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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 904

Having a decent amount of stuff at the ready right when you need it is being well off. If you need to go on a scavenger hunt begging for each item you use only several times a year and have to settle for misfit, worn, dirty, partly broken or unavailable items because that's what somebody is able and willing to lend you, you're poor.

Funny how the leftist movement tries to convince people that being poor is great and the way forward. It ain't, and one should struggle to avoid the temptingly easy path downhill.

Comment Re:Strictly speaking... (Score 0) 417

How does "The temperature in Phoenix, AZ could become closer to freezing from August to September." sound ? Yeah, it could be technically right, but do you really think this is the preferred phrasing to state that temperatures could drop from the hundreds to the nineties ?

Make no mistake, 'more acidic' instead of 'less alkaline' is a sure indicator of alarmist intent. Whenever one sees it, one does not read further to know from where the wind blows, and one may even suppose that the writer doesn't even know that seawater is alkaline.

Comment Premature charge cable failure. (Score 1) 229

Why did the electronics in my charge cable fail 6 months after the two year warranty ran out, costing me more than 600$ (the bill says EUR 578.99) for a replacement ?

$600 is more than a year worth of electricity driving my otherwise awesome Better-Looking-Volt-Than-A-Volt (Opel Ampera).

Electronics not subject to end-user abuse should be designed to last the lifetime of the car. If they don't, they should be replaced under warranty.

Comment Re:A question for all the"deniers". (Score 3, Insightful) 497

Just what exactly do you expect will happen if you almost double the amount of the atmospheres main persistent infra red absorber? And if you think it will have no effect can you please explain why you think this.

I'm just curious because I'm sure your stand is based on sound scientific reasoning rather than a rather pathetic attempt at self justification for a "lets carry on business as usual I don't care" approach to the issue which unfortunately is a standard human response to a lot of big problems.

The mean temperature may rise 0.6C. Could be marginally less due to negative feedbacks (hitherto underestimated cloud cover) and other random causes (more than average volcanoes popping, the sun having a fit, an asteroid impact...), could be marginally more due to positive feedbacks (water vapor amplification, hitherto belied by the facts) and other random causes (less than average volcanoes popping, the sun having a fit, ...). Let's assume another doubling follows after that before we can't pull any (hydro)carbon out of the ground anymore, because it's not worth to get. We're looking at 1.2C worst case, coming from a post-ice-age low.

I'm old enough to have lived through a significant part of the warming period, and experienced and wise enough to see and comprehend that its supposed negative effects are ranging from undetectable to utterly insignificant and easily adapted to, and will continue to remain so.

AGW biggest problems are its side effects: destructive interference by an idiocracy of dogooders, busybodies, recycled leftists and politicians and the time lost by more sensible people having to push back. Look at the cost to the society due to loss of productivity by this discussion alone.

Comment Re:Federal Funding is not contingent on speed limi (Score 1) 525

Belgium ?

Where average speed limits are among the lowest in Europe, where speed camera's are EVERYWHERE and where police make it their first priority to deal out fines for driving 60 kph in a (inappropriate and clumsily signalled) 50 zone over dealing with a severe and country-wide burglary wave. Yet accident rates remain among the highest in Europe.

Belgians and Flemish in particular not being too different from Germans, it's proof that treating drivers like children results in drivers behaving like children.

Comment Re:slightly off topic... (Score 1) 61

How do you pronounce "Kuiper?"

Is it like "cooper?"
Or is it like "kiper" - rhymes with hyper?

None of the above.

Take the 'eh' sound in the very beginning of 'earth', keep it completely flat and put it at the + marks in k+p+r, the first for 100ms and the second for 20ms.

You won't be too far off, though your final 'r' will still give you away.

Submission + - 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to the inventors of the blue LED

grouchomarxist writes: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, the inventors of the blue LED.

When Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura produced bright blue light beams from their semi-conductors in the early 1990s, they triggered a funda-mental transformation of lighting technology. Red and green diodes had been around for a long time but without blue light, white lamps could not be created. Despite considerable efforts, both in the scientific community and in industry, the blue LED had remained a challenge for three decades.

They succeeded where everyone else had failed. Akasaki worked together with Amano at the University of Nagoya, while Nakamura was employed at Nichia Chemicals, a small company in Tokushima. Their inventions were revolutionary. Incandescent light bulbs lit the 20th century; the 21st century will be lit by LED lamps.

White LED lamps emit a bright white light, are long-lasting and energy-efficient. They are constantly improved, getting more efficient with higher luminous flux (measured in lumen) per unit electrical input power (measured in watt). The most recent record is just over 300 lm/W, which can be compared to 16 for regular light bulbs and close to 70 for fluorescent lamps. As about one fourth of world electricity consumption is used for lighting purposes, the LEDs contribute to saving the Earth’s resources. Materials consumption is also diminished as LEDs last up to 100,000 hours, compared to 1,000 for incandescent bulbs and 10,000 hours for fluorescent lights.

The LED lamp holds great promise for increasing the quality of life for over 1.5 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity grids: due to low power requirements it can be powered by cheap local solar power.

The invention of the blue LED is just twenty years old, but it has already contributed to create white light in an entirely new manner to the benefit of us all.

Shuji Nakamura went on to develop the white LED and the blue laser which is used in Blu-Ray devices.

Comment Re:Not just Reno (Score 1) 444

...utilities failing could mean some price spikes and other problems.

Like no power being available at night, and unstable power during the day.

I'm amazed by the dumbfuckedness of solar panel owners who think the grid is an infinite source or sink, decoupled from the reality of production and demand.

Comment Re:Fukushima too (Score 1) 444

Ah, so nuclear power is safe only where people never get lazy?

Ah, so aviation is safe only where people never get lazy?
Ah, so eating out is safe only where people never get lazy?
Ah, so driving is safe only where people never get lazy?
Ah, so swimming is safe only where people never get lazy?

And so on, and so forth.

Something being intrinsically dangerous is not a reason by itself to stop doing it. Regulations and self preservation are among the tools to mitigate the risk to acceptable levels.

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