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Comment: Re:Not an April Fools post! (Score 1) 210

Oddly, California has higher standards for insulation than pretty much anywhere in the USA.

Many places with cold winters (upper mid-west) use natural gas for heating and the summer season requiring air conditioning is pretty short so some things like white roofs don't work well there.

White roofs? Really? That's the closest you could get to insulation? You've got a long way to troll before you troll, troll.

Comment: Re:I sincerely hope she's incorrect (Score 1) 6

by smitty_one_each (#49388513) Attached to: Michelle Bachman Compares Obama to Andreas Lubitz
Well, let me not be confused with one of #OccupyResoluteDesk's throne sniffers.
But using a tragedy like that in a prophetic mode is tasteless. As tasteless as the idiotic Indiana protests designed to distract from Her Majesty's email fiasco, and SecState Kerry's rodeo-clownery. Or the whip cracking on Menendez's back to keep those Democrat Senators on the plantation.
Were there less at stake, maybe some of this buffoonery would be amusing.

Comment: Re:Not an April Fools post! (Score 1) 209

No doubt due to the fact that in much of CA (the densely populated areas next to the coast) you can survive without an AC or any type of heating.

With a little more insulation than usual, you can do that pretty much anywhere in the USA. Oddly, California has higher standards for insulation than pretty much anywhere in the USA. We would very much like the rest of you to catch up sometime.

Comment: Re:No such thing as clean coal (Score 2) 209

Yes, the idea that EVERY kind of coal is radioactive contaminated is bullshit.

Right, just the majority of available coal. We've used up the most convenient deposits of it, just like everything else.

And if you collect it an deposit it somewhere it is not more radioactive then the highest yielding uranium ores.

Which suggests the question, is that actually that wonderful? Also, whether it's being collected. Maybe in Germany. Not in the USA or China, though.

The highest contaminated fly ash is 'just ad the edge' that it would be commercially viable to

...make poisonous drywall out of it, as they have done in China?

You can google for the amount of 'dust' (mercury etc.) that is emitted by a german plant. It is in the range of a few kg per year.

Assuming you believe those figures.

Comment: Re: Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 209

ou can think their relatively mild moderate climate for that,

You can mostly thank our massive population. There are more people living in and around Los Angeles alone than the population of at least half the states in the nation — probably far more if you count illegals correctly, something the census can never possibly accomplish.

Comment: Re:Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 209

Is there any other technology, besides renewable energy, that makes certain Slashdot readers so darn mad? It's like they would prefer that it just didn't exist.

If you say Apple has 13% of the personal computer market, they're popping corks and doing the peepee dance. If you say a newer technology, solar energy, has reached 5%, while facing enormous geo-political resistance and the enmity of the most powerful corporations in the world, it actually pisses you off for some reason.

I'm curious. What is it about solar energy that spurs such surprising anger among this segment of Slashdot readers? What did solar energy do to you?

Comment: Re:So Germany is not a state? (Score 0) 210

Radioactive elements in coal and fly ash should not be sources of alarm per USGS.

Right, the government said so, so don't worry, taxpayer!

You just cited a document that relies on arguments like " Radioactive elements in coal and fly ash should not be sources of alarm. The vast majority of coal and the majority of fly ash are not significantly enriched in radioactive elements, or in associated radioactivity, compared to common soils or rocks." That's nice. We're not burning common soils or rocks and dispersing them into the atmosphere. The whole fucking article is like that, and you are a useful idiot at best.

Comment: Re:True for other mega-series? (Score 2) 292

by drinkypoo (#49384959) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

I'm out of my element here, but isn't this true for other smash mega movie series? How many megastars have the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series produced?

A number of the kids from the Potter movies have actually gone on to get work, and meanwhile pretty much everyone else in both movies was famous before they were in either picture.

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