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Comment: They can lower it all they want. It will not matte (Score 1) 274

by WindBourne (#49368163) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient
The reason is that the liberals in the west are allowing all other nations, ESP. CHINA, to continue growing their emissions. Even if America went to ZERO EMISSIONS TODAY, it would not change anything.

The ONLY way to solve this is to have ALL NATIONS STOP growing their emissions, and esp. stop building new coal plants.

Comment: Re:led costs $22????? (Score 1) 153

by WindBourne (#49365037) Attached to: Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon
exactly right. I have not changed a burned out bulb in over a year. As I wrote elsewhere, we have less than 12 bulbs that are NOT LEDs and these are not changed due to economics (not on long enough / week to justify it). I will replace them down the road when they burn out.

But for a business, the costs of replacing bulbs can be ENORMOUS. In fact, higher than the costs of the bulbs. But by going to DECENT LEDs, you will get at least a decade. Even the cheap ones (pretty much everything that does not have a Cree or Philip LED) will normally last 2-3 years.

I will say that I bought 1 from Lights of America and another from GE about 5 years ago. Both burned out in less than 1 year. I was NOT impressed. In addition, both burned me on the warrenties. Not impressed.

Comment: Re:led costs $22????? (Score 1) 153

by WindBourne (#49364993) Attached to: Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon
No, these are NOT subsidized. In fact, while the GOP (along with the dems) subsidize LOADS of things, they would not subsidize LED bulbs, esp. ones produced in America. The GOP and the tea baggers would rather send manufacturing out of the nation, unless it is 100% on their terms (no taxes, no regulations, no corporate responsibilities).

Comment: Re:led costs $22????? (Score 1) 153

by WindBourne (#49364973) Attached to: Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon
First off, we switched our 3300 sq ft house to these over a year ago (I have less than 12 bulbs in the house that are not LEDs, but can not justify these economically since they do not burn a great deal). Have not lost a 1. They are holding up GREAT. In addition, we have seen our electric costs PLUMMET (which xcell hates since we have solar city ).

In addition, I know for a fact that these rarely come back to Home Depot. I have asked at several THD and what I found out was that the ones that fail are in much older homes (from 50s and before), or very cheap ones from before the 90s.

Comment: Brighter ones available from Philips (in Germany) (Score 1) 153

by Lonewolf666 (#49364123) Attached to: Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon

Recently I discovered slightly oversize LED bulbs from Philips at my preferred hardware store, rated at 75 watts (equiv) or 100 watts. Cheap enough too, the 75 watts equivalent cost around 10 Euro, the 100 watts equivalent around 13 Euro.

I've already tried out the 75 watts equivalent in one of my lamps, and subjectively it is as bright as the 100 watt bulb in the identical lamp beside it. This may have to do with the fact that they emit their light over a hemisphere, part of the light that goes into the rear half of the lamp is lost with the incandescent bulbs. The LEDs mostly avoid that. Still, I find it pretty impressive.

The 100 watts equivalent has almost 50% more flux in its specs. In my little apartment, I expect it to come across like a floodlight.

Comment: led costs $22????? (Score 2) 153

by WindBourne (#49363587) Attached to: Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon
The best 3 bulbs out there are Cree and then Philips. Cree has the BEST LED by far, along with the best electronics including the driver. That is why they warranty their bulbs for 10 years. OTOH, Philips does 2,3 and a few for 5. Then you have the cheap chinese junk for 1-3 years, which will not last 12 months and the warranties are worthless.

However, the Crees 65 w A19 bulb goes for $6.97 at Home Depot. These will last decades, unless you burn then 24x7.

And this new graphene LED bulbs will compete HOW?

Comment: Re:Pilots must remain in control (Score 1) 370

by Jeremi (#49355927) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Hm, maybe FOUR people in the cockpit. Plus an armed TSA agent. And an armed TSA agent agent. That'll do the trick.

I say we get rid of the cockpit entirely, and instead provide a set of virtual controls in every passenger seat's seatback touchscreen. That way the passengers can fly the plane democratically. It will only fly into a mountain if that's what a majority of the passengers want it to do.

(Now, where do I pick up my consulting fee? ;))

Comment: Re:Economics (Score 1) 148

by Jeremi (#49344295) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

Chernobyl had nothing whatsoever to do with maintenance. It happened as the direct consequence of an ill conceived experiment, which deliberately bypassed safety protocols

Granted, but the fact is that people occasionally do make dumb mistakes. The fact that a dumb mistake in a nuclear power plant can render an entire region uninhabitable is what makes nuclear power so risky, and hence uneconomical to insure. Most other forms of power plant might in the worst case be badly damaged, but they wouldn't also permanently remove the surrounding zip code from civilization.

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 3, Interesting) 730

by Jeremi (#49344117) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

You already need a pass code but, apparently, also whoever is in the cockpit also has to authorize.

The above is incorrect -- the person in the cockpit doesn't have to authorize, he just has to not actively prevent re-entry. (The PIN system is designed so that if the person in the cockpit passes out, another flight crew member can get into the cockpit. A requirement that the person in the cockpit actively grant access to the cockpit would defeat the purpose)

Comment: Re:people are going to be saying (Score 1) 730

by Jeremi (#49344021) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

what are we left with? keep the door open and we have murderous hijacking? keep the door locked and we have murderous pilots? yeah both are extremely rare outliers, but it's fucking scary either way

I imagine the eventual solution will be an airplane control system with software that does not allow the airplane to be deliberately crashed. (Of course then we'll have to worry about bugs in the software and/or evil programmers instead)

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 2, Interesting) 730

by Lumpy (#49343993) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

"Any method of getting in from the passenger compartment would be vulnerable to coercion."

not if you have an air marshall with an AA12 shotgun full of beanbag rounds right there. There are very simple answers, the airlines are whiny bitches that claim they cant afford it, and that is the center of the problem.

3 crew on flight deck for all aircraft, Let the pilots rest and get good sleep, and2 very well armed angry air marshalls on every flight. Solves 100% of all "terrorisim" problems.

Sadly the people in charge of security that have zero clue as to what to do, and the airlines whiny executives disallow the correct answer.

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