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Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 475

by durrr (#48024837) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Investing in intermittent power sources further cuts into their profit and viability. They can't really run their solar panels at night to compensate for all the other ones dumping energy at day.

This is of course true for everoyne else too, which means off-peak energy will grow more expensive or run at loss eventually.

Comment: Re:Works particularly well in SA/Victoria (Score 2) 169

by durrr (#47981501) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

Large scale grid storage doesn't exist in a cheap and efficient manner. That's one of the core problems with wind and solar. It's great for shaving off peak demand but after a certain point it will be investments into useless overcapacity(it's also a great way to make renewables competitive with grid prices though as grid inefficiency costs are offloaded to end users)

Comment: Re:Skynet Joke (Score 4, Funny) 65

by durrr (#47972741) Attached to: CIA Tested Primitive Chatbots For Interrogation In the 1980s

"Do you admit that Oh Please Stop Drilling My Heelbones associates you to the plot to assassinate american diplomats?"
"Tell me more about You Dumb Machine, I've Already Confessed. Is he one of your associates?"
"You've already admitted that I Won't Tell You Anything, if you can tell us more about Beta_testentry_2_remove_this_before_field_testing we won't hurt your family"

Comment: Re:Largest Climate march in history (Score 3, Informative) 200

by durrr (#47963577) Attached to: Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Mass hype was harder back then.

Now you just create a facebook page, fill it will fact-stripped alarmist language with several "Last call! we're all going to burn in this life if nothing is done! Like and share" and get big enviro pick it up and you'll have it disseminated globally soon enough, with several hundreds or thousands of environmentally minded people jetting in form all over the place to participate in your political-religious activist parade.

Comment: Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (Score 1) 180

by durrr (#47911753) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

An intentional blinder could be built to sweep square miles of terrain from a drone. The protocol at least prevent that sort of weapon, though it's a bit retarded that trying or succeeding in killing someone is totally okay but anything less is not.

Comment: Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (Score 3, Informative) 180

by durrr (#47911567) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

It's wavelength dependent. visible light will blind people but for the military combat lasers they probably use wavelengths that the eye is opaque to, meaning no focusing on the retina and damage due to minor scatter and reflections, but will still literally cook the eye if directly exposed.

Also, the military type blinder weapons that was developed in the past to intentionally blind had a kilometer+ range. Blindness at 50 meter or blindness at 2km? Is it really a getting around or unintenional consequences(in the same manner that less-lethal weapons can still be lethal)

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 600

by durrr (#47901687) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

You'll love the next gen firearm that uses geolocation to make sure you don't use it in government buildings and face recognition to ensure you don't shoot your family or self, with additional settings for not firing against facebooks friends. With the premium service it will also refuse to fire unless sure you'll hit your target to save bullets, platinum service will also check the financial status of the would be victim along with consulting expert systems for potential legal complications and only shoot if it considers you to have good case in court or can hire a better lawyer than the victim or his family.

The gold plated gun edition will feature a waterpass lock and only fire when held sideways and use force feedback to ensure aiming is utterly impossible. Built in police radio optional.

Also, using the sentinel edition activesecurity feature you can leave it on a table facing your least secure window and it will automatically shoot would-be burglars and call the police on its own!

For families with pets or young children you can get it covered in brightly coloured rubber that's food safe and chewing resistant.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 1) 444

by durrr (#47887641) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

If you can finance it yourself and find it profitable or sensible to do so, then feel free to do it yourself, but don't call for government intervention based on some simple napkin calculations.

Also, the WA situation doesn't sound very stable, utilities failing could mean some price spikes and other problems.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 2) 444

by durrr (#47887323) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

How is the energy free when you need a 3kW solar system on every house for it to work? Also, they cost more than $3k.
Also, if each house needs 3kW to sustain itself, what's left to distribute? Also, homes use what on average? 30% of the total electricity?
Also, trying to load balance over long distances doesn't work because we don't have superconducting electricity grids yet. Also, intermittency means you still need classic power at approximately the same extent as now to fill in the gaps.

I can prove that an underground solar farm would be a great idea with a back of the napkin calculation, reality however is not so easily simplified.

"It is better to have tried and failed than to have failed to try, but the result's the same." - Mike Dennison