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Comment: Re:Wind power is not the answer. (Score 1) 253

I don't know where you come from, but if a windmill or a wind turbine makes any noise at all, it is time to put some grease on the bearings. Modern wind turbines run at their own pace and synchronize the frequency themselves before adding the power to the grid. And what I really cannot understand is why people complain about wind turbines being ugly and not about flood-lighted billboards. These are really ugly, but nobody complains about them.

Comment: Re:Avoiding loss (Score 1) 34

by Errol backfiring (#49679607) Attached to: Uber Drivers In India Will Start Accepting Cash
Funny, if they can steal your card along with the codes (you have to pay, right?), this means that all your money can be stolen. If I pay with cash, they can only steal the amount of cash I happen to carry on my person. Apart from that, digital currency is just made up by a regular bank when issuing a loan, while paper money is at least a bit more official. Our banking and money system is so fucked up we should depend less on banks, not more.

Comment: WTF? (Score 4, Interesting) 278

Sorry, but why do you shit in drinking water to begin with? Just use a compost toilet. The composting process kills almost every known disease, and if it is your own toilet, you know what diseases went in, so you know what can come out (it probably won't, and if it does, your body has learned to cope with it). It's literally dirt cheap, low-tech, and can be implemented almost anywhere. And you get better compost as well. See the Humanure Handbook for all the details.

Comment: Small typo (Score 1) 209

by Errol backfiring (#49530517) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance

It puts McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the bill’s co-sponsor, squarely on the side of advocates of the National Security Agency’s continued ability to collect millions of Americans’ phone records each day in the cluesless hunt for terrorist activity

There, fixed that for you

Comment: Re:No they can't ignore consumer protections (Score 1) 247

by Errol backfiring (#49476693) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

Good luck with that

Actually, hell would not exactly freeze over if you block Google. In fact, if they did, people would just use another search engine (IXquick, DuckDuckGo or others) and almost every web site would load a lot faster without the cross-site scripting attack from Google. As a second advantage, people might start to think twice before handing their entire life to some evil company when it comes to documents or agendas.

Comment: Why are lottery employees allowed to play at all? (Score 0) 342

When I read contest or lottery rules, it always states that the people who work at the organising organisation are not allowed to participate in it. Even if everybody plays fair, an organiser winning his own lottery will be suspected of foul play.

Comment: if we had to rebuild society... (Score 1) 365

by Errol backfiring (#49469711) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

If we had to rebuild society, could we do it without all the fossil fuels we used to do it the first time?

Not only could we do it, we have already done so. The 18th century was the century where a sawmill was actually a mill. Like this one. Mills made cement, drilled canons, ground paint, tobacco, oak bark and corn, kept our feet dry, pressed oil, made felt and more. Many of them still do, for historical reasons. See the links (you have to use a Babel Fish if you do not read Dutch). Our "Golden Age" was run mostly on wind, and other countries also used water.

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