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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

haruchai Re:Buy a Prius as your next car... (854 comments)

"Reduced it's carbon footprint more than any other" - that's arguable. More likely the emissions have been shifted elsewhere since so much of the stuff North Americans buy comes from Asia and those container ships have horrible emissions thanks to the bunker fuel they burn.
Even if I grant you that "reduced carbon footprint", it's still MUCH too high.

Get the per-capita emissions down to within 20% of the average advanced Western European country and then we'll talk.

Expanding fracking beyond what is now is a HORRIBLE idea; it sucks fresh water out of places that are already in short supply, emits large amounts of methane that have a much greater short-term GWP than CO2 and contaminates the water table.

Instead of repealing income taxes, just cut the defence budget to the $ equivalent of its lowest point during the Clinton administration; cut the DHS budget to 20% of its average since Obama took office and invest that money in job creation.

Solving the problem of nuclear disposal or reprocessing is required before you can build large numbers of new nuke plants which always cost much more and take longer than estimated.
And efficiency measures at all levels should be a priority - and those kinds of new builds & retrofits would create millions of new jobs.

The lack of a carbon / emissions tax has hidden the depth of the problem from the average person. It's telling that most large corporations have been using an internal carbon tax for years - incl Exxon whose CEO has been calling for a carbon tax since 2009.

5 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

haruchai Re:Buy a Prius as your next car... (854 comments)

"Offset for low income people? Where's that supposed to come from? You one of those guys that thinks the rich can provide all $$$ to run everything? Hint: They're not THAT rich:"

Call it a tax break, which rich people benefit from all the time.

A properly designed and er, well-regulated carbon tax can and will work - if gov't can keep the "makers" from cheating the system.
These latter years, it's seems to be very difficult to do.

Oil prices have been very high for years, despite America's domestic production being at its highest in a long time.
You're not going to drill your way out of the coming climate disaster but will merely have a bigger hole to bury yourself it.
If we find ways to stave it off, it'll be because of reduced usage of oil and other carbon-intensive fuels.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

haruchai Re:Buy a Prius as your next car... (854 comments)

No single tech will replace petroleum - that's why we're pursuing more than one option.
And the less you spend on paying for gas, the more you have to buy electrons. Some sort of offset or special pricing will be needed for low-income folks who see their electric bills go up if power prices rise.

There's also still a lot that can be done for efficiency, even if you don't shift all the way to Passivhaus standards.

Wrong answer: keep drilling. I hope to live long enough that the only person being told to "drill, baby, drill" is Todd Palin.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

haruchai Re:Buy a Prius as your next car... (854 comments)

Nope.
Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Ford Focus Electric, Chevy Spark or any other decent BEV with that supplies reasonable range for most North Americans or Western Europeans.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

haruchai Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (446 comments)

+1 Insightful

Yes, there are very legitimate reasons to dislike some of Obama's policies but the rightwingnuts have wasted years with birther stupidity, obstinate obstruction of things they previously supported to the point where the GOP Senate Leader filibustered his OWN bill!!

about a week ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

haruchai Re:Darmok is Awful (512 comments)

Darmok truly sucked.

I've seen it several times and with each viewing, I disliked it even more.

about three weeks ago
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Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company

haruchai Re: 80% of market in terms of what? (125 comments)

I watched that recently and was astonished at their stranglehold on the market. Kudos to 60 Minutes for digging this up.

about three weeks ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

haruchai Re:Still a ways to go (131 comments)

There's also a carbon anode which I suspect would be the focus of development. It's not likely they'll put too much effort into vanadium boride in the short-term.

about a month and a half ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

haruchai Re:Still a ways to go (131 comments)

There's already the ZEBRA battery, used in a few EVs since 2007. I think insulation isn't such a big problem when the batteries are large as there's a fair bit of thermal mass. The threshold for the ZEBRA is somewhere upwards of 20 kWh but that would depend on the shape.

The Tesla Model S which used a flat, relatively thin pack on the floor of the vehicle would definitely be a challenge.

about a month and a half ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

haruchai Re:Many exciting developments in batteries (131 comments)

Here's another that's very energy dense - molten-air batteries: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-m...

If you want something that's closer to commercial production, keep an eye out for Sumitomo's low-temp molten-salt battery, due in the next year or two.

about a month and a half ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

haruchai Re:Still a ways to go (131 comments)

Have a look at molten-air batteries - http://phys.org/news/2013-09-m...

With an iron anode, the energy content is roughly the same as petrol - ~ 10000 watt-hours per liter. But the most you can hope for an a straight gasoline ICE is about 30%, whereas a battery is likely to be 2.5x as efficient. A carbon anode, which is more likely to be developed is nearly double that of iron so if this tech pans out and it looks to be quite affordable, it'll kill the demand for fossil fuels in almost all light-duty vehicles and make it possible to have hybrid long-haul trucks.

about a month and a half ago
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Belgian Barrels Reveal History of Human Gut Microbes

haruchai Re:Old news day? (56 comments)

Right. Paris has been rolling out fiberoptic by sewer robot for years.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Lync Server Gathers Employee Data Just Like NSA

haruchai Re:Company computers, company network ... (207 comments)

I was half-joking but I was also half-serious. While waiting outside a single-person bathroom at one of our sites, I could hear the person inside answering interview questions. He must have been really desperate to find another job.

about 2 months ago
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Most Alarming: IETF Draft Proposes "Trusted Proxy" In HTTP/2.0

haruchai Re:if you want a trusted proxy.. (177 comments)

Not always. Especially when the person in question is something of an expert and the rebuttal consists entirely of "he's wrong"

about 2 months ago
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Most Alarming: IETF Draft Proposes "Trusted Proxy" In HTTP/2.0

haruchai Re:if you want a trusted proxy.. (177 comments)

Ken Ham would think that the RFCs on Avian Carriers were groundbreaking science and is not a Google consultant with 20 yrs of IT under his belt.
His followers are mostly led-by-the-nose idiots; Lauren's are largely grizzled geeks & distrustful nerds.

about 2 months ago
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Most Alarming: IETF Draft Proposes "Trusted Proxy" In HTTP/2.0

haruchai Re:if you want a trusted proxy.. (177 comments)

Lauren Weinstein is no lightweight; there's a good reason he's a Google consultant and have 400,000 followers. It's not for his singing & dancing.

about 2 months ago

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

haruchai haruchai writes  |  about 6 months 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  |  about 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 7 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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