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Comment: Start the countdown (Score 1) 225

by PopeRatzo (#48442651) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

How long will it be before "scientists" say exactly the opposite again?

I've lived long enough to see everything become unhealthy and then healthy and then unhealthy again. And it's always based "on science".

The fact is, everything will kill you. That's why I only eat bacon, chocolate ice cream and bourbon whiskey. I may start smoking again, just to be ahead of the curve.

Comment: Uh-oh (Score 1) 131

by PopeRatzo (#48440977) Attached to: Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

So, you're telling me the $300 I paid to the Journal of Experimental Onanism to publish my findings was a waste of money?

Damn. I've already printed up my CV and that paper is at the top of my list of publications. I suppose I should have been suspicious when I saw that the editors that were assigned to peer review my paper were Jack Meihoff and Richard Gazinya.

Comment: Re:does the university retain a magistrate? (Score 4, Funny) 95

by PopeRatzo (#48430607) Attached to: UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

Boom, motherfuckers.

I can't speak to the accuracy of your argument or your citation, because I just don't know, but out of admiration, I'm going to end every one of my Thanksgiving political discussions with family members with "Boom, motherfuckers."

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 2) 222

by PopeRatzo (#48419761) Attached to: Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

I bought my XBox 360 for a third of that 4 years ago, it runs at 1920x1080.

No, it doesn't.

The native resolution of the XBox 360 is 720p. It can be upscaled to 1080i, but it's nowhere near as good as native 1080p.

Plus, Dragon Age Inquisition (the subject of this article) is not even available for XBox 360 and even on a brand new XBox One, it maxes out at 900p.

Comment: You and your grid can go dangle (Score 4, Insightful) 498

by PopeRatzo (#48414623) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

The holy grail for solar and other renewables is "off-grid".

I'm not sure how you can look at this inexorable progress and not see that's where it's headed.

It's why there are already places where it's illegal to be off the grid.

I'll bet you that before we have ubiquitous self-driving cars we have homes that can produce their own power without the need for a "grid". My hope is that some day the grid will be the equivalent of the streetcar tracks that are still under the pavement in many cities. This is why I'm opposed to any large-scale public subsidy of the "smart grid".

Now that I think about it, my place has a "coach house" in the back. I've turned it into a garage, but there is still a hayloft in it. I've even left the block and tackle above the loft door for decoration. And that's just a few blocks from downtown Chicago. I hope I live long enough to see "the grid" become just another 20th century artifact. Of course, there are some powerful forces aligned to prevent that from ever happening.

Comment: Re:Rooftop seems unlikely (Score 1, Flamebait) 498

by PopeRatzo (#48414603) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Now I say that as a guy with panels in the roof

You also say that as a guy who doesn't understand that cost is also measured over duration.

Here, for you math geeks out there, take a look at this statement and see if you can spot the problem:

Average mid to large size systems went in at $1.79 average in the US last year. Rooftop was over $4.50. So even if the price of the kit goes to zero, the install will be about 10 cents a watt. Now I say that as a guy with panels in the roof, but unless there are structural changes in the permitting, I find anything under $3 unlikely.

"about 10 cents a watt..."

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