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  • Interesting question

    , Maddus Mattus wrote


    And your source for this information is ... ?

    Common sense.

    And there you go... Game, set, match. You'll continue to decry the obviousness of the elephant in the room by attacking its truck, its tail, its ears but you refuse to see the elephant as a whole. 

    No one is suggesting that renewables are superior today to petrol. Your comparison of the two technologies in their current form is ridiculous (amongst other statements like for every one public sector job that is created two private sector jobs are lost -- how about for every new public sector job a consumer is created that produces the need for more private sector jobs?). How many trillions of dollars have going into the development of petrol? Renewable have a long way to go before they are as mature as petrol but I'm happy to see the quick progress being made because of the investments both individuals and nations are making. Oil and related technologies have a limited future. Renewables do not (hence the name -- you know common sense like and all).

    If you want to count every ancillary cost then you also have to include the cost of wars and lives fought over oil. Renewables like wind and solar are readily available to all. No haves & have nots; no power base that can be leveraged.

    And that's where I'm going to end my contribution to this ridiculous thread. I'm sorry you are so limited in your vision of the future.

    BTW, I hope for your own safety that you have rid yourself of all cell phones, laptops, etc. that are in your possession as it's pretty irrefutable by your account on how dangerous the are. Perplexed  

  • C# trivia question

    I work with guys I've shown things like ?? to but they still like writing statements like:

    if (isDirty != null && isDirty == true){

    Forget the adoption of ??; comparing a Boolean? They say that it's more readable. Ug...

    (Ok, a nullable Boolean is a bad example but you get what I mean.)

  • Interesting question

    @PaoloM: Awww... Thanks man. Big Smile

  • Interesting question

    I just got back from a road trip where we drove a 2012 Prius 3. We averaged 55 mpg and got 57 mpg on one tank. One of our stops (for coffee & sandwiches) was at this gas station in Eugene, Or. It was a thing of beauty. They had pumps for biodiesel, E85, diesel, regular gas, and all kinds of blends in between. This was a modern, clean gas station that you wouldn't know was a "hippie" gas station. The biodiesel was 10 cents more a gallon that the regular gas at the station next door. It's too bad diesels never took off here in the U.S. because Maddus is right -- they are better than a purely gas driven vehicle (though I'd argue that the Prius is equally as good). I'd gladly pay 10 cents more a gallon for biodiesel.

    Tesla recently unveiled it's new EV sedan that has a range of 265 miles and is a fully featured luxury car (read: heavy). They have a charging system that can recharge the batteries at a rate of 300 miles/hour. While it's way out of the price range for most it does show that a fully EV car with a gas car comparable range can be built today. They've figured out how to deal with all of the problems that prevent this from being a daily driver for many except one: refueling. Sure you can install a charging station at your house but who has a few extra thousand bucks lying around to do that? This is solvable (i.e. have the dealer bundle the install cost in the car price) but the automotive industry, builders, employers, and governments need to get behind it. The automotive industry needs to agree on a standard method of charging these vehicles. Homes should be built with charging station just like they include toilets today. Municipalities need to look at providing public charging stations throughout the city just like they provide parking meters. Employers should encourage EV usage by providing a few premium parking spots with charging stations (and getting a tax break for doing so).

    The battery/recycling "issue" is just a bunch of FUD. It's just another problem in need of a system to solve it just like the system Maddus included for a more efficient combustion engine. If anything the shift to EV will create badly needed jobs. We've had curb-side recycling here in the Northwest for decades and I am still amazed on how much of the U.S. hasn't followed suit. People are just so entirely lazy it's amazing. Just scrape off what you want from the top and discard the rest. It doesn't matter if in the long run that's less efficient or someone else will have to pay for it. Perplexed We have to learn to make the effort to do better with what we have.

    Speaking of... it looks like the Germans are having some success with solar power. While the investment is huge the long term gain will be substantial. You could say Microsoft has the same outlook on W8; maybe it won't be a hit right out of the gate but in the long run it's a direction they had to go to save themselves.

    Renewables, EVs, hybrids, supply chain -- yeah it's a mess right now but these are solvable problems that will produce jobs, reduce costs, cut pollution, and improve our lives (or maybe the lives of our children) in the long run.

