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Comment: Re:Um, duh? (Score 1) 162

by lgw (#48942805) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

More fundamentally; the only reason to insist solar do baseload is quasi religious.

It's the only thing that can scale, unless fusion ever stops being "just 20 years away". Think of the energy needs of 11 billion people at American consumption levels (~40 TW), which isn't at all a far-fetched projection and of course it won't stop there. Even ground-based Solar hits scaling issues there - it's one thing to shade everything that's already paved, and maybe all the salt flats, but at some point you get significant ecological effects.

Comment: Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 162

by HornWumpus (#48942517) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

The mechanic I know who specializes in bio-diesel is making so much fucking money selling them to hippies it's not even funny. He even has a biodiesel pump at his shop. He will gladly charge you $1 per gallon more then the current price of diesel. Sometimes it's almost 25% biodiesel. Just enough to make the exhaust smell like french fries.

Those people are fucking fools. He will charge them thousands to do $100 worth of work and they love him for it. Recommend him to friends.

California so hippies abound.

Comment: Re:screw fitness bands. (Score 1) 56

by sjames (#48942515) Attached to: Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol

Keep in mind that the better insurance gets at assessing risk, the less value it has.At some point they get the risk pinned down with sufficient accuracy that you come out better by putting the premiums into a savings account until needed.

Of course the root problem is mistaking insurance for a solution to outrageously overpriced healthcare.

Comment: Re:A good thing. (Score 1) 251

by Grishnakh (#48942501) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

That's not even the biggest problem with Google and Android; the biggest problem is the complete lack of support Android devices get after they're a few months old, which makes them security nightmares. Cyanogen promises to fix that, but it's only going to work if they have better device coverage than they have now.

Comment: Re:A good thing. (Score 1) 251

by Grishnakh (#48942477) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

That makes no sense at all. Cyanogen is a bit player; how many people do you know who are running it? (If you do know any, exclude all the tech-heads and answer again.) MS doesn't care about destroying something that's barely larger than a hobby project.

MS *does* care about hurting Google and improving the marketshare for Windows Phone, or somehow improving their own presence in the mobile arena. So any actions here are going to be towards that end.

Perhaps they see any move to help Cyanogen as something which will help destabilize Android in general. Or, more likely, they see it as something that can use to get a big foothold into the Android space, and then use it to take it over from Google. Embrace, extend, extinguish.

Comment: Re:Um, duh? (Score 1) 162

by lgw (#48942381) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

Oh, sure, for now, but Solar for now can't be baseload anyhow. Orbital can. It will be a while before panels get cheap enough and enough not reliant on scarce materials to scale. It seems inevitable now, but it's still a ways off. Meanwhile, private space efforts keep making progress. In 50 years, when solar has wide adoption and we're struggling with baseload at night, and in bad climates, I think orbital will be a viable choice vs nuclear or gas.

Comment: Re:Um, duh? (Score 1) 162

by HornWumpus (#48942257) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

The ten or so new power plants in CA during the last 10 years prove you wrong. Granting utilities have learned to site them with or replacing existing plants.

PG&E doesn't own any generation. They are a load serving entity and have been for over a decade. They still own some very valuable transmission lines.

Even is an overcast shithole like Seattle, ground based solar is more cost effective then orbital.

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