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He lost credibility as someone who cares about climate change when he shorted Tesla. I mean, I don’t like Musk’s politics .. but I support Tesla (which he didn’t found btw.)
EVs aren’t presently a one-size-fits-all replacement for ICE vehicles, as you’ve experienced with your rental. Charging rates (as in billing, not speed of charging, but that also is an issue) at public chargers sometimes are high enough that an ICE economy car truly is cheaper to “refuel”. Where EVs excel at is as commuter/grocery getter vehicles that you charge at home at the end of the day.
Don’t use short [electrek.co] and Tesla in the same sentence.

He lost credibility as someone who cares about climate change when he shorted Tesla.

He lost credibility as someone who cares about climate change when he shorted Tesla.
Tesla sells carbon credits, so I’d question their own credibility when it comes to actually putting climate change above creating profit.
IMHO, the best thing Tesla did was kicking the door open for other EV manufacturers and showing them there was a market. Their cars really aren’t for everybody, and I mean even if they offered models which still ran on gas, it’s just their other design choices which won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. That’s kind of the way to think about it – if every vehicle on the market
He had credibility before that?
Why would people think that a crook who made billions from sketchy to downright illegal businesses practices would have a clue about any of this.
I think the point is that Bill’s investment into the company wasn’t to make it more successful. It was to make money by betting against it.
But you’re right, this doesn’t have anything to do with climate change. Mostly because electric vehicles don’t help with climate change. It just makes people feel good. The energy used by electric vehicles isn’t coming from windmills and solar panels. It’s coming from fossil fuels. I.e. burning petroleum, coal, and natural gas.
Ask Bill what his carbon footprint is and I
Why does slashdot file this under “world”? Wouldn’t “asshole” be closer to the truth? You need a special icon to designate Bill Gates stories. I have a design in mind…
Many years ago /. used to have a Bill Gates Borg icon [fsdn.com]. Close enough.
> They actually go and find another source of calcium, which fortunately turns out to be quite abundant and cheap. They make exactly the same cement that we make today, but not using limestone as the input. I was stunned that you could do that.
Plot twist: That source of calcium is pulverized bones of children. lol
I suspect there is a similar plot twist in his nuclear-power company. “We avoid being too expensive by not even trying to sell power when it’s cheap! Instead of having expensive capital just sitting there making cheap power, our expensive capital is fissioning away and only generating heat that contributes to global warming!”
We will never get there if any of these new technologies run on Windows.
for billionaires to become legally unable to hide their obsene ill-gotten wealth in fake charitable foundations doing fake philanthropy to avoid paying their fair share of taxes [theguardian.com].
More importantly, I’m impatient for those disgusting unprincipled individual who don’t contribute to society like the rest of us to quit giving their opinions all the fucking time.
Granted, BG is a scumbag. Obviously.
But what is it you have contributed to society?

But what is it you have contributed to society?

But what is it you have contributed to society?
So far I haven’t inflicted Windows on the world. It’s tough, but I do my part.

But what is it you have contributed to society?

But what is it you have contributed to society?
I pay taxes – have done all my working life. So have you.
A significant part of what you earn goes back into maintaining your country’s roads, paying the salaries of your country’s school teachers or keeping the lights on at your local hospital.
Bill Gates on the other hand pays almost nothing in taxes, gets to cherry-pick the high-profile causes he “donates” to to maintain his foundation’s facade and keep not paying taxes – when he doesn’t plows his foundation’s money into companies that have nothing to do w
Other than prolifically posting to slashdot, jack shit.
A lack of technology isn’t the issue. There already are EVs on the market right now which meet the needs of most people who are clogging up the roadways for their daily grind. The reason they’re still sitting on a dealership’s lot is mostly one of economics. That’s also a big part of the reason why those people have to participate in their daily road-clogging rat race in the first place. Can’t have all those office buildings sitting empty, now can we?
We’re collectively trashing the planet for exactly th

The reason they’re still sitting on a dealership’s lot is mostly one of economics.

