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Comment: Re:waste of time (Score 1) 380

by Belial6 (#47327869) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel
I'm not really buying the 70mpg claim for your Metro. I had a metro, and it was almost always at 52 mpg averaged over about three tanks of gas. It is possible that you drive more efficiently than I do, but that is a mighty big spread. My Suzuki Swift (4-cylinder Geo Metro) was pretty consistent at ~42 mpg. Other than, that, I completely agree. There really is no excuse for 30 years of innovation, and the move to hybrids for gas mileage to have gone down. Sure, newer cars are heavier, but new innovation should have more than covered the difference in weight.

Comment: Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (Score 1) 461

by Belial6 (#47327073) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly
Use water storage as a capacitor. It is possible that the power company does know better than me on how to manage the grid, and they just decided to do it badly. We all see companies all over that choose to do things badly. Sometimes it is because doing it well would reduce profits. Sometimes it is because one department can look like it is saving money by forcing greater costs onto another department, sometimes it is because a person with influence is lazy, and sometimes it is because the guy that has been working at the same job for 40 years is afraid of change. Whatever the reason, solving both spikes and drops is relatively trivial from an engineering point of view.

Comment: Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (Score 1) 461

by Belial6 (#47318117) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly
Over production has always seemed like a poor excuse to me. Using up power is not even a difficult problem. Run a turbine, shoot a laser into space, pump some water up hill. Heck, just desalinate some water. It doesn't have to be water you rely on, but a bit of fresh water isn't going to hurt a place like Hawaii.

Of course, the ideal solution would be to pump water uphill, and then use it to generate power during low spots.

Comment: Re:Who gives a shit? (Score 1) 38

by Belial6 (#47312795) Attached to: Nest Announces New Smart Home API
While connecting it to the internet might be a mistake, your thermostat is just as bad. It is only one step above having an on/off switch on your heater. Having programmable thermostats that can be set to turn down the heat when people are asleep, or even more importantly, away at work/school has saved huge amounts of energy and money. HVAC is terribly behind the tech curve on saving even more energy and money while improving the comfort and convenience to the user. Technology that makes our lives more convenient is a good thing.

Comment: Re:Luddites on the loose. (Score 1) 199

by Belial6 (#47311165) Attached to: FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones
The truck with an unconscious driver is more likely to go unnoticed than a drone which suddenly disappeared from the tracking system that makes sure the drone is where it is supposed to be. Of course, the homemade meal that you are planning on having tonight is more likely to burn down the neighborhood than either of the first two examples.

Comment: Re:Why I don't buy the misogyny argument (Score 1) 548

by Belial6 (#47284191) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative
Or, perhaps it doesn't have anything to do with testosterone, but instead has everything to do with it being made absolutely clear from birth that some people will have to work for everything they get, while others can choose to work. It would be interesting to see what the percentages would look like if you took children who were raised with the expectation that they will never have to work vs. being raised with the expectation that if they don't work, they will starve and be shunned by the opposite sex. I don't think that you could find that without it looking just like a gender difference.

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