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Comment: Re:Based on the /. headline... (Score 1) 432

It seems entirely practical given that plants have done it for billions of years at lower inefficiencies. There are many high temperature based solar to fuel schemes using various redox cycles being researched by labs all over the world. Breaking the cycle up makes it easier to run at high temperatures and 20-40% solar to fuel net efficiency. Given that the major expense in these schemes are the fields of heliostats necessary to concentrate the solar radiation, the cost is likely to be similar to ivanpah. Now $4/W solar thermal array (plus genset etc) plus add an arbitrary +75% cost for the reactor and various fuel handling operations chemical and you get $7/W for solar-derived fossil fuels. Put a plant in the desert, capitalize the plant over 20 years, and I calculate something just shy of $8/gal diesel. This isn't that crazy given my generous allotment to the cap ex of the chemical operations. Build it on the coast and use the waste heat to distill the necessary water.

Not a problem...Just engineering. Research team generally assume widespread use of these cycles are ~20 yr away, of course they are developing all this tech on a paltry $10s of millions a year, combined R&D globally.

Comment: Re:Interstate Water Sharing system (Score 1) 672

by radl33t (#49511833) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California
No, we should have (and still can) built intelligently. It is perfectly feasible and has lower lifetime costs (often lower capital costs by eliminating mechanical systems) to just build insulated buildings, with heating loads low enough so that 1 or 2 space heaters are needed 20 days a year. But our failure to build good buildings in the Midwest is matched my our bretheren in the desert southwest. Unfortunately their challenges are multiplied by developing an inhabitable wasteland.

Comment: Re: Real fight (Score 1) 179

by radl33t (#49492207) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

I don't see how these descriptors apply to a large company without resorting to making wide generalizations and assumptions based more on hearsay than actual facts.

Read about it then. There is no dearth of material based on observation and fact. Peer reviewed research articles. Films. Investigative journalism.

Comment: Re:JFC! (Score 1) 85

by radl33t (#49479661) Attached to: Researchers Design a Self-Powered Digital Camera
you DO NOT need to be on ranting against something you can easily ignore, yet here you are. I don't need internet connected devices. I want them and I will have them. Russian hackers can turn off my lights or watch my cameras. Or maybe sell my occupancy data to a super high tech burglar team who can rob me of a few thousand dollars of old electronics and furniture. Even worse they could disaggregate my electric loads and discover my large appliance run times. truly frightening.

Comment: Re:Strictly speaking... (Score 2) 417

Oh yes share your wisedom

Only a miserly 30% of all energy is consumed by buildings. Constructing buildings for less capital than conventional construction methods while using 40% less energy is such stupid "green" thinking. I'll continue supporting the mindless squandering of energy because "civilization is energy," energy waste is a benefit to mankind, and energy efficiency doesn't scale.

Besides capital and operating lower costs, improved comfort and control, and higher reliability aren't all that "better" anyway. Green idiots!

I'll never let them deprive me of my poorly designed, poorly constructed, expensive to operate, quickly depreciating traditional American construction.

And who the hell are those green idiots who think semiconductor based solid state energy conversion devices will scale? Total idiots, when did that idea ever work??

Comment: Re:Health? Where's the Prez on LA Smog? (Score 1) 304

by radl33t (#49433161) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health
No need to insist China do anything, they are most rapidly greening economy on earth. They installed 40GW of wind and solar last year. Their 5 year plan will install as much wind and solar as the rest of the world combined (unless India grows serious about their plan).

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- Looney Tunes, Ali Baba Bunny (1957, Chuck Jones)