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Comment: Re:Cape Wind Will Die (Score 1) 228

How are you going to store that much electricity, you'd need TWhs worth of storage.

You electrolyze water and then methanate the resulting hydrogen using a nickel catalyst. The product you inject into the regular natural gas grid. While doing so, you also lift your middle finger in the general direction of Putin.

Comment: Re:Cape Wind Will Die (Score 2) 228

The final fact is Denmark / Germany / Spain have the most expensive electricity in Europe, part of the extra cost is taxes, but even without taxes, Germany electricity is more expensive than France. If Energiewende was that cost effective, then why isn't Germany cheaper than France ?

Firstly because France is largely nuclear, which has historically been very cheap on a large scale, so a comparison to France would be tough for many countries, and secondly because it's a long-term project. The fact that it's not as cheap now doesn't mean it will stay so. But you can't build new infrastructure on a whim. For example, PV module cost is steadily going down. So when they get, say, three times cheaper in the next two decades (UMG cells, packaging improvement, manufacturing improvement...), if people at that point in time suddenly start putting them onto their roofs like crazy without some infrastructure investments done now, what's going to happen? Something nasty, I'd bet.

Comment: Re:Greedy bastards. (Score 1) 185

by aardvarkjoe (#49155089) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

You're missing the point of how powerful branding can be.

No, I'm not. But it's not the ".dev" TLD that makes the branding. You're making the assumption that having a ".dev" domain registered to yourself will transform into that branding without any evidence, and against all logic.

Tell that to every good developer who wasn't hired because some shitty developer with an MSDN certification and no experience got hired instead.

So what? Idiot hiring managers will do what they do, and there's a huge list of stupid reasons why they might refuse to hire somebody. The availability of .dev domains doesn't make any difference in that respect -- anyone who would make a decision based on something that moronic would just find some other stupid reason to hire the poor candidate.

Comment: Re:Greedy bastards. (Score 1) 185

by aardvarkjoe (#49155001) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

At first it's not going to be considered an exclusive requirement that good developers have .dev, but eventually, as the .dev becomes a cognitive shortcut for "good developer" people will start thinking that those without .dev are in some way suspect - after all, if they were that good, why wouldn't they have a .dev?

If Google was capable of doing this, then there would already be a perception that all good developers are Google developers. And that isn't anywhere close to true.

This isn't just speculation, either - the same thing can be seen in the computer world today (or at least recently) with the "XXX Certification" nonsense, be it A+ / MSDN / whatever. I've seen job hiring requirements that require certifications that are pointless to the job, or that focus more on certifications than actual job experience or ability.

Nobody but idiot managers think that not having a particular certification means that someone is a bad developer. This isn't a problem where general perception is concerned.

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