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Comment: Re:stop with the pipes already. (Score 1) 669

by MrL0G1C (#49510673) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

FIX. THE. LEAKS.

Same thing in London with 'Thames Water' who are owned by some foreign bunch who take a £quarter billion+ in profit from us Londoners every year and amazingly manage to not pay tax on that profit (legalised tax evasion). Thames Water have had many many years to fix the leaks which amount to a quarter of all water being lost - equivalent to nearly 10 litres per person per day lost.

Comment: Re:oil oil oil (Score 1) 363

by MrL0G1C (#49489463) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

Food is a necessary condition for civilisation, hydroelectric plants aren't. There were prior civilisations to ours, they didn't have electricity.

Do you know what is needed to live a good life? Plentiful air, water, food, a good home, good people.

"Ancient Egypt is a canonical example of an early culture considered a civilization."

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 363

by MrL0G1C (#49473341) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

Absolutely true, it's only borderline cheap right now because we have invested trillions into the infrastructure to get at it - infrastructure which has gotten ever more complex to get at the harder to reach/extract stuff.

Some shale oil could cost more in energy to get out that it would provide, ironically we still do it because the energy we use to get it out is cheap and oil is relatively expensive.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 363

by MrL0G1C (#49472643) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

"We can't. Without that much free energy it's not possible to sustain our current technology level. Renewables just aren't enough and never will."

Total nonsense, the sun can power our civilisation just by covering a small chunk of the Sahara or roofs worldwide.

http://www.greenpeace.org/inte...

This much area needed for solar to power the world:
http://landartgenerator.org/bl...

Comment: Re:We have already figured most of this out. (Score 1) 363

by MrL0G1C (#49472523) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

" I don't think people realize that it would require 100% of an entire day's worth of clear-sky production of their $20,000 5 KW rooftop solar system to not-quite replace 1 single gallon of gasoline. "

If cars didn't weight 2-ton because people have a propensity to crash them, then your statement wouldn't need to be true. Perhaps autonomous cars will change that.

A pushbike weighs 10kg, an simple electric bike - about 20kg.

Comment: oil oil oil (Score 1) 363

by MrL0G1C (#49472435) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

Everybody here is fixated on oil to the point of not discussing anything much else.

Windmills, watermills, these are what started the industrial revolution and would likely be useful a 2nd time round. Watermills and windmills are simple tech that can be built from wood and stone. I expect we'd go also back to using horses a lot if our current system collapsed. Modern electronic technology is not built to last, they wouldn't much left of it working after a couple of decades.

Too many people here seem to think mad max is a documentary.

Comment: Re:You probably could tell looking close up (Score 1) 152

by MrL0G1C (#49468661) Attached to: Sharp Announces 4K Smartphone Display

Aliasing of fonts on a 1080p screen makes text look grey, 4k allows larger fonts to be used with a smaller proportion of the pixels being grey. The result is nicer blacker fonts and more intricate fonts can be used.

Many non-aliased fonts look dreadful - blocky and very badly proportioned, again they would look far better scaled on a higher resolution screen.

Simply shrinking the text with the screen is not the right thing to do.

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