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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

haruchai Re:IMHO... someday they'll have a 100mi range mode (108 comments)

I can't see Tesla making the Gen3 only with a 100 mile range at $35k in 2017 or later - they'll be behind the curve. The Leaf, i3, Spark EV, etc are all in that ballpark right now and will have more range at lower cost by the time the Gen3 is ready.

6 hours ago
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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

haruchai Bet the MPAA takes notice of this (2 comments)

Dear Hackers, how would you like to work for a cutting-edge organization with global reach, an exciting product line and competitive benefits with very flexible work-from-home policies?

Signed, the MP.^h^h^h^the-boobs-in-3D-spaceships-and-rayguns-fantasy-makers-of-America

yesterday
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

"No, funny guy, that's not, how it works. You put forth an argument, you put forth supporting citations. If you don't, the argument is baseless"

I don't think Slashdot qualifies as "peer-reviewed" even if there's always someone willing to disagree. And long experience shows that providing citations off the bat doesn't mean that they'll be read. If the other person is unfamiliar to me and won't even try to look for what I'm referencing, that has been a very reliable indicator of what I can expect in 15+ yrs of browsing /. It's not like you have to run out in a hurricane to the local library.

So bye, bye and happy holidays.

4 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:A Bridge Fuel... (390 comments)

Have a look at the link below. Here's a teaser - Methane levels downwind peaked at the stunningly high level of 2080 parts per billion!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/...

4 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

Try not to be so lazy but in the spirit of the holiday season, here's one for free: http://www.insurancebusinesson...

"Shield his corporation........" - you should do stand up, funny guy.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

There are more than just scientists, partisans & deniers. I certainly can't claim to be a scientist but neither are nearly all of the most vehement deniers.
I've spent 20 years listening to the actual scientists on BOTH sides and have decided who to trust.
At some point, every rational person has to decide which side of the fence to come down on or forever have the post stuck up his ass.

It doesn't require every last uncertainty to be resolved with perfect accuracy and every measure I've personally taken to lower my carbon footprint has saved me money.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

We need more permanent temperature monitoring stations, in the oceans & the poles, as much or more than we need better models.

If we can't accurately measure the real world changes, we won't know for certain how good or bad the models are.

The much-ballyhooed "pause / hiatus / slowdown" gave deniers something to crow about - so much so that none stopped to think why the melt rate of Arctic sea ice, Greenland, Antarctic ice shelves and the vast majority of the planets glaciers sped up enormously.
I would have thought that at least a few of them are aware of just how much heat is needed to melt ice - it's a LOT.

Better coverage of those regions would have exposed the illusion of the "slowdown".

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

That number is a lot closer to 1 than to zero.
Imperfect models aren't useless and I'd rather they hit a bit high than low when there are still forcings & feedbacks of uncertain magnitude.
By definition, all models are imperfect.

Given what he had to work with in the '80s , it's a wonder he got anywhere near the results he did.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

See below for one analysis of Hansen's predictions vs real-world observations. The main issue is that the value he used for climate sensitivity was on the high side; adjusting that value downwards and making no other changes gives a pretty good agreement with observations.

http://www.skepticalscience.co...

There are other comparisons but this is the most layman-friendly yet thorough I've yet found.
Keep in mind that the polar regions, especially the Arctic, have been warming the quickest (one of Hansen's longstanding predictions) but are not well-represented in any dataset, especially the HadCRUT ones which is what your linked paper is using for their reconstructions, although HadCRUT4 is significantly better in this regard than HadCRUT3.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

"depend heavily on one's belief in global warming" - when re-insurers are worried, the general public should sit up and pay attention.
If you think, global warming is a belief system, ask yourself when & why Rex Tillerson, CEO of oil giant ExxonMobil got religion.
He's firmly on the side of those who think that we can adapt or geoengineer out of the worst of it but that's a long way from the "belief" that's it's all some commie hoax.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

Go ahead and add those up, too. We are speaking of true costs, after all.
But you'll have to give up your computer & smartphone or accept ones that are much larger, slower, with crappier screens and lower capacity if you choose to live without the lanthanides.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

Reiss got it wrong in the interview but what was actually asked of & answered by Hansen is recorded in two of his books, one of which is The Coming Storm, 2001.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:A Bridge Fuel... (390 comments)

A flaw in that reasoning is that bad drilling practices cause a significant release of methane into the atmosphere which has a much higher warming effect in the near term than CO2.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

By "true costs", he means the cost of the environmental impact and total externalities.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

The info from that article is wrong as the interviewed author later admitted.
Hansen's prediction was based on a worst-case scenario of CO2 doubling by 2030 but his paper from that year or previous one said that a doubling by 2060 (Scenario B) was more likely.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

The Salon article was wrong - see my reply to OP.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

haruchai Re:"Could", (390 comments)

The Salon article is wrong although the fault may be that of the interviewee. Bob Reiss asked Hansen what the view from his office would look like if his worst-case scenario from the paper he'd published not long before the interview were to come to pass.
That would have been the Scenario A from the 1988 "Global Climate Change as Forecast by GISS 3D Model" - http://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/docs...

That scenario as described in the paper, assumes a CO2 doubling by 2030 but states that Scenario B's assumption of said doubling by 2060 is more likely.

Reiss details the conversation in a couple of his books but only named 2001's The Coming Storm when he corrected what he'd told to Salon, who never updated the online article.
Either way, there's still quite some time before Hansen's prediction can be definitively shown to have been wrong

about a week ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

haruchai Re:Externality--tax it! (176 comments)

Then those who are below the poverty line or some other income threshold can get a rebate, tied to their previous year's income.
Send them a cheque or add it as a line item to whatever other social assistance they're getting.

It's not fucking rocket science so don't get all bunched up over it.

about a week ago
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Mandiant claims Sony hack "Unprecedented in nature", Others say that's no excuse

haruchai Unprecendented stupidity, even for Sony (1 comments)

Even if the hackers had a dedicated 100 mbps running full line rate 24/7, it would have taken 3 months to siphon out 100 terabytes of data.
How did they not notice that?

about two weeks ago

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High-Energy Rechargeable Molten-Air batteries developed at George Washington U

haruchai haruchai writes  |  about a year ago

haruchai (17472) writes "Researchers have demonstrated what's considered a new class of battery, using either iron, carbon or vanadium-boride as the anode.
Energy densities are from 10%-70% that of gasoline by weight, or 100%-250% by volume and the batteries have an operating temp of ~700 C

Phys.org story: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-molten-air-battery-storage-capacity-highest.html
Arxiv.org paper: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1307/1307.1305.pdf"
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Hans Reiser sued by own kids for $15 million

haruchai haruchai writes  |  more than 2 years ago

haruchai (17472) writes "The Reiser kids, now aged 12 and 11 have had a lawsuit filed against the former Linux developer, inventor of ReiserFS and convicted murderer of the mother of his children, to the tune of $15 million.
It's believed he may have hidden assets and a judgment is sought so a search for these can be conducted."

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haruchai haruchai writes  |  more than 8 years ago

haruchai (17472) writes "http://www.gizmag.com/go/6416/ A team of highly creative Volkswagen designers based in California have unveiled their own unique take on the future of modern transportation. The result is the Volkswagen Nanospyder. Futuristic nanotechnology supported by hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, wheel-mounted electric motors and inflatable organic body panels combine to form the unusual shape of the two-seater concept. http://www.businessweek.com/autos/content/nov2006/ bw20061106_548484.htm?campaign_id=rss_daily For other VW concept cars, see here: http://www.vw.com/models_overview/conceptcars.html "

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