Alex Tolley

Alex Tolley

  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Has that ever happened to your phone or other device with a monitored rechargeable battery?...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The main issue with EVs has been "range anxiety". And when you need recharging, how do you do it? "fast recharges" are possible, but clearly are still much slower than a gas station fill up. Removing the battery and replacing...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    "decarbonize quickly, plant lots of trees, paint cities and roads white, implement robust and flexible farming techniques and wait 500 years to see if we survive." As Frank would probably say, we don't have 500 years, at least not...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    While I appreciate why you bought the Bolt, if you could get your hands on one, the Tesla 3 is clearly a better EV. As regards battery size, I don't think it matters as much as you imply. What will...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    When can I start claiming carbon credits for planting trees in my backyard? Presumably, this could be turned into a farm project with harvesting and sale to a government wood sequestration center. What about all that green waste? If it...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    A good scam will be ocean fertilization for carbon credits. Cost is low, the CO2 uptake, in the short term, measurable. But because the algae don't sink and sequestrate the carbon, it is released again. I can also imagine putting...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    California farmers are putting in tree farms. I can't recall the species. It is fast growing and I gather there is an ag payment for carbon capture or reduced water usage....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    California has a program to install solar panels on low-income houses for free. The kit cost is estimated to be $20-30k plus labor. For older homes, what should be done is add wall insulation as well as double-paned windows, but...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    That cannot be correct. Tesla's have a fast (ie drive in and out replacement for $). The size of the battery isn't the issue, it is how accessible. Tesla has thought this through, whilst Chevrolet has not....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Likewise, at the bottom, the motivation to work certainly matters, but in a country as wealthy as the United States, perhaps that incentive does not need to be so extreme as to elicit the specters of homelessness and destitution. There...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Your numbers while appearing logical, miss both reality and history. As Keith pointed out, investments were being made during the high tax era, especially in the US. That has to be accounted for. As for investment returns, you seem to...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Stephenson alluded to a trust filtered internet in his novel "Anathem". I would like that as a support to my preferred sources. However, I don't want that enforced, as it then becomes a target for corrupting influences. Unforeseen consequences are...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    You have fallen into the authoritarian trap....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    I concur that education would be a good option. But you cannot force people to be educated even if they must attend school. Where I live, the uneducated wear that a badge with pride as part of their despising elites....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    For a decent deterrent, what is needed (but don't ask me how) is a way to reproduce the effect of when you drop your clever crass remark into the conversation and look round grinning to see who's impressed, to find...
  • Commented on A reminder
    The Guardian has a nice piece with comments by historians on how Trumpism and Fascism compare. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/01/comparing-fascism-donald-trump-historians-trumpism...
  • Commented on A reminder
    I think Eco's points about fascism are rather narrow. For a more wide ranging description, I recommend: "Fascism in Action: A Documented Study and Analysis of fascism in Europe". This was a US House of Representatives study published in 1947,...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Too simplistic. If the markets expect a future fall in the forex rate, then interest rates will rise. If the fall has happened and bottomed out, rates will not rise, they may even fall. Investors will only be hurt in...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    The UK government is still issuing gilts with a high credit rating despite recent downgrades. There is no evidence that the UK government has to borrow in foreign currency. I think you comment reflects what you think the world ought...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Why would the UK need to issue debt in foreign currencies? Any sustained devaluation just requires an increase in interest rates to maintain attractiveness as an investment. In a reduced demand led recession, high inflation isn't an issue, so no...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    (...) Post-hard Brexit Britain with a crashed currency and a financial sector fleeing to the continent is going to be short of is capital. A crashed currency is almost irrelevant to raising capital. Indeed it is better if the perception...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    John Mankin's book on space solar power looks for a $200/kg to LEO cost of access to space as a target for baseload solar power satellites to be economic. SpaceX' BDB looks like it gets close to that figure and...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    this also means that its mountains will be taller, Wouldn't the higher gravity of the more massive world have the opposite effect? There have also been quite a few theoretical studies of atmosphere dynamics on exoplanets, including tidally locked...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    The 1970s British SciFi tv series "Doomwatch" had an episode "The Plastic Eaters"[?] about bugs rapidly eating plastics. The tv remake of "The Andromeda Strain" made a big deal about the organism digesting plastic. However the most memorable for me...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    You can get around the paywall by inserting ".sci-hub.cc" after the "nature.com". It is a good paper with a lot of detail in a supplementary Methods section....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    The play "Wine of India" solves the problem of decrepitude by medical intervention. Your body stays young, but you have to voluntarily die at age 70. We seem to be moving forward with improvement in slowing aging, although we haven't...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Information propagation by means of some cultural institution devoted to continually re-copying it lasts only as long as does the culture supporting the institution. Obviously DNA doesn't have any "institution" to ensure copying. Computers automatically handling copying can ensure...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    But as we've seen, copying, even with errors, can extend the life of information. While modern media might be ephemeral, the ability to copy it with high fidelity, produce copies on different media (magnetic, dead trees, metal or glass) ensures...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Let's suppose for argument's sake that the planet is confirmed. Furthermore, let's assume that it is later confirmed to be a rocky world, that it has an atmosphere that spectrographically hints at a biosignature. Is the fact that it is...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Maybe now you will reconsider doing far future fiction? Fewer costly rewrites when reality gets inconvenient....
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