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Comment: Re:WUWT (Score 2) 441

While 35% is definitely possible, I think it's probably above average. I doubt that most wind farms achieve that.

It's not clear where your claim comes from either. It's not like you can just say, "I think [35% is] probably above average. I doubt that most wind farms achieve that."

Googling it, average wind farm capacity factor seem to be around 27-40%, depending on turbine, location etc. Newer model turbines like the GE 1.6-100 claim over 50% CF thanks to design improvements.

Comment: Re:not a record (Score 2) 547

Nope. There are still a number of "skeptics" claiming that the earth is not warming, and most scientists believe we can still avoid the worst of the warming yet to come (though some significant warming is now inevitable). Also, most economic studies of climate impact & mitigation (e.g. the Stern Review) have concluded that it will be much cheaper to mitigate CO2 emissions ASAP and avoid the costs of adaption.

Comment: Citation please (Score 3, Informative) 547

Depends which temperature proxy you look at, but on average, nope.

Of course there may have been warmer days in the "recent" past, but we have no records of that, so the article's claim stands. And your claim requires ignoring most of the various proxy reconstructions that have been done, so it doesn't hold up either.

Comment: Single-tile too (Score 2) 186

by Namarrgon (#47259557) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

The other nice thing about the Samsung UD590, apart from 4K @ 60Hz, is that it presents itself as a single 4K monitor, rather than two half-size monitors tiled next to each other. That can make a big difference to some uses, like running games at lower resolutions. The Asus PB287Q is another such single-tile 4K monitor.

Comment: Re: Queue the deniers (Score 2) 387

by Namarrgon (#47211545) Attached to: Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

It doesn't mean, "the science is complete".

It does mean that the results so far show with confidence that humans are responsible for the majority of global warming. This conclusion is deemed strong enough to act on.

There is still much more work to be done on nailing down mechanisms, reducing error bars etc, but none of this is likely to change the above conclusion. That would require both strong new evidence and a counter-explanation for all the results so far.

Comment: Re: He also forgot to mention... (Score 5, Insightful) 343

by Namarrgon (#47139073) Attached to: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

The point is that, in both cases, the sender/content provider has already paid. If there's an additional cost to transmitting the content across a boundary (different country or different peering service), then in both cases that has already been factored into the cost of sending it, and paid to the local provider (post office or ISP).

By Comcast's reasoning, the parcel sender should also expect a bill from any countries the parcel travels through, despite paying the full postage when sending. If Comcast wants more money for transmitting content, they need to take it up with their neighbour peering providers, not with the content producers or consumers.

Comment: Re:Where's The Content? (Score 1) 207

by Namarrgon (#47139049) Attached to: 4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

It's certainly not hard to see imperfections in a 4K picture, let alone "mathematically and scientifically impossible". Most obviously, you can simply lean closer, and you will see pixels. All claims to "invisible pixels" assume you're at least a given distance away, with average sight.

High contrast makes pixels more visible; anti-aliasing can smooth that, though if not done carefully (with good hinting) it can make font edges look softer. ClearType can also help, though also at a cost of a slight coloured fringing. More resolution definitely helps, as does just leaning back a little.

Then there's all the other ways pictures can look bad. Video compression can introduce blockiness, ringing, and other artefacts that are clearly visible even at 4K. Grain, noise, poor filters etc add their own problems, or exacerbate others. Colour and frame rates differences can cause obvious effects, or a much more subtle sense that something is not right; all of which can make a display look less than gorgeous, despite their resolution - and it can often take practice and experience to spot exactly what the problem is.

Comment: Re: As a long-time Glass user, he's a bit off (Score 1) 166

by Namarrgon (#47061193) Attached to: Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

I'm sure it was considered (it's a fairly obvious approach after all), but I really doubt that streaming live video to a radio receiver+H.264 decoder for a few seconds uses much less power than popping up a card with an SoC and keeping it there. Then there's the issues of bandwidth, range, responsiveness, reliability, battery drain on your phone as well, and your phone having to be in range to do *anything* as opposed to just transferring the occasional notification or GPS co-ord.

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself. -- A.H. Weiler