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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

kheldan Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

to pay for the toys of others

Goddamnit all to fucking hell, THEY ARE NOT TOYS. You are not the only one who keeps using that word, but: Fossil fuels are not only limited, they are killing the planet now, and we need to get away from them. It's been made way, way too easy to default back to using them, especially here in the U.S., and the only way I see we're going to get people away from using them may, in fact, I'm real goddamn sorry to say, may have to include 'unfair' tactics from federal governments (not just the the U.S. government!) to influence people's choices in what vehicles they purchase! Face the facts, people: Left to their own devices, the general public, automakers, oil companies, and anyone else with a stake in fossil fuels will just keep using them and using them until the last drop is gone, waiting for it to become a crisis and and emergency before they really do anything about changing to something else. We need to get off our collective Human asses and change what we're doing now, not later. Is it going to be painful in one way or another, especially here in the U.S.? Hell yes it will, lots of people aren't going to like it, but it must be done, and once the U.S. is on the non-fossil-fuel bandwagon, the rest of the world will begin to follow suit. Say what you will about how the U.S. has conducted itself on the world stage for quite some time now poltically-speaking, but we do still tend to set trends because we're still (for the most part) a 1st world country.

3 days ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

kheldan Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

Fund R&D projects? Yes. But there will not BE cheap electric or hybrids until enough of them are sold every year to bring the manufacturing costs down enough to bring the price down enough that they are competitive, price-wise, with internal combustion vehicles. Also, face the reality: We don't have that much oil left, and we NEED to start weaning off it NOW, rather than later when it's a crisis situation. I'm not saying we should have permanent government incentives to consumers to buy electric vehicles, just long enough to kick-start the process of getting more people to buy them. Enough people buy them and have them, the more people will start thinking they need to buy them too, and so on, until it's the norm instead of just the exception. The more electric vehicles on the road, the more incentive there will be to build infrastructure to charge them, the easier it'll be to own one, the more incentive people will have to BUY one, and so on.

4 days ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

kheldan Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

You want people to adopt electric cars and hybrids in greater numbers sooner? You want to wean the general populace off of fossil fuels? This is how you do it! Of all the complete wastes of money the U.S. government commits, this comparatively speaking would be a drop in the bucket and of great long-term benefit to the entire country. While we're at it how about they sink some money into electric vehicle support infrastructure like rapid charging stations, too?

4 days ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

kheldan "police controlled 'slow down' command" (435 comments)

THIS is one of the MANY reasons I do not EVER want there to be 100% autonomous cars on the road. Any such law-enforcement-oriented technology can and WILL be hijacked by criminals to suit their own purposes. If you are in a car by yourself, YOU should be the ultimate intellgence in control of the vehicles' speed and direction, NOT a computer, NOT a cop, and sure as fuck NOT some criminal or some script kiddie who thinks it's funny or something to hack your car.

about a week ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

kheldan Re:ESPN (401 comments)

Explain this one, I don't get it.

It's the dirty little secret of cable TV: Pixel resolution and compression are two different things. You may be getting a channel in 1080, but by the time a cable company delivers it to your TV, it's be recompressed so much that it being 1080 doesn't matter anymore. You see it most when things in the picture are moving, they get blocky, and in aliasing around things like text on the screen. They do this to fit more channels into the available bandwidth of their network. Over-the-air from local stations isn't recompressed within an inch of it's life; you're getting the highest quality you can get that way short of having an actual digital copy of a program physically sent to you on some sort of storage medium. I suspect that satellite TV compresses the hell out of things, too, for the same reason: fit more channels into the available bandwidth, so they can make more money. Try paying attention to all this the next time you're watching cable or satellite, you'll notice the compression artifacts. Sorry in advance for ruining it for you, BTW. Then go watch TV where it's using an antenna for OTA broadcasts, you'll see the difference.

about a week ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

kheldan It's very simple: (401 comments)

You don't have to 'explain' a goddamn thing to them or anyone else, and you damn well TELL them that. You are paying them, not the other way around, and if you want to cancel your service with them or anyone else for that matter, it's not their place to badger you or bully you. Being asked, once, politely, why you're unhappy enough to cancel is one thing, but if you don't wish to explain why then they MUST accept that. Arguing, bullying, badgering, or any other hard-sell tactics, is just plain bullshit. Anyone gives you that kind of guff? You tell them you want to speak to their supervisor, RIGHT NOW, and YOU don't take 'no' for an answer, either. Their supervisor is being a hardass about it, too? Go over their head. And so on. The only way you get shithead companies like Comcast to knock it off is to not sit back and take shit from them.

about a week ago
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O3b Launches Four More Satellites To Bring Internet To 'Other 3 Billion'

kheldan Re:Why continue babying you along? (80 comments)

'Not agreeing/liking with what I'm saying' and 'being wrong' are two different things. Now please fuck off.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

kheldan How long? (238 comments)

How long until I can get a racing bicycle frame made of this stuff?

about two weeks ago
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O3b Launches Four More Satellites To Bring Internet To 'Other 3 Billion'

kheldan Re:Can't eat Internet (80 comments)

Do you have Aspergers? Or some heretofore undiscovered textual version of Turret's Syndrome? Reading just the first screenful or two of your recent comments leads me to believe that you do. Either that or you're just some shitty troll refugee from 4chan who couldn't cut it in that particular jungle. I'm honestly surprised that you're not posting as an Anonymous Coward. Oh, and before you protest my attacking you personally? You're the one that insulted me, so go fuck yourself, OK?

about two weeks ago
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O3b Launches Four More Satellites To Bring Internet To 'Other 3 Billion'

kheldan Re:Can't eat Internet (80 comments)

You can't compare any disaster like Katrina in this country (a 1st world country) to the everyday conditions in a 3rd world country where people are starving; there is no food to distribute so what does it matter if there is commication to help distribute what doesn't exist?

You're ignoring my point about the local warlords. They already have money to spend because they take it from whoever they want. The warlords will be the one with the internet, not the civilians who, again, have nothing and will continue to have nothing so long as there is a para-military around to keep taking everything from them and killing them, so all you're really doing is creating a wide-area communications system for the warlords and their troops.

about two weeks ago
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O3b Launches Four More Satellites To Bring Internet To 'Other 3 Billion'

kheldan Can't eat Internet (80 comments)

People are living in (comparatively speaking, anyway) shithole ghetto countries with an extremely low standard of living, and you want them to get the Internet? Expensive Internet, at that? What the actual fuck? Only the 1% richest people in these 'equatorial regions' will end up with access, the poor will still be fucking poor and in many places starving. How about you invest that money in getting rid of local warlords, drug cartels, corrupt governments, and other assholes that profit from keeping people down and out so they can live high on the hog? How about you invest that money in helping people to improve their lives? This makes no sense whatsoever, unless you factor in the 'publicity' factor; I'm sure these assholes think it makes them look real humanitarian and all that crap to the rest of the world. I call bullshit on the whole thing.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

kheldan Re:Why in America? (155 comments)

Okay. We'll just turn a blind eye when Russia invades your poutine-eating, hockey-obsessing, lager-swilling asses.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

kheldan Re:Why in America? (155 comments)

Hey now that's not very polite of you, are you sure you're Canadian? Isn't it against some national law or something for you to be publicly rude?

about two weeks ago
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Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

kheldan Stupid and misguided AT BEST (109 comments)

"Hey, let's blatantly spin the news by using out-and-out censorship!". Fuck you Google, what the hell do you think you're doing? The news is the news, good, bad, or indifferent. It is the duty of a news agency to report the news, not filter it. What you're doing is no different than some government propaganda engine.

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

kheldan Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (389 comments)

Oh, come on. Unbelievable as it is, there are reasonable, intelligent people on the Internet.

