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Comment Re:Only half true article (Score 1) 238

When the construction dust clears, we will see a nuclear China with about 20% renewables.

The peaks are a lot higher than base load.
You don't use nukes for peak capacity. If you have nukes you use them every second you can.
Based on those two bits of information that you should already have known but somehow failed to consider, how does that estimate look now?
There no point dumbing things down to a Star Trek view of energy since we do not have perfect batteries, the problem has to be considered in terms of matching supply to a demand curve. High school level thought instead of first grade level.

Comment Re:Only half true article (Score 1) 238

Selective omission. It creates a false impression that the only replacement power is renewables without mentioning additional nuclear capacity that presumably will also make up for the loss of this coal power.

It's not just hydro, some people put nukes under the banner of renewables as well. There may not be a lot of breeder reactors active today but they are a reasonable reason to put all nukes under that banner.
Don't blame me, I don't do it but I can see where they are coming from.

Comment Re:Frank Yu doesn't know what he's talking about. (Score 2) 238

Replacing their nucleair power with wind/solar is naïve and unrealistic at best

You have that backwards, for whether you like nukes or not the current economic reality there is that replacing the old nukes with new news is unrealistic due to the huge capital outlays and long lead times. Small stuff can be financed a bit of at a time (and comes online in less than a year to start paying it's way) even if it adds up to costing far more in the end.
It's only where someone can tell the accountants to shut up or go to the Gulag, instead of saying "yes boss" like we do in most of the west currently, where you can build things with huge capital costs such as nukes.
If you like nukes look to the east. Nobody has the stomach for them where short term profits trump everything else.

Comment Per area doesn't really matter with electricity (Score 1) 238

Line losses are very low these days so the number of people per area doesn't really matter as far as electricity generation goes. Try using Canada as an example and it should be easy to grasp. They have huge hydro plants in sparsely populated areas but that doesn't matter when there is a big city at the end of the wire.

France doesn't

Did you really forget the whole ridiculous "freedom fries thing" where Saddam was supposed to have been supplied with Uranium by the French out of their former colony of Niger?
Here is more with a specific mention of the Uranium issue:

Comment Re:Assange Is A Coward (Score 5, Insightful) 498

Of course he's a coward. What has happened to Manning for the last seven years has shown what happens to heroes even when they plead guilty. Thirty-five years even after admitting the crime? It was a record.
It's worth noting that Manning was locked up but those spooks who sold a little boy into sex slavery in Afganistan are still free.

Comment Re:"Race Relations" (Score 1) 249

Social values evolve

And not just from "bad to good", really just towards different.
Consider the attitude of the WWII generation to torture and the attitude of the current one fed on "24" and similar shit. In many ways the people 100 years ago would judge us and find us wanting. That was one of the minor themes of John Birmingham's World War 2.1 books which open with a 21st century naval fleet ending up in the middle of WWII.

Comment The idiot is elsewhere (Score 1) 249

If it was not an outsourced service then local physical access solves the problem if the ex-employee is not available.
If it is an outsourced service it should be to a provider that will listen to the person paying the bills instead of refusing to deal with anyone other than the ex-employee.

When something like this escalates to the point where someone is going to jail I'd say there are multiple fuckups and a scapegoat who probably deserves jail far less than some of the others involved.

After the ridiculous situation with Terry Childs in S.F. I checked with others to make sure that if I was going out the door for any reason they wouldn't need to ask me for a password (and that nobody could accuse me of withholding one), but few have made sure that such a transition would be as smooth.

You can do the right thing and have left the passwords with the top level of management or whatever, but unless someone else can prove you have done so you are vunerable to scapegoating which may be what this situation was.

Comment Re:That Quarter (Score 2) 185

All around the world, sinks have the hot water on the left, and the cold on the right

I used to live in a town with artesian water - stuff from very deep underground that comes up hot and under pressure. The water pipes in town were on the surface or close to it in a lot of places.
In the height of summer the "cold" tap would range from cup of tea temperature to scalding if you let it run long enough.
In my house the "hot" tap was fed from a tank at the back of the stove. In summer it was too hot to use the stove, so the town water would sit in the tank and cool down to room temperature.
Thus the "cold" was burning hot (sometimes 70C or more, the bore the water came from a few blocks away was at around 90C) and the "hot" was cold.

In winter the "cold" water would actually be cold from those shallow pipes unless you ran it for a long time, while the "hot" was actually heated by the stove and was hot.

So of course this really confused infrequent visitors.

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