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Comment: Re:AGW is falsifiable, easily. (Score 1) 384

by FirstOne (#47430407) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

I'll add a couple of corrections to your list
4.3) CO2 absorbs IR photons, but also re-emits IR photons, but in a randomized spherical manor.
4.5) Increased randomization of IR photons interferes with the normal flow of energy from earth's surface to outer space.
4.7) As CO2 concentration increases more and more IR photons are re-directed back towards earth's surface at all levels of the atmosphere.
7) The net effect of increasing CO2 concentration increases temperature near earth's surface and decreases it at high altitudes.

Comment: Re:It *isn't* that well understood (Score 3, Informative) 427

by FirstOne (#47415525) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

"Current CO2 concentration is 380 ppm or so."

You're a bit out of date(2010), I see. Atmospheric CO2 has been crossing the 400ppm mark lately, (avr 399 ppm)

Over the last year(june2013-june2014) it climbed by 2.56ppm, and that rate of increase appears to be accelerating, thus humanity is going to be in deep doo-doo real soon if we don't stop burning fossil fuels.

The other facts you seam to be missing, Our star(SOL) was somewhat dimmer in the past, thus requiring much higher CO2 levels to keep the earth from freezing over. And that humanity is totally dependent on the current climate patterns..

Comment: Re:Linux licensing canary? (Score 1) 349

by FirstOne (#47389345) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Technically, Qualcomm violated the GPL license on the code it contributed to github.. Speciffically, the clause which licenses the code in perpetuity. Thus they can no longer offer their products for use in any Andriod phone or device which uses GPL'd software.

But if looks like Qualcomm has quickly seen the error of its ways and issued a retraction/apology.

Comment: Re:records go back to 1880, very funny (Score 1) 547

"40 years, another 1/2 trillion tonns of CO2".. is a significant under estimate!

Humanity is currently dumping 36 billion tonns(2013) of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. Projecting out using 2.1% yearly growth rate, humanity will hit that 1/2 trillion tonn mark in 2025. Just 11 years from now.

Comment: Re:What is a gigawatt per hour? (Score 1) 461

by FirstOne (#47326865) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

On the contrary, it's better for the grid than most people think, and it will get even better in the future. PV produces distributed energy when grid demand and associated losses is at its highest. Locally, when the sun is blocked by clouds A/C loads also diminished in a similar fashion.

At peak grid loads, every watt of locally product solar displaces upwards of 1.3 to 1.4watts of grid power. I.E. No more 20-25% loss from remote Power station to consumer, (Ohms law I^2R). And even parties not directly using locally generated PV energy will benefit by the overall reduction in centralized grid loading & losses.

It's just a matter of time before, more variable load devices(A/C's > 20seer, smart frig's, Heat pump WH, variable speed Pool pumps, etc,) come on line to take advantage of locally generated PV power.

Very few things in a typical household, need precise 24x7 on demand operation, some things can delayed, or done in advance, and/or accomplished at a reduced setting for longer period.

For example one could operate a 200L heat pump WH, when sun is brightly shinning during mid morning(Thermal battery), which in turn reduces the need to operate it in the evening or next morning when someone washes the dishes or takes a shower. Likewise, an A/C operated at lower power levels during the daytime, will in turn reduce the need for a night time cool down.

Comment: Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (Score 1) 461

by FirstOne (#47326211) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Minimal usage.. most can be recycled, acids neutralized, phosphorous can be recovred, BTW this is all in the manufacturing step.. None of which exists in final end product, which you claim makes silicon PV panels loaded with Toxic waste. Bzzzt.. wrong-o..

Cadmium, indium, gallium, lead, and selenium all are used in amorphous (low efficiency, flexible) or specialty solar panels in tiny quantities. not the multi-crystalline silicon type which are deployed in typical grid tie installations..

Sodium Hydroxide(NaOH, drain cleaner), KOH, not dangerous.. both easily neutralized into a salt, just add HCl until pH is 7.. Then you have a brine solution. same goes or H2SO4, HNO3, reuse, recycle and/or reduce.

You been caught by your pants down by your own deceptions..

Comment: Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (Score 1) 461

by FirstOne (#47323395) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Exactly what heavy metals incorporated into PV panels are you talking about??

Silicon, not a dangerous metal, you'll find silicon dioxide in vast quantities at any beach(sand), it also makes up 43% of earth's crust
Aluminum frame, not really, Al2O3 makes up 7% of earth's crust, also recycles real well.
Glass, a mixture of SO2 and few other harmless compounds.

A little bit of copper, also recyclable, soo what are you writing about??

Comment: Re:Evil vs buggy (Score 0) 222

by FirstOne (#47184363) Attached to: The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

A more likely scenario ... It will be the lack of machines which severely curtails humanity.. I.E.. EMP blast from orbit.. man-made, CME, Black hole formation.

Without our technology, 99.9% of humanity will quickly starve to death. Those that survive will be dealing with 400+ nuclear reactor meltdowns and spent fuel pool fires.. Average human lifespan will be reduced significantly.. Human's will be considered lucky to survive to age 30..

Comment: Re:They don't agree with us! Burn them! (Score 1) 661

"With the melting of the tundra 10 years ago, we hit a tipping point, it became too late to stop climate change. It is now a positive feedback loop. You could remove every human being from the planet, and global warming would continue.

What we do about humanities 36 billion tonns/yr of CO2 emissions from FF, or not, will affect the rate of climate change. If at some point humanity starts producing a surplus of renewable energy, then we can extract CO2 from the oceans and use it to manufacture CH4 for later sequestration. At which point we really can reverse AGW.

But, first steps first.. We must reduce the amount CO2 emissions in the first place. By reducing wasteful energy usage(*), increasing the amount of renewable energy produced, and penalize fossil usage.

I.E. Wasteful energy usage, using a 10% efficient 2 tonn automobile where an Electric bike (600 to 1500MPGe), can accomplish the similar objectives.

Comment: There could be other factors.. (Score 2) 245

Like the signal reflecting off the ocean below instead of coming directly from the aircraft.

The only sure way to is to duplicate the flight path with a similar size aircraft using the same Engines and monitoring stations, using similar SAT positions. Only this time use a plane with extended range 777-200LR(verses missing 777-200ER) with minimal payload&maximum fuel and/or safely replicate the flight path in sections.

Use the resulting SAT/GPS data to help calibrate mh377 final resting spot.

"The geeks shall inherit the earth." -- Karl Lehenbauer