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Comment: Re:different strokes (Score 1) 93

by SvnLyrBrto (#49613693) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

I wouldn't so much crap on it. Overall, it was a very good set of novels. But there were definitely some pretty annoying things about it. My top three:

1) All the singing in Fellowship.

2) The structure of The Two Towers (Specifically: Tell the entire story of one half of the split group. Then go back in time and tell the entire story of the other half. Reader must pay obsessive detail to minutia in order to get the two halves time-synced.)

3) Aragorn can't ever just tell anyone his name. It always has to be: "For I am Aragorn, Son of Arathorn, descendent of Isildur and heir of Elendil and the kingdom of Gondor; for behold, I hold the sword that was once broken and is now reforged." Gods. Can you imagine if Peter Jackson had subjected us to *that*? The movies would all be an extra half-hour long just to let strider introduce himself.

Comment: Re:Plot Hole (Score 4, Interesting) 93

by Rei (#49613255) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

Just a few more. Who's the eldest being in Middle Earth, Tom Bombadil or Treebeard? Is mithril "supple as linen", and if so why did Bilbo hurt himself when slapping Frodo's mithril coat? So Galadriel knows Sauron's thoughts that concern the elves, but didn't know of Saruman's betrayal, or never saw relevant to mention it to Gandalf? Why does Gandalf warn people against using devices "of an art deeper than we possess ourselves" when talking about the palantir and yet have no problem with with the fellowship using all sorts of magical items of arts deeper than they possess (glowing elvish swords, daggers from the barrow, the Phial of Galadriel, Galadriel's box of earth, etc)? Is "Sauron" (lit. "abominable") a name that he despises and does not permit his underlings to speak, and if so, why does he have his messenger refer to him as "Lord Sauron the Great" and a servant refer to himself as "the mouth of Sauron"? Are Thranduil's favorite gems emeralds, or white-colored gems? Did Sauron prohibit the Nazgûl to traverse west of the Anduin, and if so why did one fly over the Fellowship at Hollin? Etc.

Tolkien was human. Humans make mistakes and oversights.

Comment: Re:(URGENT REQUIREMENT IN DETROIT!!!!!, etc) (Score 1) 223

Agreed. I'm very impressed with the efforts Detroiters (of all races, in case that matters, which IMO it shouldn't) have made to take back their city from the scumbag politicians who ran it into the ground. There is still a mismatch between the skills of the populace and the skills needed in the job market, but that's a problem throughout the U.S., hardly limited to the Detroit area. I am very happy where I am (Lakewood, Ohio, about 6 miles from downtown Cleveland), but if I had to relocate for whatever reason, then Detroit, owing partly to its proximity and reasonable cost of living, would be on my short list of places I would actually prefer.

Comment: Re:Not Actually $3500 (Score 2) 261

by Rei (#49611385) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Again, you're thinking about it totally wrong. It's about stopping the power from going out when you use both the microwave and an electric kettle at the same time, not about wanting to have 2,5kW of power consumption going 24/7.

We don't know what they're calling "peak" vs. "sustained", but even if their "peak" covers the sort of "microwave and kettle" use case, it's still way too low.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 699

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49611365) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

Species that are unable to adapt have been going extinct without mankind's help for 9/10ths of the planet's history. For the remaining 1/10th, we've been a major motivator of evolution, that's true- Dodos and wooly mammoths and the like. But we are also to the point with GMO research that we can be a major cause of increased adaptation- we can speed up evolution, and likely will, because beef is tasty (among many other species that are directly useful to us, such as bees). Speaking of that last, just saw a report on OPB about a pair of beekeepers with a unique solution to colony collapse disorder- they're breeding stronger queen bees that can live through Oregon winters.

If mankind wants to survive, food needs to be our top priority. Luckily, as I mentioned someplace above I think, food production is also an answer to excess atmospheric carbon. Especially if we keep locking our own carbon up in airtight containers buried in concrete when we die.

Comment: Re:Time (Score 1) 261

by mrchaotica (#49611247) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

I can see self-driving technology, but all-electric powertrains? Other than aircraft, long-haul trucks seem to me to be the hardest things to run off batteries. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that even the future of "green" trucking is standard Diesel engines running on biodiesel or synthetic diesel, not electricity.

Comment: Re:Not Actually $3500 (Score 1) 261

by mrchaotica (#49611017) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

A microwave users much less power than a conventional oven, that's part of the point. A 1kW (electrical power) microwave should be fine for most households and you only use it for a few minutes at a time.

Wait, are you suggesting to replace an oven with a microwave? You do realize that an oven can do things microwaves can't, right?

Comment: Re:Time (Score 1) 261

by Rei (#49610195) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

i simply don't belive it. the same argument was used to justify subsidies for electric cars, yet they still don't make economic sense and are more of a novelty or rich person's toy.

Really? So the Model S costs the same as a Roadster?

Sorry if we can't please you with prices instantly dropping to 10% of their former value. I find it unfortunate that you have to be inconvenienced by the fact that these things don't instantly jump forth by orders of magnitude. But if you can't see the continual line of improvements in electric cars from the start of the California ZEV days up to the present day, then I can't help you there.

Comment: Re:Not Actually $3500 (Score 1) 261

by Rei (#49610167) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Of course we're not talking about what the houses uses all the time. We're talking about the spikes that make up part of everyone's everyday lives. Using the stove. Using the microwave. Using an electric kettle. Using a hair drier. Using an electric washer or drier. Running the toaster. And on and on. These things all can use 1 1/2 kW on up just on their own. Anything that needs to make heat is going to gobble down the power.

2 kW sustained max is just way too low.

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer