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Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 199

by mrchaotica (#49570339) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Even if the concern is about other ships and the fuel they're using for propulsion, it's still not reasonable. After all, the ships can just go around the same way they avoid any other fixed obstacle (reefs, islands, whatever). It's certainly not a big enough issue to make it worth continuing to use a polluting form of power generation instead!

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 199

by mrchaotica (#49569969) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Massachusetts just shut down it's offshore wind farm program and more are dying (a welcome event for those of us that pay our own bills )

That project failed because it didn't meet its financing deadline, because people opposed to it tied it up in court for too long. In other words, it didn't die because it was economically bad; it died because NIMBYs and reactionary anti-environmentalists like yourself murdered it.

Take this ludicrous bullshit (quoted from the article), for example:

The Cape Cod Times reports that Charles McLaughlin, Barnstableâ(TM)s assistant town attorney, said: "The townâ(TM)s concerns include the possibility that a collision between a boat and the large electric service platform the project requires could spill thousands of gallons of oil into the sound."

So, this town's conclusion is (incredulously) that the wind farm is bad because one of the oil tankers that it renders obsolete might hit it. That's not the fault of the wind farm; that's the fault of the goddamn oil tankers!

Comment: Re:Just for context (Score 1) 149

by drinkypoo (#49569897) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

I couldn't find a better map, but fluoride can always be found in meaningful amounts naturally in groundwater.

I use a RO filter, you insensitive clod! I don't even care what's in my water, unless it's so severe I can't bathe in it. And I use a spin-down filter, a spun filter, and a carbon filter before that happens anyway.

It's sad that you need to filter your municipal drinking water before you can drink it, though, especially when that's in part because they added nasty crap to it.

Comment: Re:The grid needs storage - not battery storage (Score 1) 199

by drinkypoo (#49569859) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

As to your used battery idea, it is not a good one. Most used batteries are car batteries.

Aside from the fact that we're talking about used EV batteries, it might interest you to know that high-end vehicles are now replacing their flooded lead-acid starter batteries with Li-Ion packs. Even a really dinky one is capable of starting the vehicle, but the truth is that there's embarrassingly more electrical accessories in the modern car, and they need a battery with more capacity so that you can use them all at once even in a vehicle with a stop-start system. As the price on electrically-operated accessories (like power steering, heat pumps, and so on) comes down due to economies of scale, you can expect this trend to proliferate down to cheaper cars. It's pretty hilarious to look even into older vehicles, say a saturn, and compare the size of the battery to the size of the engine. Which block is bigger, the battery box or the cylinder block? A Li-Ion battery would be half the size, and let you design a foot off the length of the vehicle — or put it someplace else, where it would do you more good.

Anyway, these Li-Ion packs can be broken down and their individual cells tested, matched, and re-used, so the car starter battery of the future will also be useful for these systems... just not the batteries of today. Those are already aggressively recycled, however, like most car parts.

Comment: Re:The grid needs storage - not battery storage (Score 1) 199

by drinkypoo (#49569777) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

I've also used a slightly amount of hyperbole, they won't cost $0. Packs will at minimum have to be tested and recertified, and in many cases will need cells replaced — and individual cells will need to be tested and matched into groups of cells with similar characteristics for maximum output. That all costs some money. However, it costs nowhere near as much as putting the packs together in the first place; it costs some charge and discharge cycles, but there's no reason why these cycles can't be performed as part of an actual operating load-smoothing plant. After all, you'll have many modules in parallel, and any which cause you problems will simply be removed from the system. On the other hand, some packs might well be usable without any cell replacement, and they really would cost only the transportation costs and testing logistics and overhead, less the profit from their participation in load balancing during testing.

Comment: Re: wait, what? (Score 1) 77

by drinkypoo (#49569741) Attached to: New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine

Those who are more paranoid acknowledge that ownership problem and do updates using an alternate method, i.e. login.

I don't think you understand what I said. If you've only got one uid, then both your web user and your shell user are the same user. This is typical of low-cost hosting services. Unless you're colocating, you've typically only got one uid. This ain't the law, some providers will let you crank them out, especially if you're chroot'd.

