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Comment: Re:Capacity vs availability (Score 1) 356

by ilguido (#49240759) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

Likewise a coal plant has not a CF of 63%, but a range from perhaps 60% for a load following plant, and something like 85% - 95% for a base load plant.

I personally don't see a difference between a dispatachable coal plant that idles at less then 10% of its load over night, just to keep it warm, and peaks to 90% of its max over daytime versus a solar plant that idles during darkness at 0% and ramps up following daylight to 100% around local noon (or what ever daytime the plant owner decided to have its maximum.

I see a big difference instead. If a coal plant has a CF lower than 85-90% that is because you want it so, that is you don't need that power, while with a solar plant, you may need that power, but it's cloudy or it's winter and you're in the northern hemisphere etc. And that's just half of the story, because electric companies deliver electric power, not energy.

Comment: Re:FreeBSD (Score 1, Insightful) 123

by ilguido (#48392443) Attached to: FreeBSD 10.1 Released
I can't comprehend this inferiority complex towards Linux that plagues FreeBSD users. The first public releases of the Slackware and Debian distributions predate the first public release of the BSD flavour known as FreeBSD. That's it. Clinging to software version numbering, in the Open Source world, where software version numbering means basically nothing is laughable at best and a troll attempt at worst. I suppose that none used OpenSSL before 2010 or that 6.8% of the world sites in April 2011 were running on nothing, since nginx was still at version 0.9.7. Yes, it's that laughable.

Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 2) 353

by ilguido (#48229725) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Really? So you mean I can legally download it from Apple and install it on a VM or PC? Download link?

It's free as in beer. You have it for free when you buy an Apple product, while OEMs actually buy Windows licences, that's the point. Microsoft cannot say that it's free, since they get money from the OEMs, Apple can. It's not hard to understand.

Comment: Re: The story (Score 1) 162

by ilguido (#48067389) Attached to: AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa
That proves little to nothing. The reason why chimps (and gorillas) are thought to be unable to swim is their buoyancy: a young captive orangutan in a swimming pool is really an extreme case. Factors like water temperature, density and viscosity, not to mention size, depth and shape of the pool (which usually reduce turbulence and waves) compared to a real life river, alongside the fact that captive animals have typically a higher body fat percentage than wild animals (that is they're much less dense) can determine the success or failure of such a test. They should have taken a dozen chimps, thrown them in a muddy river and then see how may survived.

Comment: Re:Finnish (Score 1) 85

by ilguido (#47959607) Attached to: Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings
It tends to support more some fringe theories than the mainstream theory and it's written in a slightly misleading way. As an example, the Korean and Japanese languages are generally _not_ included in the Altaic family, while they're overwhelmingly considered isolated languages, but the article fails to emphasize that their inclusion is frowned upon by the experts of both languages. Another fact that is almost overlooked by the article is that many proponents of this language family think that it is a useful classification, but are agnostic about its origin: apart a small hardcore group, most linguists think that the similarities between Turkic, Mongol and Tungusic dialects are adequately explained by their historical proximity and are very dubious about the possibility to even demonstrate their genealogical relations. Here comes the pet theory: the hardcore proponents of the Macro-Altaic language family need the inclusion of some other language to demonstrate that genealogical link, some language that is both old and distant, so to hint at an ancient relation and to discard the idea of a more recent mutual influence; if you can demonstrate that Mongol/Tungusic are related to Japanese and Korean you can say that their relations, not only between those two groups, but even between Mongol, Turkic and Tungusic are probably due to an ancient genesis and not to documented centuries of common life in the steppe. The problem is that none, so far, has given an accepted demonstration of that link, while many have given reasons to believe it's not valid (the more you go back in Japanese and Korean, the more those languages diverge). All these difficulties are overlooked in the article, so to lean toward a Macro-Altaic point of view.

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