The reason they’re still sitting on a dealership’s lot is mostly one of economics.
New technology will make them cheaper.

That’s also a big part of the reason why those people have to participate in their daily road-clogging rat race in the first place.

That’s also a big part of the reason why those people have to participate in their daily road-clogging rat race in the first place.
Work from home will reduce emissions, but it won’t prevent cumulative emissions from increasing.

New technology will make them cheaper.

New technology will make them cheaper.
Lately, technology has been doing the opposite thing. Perhaps you’ve heard about using encryption and a distributed ledger to turn previously worthless database entries into something that people are actually willing to spend real money on? Worse, real world energy resources are being consumed to run this scheme.
Technology can’t fix greed.

Technology is the only solution to climate change. That is, we are going to continue to pump CO2 into the atmosphere in ever increasing amounts until new technology comes along that makes it easy to avoid.

We aren’t going to stop using electricity, and we aren’t going to stop driving cars. Alternative electricity sources and electric cars are the answer.

Technology is the only solution to climate change. That is, we are going to continue to pump CO2 into the atmosphere in ever increasing amounts until new technology comes along that makes it easy to avoid.
We aren’t going to stop using electricity, and we aren’t going to stop driving cars. Alternative electricity sources and electric cars are the answer.
You forgot to add: “I’m sure the future will find a solution. For now, I’ll just enjoy myself, ignoring everything with my fingers in my ears and singing lalala.”

You forgot to add: “I’m sure the future will find a solution.”

You forgot to add: “I’m sure the future will find a solution.”
Hope so. But I’m not going to stop using electricity or get rid of my car. That would literally be worse than the scientifically predicted effects of global warming.

for example building out cities that are walkable

for example building out cities that are walkable
Walkable
Affordable
Not crime-ridden
Pick any two.
BG is worth about $110 billion.
So, let’s assume we follow your dystopian plan to take away all the money from not only BG but everyone you envy and use it to create your vision of utopia where no one works and everyone gets everything they want.
How much do you think that will cost?
Let’s see… https://www.capitalfrontiers.c… [capitalfrontiers.com].
Tells us it’s about $300k per resident to build a city.
There are about 300 million people in the US.
Calculator says that is 9e13 USD or $90,000,000,000,000. 90 trillion dollars.
The n
The problem is that you’re imagining luxury condos instead of the kind of slummy housing that would give PETA nightmares if it was being used to house animals instead of people. Ever see Korben Dallas’s apartment in The Fifth Element? That’d be a lot cheaper to build.
Aut-o-wash.
I am imagining nothing. Read the link I provided. It’s where I got the base cost from and it has a ton more data.
If your idea is seriously that we should all live in slummy closets like in 5th element then there is nothing to discuss. That’s not living. We aren’t made to live like that. That’s serious dystopian hell. The movie made it clear their vision of the future was complete shit. If that what I get for stripping all the billionaires to nothing then I’ll keep the current system, thanks.
Oh and 300k is not a luxury condo. Not even close. I was shopping condos last year and the year before across the country. Even in cheap places a nice condo started at 700k and the higher end ones went for as much as 2 million. 300k was your 5th element slum box closet.
“…I’d really hope that everyone sorts of forgets about Jeff Epstein while they’re at it, m’kay?”
And I never forget that he got his fortune by aggressively pushing a substandard product, the damage from which is still raising. But at least in the quotes in the story, he is right on the mark. In particular, he is right that current nuclear is wayyyy too expensive and that nuclear as base-load is a main reason for that failure. Nuclear usable as regulation energy would be a whole different thing, because regulation energy can be more expensive and still be worthwhile. With thermal storage, it could even be combined with storing overproduction from wind and solar. Of course, updated safety-standards need to be part of that mix, but they will be. I am also beginning to think that safe long-term storage of nuclear waste can actually be achieved, but not cheaply either, which also says nuclear as base-load is not economically viable.
that is 25 times the size of an ordinary house in the US.
He invested all his money in nuclear solutions I guess.
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