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Comment: Re:Amazingly efficient... (Score 2, Insightful) 64

by Your Pal Dave (#31200170) Attached to: Trash-To-Fuel Process Validated By US Military

It gets worse if you do an energy balance:
According to the DOE (Table 1), municipal waste contains less than 12e6 BTU/Ton, so your 100 TPD waste stream will contain 1.2 E9 BTU tops.

Disregarding electrical output:

Naptha; 1,240 Gal @118700 BTU/Gal = 1.47E8 BTU
Kerosene: 3400 Gal @134000 BTU/Gal = 4.56E8 BTU
Diesel: 6900 Gal @129500 BTU/Gal = 8.94E8 BTU
Fuel Oil: 3000 Gal @145000 BTU/Gal = 4.35E8 BTU
Total Output: 1.93E9 BTU

So, either they have some energy input they're not telling us about, or it's a scam.

Comment: Re:Monaco (Score 1) 394

by Your Pal Dave (#30804838) Attached to: Programming With Proportional Fonts?

Could be the keyboards too, I find that since I went back to using Model M style keyboards, I'm much more productive.

Is that due to the keyboard's mechanics, or simply to the fact that you know that everyone in your office can tell when you're slacking because they can't hear the loud clicks?

FWIW, I share the Model M fetish, typing on a Unicomp now. Thrift stores can be a good source of cheap Model Ms as well.

Comment: Re:Respecting Your Privacy (Score 1) 527

by Your Pal Dave (#30404992) Attached to: Mozilla Exec Urges Switch From Google To Bing

Well Google has a track record of mining every bit of data about you. Even to the point of hiring contractors to take pictures of your house (from the "street" of course).

Bing maps has street view now too, on its beta version. It has a lot less coverage than Google's at this time.

The beta version uses Silverlight, and it doesn't seem to like moonlight, so at least you're safe from the prying eyes of linux users.

Comment: Re:So what's it gonna be? (Score 1) 257

by Your Pal Dave (#28517503) Attached to: Standard Cellphone Chargers For Europeans

And South Korea did so a year earlier.

Maybe with EU on board we'll see handsets for the US market meeting the standard without having to wait forever while the US carriers get their shit together.

Comment: Re:E-Readers have a definite niche. (Score 4, Insightful) 143

by Your Pal Dave (#27034331) Attached to: Hearst To Launch E-Reader For Newspapers

Don't forget that when you buy a Kindle book you cannot lend, sell, or give it away. If you purchase an interesting book for your Kindle and your wife wants to read it, she'll have to buy her own copy or borrow your entire Kindle.

Seems to me that this severely reduces the value of eBooks, so they should really cost about 1/3 - 1/2 of the paperback price to make up for it.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?