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Comment: Re:Yes if you can afford the time (Score 1) 257

by angel'o'sphere (#49633127) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

Insightful but wrong!

Smalltalk, Lisp, Prolog, Haskell and (C, Pascal, Fortran) all work completely different.

You don't jump form C++/Java/C# to SmallTalk in a day.

if you learned 10 new methods in Java every day for the rest of your life - you'd be dead before you learned everything that was in Java. Since you can't "know" a language because it's constantly being created/changed/etc the best thing to do is understand rather than know
That is nonsense, too.
Obviously the creators of Java can, why can't you?

Comment: Re:ADA? (Score 1) 257

by angel'o'sphere (#49633075) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

a reputation for poor performance, and heavy resource requirements.
That is nonsense.
Ada is as efficient as C etc. actually all languages that get compiled down to machine code (as not to byte code) are similar efficient.
If you want a COBOL job, look harder.
There are plenty of them.
All the damn Y2K programs problems I have fixed, are still running: because the Y2K problems are fixed.

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 333

by angel'o'sphere (#49632631) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Well in 30 years I'm close to 80, but perhaps you invite me to your nice house then and we drink a Whiskey ...

Well, I like the irish ones, or we settle on Whisky, as I like the scotch, too.

So we can look back on the energy revolution :D and perhaps know if that EM drive really works, like discussed on /. lately

Comment: Re:Not *battery* storage (Score 1) 333

by angel'o'sphere (#49632519) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

But it isn't, so no... they couldn't have...
Ofc, they could have. As I said before a 30 feet (not metters) artificial hill is enough, and using the dig out soil from some reservoirs to make that hill had worked just fine.

Would it have been a super high capacity storage: no.

Would it work: yes.

What had it costed? No idea as I don't know what they did with the dig out. Perhaps they sold it? And earned money on it. Perhaps they needed to deposite it somewhere, and payed for that.

Comment: Re: Water heigh storage: dams (Score 1) 333

by angel'o'sphere (#49632437) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

So for 155 million euros, power is provided for 1600 homes...

That is a TERRIBLE investment...

No, it is not.
It is an investment to store power that otherwise would go to waste.

As I pointed out several times now, pumped storages as we have it right now is not even used to store excess energy, it is used to balance the grid.

155M is peanuts. No idea where you live ... but if your numbers are right it is about 100,000 per home. No idea why you call that "TERRIBLE expensive", seems you are not used to large scale infra structure projects.

Facepalm. For 155M you can not even make a railway ... well just a few feet.

The railway for the ICE from Wuerzburg to Hannover, about 280km, costed 6billion (not million, for clarification) Euros.

A house like yours would cost in Europe 2 - 6 millions. So the plant you complain about costs like 20 to 75 times as much as your house costs?

And you call that expensive? And it is not the plant providing the power for the houses, it is a "load balancing plant" as mainly all pumped storages in central Europe are.

The owner makes a million in earnings every day!

A plant like that is amortized in a year, max 10 years.

Your country must be really weird if you have such a strange relation to "money is everything".

Comment: Re:Its twice as expensive as the competition (Score 1) 514

by angel'o'sphere (#49632307) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

They might be dead regarding your car but still have a charge.

Deep cycle car batteries a few times and they truly are dead.

You can read that on wikipedia btw. or make a pilot or sailing license, it is one of the basics you learn in the first lessons: how to take care about the battery as you need it for the radio etc.

Comment: Re:Warmth? (Score 1) 282

Obviously I have not,

But I have been in the Alpes at greater hights in a T-shirt.
The temperature is irrelevant (because it is air temperature), relevant is sun and wind.

As long as you are walking and carrying something it does not really matter ... unless you are in a snow storm with real minus degrees (C).

The parent is just an idiot, or one of the most unhealthy persons on /.

Comment: Re:One Criterion Missing (Score 1) 404

by angel'o'sphere (#49632181) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

No idea what you exactly want to say.

* first someone established the theory
* then it was interesting enough that minimum 3 groups on the planet tried to build a devise according to that theory
* the three groups we know about are the scientists who dared to report: "the theory works!"

Now -- especially /. -- wich saddens me, is full with anti science idiots who claim to know why the drive can't work.

But two or three crackpots claim they have a warp drive, and everybody is lining up for their tickets for Alpha Centauri.

The story is about the fact that this kind of drive is not a warp drive (as it was falsely reported in other news) but a very low thrust impulse drive. You will never beat the speed of light with it. However if you have 'enough' energy you can accelerate as long as you want, like with an ion or plasma drive but without the need of "fuel".

Comment: Re:Uber cars not covered by insurance (Score 1) 251

by angel'o'sphere (#49632047) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas

but explicitly excluding passengers taken expressly for monetary reward
That is ofc an exception as you need a special driving license anyway.
However if I decide to deliver parcels in a private car, I'm insured. And so are "third parties" as you name them.
My point was not my cargo ... not sure about that, did not check my policy regarding my cargo since decades.+
Good hint, perhaps I should check what that says.

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