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Comment Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 109

If you go out into the Rockies or Appalachians you can drink most surface water untreated

Sure, there are many places here in Australia where you can still drink from a mountain stream. However the vast majority of our ancestors over the last 5-10,000yrs did not live in next to a pristine mountain stream. They lived in towns and villages with open sewers running thru the streets and into the waterways. The local water was not fit for human consumption, people did not drink it because even though they knew nothing of germs they knew that dirty water could/would give them cholera and/or dysentery, they also knew that turning it into beer/wine prevented that agonising fate from happening to them. .

Comment Re:corporations may not collectively bargain (Score 1) 123

Your analogy fails because union members are analogous to shareholders, not the corporations they form. Personally I'd be fine with individuals opting out of a closed shop as long as they also opted out of any wage rises or benefits the union wins on behalf of its members.

Comment Re:Yahoo brand (Score 1) 401

IIRC Yahoo! lost out to google because their search results were stuffed with paid ads. The more they fell behind google the more annoying their ads became. When it was clear they had lost the search engine (and email) race they morphed into a "web partner" for channel seven's advertising department. IMHO, the current CEO only succeed in enhancing the company's "cheap and nasty" smell.

BTW: Older Aussies (such as myself) still commonly use the word "yahoo" in it's original meaning. Also the lead actor in the (brilliant) Aussie comedy "Young Einstein", goes by the stage name "Yahoo Serious".

Comment Re:Reads Like An Ad (Score 1) 431

Yes, the wind/solar farm needs to use the existing "batteries" that so-called "base load" plants currently use to match the supply curve to the demand curve - namely hydro dams and gas turbines. Don't fall for the coal industry FUD that "base load" plants have some sort of magical advantage over renewables just because they produce a flat supply curve. The "advantage" doesn't exist in the real world for the simple reason that no city on Earth has a flat demand curve. A coal/nuke plant needs "batteries" just as much as a wind farm, which is why most nations have a national grid and a well regulated wholesale electricity market. Out of all the commercial methods of generating electricity, solar probably has the strongest advantage when trying to match its output to the demand curve of a modern city, this is due to the fact that peak air-conditioner demand normally coincides with peak solar output.

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