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Comment Re:actually works well, in a few places (Score 1) 142

Geothermal actually works very well, where it works. Roughly the same ring of places that have volcanos and earthquakes, minus the areas where near-surface conditions make it infeasible. In the US, geothermal is at a depth where it can be reached in California, but not really any other state. Minus the mountains and the cities. So you end up with a few places in California where it works well, and that's about it for the US.

Actually, geothermal is shit in California. The world's most geothermally active place was The Geysers, right here between Kelseyville and Calistoga. I say was because using the site for geothermal power released the steam and output started to fall, so they had to start pumping primary treated sewage into the ground to keep even 80% of production. The plant has always been over budget and under production, and they have long been mismanaging the waste produced. Radioactives and heavy metals build up on the turbine blades, and the turbines are suspended over an open concrete pit and pressure-washed to remove them. When the pit fills up, it's capped with a layer of concrete, the walls are built higher, and the process begins anew. It's a layer cake of horrendousness, and it's just sitting there like a canker. This is better than what they were doing before, though; they loaded up the waste into drums and trucked them to a field out Butts Canyon Road, which is now a superfund site surrounded by a big fence with lots of government warning signs about how you're not to go there under penalty of punishment. They dug up the drums and the soil, removed most of the drums, put down a plastic liner and then reburied everything. FIXED!

Geothermal power is a boondoggle, especially in California. It's a stupid, toxic, pointless waste of time. Putting the same money into PV solar starting in the 1970s would mean both more output and less pollution today.

Comment Re:Dam failures and ecosystem loss... (Score 1) 142

And the alternatives to hydro power are even worse, but spread out over larger areas.

Solar power not only has only a small impact on the environment because we site it places where that's true, but it also reduces global warming; when sunlight falls on the panel, it doesn't fall on the land and get stored there. Since the back of the panel is white and the front is black, the majority of the heat it radiates is radiated outwards, towards space. Barring being trapped by greenhouse gases, this energy overwhelmingly escapes the atmosphere. So it doesn't matter even if a panel has high albedo, because of the way it controls reradiation.

Wind power has only a small impact on the environment, and the area it is spread out over is largely empty. The environmental impact is minuscule.

So, how are the alternatives even worse again?

Comment Re:Trolling much? (Score 1) 142

There is no such thing as clean coal and there never will be, because in the best case you still have to deal with fixing the sequestered CO2. CO2 may not be a pollutant, but it is still a problem. If we could ship the oil to Mars and burn it there this would be a benefit, because it would help thicken the atmosphere and anything is better than nothing in the early stage, but here on Earth it's a PITA.

Comment Re:Variable record format? (Score 1) 21

How the [beep] would you make a text file in the beginning if you at this moment don't fully know what would be the rest?

What you apparently don't know is that the unstructured file is basically a Unix feature. Before that, computers overwhelmingly had structured data. You knew precisely what kind of data would be in a file because you defined the file structure when you created it. Consequently, a description of the data format already existed. Ever created an application on a mainframe? Guess not.

Comment Re:Extension cable Return - did not reach my toile (Score 1) 30

So from a technical standpoint it seems to indeed be a passive 1-port USB hub. Such solution probably improves the signal quality, but I believe that a true active cable would have an external power supply as well.

A 1-port hub uses little power itself, so if you're plugging into a USB2 port (or an even more powerful one... my Gigabyte motherboard has 6A USB2 ports) there's really no need for external power.

Comment Re:Or just make the diesels hybrids (Score 1) 173

"Rolling coal" isn't really a thing here in Oz but I can still smell a diesel long before I see it (or hear it, but I usually have my music up pretty loud).

Here in California, where people can call in gross polluters and have them removed from the roads, most of the stinky old diesels have gone away. As well, most of the old diesels are reaching the age where if you don't maintain them, they don't run. Yeah, the OM617 in that 300SD might keep going to a million miles, but the rest of the car won't and replacing all the stuff that wears out is getting to be a hobby. I've had to replace rear springs, I need to replace driver's seat springs, the upholstery is finally starting to crack (30 year old MB-TEX FTW) and so on. So people move on to something newer and cheaper to maintain. I very rarely see smoke coming out of even an older diesel any more, because most of those vehicles have fallen right off of the road.

Comment Re:This is how it begins (Score 1) 112

Sadly people in Europe have seen it more than once that a "good" government imposed laws during times of crisis that allowed shortcuts past a limitation of power so they could act in a time of crisis, only to see a dictator elected soon after that abused those shortcuts to eliminate the separation of powers.

I don't want to say that our current governments are "evil". I just say it's dangerous to implement tools that allow for the elimination of oversight because you can't be certain that their spirit will be honored by the next government.

Comment Re:IANAL, but I know one & (Score 1) 58

You seem to imply there is legal "duty of care" (or whatever you'd call it).

They don't care. They never promised to care. The license probably says they don't care. The people who run the company don't care.

Taking steps to care presupposes they care. If they don't care what happens to your "sensitive data", they're sure as hell not going to take steps to protect it. Because that would involve caring.

What part of greedy corporation shielded by license agreements and only interested in their own profits do people not understand here?

Oh, and did I mention that the license probably includes terms which says you can't sue them and need to agree to binding arbitration in a forum of their own choosing?

And that forum of their choosing will simply say we don't fucking care and never promised to.

Money is the root of all evil, and man needs roots.