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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Applehu Akbar Re: Inconvenient truth? (478 comments)

But whenever such a "pause" takes place at the behest of environmentalists, it's never just a KSC-type technical hold. When the job starts up again, there will be a sudden non-negotiable call for another "study" before the resumption. Get one lint-head judge to, exercising all the technical knowhow his liberal-arts education can muster, issue an injunction, and the project gets delayed for at least months.

Shenanigans like these are very effective at sending any desired project into major cost overruns. They have used this tactic against nuclear projects for years.

2 hours ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Applehu Akbar Re:Very wise indeed (135 comments)

"...proven and documented cases of specific harm caused by GM "food"."

Which do not actually exist. Care to cite any?

7 hours ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Applehu Akbar Re:Better to starve I guess? (135 comments)

A Slashdotter caught making an extensive post from memory because it's a concept he understands all by himself, rather than cutting and pasting from Moonchild's EcoBlog? Burn the witch!

7 hours ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Applehu Akbar Re:Nicatoids and bees (135 comments)

Golden rice is OPEN SOURCE. Monsanto and its lawyers are nowhere in sight. And no, golden rice has no magical effects on other species around it.

8 hours ago
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Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

Applehu Akbar Re:Not surprising... (80 comments)

I feel the same way about Tor as I do about DuckDuckGo: if I were paranoid enough to use it, I would be paranoid enough to wonder how it gets along without a business model.

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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Applehu Akbar Re:god dammit. (478 comments)

There are next to no birds to kill at Ivanpah. The flat-earth lobby is just whipping up yet another fake roadblock because they can. Small wonder that the only large-scale power source in California is Arizona.

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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Applehu Akbar Re:Obligatory SF reference (478 comments)

Sorry. I accidentally bumped the ornate brass lever in my Wells Time Machine.

yesterday
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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

Applehu Akbar Re:Let us redefine "progress" (104 comments)

I can see printed aercitecture leadng to standardized components of construction. Architects will be just as creative as they are today, but the ability to include standardized design elements, such as a leakproof and stress-qualified roof of a given type at a given size, into buildings will revolutionize the art.

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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

Applehu Akbar Re:Let us redefine "progress" (104 comments)

The difference is that there's no global consortium of oil companies conspiring to eliminate 3-D printing.

yesterday
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Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

Applehu Akbar Re:It's not like they've had 5 months to fix it... (82 comments)

No, the nation's most overpaid industry has developed a paper-centered mentality that is difficult to change not because it can't afford to, but because sealing off medical records in paper prisons helps maintain the monopoly status of providers. Whenever you go to a new specialist for the first time, note the wall of paper records behind the receptionist. At the opening of your visit you will have to sit down and fill out a history - this, in a century in which the needed information could easily be zipped over from your gateway practitioner. Each time you fill out one of these monstrosities, you run the risk of misremembering some part your lifetime record of symptoms and treatments, any of which might be critical to the procedure you are about to undergo.

The one part of the ACA that I really applaud is the mandate to digitize medical records. Long after we've gotten over the controversy about increased insurance rates and copays, this will be the part that we will look back on with affection.

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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Applehu Akbar Obligatory SF reference (478 comments)

All the way back in 1858: Arthur C Clarke, "A Slight Case of Sunstroke"

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Applehu Akbar Re:god dammit. (478 comments)

That 1416 ha. is the total size of the mirror fields, not the small focus area that kills birds. These top ten airports by area:
http://www.toptenstip.com/top-...
are not only all much larger than the kill area at Ivanpah, but are located in heavily populated areas where there is a lot of water and birds. Ivanpah is located in the most featureless, unpopulated, wildlife-free area in the US.

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Applehu Akbar Re:god dammit. (478 comments)

No, itzdandy was found guilty of using humor in an environmental thread.

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Applehu Akbar Re: Inconvenient truth? (478 comments)

It's the call to immediately stop construction, rather than "design a way of scaring off birds" that fingers this as the usual Green misanthropy. They identify problems with every technology out there, but never support approaches to actually solving them.

yesterday
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Applehu Akbar Comcast training materials? (237 comments)

What type is the blood, and how do they get the organ and speakers compact enough to install in a call center?