This is what I've been saying: You're not going to convince people to give up their personal transportation and take buses and trains everywhere, and it's not practical for every single person to ride a bike, either, and if I have to explain that one to you then you need to sit back and think a while longer before saying anything because the reasons are obvious (I'm a cyclist by the way so it's not like I'm anti-bicycle). Electric vehicles are going to have to be the way. We charge them with nuclear power generation plants. We make those safe by some serious and hard-line reforms in the way they're designed, constructed, and especially in how they're managed, to make them as safe as possible, instead of letting the bean counters cut corners because it's 'good enough' when they don't know what the hell they're even doing. We continue developing higher and higher efficiency photovoltaics. We continue working to unlock the secrets of fusion power. Maybe we even unlock higher-order mysteries of the Universe and find other, more exotic sources of energy to tap into. Meanwhile we're running out of fossil fuels anyway so everyone had better get on board with all this now and beat the rush later.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

kheldan Re:Hormones screw up women's bodies to much. (302 comments)

Oh, no, not at all. If anything I feel sorry for actual religious people because by large and far they're being used, manipulated. I'll put aside my personal belief that they'd be better off putting aside their superstitions and learning instead to stand on their own, but the fact of the matter is that their own spirituality is used as a lever to manipulate them into doing the will of a few religious leaders who only have money, power, and control on their minds. This is not to say that on the local level there aren't low-level leaders who actually *believe* in what they're preaching, but that unfortunately just makes them, to borrow from the Russians, 'useful idiots' for the cause of the higher-ups. It's the exploitation of what I perceive as a fundamental flaw in the human psyche, something that I dearly hope we grow out of sooner rather than later, before it wrecks the entire human race.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

kheldan Re:Hormones screw up women's bodies to much. (302 comments)

The 'be fruitful and multiply' thing may ostensibly be the reason, but having as many people part of a partiucular religion is what's attractive to the leaders of said religion. More people under their sway means more power overall in the world; if the population of your country becomes, say, theoretically, 80% Catholic, then what do you think that's going to do to public policy in that country? Similarly, what if the vast majority is some flavor of Muslim? Overrunning a country with sheer numbers because you're encouraged, one way or another, to have as many children as possible may be a long game, but it's an effective one. You're a particular religion, you have 10 kids, you raise them all to be that religion. Over the course of a few generations you have a large effect on the total population, and that starts to affect politics. Don't confuse religion with spirituality, either. Organized religion, at it's highest leadership levels, is about power, control, and money, and has been for a long, long time now.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

kheldan Re:Hormones screw up women's bodies to much. (302 comments)

Organized religion believes that the Earth will soon come to an end so there's no point in population control, in fact they want as many babies born under their control as possible, so naturally they're against birth control entirely.

about two weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

kheldan Why would you do that? (468 comments)

I'm not even a pilot, but I think I understand the mindset of pilots well enough, having known a few: In the event of mechanical (or system) failure(s), any pilot is at least going to want to be able to peer out a window with his own two eyes to see what's going on. It's a backup system that is hard to cause failure in: If the windshield is shattered to the point where you can't see out of it, then you've got worse problems than not being able to see! This sounds like something some non-pilot (or worse, marketing monkey or bean-counter) came up with. Or maybe, just maybe, they're patenting it for the sole purpose of preventing anyone from doing anything this dangerous and stupid with airplane design?

Could we have some actual licensed experienced pilots please join this conversation? I'd like to know what you think about this, please.

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

kheldan Re:Now thats incentive (564 comments)

It doesn't matter if anyone 'figures out how to do it' or not, I just don't see the average person doing it or even having a reason to do it. I think it's way more likely that this guy is just trying to draw some attention to himself so he can sell more books.

about two weeks ago

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Moderation FAIL

kheldan kheldan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Apparently some asshole on /. thinks it's his mission in life to moderate every single post I make down by one; I see what you're doing, knock it the hell off, jerk.

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