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Comment: Working on a boat (Score 1) 167

by dafdaf (#45252837) Attached to: I've done my current job in X time zones ...
...while cruising around the world with my two kids and wife. We get in and out of different timezones without even noticing. Heck, we crossed the dateline a few weeks ago and were completely surprised to arrive in Tonga on a sunday with the immigration closed. But - who cares anyway ? Timezones... pfff. Some weird concept of land people. UTC rules ! ;-)

Comment: Re:About damn time. (Score 1) 432

by dafdaf (#32027196) Attached to: Government Approves First US Offshore Wind Farm
Yeah, this whole 'base load' discussion is really getting annoying. There are multiple new ideas to store the power generated by wind farms of which one of better ones (I think) is to store the energy in form of air that is pumped into huge bubbles under water. When the power is needed, you open the bubble and let the air vent through a generator... Other ideas involve generating 'artificial' methane gas. But that just reaches ~60% efficiency right now... People are repeating the 'only works for base load' argument, the big energy providers have been spreading for years. Those companies are only afraid of de-centralized power generation which would mean the end to a *lot* of them ! (And that is a good thing !)
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+ - The Death of the US-Mexico Virtual Fence->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "A couple years ago it was announced that the Boeing built virtual fence didn't work. Started in 2006, SBInet has been labeled a miserable failure and finally halted. A soon to be released GAO report is expected to tear SBInet a new one causing DHS Chief Janet Napolitano to announce yesterday that funding for the project has been frozen. Sad that $1.4 billion had to be spent on this before the discovery that this poorly conceived idea would not work."
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Comment: Re:They are NOT Denying Global Warming (Score 3, Insightful) 1100

by dafdaf (#29200851) Attached to: Global Warming To Be Put On Trial?

Well, they have a lot of money to devote to it since they don't have to spend ANY money on defense. If the USA took all of its money from defense and put it into Healthcare or "Green Tech," then yes, we'd be able to claim advances in those areas. But we can't, because we're the only Western World with a _real_ military and we use it to protect all of the other countries, and they know it. If America suddenly disassembled its Military, every other country would have to step up and pick up the slack to a have a force to send into every hotspot on the planet and to keep the other guys from attacking.

So you have already found the solution ! The only thing you didn't get right here ist that the rest of the world would actually do a LOT better without America's policy to play world-police. I don't say that a little intervention here and there wouldn't be bad, it's only that the foreign wars that the US is fighting right now (and in the past) didn't exactly help anyone besides maybe Haliburton etc. ;-)

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