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  1. Yes. Solar cells exist, wind power exists, lithium batteries exist, molten salt storage exists, mountain lakes tubes and pumps exist, wave and tide power exists. Therefore, nothing needs to be invented, it just needs to be paid for. Whether to pay for something or not is a political question, or perhaps a moral question, not a technical question. The "limited time we have" is enough, if we care enough.
  2. Hmmmm - that's the problem. Ecology is a science, not a religion. The science gets lost as soon as the ignorant and indoctrinated start using language like "sacrilege". Science recognizes nothing as sacred, and the moment we do start to think in religious terms about the science and engineering, we open ourselves up to eco-theocracy dictatorship. Do you really want your kids denouncing you and proudly standing to attention as jackbooted eco-cops haul you away for putting plastic into the paper recycle bin? We can have our cake and eat it too. Plenty of energy arrives on the earth every da
  3. Yes, it is. "Sustainable" means "it can be made to persist into the future" and the answer most definitely is "yes", because people want to sustain that lifestyle. The question is "what will society give in exchange for this convenience?" Probably what we will collectively decide to "give" is to spend slowly on low-impact energy generation - Solar, Wind, Grid-scale storage - and eventually fusion. And the distributed energy use - transportation, heating houses etc - will trend towards using electricity rather than by burning something. So, what we will "give" in exchange for the lifestyl
  4. You're thinking about the use case incorrectly. When you own a legitimate fully self driving car, you get into it assuming that you can nap, do work, make calls or fuck - whatever you like - and so the speed limit is fine. You don't need to squeeze out the last 10% from your journey time and you definitely don't care if your robot is having a "thrilling driving experience" - all you care about is that you get there safely and in a predictable way. The concept of a "performance car" evaporates. You buy a car for the comfort and the systems that allow you to do whatever it is you want to do whi
  5. I think with gas engines and all of the complexity of making a gas vehicle go, there was a lot of IP and knowhow wrapped up in generating power, managing injection, ignition and meeting emissions regs. But electric motors are a commodity. In the short term there are good reasons for the car companies to invest in their own motors and inverters (how else can you keep the union in your obsolete gearbox plant from causing trouble - "we're converting you to make EV motors") but in the end, they will commoditize and when they do, the motors will come from places where it's cheap to wind copper wire
  6. I bought my 16 year old a Fiat 500e with 8K miles on it and all the modern safety stuff (side impact airbags etc) for $9900. It's cost me nothing (like.. zero!) in gas, oil, or any maintenance whatsoever in 18 months. What he wanted was an F150 and his friends give him endless shit about the Fiat (6'1", 195lb starting running back - Fiat does not match the image he wants to project), but he has what he needs to get to school, football practice etc without using my wife as a taxi service, and it's cheap. We have a 12KW solar array on the roof and my end of year true-up is almost nothing. All in
  7. It depends what kind of charger you want. My kid's Fiat uses a $200 charger that plugs into either 110V or 240V standard outlets. In the 240V outlet it takes 4 hours to charge. My impression is that the EV dealerships fuck you on the charger install, just the same as they fuck you on the key insurance, the scotchguard interior treatments, extended warranty, document fees, mystery fees, location fees etc....
  8. We're working on technology that will charge a car from 20% to 80% in 8 minutes. That will add 180 to 250 miles or so to a decent spec 2025 model year EV. I don't think it's unreasonable to get out and stretch your legs for 8 minutes every 3 hours.
  9. Self-driving cars are ideal for old people - you should cheer the trend rather than get all curmudgeonly about "back in my day cars were real cars with real smog and real airbag deployments ...." When you can't see shit, or your addled mind can't remember your way home from bingo, just croak the instructions to your car and it will see you safely where you want to go. Unless you get some kind of thrill about using the silver seat on local public transport.
  10. Yes. And the biggest problem for the vehicle owner will be the pace of change. Value depreciation will likely follow the same kind of curve that the PCs suffered in the 1990's, with the latest model already obsolete before it leaves the showroom. My prediction is that the current car companies (VW, GM, Ford etc) will become brands that specify the vehicle, but they won't make it. All these guys will do is pick the exterior/interior colors and the number of cupholders, the real value will be in the electrical systems - whether for traction or control or entertainment. Already 35% of the value o
  11. I'm calling bullshit on this thread. The new generation of EVs are faster, more economical to run, cheaper to make and all together better than gas cars. And they are less polluting, if that floats your boat. Not only that, the technology is now in the hands of the semiconductor guys (the same guys that brought you Moore's Law and computers that double in performance every couple of years). With Silicon Carbide power transistors, new developments in motor magnetics, self-driving features and fast chargers that can get you from 20% to 80% faster than you can say "Grande non-fat latte"
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  13. I use paracord from Home Depot. Cheap.
  14. Agreed. But in extremis I think it's OK to take a decent dose, then cut back as soon as possible. Vets use 10mg/kg, so I'd probably be OK with 900mg. I took 660mg last night (of 12 hour release type), 440mg this morning and 220mg about an hour ago. With luck and some of the stretches folks mentioned, I'll be good with 0mg and a back brace tomorrow morning. I think the folks who are really in long term crippling pain are the unfortunate people who just can't get through their days without NSAIDs. That's when the puking up blood, fucked up kidneys and compromised liver function cuts in to a
  15. Indoor soccer on that modern thick turf with plastic strand grass ballasted with crumbled up rubber. It's all good fun until someone gets checked into the plexiglass boards held up by 3" square section steel posts epoxied into the concrete floor. No give whatsoever.
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