christopher heiser <christopher AT heiser DOT net>
Date Published: February 13th, 2012
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Shane sent me a great article on how using peak oil as an argument for electrification is a bad idea; EVs will succeed on their own merits. I agree. Although some fools don't seem to get it, thinking that the EV must immediately replace all of the functionality of a gas car. This is akin to arguing that cellphones wouldn't succeed until they were as reliable and clear as your home phone. (Hint: they're still not.) The requirement of product equivalency is one of the largest misconceptions of electric vehicles.

The age of the oldest animal has been pushed back to 760 million years ago. That's important because you need a little more than 5,000 years just to get the genetic variation seen in humans.

Anonymous has some pretty fearsome weapons at their disposal, and it's not clear that network operators have any countermeasures.

Apparently it takes a 24-year-old Austrian to get anyone to notice exactly how much information Facebook has on you and the fact that it's never deleted, even after you ask.

Hmmm. Tax capital gains each year, and offer rebates when the price falls? The "Zuckerberg tax is an intriguing idea.

by Christopher Heiser on February 13 03:34
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