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Comment: Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (Score 1) 139

by dgatwood (#48438297) Attached to: Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

- the nuclear plants require a lot of sweet water for cooling, 24/7, and the world is running out

Not really. Only once-through nuclear plants require large amounts of fresh water continuously. Most plants use cooling towers instead. Some plants don't even use water in the recirculating parts of the cooling systems (e.g. molten salt reactors).

Also, once-through reactors, if designed to do so, can use salt water instead of fresh water.

- it's pretty much unflexible regarding any peaks or lows in consumption

Only because they aren't designed to do so. You can significantly reduce the output of a plant very quickly, but you can't speed it up quickly, currently, because of the buildup of Xenon-135 as a fission byproduct, which is a strong neutron absorber, and the only way to get beyond that is to pull the fuel rods out far more than is safe, and once the uranium fission restarts, the Xenon is quickly destroyed, resulting in a rapid increase in neutron levels in the core, which would overheat the reactor before you could bring it under control.

However, there are a couple of designs that don't suffer from that problem—integral fast reactors and molten fuel reactors both allow the xenon to be separated from the fuel. And I think pebble bed reactors could also be readily made to be largely immune to this effect by cycling in different fuel pellets in while the xenon in the recently used pellets slowly decays.

- the latest generation concrete housings' carbon foorprint takes a decade to offset

I think your numbers are way off. According to David MacKay, spread over a 25-year lifespan, it only comes to about 1.4 grams of CO2 per kWh. In other words, it offsets its construction cost compared with coal in just a little over a month, by my math.

Comment: Re:Google is not unique (Score 1) 210

by ceoyoyo (#48430313) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

The difference is, the corporate labs had lots of smart people and a funding parent company that were interested in the field they were researching. Bell was interested in solid state dohickeys to help them make a better telephone system.

Google is a web advertising company. With enough motivation and money they could hire alternative energy engineers and set up a productive lab and potentially make some breakthroughs, but not in a few years. And since it's Google, who can't even muster up the motivation to keep a web advertising project going more than a few years, they quit.

Comment: Re:Oh god, no. (Score 1) 158

by dgatwood (#48427743) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Almost by definition, some of those scientists and technology exports would be industry scientists and technology experts, though some wouldn’t be. There’s your range of viewpoints. What I’m arguing is that the range of viewpoints on a science and technology committee need not include the anti-vaxxers, people who don’t believe in evolution, and people who truly think that computers work because of magic smoke. It should mostly or entirely consist of people with some science or technology background in the real world, because those folks are going to have the actual experience needed to understand how their decisions will affect things in practice.

Comment: Re:TFA is a crappy piece of socialist propaganda (Score 1) 469

by geekoid (#48427631) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

"Women are not paid less if they are doing the same jobs and spending the same time doing them as men do, "
demonstrably false.
I assume the rest of your post is based on that false data and did infect my mind with your stupidity be reading it.

Let be guess:
You incorrectly call it socialist. You assume gathering data that show something you don't like is 'whats wrong with America' and you make ad hom attacks against the article and author

Did I get that about right?

Comment: Re:The workplace is changing. (Score 2, Insightful) 469

by geekoid (#48427593) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

A) You can't seem to do math.
B) Female Vets do work the same hours
C) Female vets general spend more time with the pet owners then men.

"t 4-5 female vets do the job of one male vet."
this just keep driving me up a wal. So by your "logic" a female vet works 3 hours a day?

Comment: Re:Slashdot: polical-correct leftists anti-freedom (Score 1) 469

by geekoid (#48427465) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

"Amazon should be free to hire who them like"
Yes, lets bring back etrenched racism, thing went so well

"and now lost again back to communist-socialism"
I see you are an idiot.

"Also flash news, weman[sic] do not prefer hard physical work all that much you know. "

Comment: Re:Bullshit Stats. (Score 4, Insightful) 469

by geekoid (#48427371) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

So people who are artists and nurses are stupid?

You are a moron,and I hope you have a lot of daughters so you can watch and try to fight a variety of entrenched attitudes and systems that push them away from what they want to do.
I have a daughter who like science and want's to be a game designer. I see how she has it stacked against her compared to my son.

Society pushes those biases onto the kids, not just parents.

He who steps on others to reach the top has good balance.