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Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 1) 405

The "Mr D" personality or whatever it is (since the guy likes to pretend to be things he is not so is probably one of several accounts) claimed that at the end of a thread during which he made several mistakes that none of my first year engineering students would have made back in the day due to them taking high school science. Among other things he keeps going on about days where there is no wind anywhere so windmills will not work.
My reply was to one of his posts since I am very sick of his deliberate misinformation.

Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 1) 405

Are you going to overbuild the whole system

Yes that is how electricity distribution works - "overbuilding" so as to be able to handle the largest peak of the year with room to spare when units are down for repairs.

Are you going to make the grid so robust, so grossly overbuilt, that you can ship huge amounts of power over transcontinental distances

We were doing that long before you, or anyone else, started reading Slashdot.

Comment Re:Virtual machines - zones vs jails (Score 1) 148

No. It's for when you'd want a VM to run a similar OS or separate hardware but without the overhead of either. A full VM has far more overhead and in some situations all you really want the VM for is put a bunch of applications in a separate space with their own IP address, so that's where you use a zone.
A very similar thing is in development on linux and is called a "container", which is also how zones started to be described a couple of years ago.

Comment Re:Reason why it's cheaper (Score 3, Interesting) 405

Physics gets in the way and thermal power generation is at its best when large. Nukes are a special case where all that exotic stuff required needs to be done in bulk to justify the infrastructure needed to get any of it at all. While a large nuclear plant theoretically gets a vastly better value of $ per MW than any of the other alternative energies the need for a lot of capital at once and the need to sell the electricity in large volumes makes it unattractive to investors which is why so few have been built since the 1980s.
So while it would be nice to have a magic cheap little nuke we only get two out of the four since magic doesn't exist to give us the other three - cheap or little, where cheap is per MW and not for the enormous thing cheapskates do not want to pay for even if it's going to deliver a very good value of $/MW when it gets completed in a decade. More expensive per MW windmills are available far sooner and so much easier to pay for that popular short term voodoo economics judges them cheaper than something with a better return in the long run.

Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 0, Flamebait) 405

Ah - the guy with not even a high school level understanding that pretended to be an electrical engineer is back! You can make up for that lack by looking at a weather map and trying to identify a day when there is no wind at all over a region large enough to be covered by a national grid - or pretty close to continental in the case of the USA. Ask a small child to help if you like to get an answer about "unreliability of wind".
It's always blowing somewhere and not just out of your rear to provide misinformation like the post above.

Comment Re:Win 10 (Score 1) 208

By default Vista did things very, very wrong initially. It couldn't even log into an MS domain without downloading and running a fix from the command line. That was very amusing at a time when MS fanboys were blasting linux for having a command line at all.
After a while and a lot of updates it settled down, using far less memory, doing file copies at full speed and so on. There's still a couple of Vista systems in my workplace used by some people that did an end run around IT to get them - they are sort of usable but make Win7 look like a work of wonder in comparison.

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