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Comment: Re:Waste is heat! (Score 1) 184

And electric resistance heating is usually *terrible* compared to any number of available alternatives.

It represents a *huge* waste of exergy, when a heat pump (as you allude to) can produce several units of heat for one unit of electricity.

So, in summer it's all bad and in winter it;'s at least 75% bad. And that's ignoring (eg) CO2 and other emissions from the generation mix.

Can we stop with this "waste is good" meme?



An electric heater heated by electricity from nuclear or hydroelectric generators is in no way worse than the alternatives from a carbon and/or sustainability point of view.

Comment: Re:What Would be a Trivial Amount? (Score 1) 184

But a standby to listen for a remote need not take more than a few 10s of milliwatts.

The reason they have a stupid standby draw is because it's cheaper to just use the 200W power supply and not put in the extra components for a standby power supply.

Comment: Re:Supersymmetry ? (Score 1) 221

by TechyImmigrant (#49359719) Attached to: Dark Matter Is Even More of a Mystery Than Expected

Right, but plasmas are a bit thin on the ground where humans live and humans are the ones who call things things. There may be aliens who call plasmas and gasses things, but they probably have different words for them. "No Fnakquar, an antivacuum is called a 'congressman' " or some such.

When I left you, I was but the pupil. Now, I am the master. - Darth Vader