    --- End of Rant 119291 ---


    And to answer the OP's question I'd buy the Ford Focus EV. I live 6 miles from work so distance is not an issue. That paired with the GF's Prius for range I'd be set. If I were single and had no kids I'd get a motorcycle and donor card.

  • C# trivia question

    Resharper taught me this trick some time ago. ?? is one of my best friends. I highly recommend having a good refactoring tool like Resharper riding shotgun as it can show you little gems like this.

  • Google I/O

    , cbae wrote


    I'm not even getting into the WHY of Windows sales figures. That's a whole other ball of wax. I mean, one could easily argue that Android "activation" figures are what they are as direct result of OEMs shipping Android, by default, on (virtually) all smartphones they produce. IOW, Android is "The Windows of smart phone OSes", but I digress...

    That would be a fair argument if Google screwed up Android with Jellybean and claimed it was a wild success because it shipped on every smartphone by default. If they f'up android you know I'll be all over that. Complaining that Android numbers are overstated when WP numbers are so dismal is like saying rain isn't wet.

  • Google I/O

    , Ray7 wrote

    Wired News

    Nexus Q, which begins shipping in July for $300, grants fully provisioned DJ rights to anyone carrying an Android device within Wi-Fi range. 

    'scuse me?

     "Everyone has the same playlist rights," says Joe Britt, Google's engineering director. "We didn't want to build in artificial limits that the owner of Nexus Q could enforce. You can't control how many songs someone can add, or what permissions one person has over another. It's a social, shared experience, and you and I have to actually interact if there's disagreement about the song list."



    I missed this earlier. My initial comment of "dumb" was woefully understated. Neighbors "borrow" other neighbors WiFi. What's going to stop drive-by playlist graffiti? This is an utterly ridiculous, overpriced, unimaginative product that only raises the argument that Google doesn't give a $hite about your privacy. Makes me project the idea that when Google glasses come out that I'll inadvertently post a live sex tape to the world because the default security is set to "public". So much for augmenting my partner's appearance with Google glasses...

  • Google I/O

    , cbae wrote


    I usually don't get annoyed by Death's posts. I find them quite entertaining.

    He's free to post whatever he wants, but I just thought I'd make an observation and a suggestion. That is all.

    I mean, how often have you seen this exchange?

    Microsoft: We sold <insert some ridiculously large number here> licenses of Windows <insert version>.

    Linux or Mac fanboy: <insert remark skeptical of above claim>

    Microsoft apologist: Even if those numbers are 90% off it'd still be an order of magnitude higher than the entire user base of <insert any OS here>.

    When I make an observation that I think is interesting, I feel compelled to point it out. I can't help it. Smiley

    I've never been skeptical of the sales quantities of any of Microsoft's products. I have complained that Microsoft is relying on the fact that OEMs will be shipping Windows 8 on all PCs and that will be enough for Ballmer & Sinofsky to state that W8 was a wild success when in reality it's a "default". IMO in order for W8 to be considered a success the uptake on touch-based devices and WinRT/Metro apps needs to be significant.

    I'm really disappointed in what Microsoft has done with the device/phone side of things over the past 4 or 5 years. WM 6.5 was supposed to be the stop-gap to keep people happy with a Microsoft phone until the new phone OS came out. WP7 arrives and it's woefully behind the competition. It turns out to be a stop-gap for WP8 (a totally different phone OS that requires new hardware). Throw the Zune and Kin in there and it doesn't looks so good for Microsoft on the devices front. As for my opinion on marketshare and percentages, 90% is enormously generous and I stand by my remarks. I am an equal opportunity hater. Smiley

  • New Microsoft web site

    WOW!  Finally a "metro" web site done right. Simple, discoverable, and scales resolutions quite nicely. Nice job Microsoft. Please use the same team for all of your websites.

    I like the use of title case for the menus too. So modern. Smiley

  • Telemetry

    @Maddus Mattus: I'm still trying to keep all of the shortcut keys, snippets, etc. straight between VS + Resharper and Eclipse. It's worth the effort to learn them but I do it because it is so key to my job. I can't say the same for general Windows users.


    And if their telemetry has people using those shortcuts, then it must include more than the "surf and email" users. Most people don't even know that the windows key opens the start menu.