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Comment: Re:mdsolar strikes again (Score 1) 311

by OhPlz (#49071109) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

So when you are moving, it unfreezes? How is that?

It doesn't. You clear the snow and ice off before setting off. The defroster or heater keeps it from refreezing with the help of the slipstream of air helping to keep the stuff from accumulating on the glass. You slow or stop, it can accumulate, it becomes more than the defroster or heater can handle, it freezes. Maybe once you're moving the wind plus the defroster can knock it loose, maybe you have to pull over and scrape it off again, maybe the wiper fluid will help if it doesn't just make it worse.

In Alaska, it gets cold enough, that you don't have the re-freeze problem

You don't get road slop from treated roads from other vehicles? I've been up to Canadian provinces where it's ungodly below zero and the same problems exist.

 

I don't turn on the heater when it's cold.

That could be the big difference between you and everyone else. I'd rather deal with the windows than freeze.

Comment: Re:mdsolar strikes again (Score 1) 311

by OhPlz (#49068405) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

How does something re-freeze at -40? It never un-freezes. Why does it freeze in traffic? Does your heater not work if you aren't moving?

Sure it does. The cabin of the vehicle gets warm therefore the windows get warm. When you slow down or stop, the wind tunnel effect goes away and it accumulates. If it accumulates too much, it lowers the temperature of the glass enough to freeze. Same thing with body panels. You can leave the defroster running, but it is only capable of so much, the weather can exceed its capability.

I have a difficult time accepting that you're in Alaska. Is there some part of the state that never sees cold weather? Anyone anywhere in New England could describe all of this the exact same way.

Comment: Re:mdsolar strikes again (Score 3, Informative) 311

by OhPlz (#49064283) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

The snow is light-weight powder and we haven't had a thaw/freeze cycle, so when the wind hit makes no difference. Only about half of the roofs have been flat. There's a huge multi-building apartment complex down the street from me that evacuated because one building did have a roof collapse. The roof was nearly as pitched as my own. A number of others in other towns with similar style roofs have had the same problem.

Wind can relocate snow, but high wind doesn't mean roofs or anything else gets cleared off. It just means the snow gets put wherever nature feels like it. Get some gloppy slushy snow and that stuff will stick to anything like glue. Your panels would be doing about as good as our roofs, which isn't very good. The best part is that houses with panels would have to bear the weight of the roof, the weight of the panels, plus the weight of the snow. Not to mention the wind when it really gets ripping up here will want to tear those panels right off. Wind gets strong enough here to remove roofs if there's enough imperfection in them, or shoddy maintenance, or stuff attached to them that wasn't meant to be there.

Comment: Re:"equal treatment" (Score 1) 779

by OhPlz (#48961217) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes

There are assholes on both sides of the political spectrum, and many from both end up in court. It's not about what the assholes are up to. What matters is whether or not the law treats everyone fairly. Going to court sucks, but it's part of the process. A neighbor and I had to repeatedly contact law enforcement and code enforcement over something similar. The city threatened to take it to court, and that settled the matter. It'd be nice if it didn't go that far, but if someone thinks they're in the right, it can be difficult to persuade them otherwise.

An opposite of the equal treatment concept would be affirmative action. That is an example of laws that selectively benefit only certain groups of people, and it's not something that you can blame on "conservatives".

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