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Comment: Re:Phew! Finally! (Score 1) 117

I know you were speaking ironically, but I've hired goats for old-field recovery (rehabbing a field site that infilled with exotic shrubs like english/eurasian privet, honeysuckles, multiflora rose, buckthorn, russian and autumn olive).

They bring in the goats, stake them with a 15-20' chain and let them eat to their heart's content. You're paying for transportation to the site, veterinary care, water, and supplemental feed (the food quality is so bad, the goats can starve to death packed full of roughage).

We did a chunk of land like this, and a chunk of land with volunteers with swedish axes, saws, and loppers. The goats did a more thorough job and MUCH faster (and you didn't have to burn a brush pile after). The only downside to the goats is they're non-selective... you can't leave any nice native species you find (bye bye hazelnut!).


Comment: Re:Why Local storage? (Score 1) 185

The more interesting tidbit in this release, to me, is that he's apparently planning to do larger-format Li cells in the new battery factory. I can't imagine doing grid-level storage in something like a billion 18650 cells (a million of them is roughly 10 mWh)... at some point you're going to need to produce something more like this (about the equivalent of 700 18650s):

Comment: Re:You mean...? (Score 1) 126

by samwichse (#49327597) Attached to: Boeing Patents <em>Star Wars</em> Style Force Field Technology

Seems like the dumbest design for a ship of war possible.

Huge, nigh-unstoppably powered, armored, and defended ship. Let's put the bridge in a thin shell at the end of a pylon so everyone can have windows, I guess?

I'd have buried it deep in the middle of the ship and used some of that magic future technology, or even normal today-technology HD video feeds from redundant points all over the hull.

Comment: Re:Civ V is awesome (Score 1) 256

by samwichse (#49284979) Attached to: SimCity's Empire Has Fallen and Skylines Is Picking Up the Pieces

Ironic, because the base model used to be available without A/C or even a radio in some models. Now everything is all bundled together and you don't have the stripper option anymore.

My dad used to have an F100. Headliner was optional (bare metal roof), no A/C, no heater fan, no radio, manual trans, if seatbelts weren't government-mandated, it wouldn't have had those either.

Look at the cheapest model F150 now. Auto standard, A/C, cargo light, 4 speaker stereo, DRLs, etc.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"