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Comment: Re:and it's thwarted with...... (Score 1) 384

by shermo (#37416196) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Low-Cost Tools To Track Employees' Web Use?

If that's how much home, badly serviced connections cost, guess how much work connections with uptime guarantees cost.

I have 10 times as much allowance at home as I do at work, and the work connection is shared between 10 people.

A few months ago someone accidentally downloaded 2 Gb of podcasts. It cost us $100.

Comment: Re:How were electric cars EVER supposed to work? (Score 1) 331

by shermo (#36992092) Attached to: Smart Power Grid Could Wreak Havoc On Itself

True, but "making a cup of your favourite hot beverage" is pretty bad for the power network.

*Attempt to link article about kettles causing power spikes at the end of coronation street failed due to Slashdot Lameness Filter*

Understandable - Coronation Street is pretty lame.

Comment: Re:He misses one HUGE assumption (Score 1) 482

by shermo (#36968458) Attached to: Limits On Growth of Energy Use and Economies

The electric bill each month confirms that I'm just not using as much as I once did

That could well be true in your particular case. However it's not typical:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebound_effect_(conservation)

Generally the more efficient something becomes, the more people use it, and often end up using more than they would have had it not become more efficient. Something like that anyway.

Comment: Re:He misses one HUGE assumption (Score 1) 482

by shermo (#36968436) Attached to: Limits On Growth of Energy Use and Economies

Yes he is, and that's quite a different assumption from assuming that once all the whales die we won't be able to light our homes.

One is an engineering problem, the other a physical limitation.

People are very good at overcoming engineering problems. Overcoming physical limitations not so much. (Unfortunately).

Comment: Re:no offline play = no sale (Score 1) 384

by shermo (#36954468) Attached to: Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

Strictly speaking I mean neither. The offline community regularly traded items and had various 'events' where people used their own characters in their own single player games. People very much cared if you cheated, and most new players were treated with caution until they'd 'done their time' and people believed them to be trustworthy. I have no doubt that people did sometimes cheat (they were occasionally caught out), but on the whole it was a trustworthy environment.

Comment: Re:no offline play = no sale (Score 1) 384

by shermo (#36953766) Attached to: Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

The funny thing is that most people I know who played offline did so to get away from the cheaters. Even though it was exponentially easier to cheat offline, there was a moral agreement not to do so, and there was quite a community that grew up around offline social play.

I don't suppose you frequent the spf? I haven't visited there for years, but I went by the same username.

Comment: Re:Global Warming Denial (Score 1) 507

by shermo (#36904430) Attached to: Climate Unit Releases Virtually All Remaining Data

The graph I was referring to was about the absorption spectrum of different molecules and the spectrum of sunlight. That's all quite well established.

I confess I haven't read the entire page, I just skimmed Google for the spectrum data. My only position on global warming is "woosh" - as in it's all much more complicated than I can understand.

Comment: Re:Global Warming Denial (Score 1) 507

by shermo (#36904132) Attached to: Climate Unit Releases Virtually All Remaining Data

OK I read into this a bit more. What I said was correct in concept, however I got the spectrums a bit wrong.

So substitute 'the lower end of the infrared spectrum' for the first infrared and 'the higher end of the infrared spectrum' for the second infrared.

The second to bottom graph on this page explains it graphically. http://sanjeev.sabhlokcity.com/co2/

Comment: Re:Global Warming Denial (Score 2) 507

by shermo (#36903406) Attached to: Climate Unit Releases Virtually All Remaining Data

Energy from sun is not in the infrared so CO2 has no effect. However energy radiated from the Earth is in the infrared, so it interacts with CO2. As a consequence, some of it is radiated out to space, but some of it is radiated back to earth, when previously all of it would have radiated out to space.

That's how I understand it from school physics anyway.

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