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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

qzjul Re:We vote on leaders not lightbulbs (1146 comments)

Ah, thanks! Good thing I checked back here!

6 * 3.5W LED's ~= 6* 40W-equivalent ~= 6*400 lumens(?) ~= 2400 lumens (?)
vs
300W halogen ~= 3000 lumens

Looks Reasonable to me; Only problem is the $650 price tag =(

about a year ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

qzjul Re:We vote on leaders not lightbulbs (1146 comments)

I've upgraded to all LED's myself, and my electricity is only 8.5c / kwh; so it'll pay off eventually, but not quite as fast.

I keep looking for an LED lamp to replace my 300W halogen up-right, but haven't found anything yet (haven't found any decent multi-bulb uprights or anything either); anybody know of any LED type in this style of lamp?

1 year,4 days
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

qzjul Re:Can someone please explain ... (658 comments)

Right; Also, importantly, this would heavily incentivize railroads, which we should be doing anyway!

about a year ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

qzjul Re:Can someone please explain ... (658 comments)

Sure, weight x distance is generally fairer than just direct gas usage. But if we're going to go there, why not do it properly?

Damage to infrastructure is proportional to the 4th power of weight; thus, we should probably tax something like

([miles travelled]/1000miles)*([vehicle weight]/1500lbs)^4

for vehicle registration. That would take into account the proper damage.

The average american drives 13476 miles and the average fleet curb weight (in 2004, latest i could quickly find) was 3239 lbs; this would give a result of $293 for registration. If you drove the same amount in a vehicle half that, you'd pay like $17, and if you drove a vehicle twice that weight you'd pay $4466.

That would take into account proper damage incurred on infrastructure.

about a year ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

qzjul Re:Can someone please explain ... (658 comments)

This; why should we charge based on distance travelled, when some are driving super-lightweight gas-efficient cars that cause minimal damage to infrastructure, and some are driving gas guzzling dually trucks that cause significantly more damage to infrastructure, or even transport trucks. Raising the gas tax encourages using less fuel, which also encourages less driving. You could also increase registration fees based on the weight of a vehicle.

about a year ago
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US Government Shutdown Ends

qzjul Re:153 GOP voted to default (999 comments)

Well, you could tax assets just as easily, with minimum deductibles. Also, I think increasing federal revenues by ~38% (4.5/12) would add quite a lot of breathing room. I could do a lot with $1.3T.

about a year ago
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Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail

qzjul Re:8/2 (583 comments)

Or August 2002? or August of year 2?

Or February 2008... :)

about a year ago
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Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

qzjul Re:Testla is good... (452 comments)

Incidentally, even *IF* the electricity is coming from a coal fired power plant, the exhaust from a car is far worse than what is coming out any modern coal power plant with scrubbers. They also run at much higher efficiency. Both these points are mostly attributable to scale and the fact that a car has to stay mobile.

about a year and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt To Sell Up To 42% of Stake In Google

qzjul Re:Capitalism is failing (183 comments)

This is a good idea, except it would probably be easily abused by "splitting companies" into smaller ones. Having progressive taxrates where the marginal rate below the median national income is close to 0% and rises quickly above that would be my solution. While you do want to incentivize working harder, if you make it impossible for the poor to work hard and get ahead, what is the point. Also, inheritance tax!

about 2 years ago
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Australia Is On So Much Fire, You Can See It From Orbit

qzjul Our temperature scale goes up to 54 (289 comments)

It's not 50. You see, most charts, you know, will be capped at 50. You're at 50 here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on 50 on your chart. Where can you go from there? Where?

I don't know.

Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

Put it up to 54.

54. Exactly. 4 Hotter.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Keeping Your Media Library Safe From Kids?

qzjul Re:Knowing more than parents... (307 comments)

When/if I have kids, when they ask for a computer I intend to give them a box of my old parts and tell them they can have whatever they can build from it. Maybe with some Dapper CD's in the box to install.....

about 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

qzjul Re:What annoys me... (475 comments)

absolutely agree; if we set winter time to be so that the sun set at 8pm on the winter solstice (in Edmonton!) then i'd be happy (we'd have to jump forward about 4 hours... or 3 from DST)

more than 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

qzjul Re:Oh I just love (475 comments)

Yes, we should really be falling forward and springing back rather than the opposite; the sun sets at like 4:40pm here now =/ on DST that'd be 5:40; if we fell forward, that'd be 6:40; in fact, we could fall forward *TWO* hours and it'd be getting dark at 7:40pm... that'd be more reasonable...

I call for DST (+1) in the summer, and Super DST (SDST, +3) in the winter!

(the sun would get up at 10:50am, but np... at least I'd see the sun; right now it gets up at 7:50am, and i'm getting to work at that point anyway; rises and sets while i'm at work =/)

more than 2 years ago
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Does Grammar Matter Anymore?

qzjul Re:It's like this. (878 comments)

This is definitely true of some people; my father once emailed his MP, saying he would not vote for him again if he continued to have "egregious grammatical errors" on his webpage. He recieved an apologetic reply basically stating that the MP in question hadn't written the webpage, and that it would be corrected.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Grammar Matter Anymore?

qzjul Re:It's like this. (878 comments)

I AGREE! THE SHIFT KEY IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST!

:) (I had to add this small section to get through the filter)

more than 2 years ago
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Feds Plan 'Fog of Disinformation' To Track Information Leaks

qzjul Re:The *new* foggy logic. (263 comments)

We'll know things have gotten horribly out of hand when we initiate shock & awe vs Antarctica.

more than 2 years ago
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China Begins Stockpiling Rare Earths, Draws WTO Attention

qzjul Re:Engineering Challange (227 comments)

Clean energy technologies typically are users of rare earths, not avenues to avoid using rare earths.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle

qzjul Re:Guess we shouldn't be surprised (329 comments)

It feels a bit like... Why would you need a web browser, when you can get all the same things with wget, nano, and the gimp! All your text reading and image viewing desires in 3 completely separate, inconvenient things?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle

qzjul Re:Farewell iGoogle (329 comments)

Yea, I also use iGoogle in Chrome; I don't see how chrome is at all a replacement for this; I happen to have slashdot, ars technica, wired, bbc, micheal geist's blog, linux today, phoronix, Gmail, the weather, torrentfreak, fsdaily, and a graph of the crude oil price all on one page in iGoogle. Oh and the time. And links to any other google service I want to use....

I don't see how that functionality is duplicated by *anything* else; least of all Chrome; or RSS readers... as others have said, I don't want to have to click through each one to find stories I want to read, I want to see them ALL at once, expand the summary, and read the whole thing if it sounds interesting.

more than 2 years ago

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