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Comment Re:where is your brain? (Score 1) 96

Are you actually asserting that demand is level 24 hours a day?

It can come very close.

In California, for example, a very large part of the demand is pumping water through aquaducts. By placing reservoirs along the way and doing most of the pumping during times of low electrical demand, California electrical utilities used to be able to keep the power demand nearly constant - and can still keep it much more level than in many other places.

Also: Coal plants can provide baseload, while wind and solar together do a great job of shaving peaks: Higher wind corresponds to higher HVAC load as well as higher generation. Solar not only tracks the air conditioning requirements but also comes close to tracking the daily load peaking - and solar plus wind tracks it even better, since the lake effect makes an afternoon-through-evening hump in wind generation.

at a power output proportional to the CUBE of the windspeed.

is this relevant somehow?

Yes, very. The steeply up-bending curve means that wind generators that are able to make use of high winds - which only happen for a tiny fraction of the time - have a peak power rating far above the average power they are able to produce in normal winds. So the peak power vastly overstates their average contribution.

Comment Re:Let me know when ... (Score 4, Insightful) 96

The power can be stored,

The issue is not that the power can be stored.

The issue is that power capacity comparisons overstate the total amount of energy you get out of the renewable generation equipment over the long haul because coal generation can run near capacity all the time and renewables (excluding water power) only a small part of the time.

I'm quite supportive of renewable energy. (I'm a major participant on one of the renewable energy tech discussion boards, too.) But while it's very GOOD that renewable power has passed coal in power capacity, even with near-ideal load-levelling storage, it will take about another factor of three before it surpasses coal in providing usable energy to the loads.

Comment Let me know when ... (Score 3, Insightful) 96

... they overtake coal for amount generated per unit time.

Renewables may have higher total peak, but coal plants have level output and can run 24/7, while sun is only about a third of the day and wind varies with the weather - at a power output proportional to the CUBE of the windspeed.

Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 1) 372

the RNC explicitly chose not to organize against him which let the vote be split.

Naw, that's not what happened. The RNC preselected Jeb! just like the DNC preselected Hildawg. They had the wide field explicitly to split the vote so there'd be no stand-out and everyone would eventually fall behind Jeb. Same thing with Romney in 2012 where nobody actually wanted Romney, and you'd have the not-Romney of the week who would go up in the polls and then crash until you were left with "well fuck it I guess it's Romney." So this cycle first they were behind Yeb, but when he got low energied they switched to Rubio who short circuited and then Ted who wanted to fuck...rats...or something. Anyway the Fox News machine and the paid-for pundits were clearly shilling for whoever the flavor of the week was, but not Trump. Like Rush Limbaugh who works for ClearChannel which is owned by Bain Capital (Romney). Was all behind Jeb and Trump was dangerous and then Rubio was a "full-throated conservative" and then Ted was a "True Conservative" and is only now behind Trump because well fuck it.

So, no, the RNC explicitly split the field, and then implicitly united behind whoever they thought had the best shot of beating Trump.

Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 2) 372

You can't just assume it was the Russian government, as the evidence doesn't back that up. It could have been anyone from a Russian proxy, or the phishing attacks could be unrelated to the leaked email. i.e., they could have both stupid users who fall for phishing attacks, and disgruntled employees leaking their shit.

Comment Re:How is this news? (Score 1) 177

I think the universal thing that we can all agree on is that cooperation is better than division. We should all be able to agree that there is a universal basis for morality that has nothing to do with religion or parenting and it is largely based on cooperation for the benefit of everyone and the reduction of human suffering.

I disagree with this because you're essentially discussing a collective morality. This leaves room for individual bad action, if it doesn't harm the collective or even helps the collective. Tell a little lie here and there to, in your opinion, "benefit everyone." But how do you know it benefits everyone? Also the capacity for human self-deception is limitless. It's not hard to talk yourself into doing really awful shit "for that greater good" that is really just better for yourself. We have proverbs to warn us against this kind of thought, like "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."

The hurdles in front of that evolving are people that are tightly held onto what I would refer to as out-dated systems. They served a important purpose in the evolution of human systems and cultures, but they are obsolete.

This is a very arrogant viewpoint and quite dangerous. You may not like traditional religious cultural values because they restrict your behavior, but they worked. They got us here. If you're going to start chucking those values overboard now you better be damn sure the unintended consequences are not catastrophic.

