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Comment Re:It was a terrible deal for Britain anyway (Score 1) 170

(Is off-shore wind practical yet?)

Yes. The wind blows pretty much year-round over the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. Even The Netherlands, who still sit on a large supply of natural gas, is building windparks as fast as they can get them operational - and they're on the wrong side of the British Isles for wind. The major problem with the western side of Brittain is probably water depth. That's why the North Sea is quite attractive, because deep water platforms are NOT cheap enough to compete with more conventional methods of power production.

As of 2023, the Dutch wind turbines now being built will produce 4450 megawatts per year. The aim is to reduce cost by 40% in 2020 with respect to the current pricing and it looks like they'll be able to reach that: they have standard 700 MW "plugging platforms" that are provided to the builders of the turbines to reduce cost. It is also assumed that the turbines to be installed will have a standard capacity of 10MW per turbine very soon (right now 4-8 MW), reducing cost per Kw/h as well.

Charts for 2015 show different OPEX and CAPEX figures depending on where the turbines are built, ranging from pretty good to pretty expensive (source) .

Best CAPEX/OPEX per Kw = 2500 and 125, with an estimated "full load hours" figure of 4200, giving a cost of 0,115 euro per Kw/h for sea-based windfarms (11,5 ct/w). Land-based wind is much cheaper (by about 40%), which means that to be competitive the cost needs to go down by that amount specifically for the "sea-based" part of the installation.

Comment Re:That's sort of the point (Score 1) 183

A number of mitochondrial diseases are due to mutations in a very small set of genes, due to their immediate lethality. They sound like prime candidates for a fix.

However, there is a much simpler solution, which is prenatal testing and early abortion. As the foetus isn't going to survive for a long time anyway, this will not change much in final outcomes right now, and will provide a solution for everyone, instead of the extremely expensive and uncertain germline modification that will only be available to a handful of people in the richtest countries.

Comment Re:That's sort of the point (Score 1) 183 long as no humans or animals are harmed.

They will be, by the categorical collapse between the two, alone.

You can't differentiate yourself from an animal now, but are gracefully protected by theistic concepts such as "rights". What happens when the lack of scientific basis for that becomes widely obvious?

"rights" are not "theistic" concepts at all. Rather, they are concessions obtained by the weaker group from the ruling group through violence, or the threat of it. Animals will get rights just the same when they claim them... which won't happen anytime soon. Which means that "animal rights" aren't rights, despite the name. They are duties imposes on humans by other humans. That alone should tell you that nothing of note will happen to our concept of rights no matter what genetics says.

Comment who asks the age-old question... (Score 1) 73

... How much did the qubes researcher, or anyone, pay for this software?

I think it's the same as with the OpenSSL library: sure, it may be buggy and unsafe. But would you rather do without? And those complaining don't *have* to use Xen, or OpenSSL: they can always use commercial software. And I have to say that the trackrecord of the Xen solution vs. the commercial solutions is pretty good.

Dissing developers who put in time and effort to help others is insulting to the entire OS community. Point out mistakes, sure. Report bugs, sure. But dissing them this way just to make yourself look better? Yuck.

Comment Re:China bans news portals from original reporting (Score 1) 74

Yep - if they see the harbour going up in flames? That didn't happen (yet) so no reporting.
Demonstration outside your office? Better not discuss it - it's officially not happening.
Corrupt officials? Don't exist. Only when Beijing wants to set some examples, and you damn well better not report on Xi Yin Ping's family or you suffer the consequences.
Poison in the water? Beijing reports it's very good to drink, better not do original research and actually drink it. Although you can drink it, you can't report the results.

So basically we're partying like it's 1989: you're stuck with reports on Xi Yin Ping's visit to Zambia, the local weather (24/7 sunny, blue sky - and don't you dare complain about smog), and party meetings. Which is the standard fare on the official channels nobody bothers to watch. I predict even more business for VPN providers.

Comment Re:Environmental impacts? (Score 1) 321

(Anyone else WTFing over this weird "EM radiation" phobia that the unusually-stupid sub-faction of the fearmongers made up? It's often interesting, the kinds of hobgoblins that people-who-want-to-panic invent, but this one is downright weird. Why did they think it would take off? And then how is it that they were they right that it would take off?!? Why are so many people, who you'd think are only slightly stupid, adopting this religion? What's the appeal?)

It is the opening salvo of the Vampire Wars. When they have convinced everyone that EM radiation is harmful and we should all live undergound and never be exposed to the sun again, they will come out in the open and rule us. Hah! We're on to your nefarious plan, vampires! And I will keep a UV-light handy at all times!

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