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Comment Re:The litmus test (Score 1) 109

While I agree with everything you've said, you're making false equivalences... One (huge) mistake doesn't turn a legit news organization into a supermarket tabloid, just as a few lies on one side doesn't balance out a voluminous blatant and continuous intentional disinformation campaign on the other side.

THAT is a perfectly valid reason why discussion on the topic tends to be one-sided, even if problems on the other side need to be resolved as well.

Comment Re:So much for public charging locations (Score 2) 214

Should be trivial to construct a USB charging cable with inline fuses (or sacrificial caps/resistors/diodes), maybe adding $1 to the cost of the cable, and protecting your expensive devices from not just intentional sabotage, but also cheap, poorly engineered chargers, which might just kill you.

It was already bad hygiene to plug-in a USB cable that has the data lines intact into a public port, as all your data could be quietly siphoned off, and malware loaded on. If this new threat gets people to pay attention to previous threats, we might all be better off for it.

Comment FUCK 2016 (Score 1) 178

Jesus H Christ on a flaming pogo stick!
Just when we were starting to get to the last month of this AIDS-filled dumpster fire of a year, the go and add another goddamned SECOND to it.
I usually don't say things like this, but in this case, FUCK YOU, SCIENCE!

You know what's going to happen, they're going to start dropping Dick Clarke's frozen head in Times Square, and it's never going to reach the bottom. It will be the end of time and it will always be 2016, FOREVER.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 1) 176

No. I was using residential PV installs only as one tiny example to put things in better context. There's no reason to debate the pros/cons of it here. Those issues are irrelevant to the question of whether solar power plants should be single multi-terrawatt beasts, or several smaller multi-megawatt sites.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 4, Insightful) 176

So that's the largest solar plant in the world and it only outputs 648 MW? I'm having trouble finding something to compare this to since the nuclear plant near me generates 846 MW with one unit

Unlike nuclear, there's NO REASON to have one single huge central solar plant, so it's a terrible and dishonest comparison to make. Let me put it this way... How much power do you get out of the nuclear power plant at your house? Maybe on your roof or somewhere in your yard?

First you have to try and establish that having one big single central power generating plant is some sort of benefit. It's easy to argue that it's not, as distributed generation has fewer transmission losses, lower up-front build-out costs, greater flexibility (buy-up whatever land is available), etc., etc.

Comment Re:Sigh. How many major standards wars is this? (Score 1) 72

Why do tech companies even do this? Why can't everyone just agree on a standard and stick with it from the start instead of having a war that means us consumers who buy gear from the wrong side will suffer.

There's millions of reasons...

Waiting for an agreed standard is no good, because that takes forever. And most standards just merge together a few of the most popular proprietary methods and call it a standard, so you can't just start on step 2 in any case.

Adopting whatever came along first is no good, because what comes later might have higher requirements and crippling yourself to the older one gives you little or no benefit.

It can be slow and expensive to design something that makes everybody happy. Sometimes you have to do what's best, right now, for your product.

It's often less expensive to start simple and proprietary, then convert and adapt later, when something better comes along, or once it eventually becomes competitively priced.

Companies don't want to spend all their time and money designing and developing infrastructure, only to have some cheaper imitator with the 2nd mover advantage come along and undercut them and be able to use their work without effort.

Companies only need a big enough market to develop economies of scale. Making their market larger than necessary to do that offers them no extra benefits.

And that's just scratching the surface.

Comment Re:Obsolete? (Score 3, Informative) 142

dvgrab works on Linux but you can't view the tape as it comes in.

That's not true at all. Linux has no file locking, so you can quite easily view the video file in real-time as they're being created and extended. A simple tail -F VIDEO.DV | mplayer - should work, though adjusting cache sizes might be necessary for some formats.

Comment Re:Coal to grow in the USA?? (Score 2) 275

The coal business is dying from natural causes in the USA, and I don't think there's anything Trump can possibly do to turn that around.

Part of the reason coal is dying is because of clean air regulations. Trump and the GOP could kill those. In addition, power companies have asked for subsidies to keep their coal plants open. No takers, today, but Trump might hand them some cash to "create jobs" or similar farce.

Wind turbines have been going up in large numbers -- including here in Texas, where the wholesale price of electricity (dynamically auctioned via computer) has sometimes been pushed to zero.

Wind turbines are big in Texas because government subsidies pay them money for every MW they produce, no matter the demand for it, or current market price. If the GOP stops that, you'll stop seeing zero or negative wholesale electricity prices.

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