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Comment: Depends on how you want to hack it. (Score 1) 152

by LWATCDR (#48435947) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

The Jeep CJ/Wrangler has amazing aftermarket support. You can build a CJ from aftermarket parts with no real problem. The old Cherokee is in the same level of support. The old First Gen 1960s Camaro and the Corvette line is the same way. You can build a 64-68 Stingray from parts you order online if you want to.
For a modern car Subarus, Jeeps, and so one are high on the list.
What kind of car do you want? A people mover, Jeep, or a sporty car? US or japanese? Are you in the States?

Comment: Re:Ads (Score 1) 227

by LWATCDR (#48434595) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

So how does this not make you a worthless freeloader?
You get content that costs someone resources to create and give them nothing not even the ad revenue.
I use adblock but I only use it on sites that have way too much advertising. The ads on most sites tend to be well targeted to me so I am fine with them.
If they play video or sound they get blocked but most ads I see.

Comment: Re:Anecdotal "evidence" (Score 1) 210

by LWATCDR (#48433089) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

I was born in Vero Beach Florida and have lived in Florida my entire life. What you do not understand is just because you have enough light to read does not mean you are getting anywhere close to peak output. Solar noon and 3 to four hours on each side of peak is when solar makes a good amount of power.

Comment: Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (Score 1) 228

by squiggleslash (#48432843) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

He's right and you're wrong. Those two issues are not the primary purposes of the Federal Government, and even if you had been technically right (you're not, ICC is of considerable more historic purpose), you would have been handwaving as claiming two issues are "primary" does not eliminate the other unsaid issues.

Comment: Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (Score 1) 228

by squiggleslash (#48432799) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

I'm bemused by his answer to be honest. I was making a light hearted comment about someone's attempt to justify a party position ("Against big gubmint") by launching into a dubious official-justification "Trying to protect the constitution" rant.

So I drew a parallel with #ethics!!?!1!, and got a massive MRA rant in response, as if the intent was to make the thread symmetric. Apparent Reason 1 -> Dubious Official Position 1 -> Dubious Official Position 2 -> (Whitewashed) Apparent Reason 2.


BTW Shadow, FWIW, the tactics of your fellow MRAs/channer trolls/opportunists/dupes lead me to actually sit down and watch Anita Sarkeesian's video series the other week. Well, I had to. And yes, it will impact some of my work in future, she makes some excellent points. Me, myself, probably won't make a difference to you, but I know plenty of others who have done the same. And by coming out into the open, you've also made it easier for us to see you, for me to, for example, warn my daughter (when she's old enough, I'm not going to scare the shit out of her right now) about the extremists in your group who write articles like "How to get away with rape" and "How to break a woman".

So thank you - to you and the people you defend and associate with - for making it easier to arm my daughter, and for ensuring I, and legions of other men who seriously had thought sexism against women was nothing like as serious as it is, open our eyes and start fighting for equality.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 469

by gmhowell (#48430157) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Do you know anything about running a business? In a service industry, people costs are often a huge portion of a company's overall costs. Minor changes in that structure can have major impact on the bottom line.

Even in traditional manufacturing jobs, where a large percent of the costs are tied up in capital and materials, a modest change in employee costs filters through. Just ask GM and Chrysler.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 210

by LWATCDR (#48428905) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

" Do they generate enough to satisfy year-round demand? Of course not. Neither do coal plants, and neither do nuclear plants, and neither do natural gas plants (by themselves)"
Yes they can. Together or in a mix. Natural gas plants can without any doubt since be used easily for both peaking loads and in base loads.

Comment: Re:Anecdotal "evidence" (Score 2) 210

by LWATCDR (#48428873) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

Location does have an impact but you can look at peak usage data.
For example in Florida peak usage in summer is from noon to 9PM so yes a good bit of the usage is at night.
In the winter it is 6am to 10am in the morning and 6pm to 10pm at night.

Most power is used in the evening and the morning because that is when people are doing things like cook, laundry and are frankly home.
Your argument about anecdotal evidence is correct but the real usage data does show that peak power usage is in the evenings and not during the day or overnight. BTW Florida is an example of a location where peak load is greatly influenced by ac bills in the summer.

Comment: Re:Perfect is the enemy of good (Score 1) 210

by LWATCDR (#48426815) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

"Guess when the maximum power drain from air conditioning will be? Exactly during mid day when the solar cells are at maximum efficiency. "
Actually no.
Peak temperatures are after solar noon and do not really cool off until well into the evening.
So in Florida in the summer the peak energy use is from 1 to 8 PM
Solar noon in the summer is at 11 am because of daylight savings time. So if peak production is 3 hours of solar noon in the summer in FL then your off peak production at 2pm so your production curve starts to drop only on hour into a 7 hour peak demand. If the afternoon peak demand is a standard curve which it probably pretty close to the truth then peak use should be around 4:30 which is around 5:30 none DST which is well past peak solar output.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 210

by LWATCDR (#48426673) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

Because I said something that they do not like to hear and have response but to call me a troll.
Solar will always have a problem with the production vs demand curves and no smart grids will not fix it only storage will.
Wind is actually a better bet but still needs backing plants using natural gas.

The simple truth is that we are already using and have been using for a long time the only cheap, reliable, and renewable power source, hydroelectric.
But yes slashdot does seem to be less and less full of really knowledgeable people and more and more true believers. Of course I could be wrong but back in the day when people got into wars over vi vs emacs or Linux vs FreeBSD, NetBSD, or OpenBSD it didn't really matter as much as energy policy and they were based on opinion which was ok but energy policy should be based on facts.

So show me a system that can produce 10 Gw 24/7 365 days a year using Wind and Solar and give me a price to build it and I will say it can be done.

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