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Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 1) 437

by hort_wort (#47888771) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

German consumers pay a lot of money to subsidize big corporations and manufacturers of solar and energy-intensive manufacturing is being outsourced from Germany. Is that what you want for the US?

As opposed to not paying attention and possibly screwing up the climate? Which may lead to billions of deaths as people scramble to readapt crops to new conditions? Yes. I think I can spend a few more $ a month for that.

Comment: Re:Water quality higher than most of the US (Score 1) 332

by hort_wort (#46804539) Attached to: Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

The Portland city water supply is continually tested, and those tests have repeatedly shown the water to be of higher quality (in terms of dissolved solids/minerals and contaminants) than most of the city/municipal water supplies in the United States -- despite the lack of treatment and open reservoirs.

Yep. Looking at kidney death rates on this map tends to agree with that:
http://www.worldlifeexpectancy...

Comment: The Day After (Score 1) 878

by hort_wort (#46507057) Attached to: Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

If you want to watch the scariest movie you'll ever see, then check out The Day After right now. It's a 30 year-old film about what would happen if the US and Russia nuked each other. The imagery and savagery are horrific -- not for the amazing visual effects, but that they are applied to innocent bystanders just living life at home.

It should be required viewing for everyone beating the war drums.

Comment: Re:more torch then rifle (Score 1) 143

by hort_wort (#44986613) Attached to: New Real Life Laser-Rifle Cuts Through Metal Like a Blowtorch

I find it hard to call this a "laser rifle." Aside fromt he fact that rifles are rifles because of the rifling in the barrel (grooves which cause the bullet to spin), Rifles have a medium to long range. This appears to have only a slightly greater effective range then my Oxy-Fuel torch (which is to say, less then a foot).

It looks like it'd be simple to move the lens and refocus the beam further away. Then the blower to get the debris out of the way wouldn't work though. And it'd probably also be really hard to keep the thing on target. I can't even hold a little laser pointer without looking like a spaz.

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...

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