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Comment Re:US regulations prevent this from being used (Score 1) 54

If you're picking up 70% oil, being able to dump the 30% water back into the ocean isn't going to make a big difference. All you need is a slightly larger tanker to hold the mix. And I'm pretty sure the tanker capacity of the oil industry isn't the limiting factor...

Comment Re:Target ORR (Score 1) 54

I think you meant the ORE (oil recovery efficiency), not the ORR (oil recovery rate). An ORE of 70% doesn't seem bad to me, that means that 30% of your tank capacity is wasted because you can't dump the water back into the ocean. You have to take it to a shore treatment center (where you would have to take the oil anyway). I would imagine that tank capacity isn't the limiting factor, oil companies have lots of tankers. I'd agree with the competition organizers that ORR is much more important.

Comment Re:Ethanol 10% causes more gasoline usage. (Score 0) 586

Yes, ethanol doesn't have the same energy density as gasoline. But miles per gallon is not the correct comparison. Miles per dollar is what really matters. Or maybe miles per pound of CO2 released. Miles per gallon is a useless measure to compare disparate fuels (unless you really are range limited).
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Submission + - Interval's Suit Against the World Dismissed (groklaw.net)

randall77 writes: From Groklaw: Paul Allen's patent infringement complaint against the world and its dog has been dismissed.

Google said the complaint was too vague to meet the standard under Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937 (2009) and Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007). Then, after Interval Licensing brought up the lower patent form standard it thought should apply instead, AOL jumped in saying the complaint was too vague under even that standard, and the court agreed.

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