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Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 150

by tehcyder (#49170195) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Why the fuck do so many people on Slashdot think they're smarter than the actual professionals who create these designs for a living and have already thought through and solved all these problems?

Because many of these actual professionals just want the investment money so they can line their pockets.

As opposed to those in favour of nuclear, coal or whatever who all work pro bono for the good of humanity?

Comment: Re:Armegeddon for indigenous marine life. (Score 1) 150

by tehcyder (#49170119) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

This is a horrible, horrible idea. It will reek havoc with the existing natural tidal currents and completely change the ecosystems and natural patterns present in this tidal lagoons. Many of these species are already under heavy pressure from human activities and this could be the nail in the coffin, so to speak. Do these idiots even think before they plan these things? It's like they put ecological destruction primary in their considerations and then power production secondary. Hopefully these can be easily taken out with a boat and a proper load of high explosives.

This isn't nuclear or fossil fuel based. Therefore, it cannot possibly be a threat to any ecosystem. Haven't you learned anything in the past 10 years?

Just look at "birdmageddon" caused by wind turbines. It's like ethnic cleansing but no one's been accused of war crimes. All you can hear is the sinister whooshing of turbines and the cries of newly hatched chicks mourning for their slaughtered mothers.

Thank god the fossil fuel industry is there to try to give those helpless innocents a voice.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 1) 461

We weren't exactly on good terms with the Soviets at the start of the second world war - remember that the continental royal families still had fresh memories of their Russian relations being massacred despite offers to secure their exile? When we did ally with them during WW2, it was more a case of a deal with the devil than a friendship, and it was acknowledged as such - Churchill even wanted WW2 to continue on against the soviet forces after Germany surrendered but was (thankfully) talked out of that stance.

Comment: Re: A giant lagoon dam (Score 1) 150

by tehcyder (#49170069) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK suggests fish mortality is quite high with this method. Considering estuaries are typically fish breeding grounds, If the alternative wasn't nuclear I'd say it wasn't worth the risk to an already depleted ecosystem.

If we were that worried about fish, we could always stop eating so many of them.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1) 49

Sounds good in theory, but get an insurer to underwrite such a scheme - you won't, and for good reason. Kickstarter is a deliberately risky investment (the website promises nothing, the projects promise nothing), and you are voluntarily making the decision to invest in something that guarantees nothing, so no insurer will cover that.

Comment: Re:Armegeddon for indigenous marine life. (Score 1) 150

by advocate_one (#49169661) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK
these will seriously fsck up the Severn Estuary ecosystem not to mention destroy the Severn Bore... and massively increase flood risk on the Gloucestershire flood plain... don't want another event like back in 2007 where we came within inches of the flood topping over the hastily constructed defences at the power distribution centre and killing power to most of Gloucestershire...

Comment: Re: That's no mere galaxy; that's GALACTUS (Score 1) 71

by MightyMartian (#49169409) Attached to: Astronomers Find an Old-Looking Galaxy In the Early Universe

Yes, the method where you come up with models with predictive power and test them against observation, as opposed to bring a pathetic loser who grape onto kookery in the vain hope that somehow it will make your intellectual laziness seem less obvious.

I spent years debating people like you, only to learn your type are too fundamentally pompous and inadequate to actually want to learn anything.

Is your job running? You'd better go catch it!