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Comment: Re:Hide your cables (Score 1) 289

by CrimsonAvenger (#48465991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Hmm, live in the USA, near a metropolitan area (New Orleans is across the lake).

Had a power interruption here this year. Long enough to reset the clock I'm looking at.

Only power outage I can think of that was long enough to be notable (more than momentary) was Katrina....

Course, the fact that my computers are either laptops or on UPS means I really don't care all that much about power outages.

Comment: Re:The problem is much bigger than energy (Score 1) 547

by CrimsonAvenger (#48463047) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

We need to stop charging money to our children's credit cards, start sending money to it, pay it off completely, and start putting money in savings.

Hmm, sounds like you're ignoring the advice of all the best economists - remember, saving for a rainy day is bad for the economy...we're supposed to spend every penny we make or the economy will go south....

Comment: Re:Well if two google engineers say so (Score 2) 547

by CrimsonAvenger (#48461813) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Standford-degreed Google engineer

Stanford, damnit!

Just because the idiot editor let it slip by is no really good reason for everyone to pretend to idiocy themselves....

Oh, and I read the article you're quoting earlier. Wind and Solar are competitive as long as you include the massive subsidies they're currently getting. Enough so that the wind and solar industries are fighting to keep those subsidies (several of which are due to expire soon) intact....

Comment: Re:Keys to the kingdom ... (Score 1) 176

by CrimsonAvenger (#48461721) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

Actually, I think politicians like this care about three things:

All of your "three things" reduce to number 2 - get power. Money and reelections are just part of the Power equation.

It can be reduced even further - all politicians are in the business because they like telling other people what to do. For your own good, of course. Really, trust me - it's for your own good....

Comment: Re:next gen batteries (Score 1) 278

Ideally, when electric cars are 'everywhere' you'll be able to pull into your restaurant of choice and start charging up.

Intriguing theory you have about where you're likely to find 5KV electrical connections. Note that since wiring would have to be added to wherever these charging stations are, the infrastructure investment is going to be non-trivial, and so is not nearly so likely to be just everywhere as you might suspect. Much more likely that that sort of connection will be made to specialized places, sort of like a gas station.

Comment: Re:Practically alone... (Score 1) 289

by CrimsonAvenger (#48452811) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

If this math holds up, the next interstellar island is further away than we thought... and we are likely going to be a very lonely species.

This math says pretty much nothing about our neighborhood. Remember, one in ten can just as easily be 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 as 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1.

Even more importantly, this say nothing about our galaxy's likelihood of having life (basically, 100% right now)....

Comment: Re:This is the voice of world control. (Score 1) 102

by CrimsonAvenger (#48451811) Attached to: Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

though the details are classified, I believe most bombs on ICBMs are somewhere in the megatonish range.

Try MIRV's in the 50-100 kt range.

The only MT range bombs we've ever put on ICBMs were the 5MT (reportedly) bombs on the Titans, which were decommissioned decades ago.

No comments about Soviet/Russian or Chinese or British or French weapons.

Comment: Re:next gen batteries (Score 1) 278

But really, who cares which is faster, which do you think about first when deciding what car to buy;
Fuel economy, price, style, carrying capacity, cost of maintenance, or speed of fill up?

I don't think about speed of fillup at all, because the time required is pretty much inconsequential for any "normal" car.

On the other hand, if the choice i were making included a car that could fill up in five minutes and a car that took a minimum of half an hour, then yes it would make a difference. And not in favour of the half hour fillup....

Comment: Re:Why giving ? (Score 1) 91

by CrimsonAvenger (#48443855) Attached to: How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

If you look at the worst ongoing conflicts [wikipedia.org] the biggest and worst are always about religion

Alas, WW2 doesn't seem to have been about religion, and it's still the largest war in human history (and if it were split into two separate wars, they'd be the two largest wars in history).

Comment: Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (Score 2) 91

by CrimsonAvenger (#48443323) Attached to: How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

A healthy hunter-gatherer lifestyle seems preferable to dying from lack of clean water.

What makes you think hunter/gatherers historically had access to clean water? What makes you think that water that the rest of the animal kingdom has been crapping and pissing in is "clean water"?

Comment: Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (Score 1) 91

by CrimsonAvenger (#48443307) Attached to: How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

I said hunter-gatherer, not living all by myself. They had things called tribes and families, you know. See Dances with Wolves sometime.

Feel free to take family and friends with you on your great experiment in living the hunter/gatherer lifestyle. If you can convince them that living in the woods scrounging for food is better than sitting in their comfortable house watching the interwebs....

Again, you seem to equate hunting/gathering with lawless anarchy where it's every man for himself. Ice Age hunters formed groups and undoubtedly worked well with each other.

Hmm, we've found physical evidence of murders among Ice Age hunters, so they "worked well with each other" no better than we do now. And "anarchy" is a lack of government. Which pretty much defines the Ice Age hunters. Or did you consider your Grandfather to be "government" when you were growing up?

By the by, I am by no means trying to suggest that "hunter/gatherer" is synonymous with solitude or anarchy. I AM trying to suggest that the lifestyle looks a lot better from the easy chair at home than it does when you're actually living it. And that romanticizing the hunter/gatherer lifestyle from your computer desk is, at best, silly.

Comment: Re:Why giving ? (Score 1) 91

by CrimsonAvenger (#48443299) Attached to: How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

I am from China, and when I was in China, China was hit by the double whammy from Chairman Mao - in the form of great famine and cultural upheaval

Hey, you people decided you'd rather have Chairman Mao than the kleptocrats you had before. On balance, I'm not sure you made the right choice, but on the other hand, I'm not sure you didn't (the previous "government" was about as bad as any in history, when you come right down to it).

Tens of millions of people perished

From what I've read, closer to 100 million than to ten million. Mao easily displaced Hitler as the cause of the greatest number of human deaths in history (thought the Black Death still beats them both).

Why then the West wants to give out money to help those "poor" countries? I mean, what the West is thinking?

Depending on whether you're talking government aid or private aid, the logic is that you get a better trading partner if those people over there aren't starving OR that it's the Christian thing to do (and don't waste my time going on about "christian hypocrisy" - the only people I actually know who go over to places like Liberia to help out (medical missions, in this case, every year, not just because ebola) are doing so because they consider it their Christian Duty).

They think without the "foreign aid" those poor countries will die?

Based on past evidence, a lot of them will. Note ebola, consider its effects sans Western medical people/equipment being sent to Africa.

For thousands of years the people of those "poor countries" were there before the "West" is known as the "West ... and they never got any "Western aid" at all, and still, they survived, right?

For values of "survive" that include average lifespans of 40 years or so, starvation a year or two every decade, a great deal of what civilized people consider to be serious crimes (rape, murder, that sort of thing), etc.

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro..." -- Hunter S. Thompson

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