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Comment Re:Flash won already (Score 1) 135

I have an old iPhone 4 with 64GB storage and an old iPad 2 with 64GB storage.
So if both are backed up on my 256GB SSD MacBook Air, half of my storage is gone. Exagerating, yes. (But my iPhone indeed is full with about 59GB).

When an empty Word document is sized in the MBs and and increasing pixel x pixel sizes of cameras/photos are the norm, I would not consider 256GB lot of memory.

Now with HD movies, no idea how big they really are, but I doubt you get more than 20 on a 256GB laptop.

Comment Re:On paper, this is a good decision (Score 2) 102

No idea for what you then pay taxes.

I for my part pay taxes exactly for the reason that my local "infrastructure" survives onslaughts of greedy US corporations ;D

I don't pay taxes so that my money can be used to prop up businesses that can't compete on their own.
How exactly do you think a local business which is doing perhaps $100,000 in turn overs can compete with a multi billion company that "thinks" it can take over the business? How retarded are you?

If you have a near endless money supply you can drive anyone out of business, unless there are laws preventing exactly that.

Comment Re:On paper, this is a good decision (Score 3, Interesting) 102

Why should the government be in the business of protecting local food sellers
E.g. because they are tax payers?
Or when they end on the street in poverty they become bandits? (Ah, yes that is illegal, let the cops and courts deal with that)

American companies try to ruin local food farming and selling all over the world (and other farming, like for cotton). As the local business often is not strong enough to survive, obviously governments need to introduce laws if they want local companies to survive.

Luckily for you, you live in a country where the big companies ruling the world have their origin. Luckily for you you seem not to need laws that protect you. Yet.

Comment Re:On paper, this is a good decision (Score 1) 102

As for it putting the local ISP's out of business and then beginning to charge, I'm not sure I buy that. If they started to charge, wouldn't local competitors just spring right back up again?
No, they would not. How should they? They are bankrupt, if something bad happened the directors might be punished, and the founders likely get no loans anymore from banks and are paying back debts from the bankruptcy for decades.

Ah, you mean: new local ISPs ... perhaps. Perhaps not. After seeing their brethren stumped over by an Elephant they perhaps don't dare to interfere with the Elephant again?

Comment Re:The technical problems with this are immense. (Score 1) 312

No they are not.

They are heat engines, hence their theoretical limit is somewhere at 42% ... read e.g. Carnot cycle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Perhaps you mean another meaning of "efficient". Modern jet engines perhaps are as close to maximum efficiency that their "relative efficiency" versus what a perfect jet engine would produce is around or above 90%.

That does not mean, that it is using its fuel 90% efficient.

Perhaps better suited for jet engines / turbines is this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:windturbines are not the solution (Score 1) 179

Did you even READ the links I gave you?
No I did not. As I likely know more about the stuff as you can find links.

There is no forecasts that can accurately predict with 100% certainty where and how much and at what time the wind will blow.
100% accuracy is not needed.
Where the wind blows is not needed. You only need to know the wind at the plants.
When the wind blows is not needed, you only need to know the next couple of quarter hours, up to 4 hours if you are keen.
E.g. http://windguru.cz/ or http://windfinder.com/ power companies use even more specialized wind prognosis services.

It's absurd to even suggest otherwise, and hints that you really do not understand what you're talking about. No t is not absurd. As I was involved in writing the software used for that stuff in Europe.

Whether forecasts are ALWAYS approximations; they are the best (in a statistical way) That does not make the weather stochastic

Also... about the gas/coal backups for windmill-parks: this was not a suggestion or prediction, it is simply a fact: No it is ot a fact, it is simply wrong
there ARE gas/coal backups for all those windmills, just *because* they are stochastic and unpredictable. no there are not. And get it meanwhile: they are neither stochastic nor not predictable. And even if they where: it would not make a back up plant necessary. Your argumentation is bar of any logic.

The link you give is 12 years old and what is written in it, does not interest me, what exactly is it that you don't understand about that? If that link claims a wind plant needs a back up plant: then it is wrong. The link talks about 5% wind power or something ... Denmark now has continuously on average every year over 40% of its power produced by wind. That link is completely irrelevant, and likely never was.

Comment Relatively meaningless (Score 1) 88

First, off all the "study" is about facebook "distances". It does not change the distance of an Australian Aborigine versus an Kalahari Bushman or South American Indio in any way. Nor does it change mine to George W Bush or Bill Clinton.
Secondly, social sites like FB, Linkedin, Xing have people that serve as hubs. Artificial hubs. There are plenty of people who maxed out the "maximum friends limit" just because they want to be friend with "everyone who cares to accept".
E.g. on Xing there are "recruiters" that simply try to have everyone in their "contacts" that are somehow related to the business they are recruiting in.
They have contact lists as big as medium sized cities. It is fairly easy to be connected to random strangers via two "hubs" that have 10,000 "contacts" each.

Comment Re:Units (Score 1) 212

The average power output is interesting though, because it shows that it's not even enough to power 1% of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (521 PS = 383 kW).

Pretty hard to power an gasoline powered car with electricity. So: what is your point?
If you wan't to point out how insanely much power or fuel a car uses, you don't need to nit pick about solar panels ;D

Comment Re:Units (Score 1) 212

And that average is completely meaningless considering that the power is produced and consumed during daylight and no power is either produced nor consumed during night.

I rather have the production for a year than a your pointless average. It is safe to assume the building is not grid independent. It is safe to assume that at night at least some emergency lights, probably elevators and perhaps showroom lights are on. It is safe to assume that in winter only few hours of daylight contribute to the power consumption, it is also safe to assume that in summer the panels produce over a longer period than usual business hours: how is your average addressing this better than the total production per year, which obviously matches the consumption roughly?

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 2) 212

Most modern electronics in a Porsche regarding safety (lane detection, sign detection, speed control, automatic breaking, distance detection, rear and side radar, pedestrian detection etc.) is already bought from third party companies. If they make a few cars self driving, like their SUVs e.g. they simply will buy the remaining technology needed. I doubt there is any real licensing involved. Companies like Continental or Bosch sell "all in solutions" for driver assistance and soon self driving.

I for my part can't wait for the self driving 24h race in Le Mans ;D Might be a nice background "picture" for my Mac, cough cough.

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