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Comment Re: Oh well (Score 4, Interesting) 211

In Jared Diamond's book "Collapse", he has a list of stages that all the societies that collapsed went through.

They go something like this

There's nothing going on that would negatively affect our society

There might be something going on that would negatively affect our society, but nobody knows for certain. So, we shouldn't do anything different.

There's probably something going on that would negatively affect our society, but it would cost too much to do anything about it.

Our society is definitely in trouble, but it's too late for us to do anything about it. Everybody pray..

Of course, there are also societies described that didn't collapse, but they had a different response at some stage before the last on.

Comment Re:In summary, evening is okay, cloudy weeks aren' (Score 1) 504

There's another option that's rarely discussed here. There's a pretty good article here that has a description of functional prototypes that use intermittent power sources to generate different gas products (methane, towngas, hydrogen...) that can be handled by existing power and gas infrastructure equipment. The typical capacity of a national gas system is weeks to months of supply.

In short, take intermittent power sources like solar, wind, tide,.. generate methane, feed it into the standard natural gas infrastructure to be delivered and used by the natural gas power generation plants. Sufficient storage without additional huge investments in power storage research, development and construction.

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 1) 1105

The Keystone pipeline was always intended to ship Canadian owned tar sands "oil" to multinational oil refineries on the US gulf coast to be refined into products that would be shipped to world markets (Far East since that's where the most growth was occurring). The refined products would have never stopped in the US, since they could be sold for a higher profit in other markets. Actually, having the Keystone pipeline unfinished, wound up diverting tar sands crude to refineries in the Midwest, which lowered prices in the region.

Comment Re:Isn't this what --preserve-root is for? (Score 1) 699

This variant would probably have the same effect, but is not nearly as obvious. Execute it anywhere in a directory structure and bad things happen.

rm -rf .*

I ran across it when I was trying to clean out some .name directories in a home directory. (The key to the thing is that .. matches .*)

Comment Re:Double dipping (Score 1) 242

I have no problem at all paying for content. I do have a problem paying for content by someone who then consumes my lifespan showing me crap (commercials that they're paid to put in) I have no interest in.

I'm very interested in being able to subscribe directly to production companies and other content creators that make stuff that I'm interested in.

Comment Re:New = Outlandishly Expensive (Score 1) 345

There's another facet to this that I went through last winter. I spent about a week fighting pneumonia. After I spiked a temperature of 104(F), I went in get it checked out. After an hour or so, the GP sent me off to the emergency room to get a quick checkout with the diagnostic equipment they had there. That solidified the diagnosis of pneumonia (with some speculation that it was a legionella variant).

The interesting bit happened then, when they were deciding which antibiotic they wanted to use. They were most interested in whether there was any chance I'd acquired the bacteria in any medical setting (hospital, doctors office, clinic...). Once they'd decided that I almost certainly had acquired it in a "normal" environment, they sent me home with what they called the "grand daddy" of antibiotics for pneumonia. Levafloxacin. It seems like medical establishments are bad for you, beyond it being where all the sick people are.

By the way, the medical establishment was the Mayo Clinic.

Comment Re:basic income? (Score 1) 755

It seems more likely that the most critical factor for a sustainable society is lack of corruption. Most of the places that seem to be hell-holes today are fundamentally corrupt, mutual back-scratching, "punish all of "those people" who don't want to play the game", collections.

The more important "who you know" is than "what you can do", the worse off the whole society is.

Comment Re:Storage? (Score 5, Informative) 574

You use the electricity and solar heat to create methane with a Sabatier reaction, and dump the methane into the national natural gas pipeline system. The gas becomes part of the 7-30 day reserve supply and runs the gas turbine peaking plants. There is a German pilot plant that has been running since 2012 and further development is planned. has more information.

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