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Comment: Re:Its Urban Trees (Score 1) 482

by DerekLyons (#48472593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Very few trees fall over from heavy rain.

But it _does_ happen.
 

It is just not the normal end that a tree has

No shit Sherlock. And nobody claimed it was.
 

Whereas wind and ice will cause more widespread outages that will strain response time, and that represents the vast majority of total downtime anywhere in the NW.

I never claimed otherwise.

Your claim that trees do not represent a problem is bullshit.

And given your constantly shifting story and constantly pulling irrelevant assumptions out of your ass - I'm done here.

Comment: Re:Its Urban Trees (Score 1) 482

by DerekLyons (#48470565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

You're the exception that proves it. Most of the region has great uptime, and also lots of trees, urban and rural both.

You're assuming something I didn't say - because I said nothing about uptime at all. (And for good reason, it's irrelevant to the your nonsensical claim that there is no impact from trees, and because it's not an issue... I've only lost power in the heaviest of storms.) The rest of the message is just more of the same - claiming I'm being "pillaged" not based on facts but on assumptions you've pulled out of thin air
 

Heavy rain doesn't impact the lines at all.

Except for when it does of course. If you lived in this area, you'd know it's very hilly and pieces of it do slide and trees do fall over when the ground gets saturated (in many places the topsoil is fairly thin with hardpan relatively close to the surface). Wherever you are isn't the whole of the Northwest, stop assuming that what hold true there holds true here.

Comment: Re:Its Urban Trees (Score 1) 482

by DerekLyons (#48469291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

All things, right here in the Pacific Northwest, that have caused power outages at my house. And my utility is a public traded company

Really? Which company would that be? The only "investor-owned" electric utility in this region that I'm familiar with failed miserably in the stock market and was taken private years ago to keep them limping along.

My mistake, but that's irrelevant - because they still aren't the public utility you cited.

Comment: Re:Its Urban Trees (Score 1) 482

by DerekLyons (#48467009) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

My advice to communities... have a public utility that isn't controlled by the city or other general-purpose politicians, and elect engineers to the board. It works really well.

That is why in the Pacific Northwest where trees grow faster than any other part of the US, and cities are full of trees, there is reliable power almost everywhere.

Except for when snow causes a tree to sag on the lines. Or a windstorm causes a tree to fall on the lines. Or very heavy rain causes a tree to sag onto the lines.

All things, right here in the Pacific Northwest, that have caused power outages at my house. And my utility is a public traded company, which covers the entire Puget Sound Basin. You may have a perfect idyllic power utility and reliable power that never has problems with trees - but you aren't the whole of the Pacific Northwest.

Comment: Not zero cost. (digression on my sig line) (Score 1) 29

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48465363) Attached to: NASA To Deploy Four Spacecraft To Study Magnetic Reconnection

Make a basic income available to everyone (funded by the Fed, not the taxpayer, at zero cost).

The point is that it's not zero cost. Every penny of money "funded by the Fed" comes from your and my pockets - sometimes with a big multiplier - by paths that are not as obvious, but just as costly, as a tax bill.

The biggest one is inflation: If the Fed just prints money, it dilutes the rest of the money. Your wages go down (though the numbers don't change.) Got retirement savings? They go down, too. Your investments go down - but the numbers make it look like they wen't up, and the government taxes the fake "gain". Everything you buy gets more expensive.

Comment: Fusion power applications? (Score 1) 29

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48462139) Attached to: NASA To Deploy Four Spacecraft To Study Magnetic Reconnection

It will be interesting to see whether this research on the phenomenon in the large scale produces insights useful at the smaller scale of fusion plasma confinement.

In case it's not clear, magnetic reconnection is a phenomenon of magnetic field/plasma interaction. (Without the plasma and its currents (or extreme accelerations like those around black holes) the magnetic field wouldn't be simultaneously twisted up and bent around so it can reconnect differently.

