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Comment: Re:Greenpeace... (Score 1) 280

by AchilleTalon (#47539515) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

No, they are these hippies that prevented Shell to sink an old oil reservoir deep in the North Sea to take rid of it an minimize pollution. They claimed the reservoir contained toxic heavy metal, they chained themselves to the reservoir to prevent Shell to sink it and eventually the public opinion was on their side and Shell was mandate to dissassemble the reservoir on land to find out there was no toxic heavy metal in it and the operation proven to be way more polluting on land than if they had sunken the reservoir at 4 000 meters deep in sea as intent originally.

These guys are getting too much attention for what they worth.

Comment: Re:Thanks, but no thanks (Score 1) 121

by AchilleTalon (#47482481) Attached to: New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

In fact, that's not nice at all. If the Bitcoin is to be a currency, it should not be viewed as a risky investment or something like that. Otherwise, the chances are null it will become a real player in the currencies market. On another hand, if you are to provide some kind of guarantees to eventual users, you also have to cover the charges for that service.

And at the end, why should someone use bitcoins if they are equivalent to any other trading system? Given the charges to offer some legal guarantees, given the charges to exchange your money into this currency, given the volatility of this currency, why should someone decide to use it in first place instead of any other payment options out there?

Bitcoin is doomed to fail or to become equivalent to any other credit card, direct payment, currency exchange business.

Comment: Re:Show me the money! (Score 1) 441

Point is the 8 months payback delay is calculated taking for granted there is a high-performance electricity storage unit. This unit cost and even existence has not been taken into account in the payback delay. For now, there is no high-performance storage units anywhere in the world, hence its cost should be then infinite since the technology to build them is not there yet.

Otherwise, the study should take into account the cost of integration with the existing grid and the variation costs of other energy suppliers when the wind farm is supplying the grid. This cost is higher than you may think. This study is bullshit anyway.

Comment: Re:WUWT has a more FUD take on the calculations... (Score 4, Informative) 441

Well, forget WUWT and you will see there is not much calculations neither in the original claim and in fact, there is a big warning sign in the text, something the cost has not been taken into account in the evaluation but mandatory for their hypothesis to hold, here it is:

"Wind turbines are frequently touted as the answer to sustainable electricity production especially if coupled to high-capacity storage for times when the wind speed is either side of their working range."

So, they presume the high-capacity storage exists and it has zero cost. Seems to me a bit optimistic.

Comment: Re:WUWT (Score 0) 441

What's the point? You fear to be infected? Read the argumentation for what it is and see if it make sense. If not, argument yourself on what you believe doesn't make sense. It is not because it has been published on such a site it is automatically wrong and evil. You offer no argumentation than saying it is coming from the enemy. You are acting exactly like a denier yourself.

Comment: Re:off the shelf software (Score 1) 37

I guess this shouldn't have made its way to /., this is an internal news publication and they don't claim having made any breaktrough technological advance by doing this neither. See this as an internal publication to publicize what is done at Sheffield University to undergraduate students.

Comment: Re:More than one Higgs Boson? (Score 1) 42

by AchilleTalon (#47299163) Attached to: Fresh Evidence Supports Higgs Boson Discovery
No, because the OP's question was rather than why all these caution around the identity of this boson if there is only one Higgs. However, he didn't suspect the question doesn't make sense neither if this Higgs boson is another Higgs boson instead of the first Higgs boson, at the end it is still a Higgs boson anyway. The reason the physicists were so cautious about the identity of the particle is not because it could be another Higgs boson, it is because it could be another particle predicted by another theory which would instead of confirming the Standard Model rather than debunked it.

Comment: Re:More than one Higgs Boson? (Score 5, Informative) 42

by AchilleTalon (#47297559) Attached to: Fresh Evidence Supports Higgs Boson Discovery

In the energy range of the LHC the Higgs boson is not the only new particle that could have been discovered. You cannot automatically tag the particle a Higgs boson unless you observe and measure some of its characteristics, which is exactly what is done here, to prove it is actually a Higgs boson and not another exotic particle from another exotic theory. The Standard Model is far to be the only existing one and the LHC is also seeking for physics beyond the Standard Model. The few characteristics originally observed from the early announcement were insufficient to make certain it was a Higgs boson, that's why it was originally called a Higgs-like particle.

Comment: Re:Management botched it again (Score 1) 128

by AchilleTalon (#47297069) Attached to: Prisoners Freed After Cops Struggle With New Records Software

Twice rather than once, by picking an application which have a steep learning curve for such a task. I cannot imagine you can make this process so complicated you are ending with a steep learning curve for the end-users while the role of the user interface is to ease everything for the user. How could a old system interface being easier to use than the new one? And easier up to the point it is really complicated and you have to invest a significant amount of time and money on training?

How bad could be your user interface to lead to such a thing?

Comment: Re:Families come first (Score 4, Insightful) 370

by AchilleTalon (#47292955) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry
Very strange reasoning. Since I am one of these older people, I never had so much time to throw at my job. My kids are all working or completing graduate studies. You know, normally, you are young enough to reproduce when you have kids. I mean, usually the mother is less than 35 years old. It is very likely a newly hired young engineer will eventually have family and suddenly shorter nights and all that things which are well beyond for the older ones. Sad to say for you young guys, life doesn't end after 45.

Programmers do it bit by bit.