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Comment: Re:PID FTW (Score 1) 70 70

I don't see how a PID controller will help much.

It helped him win.

You are cooking with very low temperature air (around 200 F).

Yes, temperature control is what PID is used for in this context.

You have this massive ceramic cooker with large heat capacity.

No, I'm not talking about TFA, I'm talking about every other BBQ. Anyway you can buy a PID fan controller as a complete unit and stick it up your Weber's arse.

The most important thing for good BBQ is picking a good cut of meat. Do that right and you can throw it in your oven and it will be delicious.

That's not even BBQ.

Comment: Re:Future prediction... (Score 1) 100 100

(And during the few moments that we have left
We want to talk right down to earth in a language
That everybody here can easily understand)

Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The Cult of Personality
I know your anger
I know your dreams
I've been everything you want to be
I'm the Cult of Personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I'm the Cult of Personality
The Cult of Personality
The Cult of Personality

Neon lights, a Nobel Prize
When a mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You won't have to follow me
Only you can set me free

I sell the things you need to be
I'm the smiling face on your TV
I'm the Cult of Personality
I exploit you
Still you love me
I tell you one and one makes three
I'm the Cult of Personality

Like Joseph Stalin and Gandhi
I'm the Cult of Personality
The Cult of Personality
The Cult of Personality

Neon lights, a Nobel Prize
When a leader speaks, that leader dies
You won't have to follow me
Only you can set you free

You gave me fortune
You gave me fame
You gave me power in your God's name
I'm every person you need to be
I'm the cult of personality!

I'm the Cult of
I'm the Cult of
I'm the Cult of
I'm the Cult of
I'm the Cult of
I'm the Cult of
I'm the Cult of
I'm the Cult of

Comment: Re:That's still exactly what it was (Score 1) 100 100

Water falls out of the sky in most of the world.

Sadly, in more and more parts of it, it's becoming illegal to collect it. And mind you, I'm not talking about diverting seasonal drainage, I'm talking about collecting rainfall from your roof, let alone from a structure purpose-built for collecting water like you commonly see in areas with high rainfall and low government interference.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 250 250

Is that a quote from somewhere? Who said that?

I'm pretty sure the last part is something I read someplace, if not verbatim then next door, and attached to a similar sentiment. There Will Be Idiots is my motto these days, so it crept in there. I can't find anything, either. Whatever it originally was, I probably read it here.

Comment: PID FTW (Score 1) 70 70

I remember watching some BBQ competition TV series (figures, right?) and the winner was an asian dude who built his own PID BBQ fan controllers and used them with cheap grills. It's not impossible for a human to get that kind of consistency, but it's not expensive to let a computer do it any more.

Now, why aren't all the things PID? People regularly retrofit even digital appliances to be PID because they aren't already, how insane is that?

Comment: Re:The Final Nail (Score 1) 250 250

There's a clawing feeling that it was somehow 'My Fault'.... and it probably was. With hindsight, maybe I should've set it to run the backup while we were in the building, rather than at home over the weekend. I could've used an external drive to keep one locally too. There were probably a dozen things that I could've done that'd stop it.

Only one thing which really mattered... verifying your backups. If you don't do that, there's almost no point in making any. (It gives you something to pray for...)

Comment: Re:EVs are a PITA (Score 1) 397 397

Obviously the outcome was suspected before going, but he does claim that he did call them up and be very clear before he was going where he was going, and that the card still didn't work; a subsequent call solved the problem, but in the moment it would still be highly frustrating. But returning to the first point, if you suspect it will go this way, then yes the whole video is an attempt to sell us the idea (for whatever reason) that if you buy an i3, you'd better buy the range extender. I, of course, am using it to sell the idea that EVs need lots of range, and since there are some relatively cheap ones coming out which suit the description better than the i3, which is not quite BMW's message. With that said, I wouldn't buy a Bolt, either :)

Comment: Re:Biofuels? Hmm (Score 1) 397 397

The problem with biofuels is you need to grow them somewhere and if they're normal plants (as opposed to algae)

Well, your comment does include the solution. Algae can be grown at most latitudes and in most water. The waste from the process can be composted safely anywhere. What's not to like?

Comment: Re:EVs are a PITA (Score 1) 397 397

and yet, everybody that owns EVs (real EVs, not hybrids like the volt or the I3),

You can buy the i3 as an EV. It's got piss-poor range, though.

Why? Because they are far less hassles than ICE cars.

Look, the average age of the American fleet is currently at a record high of 11 years. That means that of the people with money for new cars, most of them have still got warranties. So what are they going to buy? They're going to buy what's familiar. If you have a warranty and a decent dealer then it's not a big deal if your ICE fails. You get a loaner and they replace your motor, or whatever. Who cares?

I have argued frequently and passionately that EVs will be superior to ICEs once they get the range up around the same place as ICEs. But you can get cars with ICEs that get over 600 miles on one fill, and it's unusual for one to get less than 300 on a tank. There's lots of reasons to love EVs, but cars are about convenience and it's not convenient to have to rent another car. I bought a car so I could go places in it, not so I could rent another car when I want to go far away.

Comment: Re:Carbon Footprint (Score 2) 397 397

I suspect that switching from my petrol-powered car to an electric vehicle would actually increase the amount of greenhouse gas emissions I generate.

you would be wrong, even if 100% of your power comes from coal you'd still reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. you do however increase your radioactive isotope emissions...

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 397 397

There's a good chance the vehicle that'll need replacing will be the minivan. There are no electric minivans.

There will be, sooner or later. The crossover trend is going to double back around and become the minivan again. If I were to build one myself, though, I'd start with a Previa. The mid-engine layout ought to lend itself. Most of the existing ones are VW microbuses, but those are expensive and also instadeath in a big collision.

Comment: Re:Preening Progressive Prius Pricks (Score 4, Informative) 397 397

No law needed, once the government stop subsidizing oil diesel and gas vehicles will be as expensive to drive as they are in other countries and electric will start to look a lot more attractive.

Without government granting bullshit patents we'd have carbon-negative biofuels for our diesels by now. They'd still make acid rain, of course, but they wouldn't be contributing to carbon release. And you'd fill them up with bio-based crankcase lube, too — it's better when you run biofuels, because of the compatibility of the blow-by gases.

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"