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Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 334

by The Cisco Kid (#49567249) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

I suspect we probably have sufficient resources to build a sufficient number of solar panels to nearly cover the entire globe. If/when we get that far, we really don't need to build anymore.

I'm not an expert, but I've got a gut feeling that solar panels don't really "wear out" at least not as a result of generating electricity.

At the very least, I think if we manage to get enough of them and harness them efficiently enough, solar power could provide more power, and for a longer period of time, than gas and oil have/can, combined.

But it can only happen if it makes economic sense. Very few people are going to lie down big bucks, only to then PAY even more for electricity. If I spent thousands of dollars on solar panels and a storage (batteries, etc) system, I'd damn well expect my recurring power bill to plummet if not disappear entirely.

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 0) 334

by The Cisco Kid (#49567015) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

If it costs more, most people aren't going to buy it, or even be able to buy it.

If you can't make the net cost less, it will fail.

Even if initial cost is more, if it can be financed, and it reduces costs over a decade by a majority of what it costs to repay the loan, that would be good.

But huge upfront cost, only to then mean paying MORE for electric, will go over like a lead balloon.

Give me a motorhome-sized nuclear reactor a block or neighborhood can all pitch in on and buy for 25K ($1000 each across 25 homes, or $500 each across 50), that will then provide electric power for everyone at NO additional cost for two decades. The technology exists.

Comment: "Need more info" (Score 1) 486

And how much energy does it take to create this fuel? How much does it cost?

Would a tank full of it allow the car to travel a comparable distance and speed as a similar-sized tank full of gasoline or diesel fuel?

Unless it is or can be economically comparable to CURRENT costs, its useless.

Comment: The entire article could have been replaced with (Score 2) 121

by The Cisco Kid (#49444623) Attached to: Has Google Indexed Your Backup Drive?

a one liner: "If you've made your private files available publically (either intentionally or through ignorance) then your private files are available publically."

Removing them from google results is far less important than making the files themselves no longer available.

Looking on google to see if they are available is sort of silly - if you're using one of these silly commercial "automatic backup" packages that came bundled with an external drive, read its manual and documentation, and review its configuration, as well as that of your router.

Comment: Re:NYC != Alaska (Score 1) 226

by The Cisco Kid (#49343829) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

London to "avtodoroga Kolyma, Magadanskaya oblast', Russia" (which is the furthest East I could get google to give me driving directions to from London) is just shy of 8000 miles.

Fairbanks AK, (furthest West google would recognize) to NYC is just over 4000 miles.

I was able to estimate the distance between Fairbanks and that Russian location at 2000 miles.

So, 8000+4000+2000 = 14,000 miles.

"What if" is a trademark of Hewlett Packard, so stop using it in your sentences without permission, or risk being sued.