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Comment Re:Apple problem mostl or platform-independent iss (Score 2, Insightful) 120

Ya, there is something inherent about apple that leads to a plethora of unsafe knockoffs. They design their products to need expensive accessories that they then gouge the consumer on. If they really wanted to slowdown the knockoffs, they should start selling at a price that's related to the cost of production.

Comment Re:Why not wind? (Score 1) 191

They won't ever need to take 'the other system' down. It's modular. You can swap components out on the fly. One of the reasons they ditched the diesel was that it was too unreliable. Batteries are the backup now, 3 days worth of backup in fact. Integrating wind into the system would undoubtedly make it incredibly robust, but would be crazy overkill.

Comment Re:Always question a study... (Score 1, Funny) 312

Read the first line of the article: "ALL electronic cigarettes emit harmful chemicals..."

Not a smart idea to base your argument on the assumption that these laboratories are putting the ejuice through some 'extreme' conditions. The fact of the matter is that the tobacco companies just put these devices on the market with no scientific testing, but with the subtle marketing campaign that they were 'safer'. Now that the science is coming in, we're discovering that these devices are not as harmless as their devotees would like to believe.

Submission + - North American city record of 46% wind power integration. (huffingtonpost.ca)

Socguy writes: The city of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, achieved the highest level of wind power integration in North America at 46%. It has achieved this remarkable feat through the creation and utilization of a smart grid that controls thermal storage in hot water heaters and furnaces within community homes.

Submission + - Harvard professor writes post admitting he was wrong about solar power (electrek.co)

Socguy writes: The Keith group has posted an expert analysis basically saying that their 2008 and 2011 projections were wrong. In those papers the group projected that the cost of solar had a 50% chance to drop to $0.03/W by 2030. In the most recent analysis they note that the current unsubsidized cost of PV in optimal locations is $0.04/W and could easily be $0.02/W by 2020 making solar the cheapest source of electricity on the planet. http://www.keith.seas.harvard....

Submission + - Lithium-ion batteries that last a lifetime (computerworld.com)

Socguy writes: A typical Lithium-ion battery breaks down badly between 5000-7000 cycles. Researchers at the University of California may have discovered a simple way to build a Lithium battery that can withstand 100,000+ cycles.

This was a serendipitous discovery as the researcher was playing around with the battery and coated it in a thin gel layer. The researchers believe the gel plasticizes the metal oxide in the battery and gives it flexibility, preventing cracking.

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