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Comment: Re:Flawed Premise (Score 2) 453

by compro01 (#48443561) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

There is no link between autonomously driving cars and car sharing.

Sure there is. With existing car sharing systems or rentals, you either need to go to where the car is via some other means, or someone needs to drive it to you, then drive back to the office, before you can go where you're wanting to go.

With autonomously driving cars, the car can drive itself to you and then you go directly from where you are to where you want to go. It makes it far more practical.

Comment: Re:Cray? (Score 1) 125

by compro01 (#48258747) Attached to: 16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

Twice, I think (Cray Laboratories and Cray Computer Corporation) though the name has been passed around a bit.

The current Cray (Which was formerly known as the Tera Computer Company) bought up the remnants of Cray Research from Silicon Graphics in 2000, who had bought them up in 1996, and appropriated the name.

Comment: Re:What about... (Score 1) 610

by compro01 (#48140753) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

I don't think they're expecting to even break even off this particular unit.

It's basically a full scale prototype for the capture tech to see if the tech actually works at a reasonable operating cost. If it does, they'll roll it out to the other coal plants, at lower cost now that they know what they're doing with it.

If it doesn't pan out, they're going to have to find something else to provide power, as the coal plants will have to be shut down when they hit the 50 year mark, as there's no way for them to fit under the CO2 emissions regulations* without the capture tech. And that 50 year mark isn't all that far away.

In the latter case, unit 4 at Boundary Dam will shut down in 2020, followed by unit 5 in 2023, unit 6 in 2028, then Poplar River's units in 2031 and 2033. That's nearly 1/3rd of their generation capacity and most of their base load.

*Existing power plants are grandfathered in. The CO2 regs don't apply to them until 50 years after their commissioning date.

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