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Comment Re: Not the total cost! (Score 1) 174

Pumped storage is a superb energy storage system for short interval use. But it doesn't replace standby generation requirements, as it can't sequester enough water to last very long (and remember, it's not a generator, you need sufficient capacity to fill it while also covering normal consumption as well.)

Comment Brute force? (Score 1) 89

I may misunderstand this -- my quantum physics are hazy at best -- but I am under the impression that "brute force" isn't the leverage that quantum computing will apply to the problem.

Can anyone who actually understands what a quantum computer could do give us (ok, me) a lesson on the nature of the threat to encryption?

Comment Re:Does the real name policy curb trolling? (Score 1) 230

You entirely missed the point. The community is on FB. They are not going to move, even if I build a much better site. I can't -- no one can, in fact -- offer them what FB does, which is that hub, plus connection to family and friends and job, including the very good chance of re-connecting with old friends, associates and classmates.

What they have is the public. Getting the public away from them is a pipe dream for anyone. Google couldn't do it, and Google+ is *far* better, technically speaking, then FB is.

It is simply glib to say "go build your optimum site" because to be optimum, the community would have to be there. And that is not going to happen no matter what you do.

As I already said, I can live with the down-side. What I can't do is replace with something of equal value.

Comment Re:Just (Score 1) 179


When the government subsidizes the costs, it doesn't actually make the energy any cheaper it just makes it more affordable. The costs remain the same, the burden is just shifted around a bit.

When they require a "professional installer" in order to obtain the subsidy, it takes more out of anyone's pocket who was already willing and competent. Which actually does make it more expensive.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354