Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).

×

Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 493

by Neil Boekend (#49517517) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

First: Iceland uses "only" 4 times as much per capita as the US.
Second: It does not filter out industrial use of electricity. Iceland has a couple of huge aluminium factories, using 1/4th of the nation's electricity.
Third: I have no clue for the rest. Probably a lot of electrical heating because it gets cold in the winter.

Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 493

by Neil Boekend (#49508719) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

Where I live it also get dark at 17:00 in winter. However, there are people with split rate meters that count night usage different from day usage. Night usage is cheaper.

Why? Almost everybody heats with natural gas. More than half cook with natural gas. Don't use electricity for the work that natural gas can do. Low entropy energy is expensive.

Comment: Re:Expensive (Score 1) 114

by Neil Boekend (#49492605) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels

One of the problems with digging tunnels in a city is that it causes the ground to settle. Even with modern systems that have only little vibration and only little risk of caving in between the drill head and the tunnel wall.
If the ground drops even 10 cm on one side of a building, what do you think happens with it?

Comment: Re:Fixes wrong problem (Score 1) 114

by Neil Boekend (#49491903) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels

I want somewhere I can pick up my parcel at a time convenient to me. Luckily we have that here in the Netherlands. I can have the packet send to my supermarket and then I can go get it with my next shopping trip. No need to stay at home for a simple delivery.
Sadly Amazon doesn't work with it yet so I have to have that send to my work address.

Comment: Expensive (Score 1) 114

by Neil Boekend (#49491607) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels

Digging tunnels under cities is expensive. I won't say it's a bad plan, quite on the contrary, but it'll be expensive to get the tunnels in place.
I would love to see it work, motor vehicles in inner cities is a bad plan and this would make it possible to eliminate trucks from the inner city. After that making the roads bike and walk only is just a small step.

"I've seen it. It's rubbish." -- Marvin the Paranoid Android

Working...