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Comment: Sigh.. (Score 1) 211

by LWATCDR (#48940123) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

" What is more, as costs for wind and solar power have plummeted over the past decade, and the new report points out that for a given amount of land, solar panels are at least 50 times more efficient than bio fuels at capturing the energy of sunlight in a useful form."

1. Wind and Solar do not complete with bio fuels. You can not run a truck, ship, or airliner on electricity effectively because of battery technology.. Even cars are limited today by cost. Now if you are talking about bio fuels to run generators then maybe, but for transportation not at all.

It is kind of like that big huge lie that people like to tell about wind and solar reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

Comment: Re:that's the problem. 3/16th" hole = opened (Score 1) 367

by hey! (#48935183) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

The issue as I'm sure you know isn't "opened", but rather "opened within a certain length of time." Obviously given unlimited time you can get into anything, and you probably can get into an ATM a lot faster than a decent safe. But once you have the explosion routine down pat, you can probably be away with the ATM money in *seconds*. In terms of practicality and low risk, that's hard to beat.

Comment: Re:This is logistically impossible. (Score 2) 147

by LWATCDR (#48933659) Attached to: Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

They do but then they take a big expensive ship find the cable and bring it to the surface to fix it.
The real issue is not if it is possible because it is possible. The big question is if it is worth it?
Removing all the 02 mean no fires and reduced corrosion.
It also means more cost for fixing thing that go wrong.
The simplest way to do this would be to flood the bunker with Argon since it heavier than O2 and N2 it should displace the O2 but again the question would be why?

Comment: Re:"Let me ask you.... (Score 1) 77

by LWATCDR (#48928039) Attached to: Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Simple answer is you take them to court for not paying but do it now while the merger is in the works.
I really hope that this merger fails like the TMobile AT&T merger did but since the current president does not need to get reelected I have little hope.
He is hoping his legacy will be opening Cuba.

Comment: Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (Score 1) 235

by LWATCDR (#48922415) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Wrong. Metal is not the only thing that returns RF.

To Jam maybe but a jamming is not "frying" and a jammed drone does not really help a lot because it is just out of control at that point.
You also have the issue of size so unless you want a massive radar set on top of the white house you are not going to fry anything and it would be bad to start with.
Even if you had a perfect detection system then what? The interception is the problem. Not even hitting it but not hurting anyone that is standing around.

Comment: Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (Score 1) 235

by LWATCDR (#48920091) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Simple. A radio controlled quad copter would have about the same RCS as a bird and fly at about the same speed. To burn out the electronics you would put just about everyone around the Whitehouse in danger of being hurt. If it was a weaponized rc quadcopter you could blow it up over innocent people if it had not crossed the fence.
In other words too many false positives as far as the frying the electronics too much risk of collateral damage. The amount of power to fry a quadcopter would be high enough to do some real harm to people.

Comment: Re:Not their fault (Score 1) 397

by hey! (#48918827) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Something worth considering. We associate snow with cold, so it's tempting to see more and frequent snowstorms as disproof that the planet is warning. However temperature is only one of the constraints on snow. The other is moisture.

I have lived here in Boston over fifty years, and in the 60s and 70s the December climate was bitterly cold and *bone dry*. In recent decades there has been a marked tendency toward warmer AND wetter Decembers and Januaries, and thus frequent significant snow storms in December (almost unheard of) and January (rare until the 90s).

This storm was particularly intense, and in my town got two feet or more. This has happened on six prior occasions, once in 1888, and five times since 1969.

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