Simon le Bon

The Netherlands, Netherlands

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Simon le Bon
Posted over 2 years ago
Do we really need an entertainment industry any more?
(you'll have to forgive my odd way of expressing myself, English isn't my native language) There are a few benefits of an industry, but not in the way/manner it operates now. I think it all comes down to the intellectual property. I have a hard time to accept the concept of intellectual property, cos I believe everything should be shared. I think that once the industry loosens up and accepts that sharing is in peoples nature we will be getting to a workable situation. Napster was revolutionary and I think you could develop a proper busines model on the Napster concept. Just imagine a central portal on the internet where all media could be found. With media I mean music, movies etc. All users up- and download stuff (i.e. using a bittorent like protocol), so bandwidth wouldn't have to be n issue. Here is the main condition: 'Old' (which is relative) stuff should be shared freely and for the latest releases one should pay. So, for a song/album/movie etc. which is brand new, you pay a few $, but after a period of time (i.e. year) it's free. Same with movies, i.e. one or two years after it's release it's free. One could also think about adding a donate possibility for the 'older' stuff. The donation should directly go to the artist (or his representative). It all comes to trusting people and adjusting the copyright laws. However, the biggest problem would be the industry, who won't agree to the adjustment the copyright laws.
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Simon le Bon
Posted about 5 years ago
Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars
I think it should not be centralized power production, but allover the grid power production. My dream is to see PV's covering every roof. Big advantage is that power outage is limited, cos it will sort of work like the internet: rerouting.
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Simon le Bon
Posted about 5 years ago
Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars
I think it should not be centralized power production, but allover the grid power production. My dream is to see PV's covering every roof. Big advantage is that power outage is limited, cos it will sort of work like the internet: rerouting.
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Simon le Bon
Posted about 5 years ago
Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars
At this moment, PV panels aren't efficient enough to make a difference. Here is a better idea: PV-panels over railways: http://www.happynews.nl/2009/04/14/zonnepanelen-boven-het-spoor/ Most railwaytracks are in open air and the amount of PV panels will produce more energy then the trains will use. the surplus can be used to charge cars
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Simon le Bon
Posted about 5 years ago
Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars
Energy is lost when pressurizing air and you need a bulky rigid/crash proof storage container. Putting a car into motion with this technology is not very efficient. There is one advantage, you can optimize an ICE, cos it will only have to run on it's optimum rpms. But I think that it would not differ much from conventional cars. i.o.w. no gain. New battery types contain no heavy metals or acid. Lithium for example is the lightest metal (3rd element in the periodic system). Do a search on LiFePo4. Even Lead acid batteries can be recycled for 95%, a figure that can be increased in the future.
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Simon le Bon
Posted about 5 years ago
Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars
Tell us: how many miles of that 750 range do you actually use per day? Range is made more important then it really is, cos people aren't used to the idea that the car is "filled up" every day(night). To fill your need, there will be electric cars with an efficient (fixed optimum rpm) ICE to charge the batteries and increase the range. It kicks in when the batteries get low. It will consume less then 1 litre on 40km and can be build with current technology. What we need is a open standard, without legal infringments. Shai's solution is to overcome a transition period, cos battery technology keeps improving, and as a result TCO will drop.
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Simon le Bon
Posted about 5 years ago
Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars
I agree that research is needed. I am not opposed to Nuclear energy, but in this moment of time the radioactive waste is a problem that need to be solved before introducing usiing it as an energy source on a large scale. The great advantage of electricity produced by solar energy (i.e. PV panels), is that it can be produced locally, and it can be an upgrade of the existing powergrid.
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Simon le Bon
Posted over 5 years ago
Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars
(1) Biodiesel takes crops to produce. These crops would require diverting of today%u2019s crops that are now used to provide food, That means fuel instead of food. Crops that are used for fuels are valued higher. This will have dramatic effects on the upcoming food crisis (Human population is groing, while food production is less) esp for the poorest. (2) Huge disadvantage: Radioactive waste. Putting a problem ahead for the future generation. (3) Amazing discovery. But, it's a very new technology that still has to be develloped. It seems like it is not going to be available for commercial use in the near future, maybe in a few decades from now.