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Comment: Re:Daily Treadmill (Score 2) 124

by Applehu Akbar (#49179821) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

I'm active in a hiking club where the membership starts at about age 60, in a mountainous area with a lot of steep and rocky terrain. There are a lot of members still active in their eighties and edging into the nineties. This is a cohort of people who were always athletic in various ways

The geographic distribution of origins is interesting. I see a pronounced bias toward the upper Midwest. About half our membership of 400 seems to come from Wisconsin and Minnesota alone.

Comment: Re:What price is acceptable? (Score 1) 187

by Applehu Akbar (#49170865) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

And I thought environmentalists liked trains! In the US we have the problem that few people are used to riding them now, so the market for new passenger trains is conjectural. But UK trains are packed all the time (I recently did a trip involving a large selection of trains up the west coast to Wiltshire and Cumbria and down the east coast from Yorkshire, followed by London-Geneva on bullet trains), so the market is solid.

Comment: Re:FOE is in favor: Yeah, right! (Score 1) 187

by Applehu Akbar (#49167399) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Envision a cylindrical or cone-shaped strainer with the pointy end facing the incoming water, like the intake behind a dam. With a large effective surface area compared to the water inlet, fish can easily swim away and driftwood, etc, just migrates to the low-flow end of the filter and falls away.

Comment: Re:We need to stop with the censorship already (Score 1) 523

We're not talking about "those who disagree" in the western world, but ISIS itself. This is war; rather than just canceling ISIS accounts, our intelligence agencies should be faking traffic to set one ISIS faction against others, causing them to misinterpret coalition counterattack information, and disrupting their funding and supply networks. It's what we're paying the NSA and CIA to do.

Comment: FOE is in favor: Yeah, right! (Score 1) 187

by Applehu Akbar (#49166085) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Greens love any renewable energy project that doesn't exist yet, but you can bet that as soon as construction actually begins on this thing, they will find a reason to oppose it every step of the way. How difficult can it actually be to filter out the fish from the inrushing water? Do this for the rising tide cycle, and the descending-tide cycle is already taken care of.

Such a deal, too: if UK users will put up with paying GBP 168/KWh for the first installation, the company promises to bring in its second lagoon at GBP 90, the same as they are already paying for nuclear. Since the power output will be far less than from nukes, and will still be fluctuating-though-predictable, what would the point be? Tidal lagoons would be good for islands and other off-grid coastal areas with a usably high tidal range. The place to build something like this would be Labrador.

Comment: Re:Republicans are totally out to lunch on this is (Score 1) 229

Who's standing in the way? The issue is that in several states, cable companies, after invited state legislatures out for squab and cigars, have had laws passed with expressly forbid exactly the kind of competition you cite. They love being the only game in town.

Comment: Re: Republicans are totally out to lunch on this i (Score 1) 229

So long as localities get to vote on this sort of situation, I see a much smaller problem than if the cable companies are able to lobby a state legislature into getting government to give them a lock on the entire state. That is the situation the FCC just ruled against.

Comment: Republicans are totally out to lunch on this issue (Score 2) 229

by Applehu Akbar (#49156535) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

And I speak as a Republican. Unless there's some outrageous hidden agenda yet to emerge, net neutrality just means that Internet service over cable, because it is in many places a natural monopoly, is henceforth to be treated as a utility, like your electrical service. How you use the watt-hours you buy for your home is your own business, and we are all more free if the same applies to your Internet feed. Regulation of business is something we by instinct would rather not have, but if you live in an area where Comcast is the only game in town, treating it as a utility is more palatable than giving a single company full control of your access to the Internet.

Whether to build municipal broadband is a decision that any locality should be allowed to make for itself. Because wired Internet service so often is a natural monopoly, there are all kinds of situations in which towns or villages or even small neighborhoods find themselves cut off from any service by a company that simply does not feel it worthwhile to extend service to that market. Value decisions like this should be the company's right, but has no business standing in the way of any group of users who wish to band together to organize service of their own.

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