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Comment: Re:What about the cost for enrichment waste? (Score 1) 51

by LWATCDR (#49821299) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

Solar and Wind both have a part to play. Solar has some real problems with supply/demand that solar fans like to gloss over but Wind backed by natural gas peaking plants works rather well in many areas. Solar does not compete for base load and can not until a massive breakthrough in storage is made and is in production. Molten salt thermal storage, batteries including Teslas, and pumping water are just not good enough to solve the problem. Nuclear and Hydro are the two lowest carbon output base load methods that work today. And who knows this may all be a none issue if Lockheed's high beta fusion reactor works. I tend to be very skeptical about Fusion but Lockheed has a really good track record at doing the amazing.

Comment: Re:Of course it bombed (Score 4, Interesting) 188

by LWATCDR (#49813731) Attached to: Tron 3 Is Cancelled

Actually I loved Tomarrowland. The extreme left hate it and says it is full of Ayn Rand references and the extreme right says it supports the global climate change hoax that alone makes it worth watching for me. Anything that drives those two groups into a tizzy must be good.
Actually it is a fun movie that is beautiful to look at and the story is pure fantasy. Of course it is hated by a lot of people because it actually attacks the current love of dark depressing "gritty" movies and frankly culture. It was also an ode to Walt Disney's dream of what EPCOT was supposed to be, his gift to mankind and not what it because a place to eat.

Comment: The Tesla power wall IS NOT good for Solar! (Score 1) 582

by LWATCDR (#49791649) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

The Tesla Powerwall IS not that big of a deal and not the solution for Solar!
The 10kwh Powerwall is only good for 50 cycles a year! It is more of a house size UPS. The 7 will work for daily use but it is more expensive per kwh than the 10 and even Solar City is not going to sell the 7.
The Tesla power wall battery still sucks. It does suck less than other battery packs but only a little. The big improvment is one of packaging and frankly hype.
I know that this is going to go counter to the Church of Tesla's teachings but even the Model S really does not count. It is a 100K car for the very rich. Another fact is the simple truth that the Tesla car company is not successful car company yet. It has yet to make a profit.

No we do not need to move to low voltage wiring in our homes because of the "success" of the Powerwall. The Powerwall is the the solution to the solar production/demand problem. And frankly in most homes the biggest power users are things like AC, Hot water heaters, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, and so on. All of which work just fine on AC and I for one do not want to have to have a bus bar the size of my arm running to my dryer so it can work on 12 volts.

Comment: Re:Pist frost (Score 1) 76

by LWATCDR (#49790837) Attached to: GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In Most 2016 Vehicles

"2) People need to pay attention to what they're doing on the road and quit fucking around with cell phones and other cool whizzo shit on the dashboard."
Because trying to read a paper map and drive at the same time is so much safer...
Sure I agree that that playing angry birds while driving is a bad plan but Things like Nav do make driving safer IMHO. For the idiots that follow nav without question and drive into a river.. Well they would have done that sooner or later anyway.

Comment: Re:Interesting but... (Score 1) 233

by LWATCDR (#49776699) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

He can do what he wants with his money. I was making an assumption that his goal was to improve education. It is a suggestion that I think would help him get closer to that goal.

As to throwing money at inner city schools? That depends on the school. If they are lacking funds for music and the arts then yes it could help.

Comment: Interesting but... (Score 2) 233

by LWATCDR (#49776121) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

It is an interesting idea but I fear it will work with a group of students that would do well anyway.
I really would rather see him dump money into an inner city school or even offering scholarships or loan forgiveness for teachers.
Most of the problems with education seem to be cultural and economic. Areas with successful parents tend to have successful students. The parents are involved and push the kids to do well. I just do not think that a "new way" of teaching will solve the root problem in the educational system in the US.
If the parents don't care only the small number of self motivated students will do well.

Comment: Re:I call shenanigans... (Score 1) 446

My opinion is that Google needs to move out of the SF area if you want more diversity. One of the reasons that you get mostly males that are mostly white and asian is that SF is not all that diverse when it comes to race.
If you want more African American people to apply then I suggest Atlanta and the Washington DC area.
If you want more Hispanic people to apply Texas"Dallas and Houston", Southern California, and South Florida are prime areas.
I work in South Florida and we have a very diverse work force. You will not find a lot of people of color in the SF area since it has very little in the way African American or Hispanic history and culture. The Spanish influence has long ago been pushed back.
BTW it will take time no matter what. Trying to fix the issue of women not going into the STEM fields will take a long time and if Google really wants this to happen they have got to work harder on quality of life for people with kids. Places to work with good schools, short commutes, and reasonable home prices will also help a lot with diversity and quality of life.
Trying to get everyone to love SF is not going to work. While it is a nice place to visit I see it as a hellish place to live and I bet a lot of other people feel the same.

Comment: Re:what boys/girls want (Score 1) 446

"That's BS. The prevalence of girls/women in theater disproves it."
Umm you do know that acting is all about relating right?

As a software engineer that also took drama I have to say that is one of the oddest things I have seen on Slashdot in a while.
Aka perform has more than one meaning.

"Facts are stupid things." -- President Ronald Reagan (a blooper from his speeach at the '88 GOP convention)