turns.

I can't believe I'm replying to this, but here goes... Mormons, or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, do not practice polygamy and have not done so for well over a century.

If you're looking for an example of a well-known religion that practices polygamy, you might want to use Islam as Muslim men are permitted to have up to four wives.

about 7 months ago

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