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Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 1) 206

More to the point, how many could sustain a turbine that would generate more power in their lifetimes than that required to deliver the turbine to the point of use?

Well, perhaps you google ;D
River power plants are very common in germany, many are over 100 years old. They have regenerated their "construction costs" in energy plentifull.

Our country, and our rivers, are not very big!
You don't need a big river.

My answer was aimed to the US anyway.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 206

The capacity factor of a load following coal plant in Germany is also only 40% or less (hint: it is only running between 6:00 and 21:00)

Same for a french load following nuclear plant, as France has a higher base load than Germany their load following plants are perhaps at 60% CF.

As long as you don't knwo what a CF actually expresses it is pretty pointless to use it in arguments.

Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 1) 206

Hydro capacity is closed to maxed out -
That is a /. myth.

Every river could have every 10miles or so a power plant.

However it would cost money, and you would need locks for the ships, costing more money and you ould slow down ships ...

Most people always think a hydro plant would need a valey and a dam ... that is not he case.

There are also buoy, which you can simply let swim in a river that produce power.

Here an example, unfortunately only in german:

Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 0) 206

I never pretended to be an "electrical engineer", especially as this is punishable by laaw, you idiot.
I'm a Software engineer who worked nealry a decade for energy companies.

You can make up for that lack by looking at a weather map and trying to identify a day when there is no wind at all over a region large enough to be covered by a national grid
No need for that: this is physically impossible ... at least for Germany. Perhaps you could find a very small country somewhere where this is possible.

If you had an education you would stop insulting others on the net, and you likely would know a bit more about how weather and wind works.

Perhaps you want to read something about it?

Feel free to link us some sattelite photos and explain to us where you think there is no wind :D

Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 1) 206

overlooks the cost of managing the intermittancy and unreliability of wind is not complete. That cost grows as wind becomes a greater percentage of the generation portfolio.
First of all, that cost is very likely included and not overlooked.
Secondly the cost grows analog to the installment base, and not over proportional. So there s no disadvantage if teh percentage of wind grows.
Also: you have the same planning overhead for any other power source ;D (I wrote, was involved in writing, the planning software for

Comment Re:So embarrasing for Microsoft (Score 2) 87

Businesses will buy expensive phones if they do the things they need and support integration and management with the systems they already use. You really need third party tools to manage iOS and Android's all rely on Google Apps and have weird holes in their capabilities (e.g. device backup is a PITA). If the argument is for getting phones for middle managers who aren't important enough to demand an iphone and exemption from IT policies, having policy-based management that's already built into your enterprise directory system is probably a decent argument. I'm thinking this is more of a push to eat what's left of RIM's market.

Microsoft's Surface devices may to a certain extent be a "showing of the flag" rather than a highly competitive design. I support Surfaces in my organization and I think they're pretty great, but I say that with the understanding that they're as much a nudge to wider portable PC hardware manufacturers and to engage Apple in a certain amount of one-upmanship as they are compelling devices. It's a radical sort of product that can be made to serve in a wide variety of situations and putting them out in the world may be providing the impetus for improvements in other portable hardware.

Comment Re:Some facts... (Score 1) 578

, I *have* seen a less-capable candidate hired because they were female. I'm not saying it's common (not least because I don't think it is) - but I have seen it.

Actually if I had the choice and I was certain a woman would "catch up" with the requirements of the job I rather would take her than a guy.

On the other hand I witnessed first hand for some reason women seem to enjoy Mobbing other employees more than men do.

Comment Re:And why should this be done? (Score 1) 578

, they are not taught to be that way, they just are.
I disagree.
Girls more often ask their mothers how stuff works than their dads. Boys ask their dads.
So it is a vicious circle of mothers who don't know much about it and telling their Girls mostly: shut up. Or: "why do you ask this", or: "come help me cooking, who cares about how the micro wave works"

Givng boys and Girls equal opportunity they ask the same things and are curious about the same things.

In school systems where science is mandatory till end of school, girls usually have the better grades.

Girls study a bit less in mechanical engineering and computer science, however in chemistry, biology, medicine etc. they are even or depending on university even the majourity. In architecture and related studies they are the majourity.

Comment Re: FUCK OFF DICE (Score 1) 578

However, considering that programming is ultimately just mathematics and logic
For a climate simularion perhaps.
For a business application, mostly no.
Most programming is 90% control flow and a Little bit of persistence.
Or did you mean control flow when you said "logic"?

Most of programming is understanding what the bride and groom want to have as meals on the weddding party and: writing the cooking recipe accordingly.

If you can write a cooking recipe of one dish you cook regularily, then you can code.

Another megabytes the dust.