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Comment Re:Frank Yu doesn't know what he's talking about. (Score 1) 256

Hey, fuck you very much too.

Why don't you try reading what I wrote rather than listening to the little voice in your head? I didn't even mention windmills in my message. I was pointing out that when it is cold in one place in Europe it is often cold in almost all of Europe. We all need electricity at the same time, so there is not much scope to use the grid, in so far as it exists, to move power from places where it's needed to places where it's not.

At this exact moment France is generating 1.32GW from wind, out of an installed capacity of around 8GW. Our neighbours in the UK are generating 0.92GW from a similar capacity.

Which is entirely consistent with the wind map you posted which shows very low wind speeds across France, Belgium, Germany, Holland and the UK due to there being a fucking big freezing cold anticyclone over our heads at the moment.

Luckily their is a bit of wind and some sun in Spain, so we're able to import about 2.3GW from them -- like I said before, thanks guys.

Comment Re:New flash - Bugattis owned by rich not poor (Score 2) 278

Except some poor and middle class kids get into Harvard -- in fact they get their expenses paid. That's not the case for Bugattis.

And it's for a good (or at least shrewd) reason: Letting the intellectual elite into your exclusive school lends the prestige of their academic accomplishments to the financial elite who attend.

Look at our president-elect, who likes to point to his attendance at Penn as proof that he has a very good brain. Well, I'm not one of those people who think he's actually stupid but he got into Penn because he was rich and had family connections in the admissions office. He's not in the same league as the kids who get into Penn on a scholarship.

Comment Re:Frank Yu doesn't know what he's talking about. (Score 1) 256

Are we still talking about France? Because it already has a grid. Basically the whole EU is one huge grid.

That is, in fact not really true.

France has interconnectors with its neighbours, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, but they are of limited size, for example the links to Germany are around 5GW max.

The other problem is that Europe is pretty small, we tend to have the same weather over large parts of the continent. It's freezing pretty much everywhere at the moment, so we can't actually share all that much.

Currently France is exporting 3GW to Italy and importing 2GW from Spain and 1GW from the UK (thanks, guys)

Comment Re:Frank Yu doesn't know what he's talking about. (Score 1) 256

Windmills look a heck of a lot nicer than a coal fired electricity plant.

France has only two coal fired plants, at least one of which is being converted to biomass.

Personally I find windmills quite pretty, but then I also find our nice nukes quite pretty too, and given that it's fucking cold today and there is not much wind I'm happy to have them.

Comment Re:If only that were true (Score 3, Insightful) 60

My brain decides to store things I don't care about and refuses to store things I specifically study.

From your perspective that's a bug. From your brain's perspective it's a feature. Your agenda is getting a good mark in your course. Your brain's agenda is to survive, reproduce, and generally have a good time while doing so.

The thing that you think of as "you" is just a tiny film of consciousness on top of an ocean of unconscious activity. You think "you" live in the present, but actually it takes over 300 milliseconds for your consciousness to become aware of anything, and by then, most of the time, your brain has decided what to do about it. "You" mainly come up with rationalizations for decisions your brain has already made. Which is not to say that consciousness isn't important; it isn't quite as sovereign as it believe itself to be.

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 253

Not according to the summary, but let's go with your interpretation of events. He wanted $200,000 in consulting fees for what? Spending literally one minute filling in a web form changing the admin's email address on an account. Still stupid: he should have demanded $2 million, because that's a never-get-hired-again dick move.

Comment Frank Yu doesn't know what he's talking about. (Score 5, Informative) 256

To put it in perspective, some 130 GW of additional solar and wind power will be installed by 2020, equal to France's total renewable power generation capacity, said Frank Yu, principal consultant at Wood Mackenzie.

France has nowhere near 130 GW of installed renewable power generation.

Currently we're running near peak demand at 92 GW due to the horrible cold, we've got about 55 GW of nukes running flat out (5 reactors are off line for maintenance) and about 15 GW of fossils, 13 GW of hydro, 2.6 GW of solar and 2.6 GW of wind.

How many of the other figures in this article are bullshit?

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