Comment: Re:Good idea, bad implementation (Score 1) 175

by Schnapple (#49569295) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

Valve and Zenimax should have given at least the big-name modders some heads-up, so they could think and have time to rationally decide whether to start selling, and for how much, and to work out any licensing issues in multi-person teams.

I guess you missed it but they did exactly that.

Creator of removed paid Skyrim mod gives his side of the story

Basically Valve contacted him and several other high profile mod authors over a month and a half ago to participate in the rollout. In this particular case, the Art of the Catch mod (adds fishing to Skyrim, I think, I haven't tried it) needed some files from another mod to run, or it had a dependency, or both. Valve told him their legal team thought it would be OK but that the author should consult a lawyer on his own. He didn't, and many butts got hurt over the result.

But your assertion, that they did this with no notice to anyone, least of all the high profile modders, is wrong. They did exactly that.

Comment: Re: wait, what? (Score 1) 77

by drinkypoo (#49568365) Attached to: New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine

The real problem is that almost all installations of Wordpress ensure that their files are editable by the web process user in order to use the auto-update feature.

Sure, but that's a necessary feature of any self-updating CMS. And if you're hosting it, you usually only have one username anyway, so the files can't be owned by another user.

Comment: Re:And still we don't learn (Score 1) 77

by drinkypoo (#49568345) Attached to: New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine

Add to this that WordPress is by far the easiest of the major CMS platforms to manage, and it gets even worse. I manage a couple of WordPress sites and a Joomla site.

Haven't tried Drupal eh? Damning with faint praise, but it's notably better than WordPress. The only PITA is dealing with database access, but so far I've been able to do that through other modules' code and haven't had to do it directly.

Comment: Re: Talk about creating a demand (Score 3, Interesting) 199

by drinkypoo (#49568291) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

The problem is we have no one proposing truly reasonable alternatives.

According to you.

Instead of patching what they call our "antiquated" power grid, perhaps we should actually rethink it.

But you won't do that, even a little bit.

The renewable energy sources have a common problem because they cannot provide power when it is needed with suitable reliability.

This is how I know you won't rethink it. Operating the means of production while power is highly available is the answer. We used to call this "making hay while the sun shines". Haven't heard that expression in about a decade though. Now we just want to make hay when we want hay, god damn it.

Allowing people to generate power using solar and wind, use it what they want and sell the rest to utilities sounds very good, but it does not reduce the peak capacity that the utilities must have,

Which is why we're talking about adding power storage, so that the power can be used when it is needed.

further it increases the swing between peak and minimum meaning the utilities must have capacity that can be brought online quickly and shutdown quickly, sometimes several times a day.

See previous sentence.

These "green" energy sources are not nearly as green as they could be in a properly integrated power grid.

That's why we want to integrate power storage into the grid. See, I can use buzzwords, too!

Patching batteries into the grid just delays a properly engineered solution.

You will never have a "properly engineered solution" because progress. You can only have a system that works. Oddly, ours does, most of the time. However, it has some very nasty externalities. Right now we've got spent fuel sitting around on top of reactors just like at Fukushima, reactors which are in fact based on the same design as Fukushima. There is no evidence that we are responsible enough to deal with our nuclear waste, or the waste produced while coal is burned. If we ever reach that level of responsibility, then perhaps we can revisit this conversation.

Having the smallest/smallish users capitalize the grid is stupid because they can't pay for it upfront and if made compulsory, they will pay while industry profits.

Ah yes, the "if made compulsory" FUD. You really have put nothing of substance in this comment. When you have to resort to FUD, just accept you have lost.

A smart grid where your car and laptop charge at times of minimal demand/maximum availability is also likely to be needed.

Cars already do that, so why are you even bringing this up? Besides, anyone who knows anything about power distribution knows that this is the direction the power company is heading anyway. That's part of the "smart grid" initiative. However, it's going to be a long time before your laptop has to do anything, especially since their power budget tends to decrease over time. The industrial users' equipment is already sometimes throttled by the provider, especially HVAC where a delay of a few minutes won't hurt anything.

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