2 days ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Applehu Akbar Re:That's awesome! Taxpayers get fucked! (227 comments)

That's why settlements like this need to come directly out of the police budget. That's still the taxpayer's pocket, but taken from an amount already earmarked for police work. Let them be forced to prioritize, denominating the settlement charge in terms of pot busts foregone next year.

2 days ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Applehu Akbar Re:NOT CONFIDENTIAL!! YAY!! (227 comments)

" Are you really saying that I must publicly disclose the terms of any private contract I am a party to, just because the "Public has a right to know""

Yes, because court actions are taken as legal precedent that gets studied for generations to come and cited whenever relevant cases arise. If we start keeping legal settlements secret, a huge chunk of case law drops out of the historical record.

2 days ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

Applehu Akbar Re:Sillier and sillier (61 comments)

If we had paused for conditions in Europe to be perfect before developoing the Americas, every casino on this continent would be sitting here still waiting for its first customer to show up.

2 days ago

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Foxconn to Restaff Entirely with US Adjunct Professors

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 5 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "(Xinhua) Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, announced today its response to the increasing cost of local labor: by 2Q 2015, it will have completed replacement of its assembly staff with American adjunct professors. Said an executive who did not wish to be named, “Adjunct professors are not only highly educated but are used to working for nothing more than ramen and a basement cot. They are not spoiled like our local Chinese assembly workers.” They are for the most part docile, and used to operating within rigid bureaucracies.

The US educational system turns out far larger numbers of adjuncts, especially in the humanities, than can ever hope to be employed by academe. The excess adjuncts live on the streets of major American cities, but, after being pushed aside by the tougher and crazier traditional homeless, gravitate to the more congenial west coast, where roving bands of them subsist on odd jobs and shoplifting. Here they are easily picked up by Foxconn raiding parties, which dicker with what we know in China as People’s Shining Path Moral Guidance Cadres. In the US these are called “Homeowner Associations,” and they gratefully cooperate to turn in bands of feral adjuncts, whose constant bickering and messy campsites are an ongoing annoyance to the people of America’s West Coast.

Once captured, the adjuncts are loaded into Foxconn’s fleet of wind-powered EcoFreighters and sedated for the slow sea voyage on the “Central Passage” from Long Beach to the Shanghai labor auction docks. Now that there is human cargo to bring back to China, the EcoFreighters no longer have to return empty after unloading their troves of consumer goods in Los Angeles.

Foxconn has been anxious to grab the most easily trainable workers before more Chinese companies take an interest in American adjunct professor labor. “At first we tried a breeding program for even greater long term savings,” said the Foxconn exec, “But the males, raised as they have been in western academic culture, have developed such a deep-seated fear of their own females that fertile matings were rare, even when naked, unchained females were placed right in males' dormitory cells.” But why fight to change an alien culture, the thinking now goes, when fresh adjuncts are so easily hunted down on the California/Oregon coast? So long as this situation persists, the EcoFreighters will sail full and world’s supply of low-cost products will not be in danger."
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Justice Department Backs Broadcasters in Aereo Dispute

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 6 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "I'm from the government, says the Department of Justice, and I'm here to help...not you, but Big Broadcast. In today's amicus curiae filing in support of the broadcasters, the DOJ explains that: “gain access to copyrighted content in the first instance — the same service that cable companies have traditionally provided.” Meaning, of course, that broadcasters are much bigger donors to the Democrat-Republican Party than those little people who watch TV."
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How About A Spherical Solar Collector ?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 6 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "German architect André Broessel claims to have invented a solar collector that is far more efficient than today's flat panels, even flat panels with tracking. He calls it the Betaray. The idea is that a fixed transparent sphere can concentrate any available sunlight, direct or diffuse, and coming from any direction, to its center. At that point a small high-efficiency collector, presumably one that loves high temperatures, harvests the energy.

Broesser's orb is a lot prettier to look at than existing solar collectors, but for me two questions arise. For one, wouldn't a hemisphere work just as well and be cheaper to manufacture, easier to keep cool and more easily mounted? And if so, why not arrays of multiple, much smaller hemispheres as an efficient collector design for all those suburban rooftops?"

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