I see two ways this might apply to plasma confinement in fusion systems:
  * It may give insight into the details of plasma instabilities and lead to ways to suppress them - enough for a practical reactor.
  * It might lead to a way to use the phenomenon deliberately, to produce a (probably pulsed) past-breakeven plasma confinement, along the lines of Dense Plasma Focus.

Comment: More than half were minority owned, too. (Score 1) 1082

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48461993) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

The hit is taken by the store owners and their landlords. [Insurance usually has escape clauses for riots.]

Just heard on the news that more than half of the stores destroyed last night in Fergusun were minority owned, too. (I think it was actually "black owned" but I'm not sure.)

IMHO the main point of the burning is so that, once the stores have been looted, the evidence of who did it is largely destroyed. Video survelience tapes, fingerprints, serial number records, ...

Comment: Re:I just don't understand (Score 1) 1082

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48456227) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

To heck with the local charges - why the hell hasn't Holder's Justice Department filed federal civil rights charges against the officer?

They're working on it.

They generally hold off on those until the state's criminal justice aparatus has had a chance to product the verdict they want. They'll file once the state system has "failed". Like maybe this week or next.

Comment: No. The store owners take the hit. (Score 1) 1082

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48456185) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Black Friday starts tonight. Insurance companies to take the hit.

No. The hit is taken by the store owners and their landlords. Insurance policies generally exclude damage during riots, along with other civil insurrections and wars.

The net result of rioting that involves looting and/or store trashing is stores that move out or go out of business. Lots of little family businesses are bankrupted, while the big box store chains look at all the red ink and don't reopen. (That's why the Koreans were on the roofs of their stores with guns during the Rodney King post-verdict activities in Los Angeles.)

Think there's a shortage of decent-paying (or paying at all) jobs in Ferguson? Just wait... (This is what happened to Oakland, California, which is mopping up the last holdouts tonight "in sympathy with Ferguson".)

Comment: Re:The "Protesters" (Score 1) 1082

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48456149) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Lenovo's stupid touchpad destroys the posting, just as it's being posted, once again:

They're not interested in any kind of justice. They're only interested in revenge.

And loot.

Christmas is coming up, after all. Time to do a little shopping. You can afford a lot more stuff when you apply the five-finger discount.

Assuming you don't get captured or shot, of course. But so far the cops are just standing back and letting the looters go at it. The hundred forty plus shots reported (at last count) are all attributed to the "protestors". (No word on whether any are from those defending themselves their families, or their property from looters and vandals.)

Comment: Re:The "Protesters" (Score 1) 1082

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48456131) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

They're not interested in any kind of justice. They're only interested in revenge.

And loot.

Christmas is coming up, after all. Time to do a little shopping. You can afford a lot more stuff when you apply the five-finger discount.
attributed to the "protestors". (No word on whether any are from those defending themselves their families, or their property from looters and vandals.)

Comment: That's propoganda, here are the facts. (Score 1) 246

by DerekLyons (#48455471) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

That doesn't appear to be true.

And to prove that you're quoting Soviet propaganda from a quarter of a century ago? You're way out of date.

Not to mention, the LK wasn't even tested until 1971... hardly "ready to go" in 1968. On top of that, the Soyuz 7LK1 didn't have a successful test (I.E. one the crew would have survived) until 1969.

Comment: Re:What the FU*$? (Score 1) 246

by DerekLyons (#48455431) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

Your alleged only runner in the race is completely false. Good grief man, read some history.

I have - extensively. I also, unlike you, grasp that the topic of discussion is the *Moon* race - which indeed, we were essentially the only runner in. If you expand it to include the whole of the space race, the Soviet Union still doesn't fare much better... after the empty 'firsts' you list, Gemini gets rolling in 1964 and racked up practical first after practical first. Leaving the Soviets behind for the balance of the race.
 

Your other statements about JFK backing away is just as wrong, at least in terms of the race to the Moon. Are you confusing US involvement in Vietnam with the Space Race or something? You sure don't seem to have any concern for actual events and history.

See my other message for links. And no, I'm not confusing anything with anything - I'm relating actual facts and history.

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