In some ways we're already seeing the crumbling of our civilization because of an abandonment of traditional values. For example, the sexual revolution and "gender equality." So starting about 50 years ago feminists, with the support of the big businesses that run major media started propagandizing for women to go into the workforce. That's great for cheap labor, and sure, some women get to feel more "fulfilled" as doctors or whatever, but most women aren't doctors. They went from being chained to the oven to chained to the desk at the call center. Overall women report lower levels of happiness today than in the 50s. They're having children later, or not having children at all. Birthrates are way down and we're having to import mexicans in the US and mulsims in Europe to replace the aging population. So, great, we abandoned the effective, traditional gender roles and replaced them with something that's today called "moral," but leads to less-happy overall populace and demographic collapse and eventual replacement by civilizations that do not, at all, share this non-productive morality. What good is a morality that doesn't work and can't propagate itself into the future?

Comment Re:Just like China (Score 4, Insightful) 372

Governmental power will always be abused, and the only way to limit that abuse is to limit how much power you give government.

We used to have this document that listed the limited powers of the federal government and strictly forbade it from doing most everything else but nobody pays attention to that thing anymore.

Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 2) 372

I agree with that. I would think an RNC leak would actually help Trump. It would show all the RNC executives shitting on Trump and conspiring against him like the DNC did Bernie, except Trump had a strategy for beating them. It would corroborate Trump's narrative that the system, including the primaries, is rigged.

Comment Re:Just like China (Score 2) 372

The BBC definitely has their own biases, as well.

I prefer adversarial media. With both Breitbart and Mother Jones I know exactly where they stand. Neither is pretending to be unbiased. You can see what issues matter to different people of different ideologies, and then do your own fact-checking. But then you get CNN blatantly editing shit to fit their narrative while pretending to be unbiased "news." No, it's propaganda. I don't think it's possible to be unbiased. Humans can't be. Anyone claiming to be unbiased is lying.

Comment Re:How is this news? (Score 1) 177

That's a good chunk of the human condition. Good luck solving that.

That's one of the purposes of systems of morality and religion, and parenting.

My family took a vacation with my wife's best friend's family. Their five (six?) year old was a real piece of work. Constantly disobeying and causing trouble, and his mom was frustrated with him and mentioned his behavioral problems at school, too. She didn't ask me for advice, so I didn't give it, but watching them for that week it was pretty obvious what the issue was: she never punished the kid for lying. Only for things that involved physical violence, that someone would notice. So if he just snatched one of the other kids' candy bars and the victim cried, he'd get yelled at. "NO! That's wrong!" But if instead he conned him, "Do you want your candy bar right now?" "No." Snatch. Then it was okay.

He'd lie straight to their faces and they treated it like a joke. "Mom can I have a candy bar?" "Did you already have one?" "(Obvious lie) Noooooo..." "(smirk) Hmmm...yes you did! Go eat a banana if you're hungry." "Awwww..." They treated it like a game. There's no penalty for lying, and no penalty for trying to break the rules (thieving candy bars) so all that teaches him is "get better at lying."

They even helped him with lies. At the end of the vacation we had all our kids' toys packed up by the door to leave. Out of the corner of my eye I see the kid taking my son's transformers and sneaking them upstairs to put with his stuff so later he can say "Oh, hey must have left his toys here..." So I tell the parents, and they tell him to bring the toys back. Pissed at being caught, he throws my son's transformer toy down the stairs. Instead of punishing him for first trying to steal the toy, and second trying to break the toy once he was caught, they ask "Did you do that on purpose...or was it an accident?" "(Obvious lie) Accident." "Okay be more careful." Fuck you people! It was clearly on purpose. You're feeding him lies to escape punishment for his shit behavior and you wonder why he has behavioral problems.

I just see that a lot, both in person and on TV. Kids lie to their parents and their parents smirk and say "uh uh, I don't believe you!" like it's a game. I can't stand that shit.

Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 1) 372

You realize WikiLeaks doesn't obtain the files themselves, right? They publish what they're given. If they were given Republican/Trump docs and then they sneakily held on to them to protect them, the leaker would just hand the docs over to CNN. Either the Republicans run a tighter ship with better security, or there's nothing incriminating/shady to leak.

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