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Comment: Time delay storage. (Score 1) 170

Write it out on archival paper, put it in a sealed ceramic pot and bury it on the lee side of a travelling sand dune.
- Ceramic so metal detectors won't find it.
- how high up on the dune is determined by how fast the dune is travelling, and how long you want it to stay buried.
- make the average density of the pot plus contents the same as the sand, so it neither sinks nor floats.

Comment: Re:Slashdot BETA Sucks. (Score 1) 2219

by deimtee (#46181199) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

the problem with the boycott is that 99%+ of the users aren't active contributors, just passive viewers. So a boycott won't change the viewership numbers very much. heck, most of the people who would boycott are probably no script/adblock anyway, so there's no lost impressions there.

You are probably right about that percentage, but you miss the point that even the passive viewers are here for the comments and the links to interesting tech stuff. If the active users go away there will be nothing left to passively view.

Comment: Re:Gasoline, diesel, etc don't have to be Fossil F (Score 2) 368

by deimtee (#45886015) Attached to: Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings

... nobody can make it happen on a large scale at cost, let alone at a profit...

That applies now.
The only reason it is not economically feasible is because it is so cheap to dig fossil fuels out of the ground.
Allegedly, we are now past peak oil, and the price of fossil fuels should start going up. Eventually it will be economical to produce synthetic hydrocarbon fuels using solar/nuclear/other power and either biomass or CO2 and water - either because the technology has improved, or the products have risen in value, or more likely, both.

Comment: Re:There must be a very good reason... (Score 3, Insightful) 579

by deimtee (#45792727) Attached to: Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy
He's saying he's paid retail up to the amount he uses (12 or 25 c/kWh). (Connection charges are not included.)
When he generates an excess they only pay him wholesale for that. (2c/kWh)

I think it is actually a reasonable model.
Maintaining the lines is a pretty fixed cost = connection fee.
Generate less than you use = you pay retail on the diff like everyone else.
Generate more than you use = you collect wholesale on what you sell, same as other power suppliers.
They make a profit on selling your excess power, you get free energy storage.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 2) 520

by deimtee (#45309999) Attached to: Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

Your government has nukes, artillery, tanks, bombers, etc. Are you going to demand access to these too? After all your logic seems to be 'whatever government can has, I want too'.

Any objective reading of the second amendment would seem to indicate that that is the case. If you don't like it, you should work to get the second amendment changed, not work to violate your constitution.

Comment: Re:We have this thing called "competition" (Score 1, Insightful) 385

by deimtee (#44966555) Attached to: What the Insurance Industry Thinks About Climate Change
These policy prices are largely determined by the re-insurers, not the insurance companies you deal with directly.
This is a much smaller group of much larger companies. I would have no difficulty believing they were colluding to raise prices.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine