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Comment: Re:Tesla enables Edison to win the endgame? (Score 4, Informative) 517

by afidel (#49794491) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

The parasitic losses of DC over long distance is reason enough that it's not done

Siemens quotes 3.5% loss per 1,000km for +-800kv DC vs 6.7% for 735kv AC systems, exactly the opposite of your claim. I think I'll trust one of the biggest names in power over someone with a free bitcoin scam in their signature.

Comment: Re:Tesla enables Edison to win the endgame? (Score 4, Informative) 517

by afidel (#49791571) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

HVDC works well for long trunk lines between a distant large power source and a population center, but it much less useful for a grid system with many interconnect points. That's why the primary usage has been between hydro plants and distant cities and for international interconnects (especially where the local grids of the two sides do not share a common standard).

Comment: Re:Disappointing (Score 2) 103

by afidel (#49786371) Attached to: Microsoft Edge To Support Dolby Audio

LOL, more like it's audio for people who care about the quality of audio. I use the DTS HD-MA or TrueHD track with my receiver in pure direct mode so that I don't get all sorts of crap filtering and can just listen to the audio as it was intended to be presented (and how you'd hear it if you saw the movie in a theater, though generally with fewer tracks)

Comment: Re:30 years ago.... (Score 3, Insightful) 289

by afidel (#49777453) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

You are aware that plenty of people are monitored for their entire shift in much less safety critical jobs, like bank tellers, grocery or retail store cashiers, dock workers, etc, yes? As to the speed being controlled by computer, they've been working on that for some time, but apparently the radio network to convey all the necessary information to the control box is massively behind schedule.

Comment: Re:Bats don't control mosquitoes (Score 1) 89

by afidel (#49774867) Attached to: Bats' White-Nose Syndrome May Be Cured

As far as anybody can tell, though, we could lose mosquitoes entirely with no big secondary effects. So let's get on eradicating those fuckers. Way more important than anything the Gates foundation has claimed to do.

Considering one of the pieces of the Gates Foundation anti-malaria campaign is sterile mosquito introduction in an effort to eradicate the local population I think you're a bit off there.

Comment: Re:EA (Score 2) 86

by afidel (#49756563) Attached to: How Cities: Skylines Beat SimCity At Its Own Game

Public companies can also have a mechanism to halt a hostile takeover, it's called a poison pill. Generally it involves some kind of massive payoff to the current staff, but it can also be the automatic issuance of new stock which dilutes the holdings of the company attempting to do the acquisition. The first known use of the latter technique that I'm aware of was the Westinghouse corporation which issued massive amounts of stock when JP Morgan tried to take them over, ultimately providing them with enough money to complete the Niagara power station project.

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