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Comment: Re:Can scale back fossil fuel based generation ... (Score 1) 189

by LWATCDR (#49197335) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

" They are in use, very small scale now, huge growth is expected as battery tech is dropping in price continuously large percentage every year."
They are not in production yet and they are not improving or dropping in costs at that great of a rate.
Battery/Storage technology has been the problem for around the last 50 years. The limits on them are based on chemistry.
The real issue with batteries replacing peaking plants is a real simple one. A peaking plant can provide peaking for as long as you have fuel. Using Solar or Wind a storm can cause a "peaking" issue lasting days not hours and batteries are practical for those kinds of peaks.
Not to mention that if you are really interesting in reducing CO2 it really is not the peaking plants you want to replace but the coal fired baseload plants.
If you have a cheap enough source of power you could use that power to create methanol or NH4 for storage and use that for fuel cells. The energy density would be much higher than you can get from batteries and pipelines are more efficient than power lines for transporting energy. The problem is that the conversion is less efficient than a battery.

After dealing with decades of battery tech promises it is hard to not sneer at any "replace x with batteries" comment.

Comment: Re:The Elephant Internet (Score 1) 177

Maybe people will actually keep private things private?...
It is amazing the differences I see see between my friends in their 30s and up vs some of the young people I know.
A friend of mine got divorced and I know she got divorced and I know she is sad. I do not know the exact details of why. She is someone I know but was not really close to. Her close friends have all the details but they are not posting them online.

The 20 somethings that I know post everything public. I know that one broke up because of cheating and I know who they cheated with and when. I know when another one is super drunk and hates everyone... ... And they say young people "understand" social media and older people don't...

Comment: Re:Ok then... (Score 1) 223

by LWATCDR (#49195703) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

" Seriously, prove them wrong "
And you are a Russian spy that is under deep cover planing the overthrow the US government and enslave all of us.
Seriously prove me wrong...

See the problem. You can not in any way prove me wrong but the idea is very crazy. If you want change Russian for space alien to push it a little farther into crazy.

When you take a violent action and justify with sci-fi movie you are will into the crazy range.

Comment: Re: Morale of the Story (Score 2) 217

Maybe that means that their is room for a new kickstart.
You invest and get x amount of the company per dollar.
So you put in say $100 into a "Kickstarter" and you get .01% of the company.
The venture fails and you get write it off on your taxes.
It becomes Facebook and you get to retire.

It is probably not possible because of laws and regulations which is too bad since it would be more like real venture capital.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 1) 533

The for the AEW it was too small for the task using the tech the UK selected.
The MRA4 the airframes where not built to a common standard and frankly the engine location made mounting high bypass turbofans impossible.
Even the VC-10 would have been a better choice for the AEW but the UK had to keep the Comet line alive for some odd reason.
They really blew it by not buying older P-3 Orions and upgrading them. They where a newer design and used by nations around the world. The UK could have made a good bit of money upgrading P3s for other nations. Now they will go with the P-8 just as they went with the E3 for the AEW program.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington