I suppose it is silly, but it's in response to another poster. This may be a great way to produce ethanol, but it's almost certainly a very bad way to produce room heat from wall electricity. If you think that's a "long list of conclusions" that are in some way questionable, then by all means, let's see the questions.
No. There is electrolysis going on (an electric current is applied from outside) so there is your energy input to drive the reaction.
Yes. See other posts about relative efficiency. The parent seemed to be ignoring the fact that energy is required to produce the ethanol.
Resistance heating is very energy efficient (when measured at the point of use; there are plenty of losses in generation and transfer), it just usually isn't very cost efficient compared to other available options. However, using electricity to ultimately produce heat in the manor being discussed here will never be as energy OR cost efficient as resistance heating, unless it allows you to take advantage of a *significant* rate reduction.
As you mention, a heat pump would provide well beyond 100% (closer to 300%) effective efficiency in moderately cold weather.
It would be more efficient to simply convert the electricity.directly to room heat, unless you have periods during warm weather when electricity is very cheap and stock piling would make sense.
Hmm, it seems the laws of thermodynamics are being overlooked here...
Larry Wall does not approve of your pathetic level of laziness.
That's brilliant, if you're somehow inhuman enough to roll out of bed at exactly the same time every morning. I want my coffee maker connected to my snooze button.
No, wireless. 802.11tea.
I wonder if when people move to 2 year or 3 year cycles with phones
Wait, what? People change phone more often than once per two years. Most people I know, keep them for about two years or longer.
I basically live on the hand-me-down phones from my wife. Why? Because she gets the "everything included" plan which comes with an iPhone (and when we renew each two year, we get a new iPhone). She gets the "everything included" plan because that way she doesn't have to think about anything when using it (Am I on wireless? How much volume do I still have this month? Roaming? Those kind of questions that are hard for non-tech users).
When she gets a new phone, I get her two year old phone and continue to use that on my cheap-ass-phoneless-plan. At this point, I am using a iPhone 5 (just the number) and it works fine. I'm even pondering continuing on using it until Apple stops support, because I'm not keen on getting the bigger iPhone 6 (just the number) my wife currently uses. Refresh is in March next year.
Phones already have a long longevity... I do admit, I went to Mr Minit to get a new battery for the iPhone 5. Cost me something like 50€ and that was worth it.
What if the point of the simulation is to determine if a simulation can evolve an entity which is capable of discovering it's in a simulation? What if the point is to evolve an entity which itself creates a simulation capable of such? What if it's simulations all the way down?
If the simulation can be detected and hacked, then the simulation has design or implementation bugs. What would you do if you discovered entities within your simulation has discovered their nature and how how to manipulate it?
Save the whales. Collect the whole set.