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Comment: That's unchecked capitalism for you (Score 5, Insightful) 516

by GroeFaZ (#48465569) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?
Generally, a public company will invest only if there is an expectation of an acceptable return, or if they are forced to by actual regulation. Businesses like power, water, public transportation, telecommunication, and others require huge investments to get into the market, where possible at all, so there is no real competition either.

Comment: They need to get their shit together (Score 2) 169

by GroeFaZ (#47981307) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early
Wow, 6 years ahead of expectations? Sounds a lot like how publicly traded companies set lower goals so they can over-achieve them. Germany already has over 50% renewable electric power on sunny days, while having about the same insolation as Alaska. 50% by 2025 doesn't seem awfully ambitious to me, especially in Australia. They have the sunshine hours and they have the large, unused areas. What the hell is stopping them? I can only guess: lack of political will.

Comment: Re:issue | Snowden (Score 1) 200

by GroeFaZ (#47907537) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails
The way I see it, he had the mutually exclusive choices of revealing nothing, making an ineffectual internal complaint, and doing what he has done. If he had actually raised substantial concerns, officially or otherwise, he would have lost his security clearances in a heartbeat.

Comment: Re:define "customer" (Score 5, Insightful) 290

by GroeFaZ (#47888083) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails
A customer is someone who receives a service from a company, even if the (monetary) price for that service is zero. Google and their users have agreed on certain terms which gives the customer some rights (using the services offered by Google), and Google some rights (collecting and using the customer's personal information for ads, etc.)

Comment: Re:NG/Coal kills. Nuclear might in an extreme case (Score 1) 216

Nuclear require an extreme accident to become a hazard to human life, while coal/NG kills every day.

Uranium mining is hazardous to the miners and local/regional residents because of the radioactivity they are exposed to, uses large quantities of water to reduce airborne uranium dust, and uses a lot of fossil fuel to separate the uranium from the gangue and to transport it to the consuming power plants. Therefore, nuclear also kills every day. It just doesn't usually happen in the country using the nuclear fuel, so it's effectively Somebody Else's Problem, but a problem nonetheless. Nuclear power is NOT carbon neutral by a long shot, much less environmentally neutral.

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