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Comment: Lite Salt? (Score 1) 212

by msevior (#47804887) Attached to: Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

The 700 Bg/ Kg seems awefully low.

Here in Australia you can wander into any local supermarket and buy "Lite Salt" wich is 50% Potassium Chloride. These typically have a mass of 170 gm and consequently an activity of 4000 Bg. So by German standards that is 23529 Bg/Kg and hence way above the legal limit.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't electric cars have the opposite effect (Score 1) 502

by msevior (#47611771) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

I totally agree. Now the big difference is the cost differential between selling excess power back to the grid (feed-in price 8 cents) compared to purchasing from the grid at 25 cents per KWHr. The Tesla batteries are projected to cost $200 per KWHr of storage so for $2000 your average punter can get 10 KWHr of storage and likely never need to purchase electricty from the grid. So a $5000 5KW system plus $2000 for 10 KWHr of storage means no more $2500 bills per year. The system pays for itself in less than 4 years.

There is a truely massive market if Tesla can hit their production targets at the advertised price point. Which seems possible given the extreme amount of vertical integration in the plant. Even the energy costs are provided via renewable energy buffered by their own batteries. Feed in raw lithium, aluminum, human labor, out comes batteries.

Comment: Only just become usuable (Score 1) 99

The thing about OpenStack is that it has been under really heavy development for the past two years. Two years ago the product was buggy as hell. But they've made a series of 6-monthly releases since then. Each one of which offered substantial improvements. Its now pretty good and stable. There is really a incredible support for it. I heard of numbers of around 2000 developers so each release really is substantially better than the previous.

Now that it is basically stable, it will likely get real traction with users and there are big private deployments already. The Australian NeCTAR project will roll-out 30,000 cores by the end of 2014. CERN is looking at a huge deployment of over 100,000 CPUs.

Comment: Re:Amen, brother Amen! (Score 1) 522

AbiWord won't capitalize words and the selection process gives just what you select. It even reads word perfect format :-)

Sure it doesn't have all the bell and whistles but it basically works as expected and doesn't try to be clever about what you actually want to write.

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1746

by msevior (#46657355) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

This world is not wanting for more human beings. By not adding to the human burden on the planet we are actually being responsible. But you'll happily treat us as lesser people because we don't have the same biological imperative that you do. Did I mention bad person? Personally I can't see how a hetero couple that doesn't/can't have kids is somehow lesser than someone who knocks up his wife so she can birth a kid they can raise as yet another bigot.

Hmm interesting logic, do you think of it as evolution in action? Once homosexuals are no longer living double lives, in a few generations the number of homosexuals will decrease by an order of magnitude.

Comment: Re:Tried playing this game (Score 2) 218

by msevior (#46044849) Attached to: Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

We were all Physics nerds so I guess that is close enough :-) Not that it was hard to play AD&D in the 1980's. There were tables for everything and the DM had them all on easy to read screens. As a DM I invented my own monsters and dungeons as did my friends when they were DM in their turn. I also bent some of the rules... A good dungeon is one where the players barely survive and sometimes you have to adjust probability to get that :-)

The rules give the game structure. The human element knows when to adjust them. All in all far more fun than a computer :-)

Comment: Re: Lucratively sitting on the shelf doing nothing (Score 2) 321

by msevior (#45813683) Attached to: Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

My 19 year old daughter is doing a course in Industrial Design. She has a highend macbook (retina display , all ssd), Samsung Note tablet and Fedoera 19 PC which is shared with me. Her time on device is Notebook , PC then MacBook. The tablet is mostly used the consume media and drawing, the PC for when she wants a big monitor or needs to write or print sonethind and the Mac for Adobe products.

Clearly the tablet is a useful device that serves a reasonable fraction of her needs.

Comment: Re:Solar cells are already cheap enough (Score 1) 107

by msevior (#44865097) Attached to: Plasmonic Nanostructures Could Prove a Boon To Solar Cell Technology

Because where I live you sell to the grid at 8 cents per KWHr (which is actually higher than the wholesale price) and buy from the grid at 25 cents per KWHr. Germany is already in trouble because Solar PV has pushed prices down below zero during peak solar production. ie The intermittent nature of solar is already making the technology hit its limits even though the total agregate solar production integrated over a year in Germany is less than 5% (I think). You beat this with local storage.

Comment: Solar cells are already cheap enough (Score 4, Interesting) 107

by msevior (#44864845) Attached to: Plasmonic Nanostructures Could Prove a Boon To Solar Cell Technology

While this all great Science, actually solar panels are already cheap enough in many parts of the world. Certainly they are in Australia since we have no tariffs on imported Chinese panels. What is really needed for greater market penetration is cheap storage. It would be great to have a around ~20 KWHr of storage for ~$2000 - $4000. Said storage needs to be stable over around 7000 cycles (20 years of operation) and provide of the order of 4 KW of power on demand. With this in place residential PV systems could provide over 20% of demand in many parts of the world.

+ - Peak Oil site to stop posting new articles->

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msevior (145103) writes "

A few weeks ago the ISEOF board (The Institute for Energy and Our Future that facilitates The Oil Drum), Euan, Super G, JoulesBurn, and Myself, met to discuss the future of The Oil Drum. A discussion we have had several times in the last year, due to scarcity of new content caused by a dwindling number of contributors. Despite our best efforts to fill this gap we have not been able to significantly improve the flow of high quality articles. Because of this and the high expense of running the site, the board has unanimously decided that the best course of action is to convert the site to a static archive of previously published material as of 31st July 2013. We will continue to post articles up to this date. Afterwards any articles will be held as a public archive into the foreseeable future, so that others can continue to learn from the breadth and depth of knowledge published by our many authors, over the 8+ history of this remarkable volunteer effort.


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