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Comment: There's another one here in Portland, Maine (Score 1) 115

by CFD339 (#45248453) Attached to: Is Google Building a Floating Data Center In San Francisco Bay?
Pretty much the same, on a floating barge here in Portland. Just read an article about it the paper (dead tree version). It's pretty clearly tied to google, that's clear. Also, the registrations of these two barges were a three letter designation and then 0010 and 0011 so there's probably at least one more out there (0001) somewhere and quite possibly at 0000 too.

Comment: I doubt Bruce would want you to...not entirely (Score 1) 330

by CFD339 (#45202369) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?
His whole set of ideals and processes is about not having to trust an individual person to make you secure. What he publishes is open, as are the software and techniques he espouses. The point is that if he's not trustworthy there should be people out there that will spot it. Personally, I'm not qualified but I do have some level of trust that there are plenty of people who are and who do check. If not, we're all screwed but there's no point in going down that path.

Comment: Re:Freezing the ground is not new at all. (Score 1) 225

by CFD339 (#44759223) Attached to: Japanese Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks
I don't really know, but I believe it was far long than that. The point is, it can certainly be done. What they're looking to do in Japan is divert the ground water around that site for some duration. If it can be done, it can be done - how long is just a question of the correct application of copious amounts of both energy and money.

Comment: Freezing the ground is not new at all. (Score 3, Interesting) 225

by CFD339 (#44750087) Attached to: Japanese Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks
In Boston, for parts of the Big Dig in the Back Bay area, this was how the tunneling was done. The ground there is far too soupy (that's a technical term used by geologists) to tunnel through effectively. They ran water with an antifreeze agent (just salt I think) through the pipes and kept it chilled below the freezing point of regular water. Over time it froze the ground in the whole area so they could tunnel in it and reinforce the tunnel before finally allowing the ground to thaw. It seems to have worked just fine for Boston.

Comment: Re:One of the key benefits of this (Score 1) 379

by CFD339 (#44599457) Attached to: Dishwasher-Size, 25kW Fuel Cell In Development
Well, others have pointed out that I'm mistaken about the amount of loss in electrical lines -- but as to loss in gas lines, it's actually very minimal. I'm a firefighter and so have had some training in dealing with both high pressure long-haul gas lines and low pressure home delivery lines.

Comment: One of the key benefits of this (Score 1) 379

by CFD339 (#44597271) Attached to: Dishwasher-Size, 25kW Fuel Cell In Development
...is the lack of long haul transmission waste. My understanding is that up to half the energy available at a large plant can be lost through the resistance (heat conversion) and other factors (induction?) in the lines before it gets to it's point of use. Small, neighborhood generation stations would be excellent if they were available, clean, safe, and reasonably inexpensive to maintain.

Asynchronous inputs are at the root of our race problems. -- D. Winker and F. Prosser

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