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Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 82

by Neil Boekend (#49788663) Attached to: Computer Chips Made of Wood Promise Greener Electronics

Also, silica doesn't require or create toxic chemicals by working with it, had you bothered to read my statement, you'd see that its the doping agents that make the silica actually do something other than not conduct electricity that come with all the toxic effects.

Doping agents like Phosphine and etching fluids like hydrofluoric acid. Yes. Very nice stuff.
You can handle them safely but it requires attention to detail from everyone: engineer that designs the system, the mechanic that welds the double walled piping, everyone that can acces the valves, the controller that sees the notifications and everyone that can see a potential problem.

I have designed such tubing systems.

Comment: Re:Computers Kill Trees (Score 1) 82

by Neil Boekend (#49788617) Attached to: Computer Chips Made of Wood Promise Greener Electronics

For the highest carbon sequestration we should plant trees with wood that sinks in salt water and then dump the wood in a deep part of the ocean. The wood would sink to the bottom where it does not rot and thus does not release the CO2 to the water.

(some checking by an actual researcher in a relevant field required)

Comment: Re:"Up To" (Score 1) 69

Rider movement is eliminated by calculating the second integral from the acceleration. That gives you the difference in location. You then average the position over a couple of seconds (as an filter for the user movement) and then you compare it with different possible tracks. The track that has the highest match score wins.
If you have multiple possible tracks you use the average data of multiple days to get a better accuracy for daily commutes. The right track will next to always increase in score.

To me the hardest part would be the comparison of the track and the relative position data, and that is only hard to me because right now I don't feel like spending an hour of googling on how to do it because it is a solved problem.

Comment: Re:They're missing the point... (Score 1) 256

by Neil Boekend (#49780193) Attached to: How To Die On Mars

If I wanted to go to to Mars I would strongly prefer to die AFTER I was able to build a working colony there.
Identifying and countering the dangers helps to get some productive years out of your astronauts. The fact that many would go on a one way trip there does not mean that most of those would like to die soon there. I hazard a guess that most would like to live a lifetime there.

Comment: Re:Creepy spybot (Score 1) 101

by Neil Boekend (#49773153) Attached to: Cute Or Creepy? Google's Plan For a Sci-Fi Teddy Bear

They better watch out,
They better not cry,
They better not pout,
I'm telling you why:
Google Bear is coming to town!

He's making their list,
And checking it twice,
Gonna find out who's paying the most.
Google Bear is coming to town!
He sees you when they're sleeping,
He knows when they're awake.
He knows what adds you buy,
So pay up for goodness sake!

Comment: Re:State of the art from 1985? (Score 1) 59

by Neil Boekend (#49733653) Attached to: Google Offers Cheap Cloud Computing For Low-Priority Tasks

Indeed, load balancing and shifting is not new. It is, however, important and Google needs it to get maximum profitability out of their servers. To do so people need to know that it exists.

Google did not claim there had not been other systems with similar load balancing. They simply explained what it was and how to use it. You know, the data you need to know if it is applicable to you.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 256

I live in an apartment and I dry my clothes in the air. My apartment is well ventilated (with a heat exchanger) and thus the moisture won't build up inside.
When I lived in a place where I could dry my clothes outside I did so in the summer. It requires a little more planning and you need to check the weather forecast before you wash. If it's gonna rain you either do not wash or you dry the clothes inside.
Bird poop wasn't an issue, even though we had gorgeous flocks of sparrows over our garden. I can remember a few instances but I'd throw the item back in the wash and the next time I did that type of laundry it would come out clean again.

Just don't dry your clothes in a spot where you wouldn't park your car due to bird poop, like under a tree. Drying goes faster in the sun anyway.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 256

Are you really going to get up at 3AM to do laundry? I doubt it.

No of course you are not going to get up at 3AM to do laundry. You would fill the washer at night and it would keep tabs on the electricity rates, running when it gets below a certain price (or when it's getting late and the wash needs to start to get it done before you want to take it out).

Even if you have a timer are you going to leave your wet cloths in the washer till you get up?

Yes. I do that often. I am not sitting there waiting till the washer is finally done. I do something else, like working or sleeping.

You might not remember and those cloths will sit for another ten hours.

That rarely happens and does not harm the clothes. If it would happen often or would harm the clothes I would simply set a calendar item to warn me to get it out.

Are you going to skip your morning shower because it will cost you a dollar extra?

No. I heat my shower water with natural gas. Gas has little storage issues.
If I would use electricity for that and prices would be flexible then I would switch to a water heater with tank that would heat the water when it's cheap to do so, assuming the energy loss due to cooling would not surpass the gains from the time shift.

Another solution is the freezer and the airco. Both can run max at the moment the electricity is required, since both appliances are meant for uses that can handle a couple of degrees delta. Set some limits to them and they would run mostly when the power is cheap.
Electric cars: Most electric cars only need to charge a few hours a night. If you set it so it charges when electricity is cheap then the charging is cheap.

Large users are even more important. Aluminium is a gorgeous metal for it's near infinite ability to be recycled, but initial production requires massive amounts of electricity. A supply following aluminium plant would save a lot.
Same with a water desalination plant.

The other issue with wind power is that it can vary uncontrollably minute by minute. This is the kind of instability that needs to be leveled out by more storage.

That's not another issue. It's exactly the same issue.
Storage does not work (yet). It's simply too much energy in a too impractical form. The load partially following the supply would reduce the need for storage. Not eliminate it, reduce it.

Comment: Re:Rotavirus -- you have a point (Score 1) 278

Most drugs are quite large molecules and not UV resistant. If it becomes a problem then we, in the Netherlands, will start installing UV installations after our sewage treatment plants. For now it is only done in large hospitals because there the medicine concentration is significantly higher. There are monitoring systems in place to test for drugs in the cleaned water after the sewage water treatment but the need to clean them out of there is just not all that big.

"Your attitude determines your attitude." -- Zig Ziglar, self-improvement doofus