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Elledan (582730) writes "Federal investigators in California have requested that BrightSource — owner of thermal solar plants — halt the construction of more, even bigger plants until the impact of these plants on wildlife has been further investigated. The BrightSource solar plant in the Mojave Desert which was investigated reportedly kills between 1,000 and 28,000 birds a year with the concentrated solar energy from its 300,000 mirrors, charring and incinerating feathers of passing birds. This isn't the first report of negative environmental impact by this type of solar plant either."
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Comment: Re:Erm, not so much. (Score 2) 142

by Elledan (#47686021) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry
True, the US kinda switched to natural gas and are now shipping coal to Europe :) Here in Germany we got 26 new coal plants built or under construction in the past few years alone.

So the problem in the end is largely a logistics problem which should become less of an issue if more nuclear plants were being built due to the parts becoming less specialized. That's good to know, I guess :)

Comment: Just red tape? (Score 1, Interesting) 142

by Elledan (#47685819) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry
It always amazes me to hear about cost overruns and delays with new nuclear plants considering that in essence they're little more complex than coal plants, which keep popping up everywhere without any apparent issues.

So, is it just the red tape causing delays, or is it something else which make a nuclear plants so much more complex than a coal or gas plant?

Comment: Re:Nuclear is no good match for variable renewable (Score 1) 409

30-100% load cycling, according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Also this link: http://www.oecd-nea.org/nea-ne...

Much depends on the exact reactor type, but for Gen II PWR/BWR reactors and up load-following is most definitely a realistic proposition. As the second link notes, German reactors were forced to switch to load-following mode due to the disruptions on the grid caused by the large-scale unbuffered PV solar and wind turbine fluctuations on the grid.

Comment: Re:Overreacting (Score 1) 384

They could have changed it for different countries, yes. Yet the thing people seem to kind of forget here is that it's more of a cutesy little game, not anywhere as fundamental as say one's gender designation on a social networking site. To me it seems like a massively overblown issue which might have warranted possibly an email to Nintendo asking them politely to maybe change this, or even humorously file it as a bug report. Shaming Nintendo into changing this isn't very mature or helpful in my eyes. Humour tends to be more effective in cases like this, leaving a more pleasant aftertaste, if you catch my drift :)

As for my electronics projects, I sadly don't have much/anything online about it as I only recently have begun to get some time to do anything with it again, especially after moving to Germany :) I got some FPGA dev kits and other assorted equipment trickling in over the coming weeks to do fun stuff with and hopefully not releasing any magical smoke. Stay tuned, basically.

Thanks for the interest at any rate :) I guess this kind of goes to show how my approach to making an important but unknown topic known works.

Comment: Re:Overreacting (Score 1) 384

Well, the sticking point here is that I don't think it's entirely fair to blame a Japanese company for publishing a game in which homosexual marriage is not possible when the very country they're operating from has made this thing illegal.

To me this seems more like a case of shooting the messenger when it's the Japanese government which should be seen as discriminatory and outdated with this position on marriage. To be honest I'm not sure whether it would be legal for Nintendo to publish this game in Japan if they had made homosexual marriage possible.

As for the further point of making more people aware of intersex, I'm definitely trying. Through media appearances (see my site for examples) and possibly in the future through some games I wish to develop and publish via my own software company or in cooperation with other studios/publishers. The last thing I want to do, however, is to antagonize or be seen as a complainer. Issues like this should be approached in a level-headed, rational manner to have the proper impact.

Just my opinion on the matter, of course :)

Comment: Re:Overreacting (Score 1) 384

Well, there are people in the game. Male and female. Yet there are also people who are neither male or female such as yours truly. Are we intersex people represented in this game or games in general? Movies? Media? No way.

Yet we're not complaining about most of society not even being aware or caring about our existence. Not too much at least. I'd definitely call the complaints about this Nintendo game asinine as there are countless other games where one could complain about in the same manner, but what it comes down to it in the end is that it is a choice by the creator of the game which one has to respect as an artistic choice unless it's obviously discriminatory (e.g. having anti-homosexual marriage messages in the game).

Comment: Imagine... (Score 1) 230

by Elledan (#46843659) Attached to: How Japan Plans To Build Orbital Solar Power Stations
Just imagine the massive nuclear power (fission and fusion) infrastructure (including reprocessing) one could construct for the cost of this project. No matter how one looks at it, this kind of space-based PV only gets attention because it seems so cool. In the end we can get a more reliable power infrastructure for less money simply by investing in what is a proven and known to be safe (though not idiot-proof, sadly) technology.

But hey, space. I'm sure it's far more cool and less controversial :)

Comment: Re:What's the difference? (Score 1) 462

by Elledan (#46247571) Attached to: Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices
When it comes to intersex case incidence there are no proper statistics, because nobody is keeping them. Normalization surgeries aren't kept track of as such either, and there are many types of intersex which are practically invisible until a much later age (such as CAIS and XXY).

At this point I think it'd be safe to use a number between 1:1,000 and 1:150, though. 1:25 is also used by some researchers, but it really depends on which conditions you include and which statistics for it you rely on.

Comment: Re:What's the difference? (Score 5, Interesting) 462

by Elledan (#46245915) Attached to: Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices
Ambiguous genitals can mean a lot of things. They can be just variations on what we often refer to as 'regular' genitals, as in female or male, with a gradual transition between these two extremes.

There's also hermaphroditism - a sub-set of intersex - whereby both types of genitals are partially or fully present. Basically put this means having both a penis and vagina as well as a certain selection of internal reproductive organs.

Coincidentally I'm also a hermaphrodite, and although I used to have both testicles and ovaries at the same time, I was born fully infertile without a womb. You can find more details about my situation on my (easy to find) site :)

As for how often it actually occurs, intersex as an umbrella term is something in the order of 1:1,000 to 1:150 individuals who are born with an intersex condition.

Comment: Over ten times a year here. (Score 1) 415

by Elledan (#45173257) Attached to: I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...
For the past nine years I have seen a medical professional for at least ten times a year. The reason is the condition I was born with (hermaphroditism, an intersex condition). That I had to see so many doctors was due to the Dutch physicians refusing to acknowledge this condition, whereas in Germany this was no problem and I will (hopefully) soon have a final reconstructive surgery.

After that last surgery I hopefully won't have to see a physician for the next decade...

Comment: Just another sign of TEPCO's incompetence... (Score 4, Interesting) 190

by Elledan (#45061589) Attached to: Fukushima Nuclear Worker Accidentally Toggles Off Cooling Pumps
This isn't another example of how precarious the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is, but one of how massive the incompetence of TEPCO is that they keep having 'incident' after 'incident'. Even long before Fukushima Daiichi TEPCO's safety record was beyond frightening.

That the Japanese government a) allows TEPCO to 'clean up' Fukushima and b) refuses any foreign help shows that the problem with Fukushima is and always has been a political one.

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