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Comment Re:Tax Incentives (Score 2) 172

What is so hard to understand about this? Wind farms are located in remote areas, have tall structures with high-performing mechanical components in them, and are necessarily exposed to weather. The structures are subject to significant stress and have a limited lifetime.

I think the source of your doubt is limited information or imagination.

Comment Germany friendlier? (Score 1) 98

Who really thinks that the Germans are more friendly about privacy and encryption? European laws might grant individuals some recourse about the use of data by corporations, but don't count on corresponding constraints on government. The difference between what ends up in German vs American government hands has more to do with how developed their snooping infrastructure is, not on whether the legal environment is more "friendly"

Comment Raw economics? (Score 1) 265

Raw economics is going to drive solar? Really?

This is a subsidy based land rush that will die as soon as the free lunch expires.

And if "raw economics" is driving this, why are California electricity rates so high?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/10/27/141766341/the-price-of-electricity-in-your-state

Comment Science? (Score 1) 178

Note that nothing in the linked article says that *scientific* journals are the only problem.

A much more inviting target for cost savings would be the many specialized humanities journals that publish a steady stream of papers that nobody ever cites or even reads. We'd probably be better off if nobody bothered with them anyway - maybe then the philosophy and literature faculty can get back to doing something useful - like *teaching*

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