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Comment: Re:Key word: Cape Cod (Score 1) 257

by jbengt (#49180197) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

if they sell at the local rates of ~14cents a kwh (24 in the winter) they aren't making any money by selling power to the locals because its really 14-24cents kwh for offshore wind, there is no profit margin there.

$0.14 per kWh has little to do with it. They are saving money because they can shut down the expensive ($0.40 to $0.50 per kWh) diesel generators that is their only current generating source. The cost of the wind power generated is well below that regardless of connecting to the mainland or not. Also, they plan to sell excess wind power to the mainland through the cable - that's wind power that would be wasted otherwise, so even at a losing rate of "~14cents a kWh", it's a gain to bottom line (assuming the cable is going to be there, anyway). If the cable to the mainland was the only valuable part of this, why wouldn't someone have financed the cable without the wind power?

Comment: Re:Missing the problem by a mile (Score 1) 562

by jbengt (#49173945) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

You miss that it isn't like that in Windows either.

Actually, it is like the GP said: "On Windows, extensions are meaningful to the operating system." I get your point that the user and thier "trusted" programs can set what opens/runs what extensions, but the MS Windows operating system uses the extension to look up what program is associated with it and opens the file with that program.

Comment: Re:100% reneweble? (Score 1) 82

by jbengt (#49114049) Attached to: Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland and Denmark

Can you also tell me how do we renew the sun?

I think by modifying the photon torpedoes and launching them into the interior of the sun, you can bring a dying sun back to life, but you have to watch out for neutron drift. It was described on TNG, but I can't remember the details.

Comment: Re:Horribly misleading summary (Score 1) 677

by jbengt (#49111205) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

We're talking about analyzing a few sentences that were jotted down by an interviewer, but still, Mr. Nye's attitude is not so impressive.

Actually, almost all of the comments I've read so far are about the Slashdot summary, not the actual article. The actual quotes in the article are not quite as likely to stir up outrage as the misleading indirect quotes in the summary.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 449

by jbengt (#49087669) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

i guess you are talking about physically stealing a card. that's almost almost zero percent of the problem. that requires physical theft which criminals don't want to risk for the most part.

Bullshit. Use of lost & stolen cards is still one of the most common types of credit card fraud, even if on-line identity theft has gained ground. Not all criminals are tech-savvy.

Comment: Re: Unsettling science (Score 2) 180

by jbengt (#49028619) Attached to: US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol

The difference between science and religion is that science can admit to mistakes and change, but most religions consider themselves to be based on eternal and immutable truths.

Nonetheless, most religions have still managed to mutate, diverge, and evolve over time, even as they declare their eternal truths. (except for maybe some of the religions that have gone extinct)

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.