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Comment: Re:Not an April Fools post! (Score 0, Offtopic) 210

Shhhh, the progs don't like to hear actual facts about energy generation, it upsets their precious sensibilities. Next time include a trigger warning, since right now some of them are feeling "unsafe" due to your words.

Perhaps the percentage mentioned is nameplate capacity.

+ - Yet another government software failure, nominated for award

Submitted by belmolis
belmolis (702863) writes "The Victoria Times-Colonist reports that British Columbia spent C$182 million on a new case management system for social services, whose system was so bad that in 2012 Judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Special Representative for Children and Youth, issued a public safety warning. According to a report by the Auditor General, the system only performs 1/3 of the functions of the systems it is intended to replace and fails to protect private information or monitor inappropriate usage. The defective system was nominated by its managers for the Premier's Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Civil Service."

Comment: Re:THIS is a "golden age"? Yikes. (Score 1) 66

by UnknownSoldier (#49383219) Attached to: We're In a Golden Age of Star Trek Webseries Right Now

I found it be hit-or-miss.

Star Trek Continues is decent -- it embodies the spirit of TOS. They even got Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn to play the voice of the computer.

But I agree about the others. Holy crap is "Starship Exeter: The Tressaurian Intersection" ever terrible!! i.e. Having Spock being replaced with a woman trying not to portray any emotion when her eyebrows give her away is god awful.

Comment: Re: What Would be a Trivial Amount? (Score 1) 196

Yes, warranties are weasely that way. LG pulled the same stunt on the front loader washer we bought. Not only was labor not included, but work had to be done at an "approved" facility, which charged inflated prices for labor! Way to turn a warranty on its head, into a way to make more profit. Except we didn't bite. Was cheaper to pay for the part and do the work ourselves. We could have paid for the part and had an independent repair center do the work for less than what it would cost under their so-called warranty plan.

Another weasel was that they didn't cover everything, only parts they knew would last. Drum and motor were covered, but not the spider to connect the drum to the motor. The spider is conveniently defined as not being part of either the drum or motor, although it is the shaft of the motor.

Comment: Re:No they don't (Score 1) 221

by amaurea (#49374175) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Plan Solar Power Station In Space

Current international limits are 50 W/m^2. The sun at noon is 1000 W/m^2, so by that standard the rectenna is going to be very large indeed.

50 W/m^2 is absurd! One of the biggest problems with solar power is how much space it takes. Restricting yourself to 50 W/m^2 means that all things equal (which they wouldn't be, but still) you would be doing 20 times worse than normal solar power. For there to be any point in solar power satellites the flux in the beam must be much higher than the Sun's flux.

Are you sure 50 W/m^2 isn't just for some pathfinder experiments? It seems silly to have the same limits for radiation inside a power beam as everywhere else. It's a bit like having the same air quality standard inside a fireplace as in a city.

Comment: Re:No they don't (Score 1) 221

by amaurea (#49370955) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Plan Solar Power Station In Space

>Or rectennas. You recall that SPSS's have a downlink portion, right?

The necessary size of the rectenna is set by the size of the microwave beam as it hits the earth, isn't it? Wouldn't that make its size not grow with the size of the array of solar panels in space? In fact, if all the sending antennas work as a single phased array, wouldn't you expect the beam to become smaller as you make the space array bigger?

+ - Systemd Devs Fork Linux Kernel-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Now it appears as though the systemd developers have found a solution to kernel compatibility problems and a way to extend their philosophy of placing all key operating system components in one repository. According to Ivan Gotyaovich, one of the developers working on systemd, the project intends to maintain its own fork of the Linux kernel. "There are problems, problems in collaboration, problems with compatibility across versions. Forking the kernel gives us control over these issues, gives us control over almost all key parts of the stack.""
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