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Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1036

by WolfWithoutAClause (#46684349) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

I think that there is a question as to whether the three witnesses are reliable or not. ;)

I'm also pretty damn sure that Native Americans are not descended from Egyptians, and that the genetic information that shows they're not is widely available, and does stack up.

If that was not the case, there would be some super-duper famous scientists right now that had managed to prove a key tenant of Mormonism; either Science or Nature would publish that like a shot. They LOVE overturning apple carts: if you have the hard evidence.

In the real world... that hasn't happened, because they're not descended from there, all the evidence shows that Native Americans came from Asia, migrating across the Bering Strait. It's just 50 miles across the ocean there, it's many thousands of miles the other ways.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 5, Funny) 1036

by WolfWithoutAClause (#46676699) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Let me give you the view of a non Mormon:

Mormonism is bonkers!

You're talking about a religion created by a convicted con man that involves him 'reading' invisible gold tablets that nobody else could see from within a hat, and mistranslating an Egyptian funerary parchment aka 'The Book of Abraham' that doesn't say what he said it says; and we know that because it was tracked down and translated for real.

Comment: Re:Jet Fuel? (Score 1) 230

by WolfWithoutAClause (#46075609) Attached to: New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

No, wind and hydro are very good matches.

When the wind blows, the hydro holds back its water; it saves the energy for later (at a storage efficiency of about 99%). When the wind drops it lets the water through faster to make up for the lack of wind.

So the combined system has more average power; the wind is able to enhance the hydro generation and the hydro smooths out the wind.

Comment: Re:Jet Fuel? (Score 1) 230

by WolfWithoutAClause (#46075579) Attached to: New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

That's a nice, clear explanation of how wind power means you use more fuel.

Unfortunately it's absolute, total bollocks.

The reason it's bollocks is because wind is used for about 20% or so of the total production, whereas the combustion turbines are only used as an emergency back-up.

In nearly every case, when the wind drops (which they have several days advance warning for) all that happens is that the other sources (the more efficient sources) increase their output.

Only if you have major failures elsewhere do the combustion turbines kick in.

Comment: Re:Double bind (Score 1) 1431

by WolfWithoutAClause (#46020295) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

No, in practice armed people don't actually have to be polite to unarmed people at all; because armed people don't have to worry about being shot by them. I mean, they may be, but they don't have to be.

So far from taking away the ability to be rude fucks; it's arming the rude fucks, they will tend to want to be armed more than polite people; they're the ones that are more likely to need a gun, because they're the ones that tend to kick up problems.

Comment: Re:2 Words (Score 1) 810

by WolfWithoutAClause (#45503631) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

Not so.

For commuting in the mornings, apparently it's good to have it plugged in and to have set the battery to do a quick charge before you want to go, that warms the pack up, and at the same time you can also preheat the cabin; that also helps because the climate control doesn't have to use the battery to do that and it clears the windscreen, so you gain both range and convenience.

Comment: Re:Radiated power? (Score 1) 104

Actually the directional antenna helps with both RX and TX directionality and power equally; and there's almost certainly an attenuator that offsets the aerial's gain.

It doesn't help with the power coming from the laptop/tablet, but that's pretty small; some laptops will have gain control on their transmitters as well.

Comment: Re:Spaghetti (Score 3, Interesting) 263

by WolfWithoutAClause (#45256021) Attached to: How an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Would Die Part 2

My understanding/way I imagine it is that; as you move towards the blackhole, the particles that make up the astronaut cause the event horizon to come out to meet them, and this curves the event horizon and this causes a local burst of Hawking-type radiation that rips apart the astronaut, and this radiation spreads out from the impact point in a wave; that in turn creates more perturbations of the horizon and so on. You end up with a very thin ring of fire all around the black hole. And this never goes away; indeed it forms the moment the black hole does, and so there's actually nothing inside the blackhole, just flat spacetime. In a sense I suppose the collapse never completely happens you end up with just a shell of matter.

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen