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Comment Re: "abusive" or "low-quality" stuff (Score 1) 340

"They have no problem with censorship, as long as they're the ones doing the censoring."

You know how email has such a problem with censorship? Oh, wait, it's an interoperable protocol, not a platform.

You should have your choice of censorship - but until there's federated social networking you won't have freedom of expression (unless you happen to get lucky).

Comment A bad sign for Oracle futures? (Score 4, Interesting) 155

The story at the time was that Oracle only paid so much for Sun because it thought that by hammering on Google for Android with Java licensing claims it could force Google into a patent cross-licensing deal for its distributed database patents, which Oracle needed to scale.

Does this mean, then, that Oracle is still having trouble scaling? It suggests to me that Oracle would be a bad choice at this point for web-scale development. I honestly would have predicted that they would have their own solutions in place by now.

Comment Re: Clearly (Score 1) 189

Baseline Bullshit - you simply build your generating capacity across the grid. Coal and nuclear power is already moved hundreds of miles over power lines, so space your solar and wind generation across the same distance - the chances of a region being windless and sunless over hundreds of miles at a time is zero.

No it isn't. I wish it was, but for practical purposes of generating electricity, it's nowhere near zero.

Excess energy can be stored in hydrostatic batteries - pump water into a reservoir, then release the water to move a turbine to generate power when needed.

This is *exactly* what needs to happen, and fast. Unfortunately hydro power (what this is) is embroiled with NIMBYism so difficult to build new plants.

Before dismissing that idea, remember that all your phancy pants nuclear power plants do is heat water - to move a turbine to generate electricity.

No need to be rude.

Comment Re: Clearly (Score 3, Informative) 189

You're not getting this.

Wind is not a base load and can't ever be so long as you don't have a guaranteed 24/7/365 air flow or massive battery reservoir.

Solar isn't for obvious reasons (night time and clouds exist).

Both wind and solar presently serve to supplement base loads, not replace them. That means they provide power when they can, not when demand dictates.

At the moment the only viable base loads are hydro, coal or nuclear.

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