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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

BlackPignouf Re:Too bad this didn't happen in 50 years (44 comments)

Meanwhile, we have no clue how our society could survive without oil.
We have more pressing matters than slamming comets into Mars.

about a week ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

BlackPignouf Re:Not about jealousy, but ... (265 comments)

This is an ecological win

I'm not sure it means what you think it means.
The real "ecological win" would be to acknowledge that Dubai is in a friggin desert, and shouldn't be used as home for more than a few thousand people.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

BlackPignouf Re:the length of a 10-passenger limousine (55 comments)

I agree it's a weird unit, but it kinda makes sense nonetheless :
It's the depth of the water layer that you get when you empty the content of 50 swimming pools on a surface as big as one millionth of Wales.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

BlackPignouf the length of a 10-passenger limousine (55 comments)

The length of a 10-passenger limousine

Wow, that's like 50 Olympic-size swimming pools per micro-Wales!

about three weeks ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

BlackPignouf Infinite growth. (305 comments)

Economists still believe in infinite growth in a finite world.
To me, that's a proof by contradiction that economics as "science" is utter bullshit.

about 1 month ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

BlackPignouf Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

Could you please explain why the comparison is flawed?

about a month ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

BlackPignouf Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

I guess you consider that a meth head selling his TV set to a pawn shop isn't getting poorer.

about a month ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

BlackPignouf Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

It has made long-term economic sense for at least ten years.
Sure, if you're waiting for short-term economic sense, you'll run into big trouble and the energy trap (http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/2011/10/the-energy-trap/). You'll need to invest oil and money during a few years in order to use less oil and money. Guess what? You'll have neither time, nor money nor energy, nor probably political stability. Your option isn't one.

And please tell me more about France selling PSG (Paris soccer cub), Le Louvre; Spain selling Barca and Germany selling BMW and Mercedes to Qatar not "making anyone poorer".

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

BlackPignouf Re:Aperture-specific plugins... (214 comments)

What about RAW support for new cameras?
Every Aperture user will have to change after X months.
I'm lucky to be a Lightroom user, but I'd be really pissed if I had to change the software I use and love every day since 2007.
It would be like having to learn and use Emacs after 10 years of vim.

about a month ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

BlackPignouf Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

You, sir, are an idiot.
High energy prices in the future are a sure thing.
You have exactly two options :
* sit on your ass, don't change anything and give more money everyday to Russia, Saudi Arabia & Qatar. Those countries love this option, because one day, USA & Europe will be broke, won't have gas to heat their houses in winter or oil to power their cars, tanks or fighter jets. Then they can nicely invade Ukraine or go all Djihad on our ass.
* pay a bit more taxes, complain that some free loaders and greedy politicians get too much of it, but let your country invest in infrastructure that will help you and your people face peak oil and global warming. Yes, you'll pay more for energy (at first), but the price evolution is clearer than without taxes and it helps you reduce your energy demands.
Now tell me, which option is the way to go for "human misery"?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

BlackPignouf Double troll (359 comments)

Wow. Congrats on your double troll!
PS: Vim-ruby FTW!

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

BlackPignouf Mensan here (561 comments)

I thought I was special until I realised there are 140 000 000 potential mensans on earth.
And the fact that I'm pretty good at guessing which dice should come after a serie of 4 other dice doesn't tell much about myself, and surely shouldn't be taken as a genius indicator.
Anyway, I went to two Mensa meetings : I met some assholes and some nice guys, just like I would at the pub across the street.

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

BlackPignouf Re:bad headline - most of Germany's power not elec (461 comments)

electric is unpopular because it's becoming outrageously expensive.

It's still cheaper per kWh than oil, which itself is outrageously cheap (taking into account global warming and dependency to rogue states).
What's unpopular is when people notice that they use too much electricity and have to choose between nukes and coal powerplants.

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

BlackPignouf Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

So it is the average tax payer who both pays for and benefits from the subsides.

No, it is the average renter (who doesn't have any roof to put photovoltaic modules on) who pays extra taxes, while chinese manufacturers and german landlords benefit from the subsidies.

about a month ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

BlackPignouf Re:Raw lemon (448 comments)

True, I suppose you'll have to believe me on this one.
I work with ZSW regularly and one member explained me the situation while drinking coffee.
ZSW contacted Raw Lemon a few months ago, and (AFAIK) are still waiting for an answer. They wanted to give Raw Lemon some time before making a public statement or going to court.
Anyway, I also work at a solar research center, and my bullshit detector almost exploded when reading "produce electricity from moonlight" and "concentrate diffuse radiation". And I'd rather trust a renowned german research center than an architect looking for a quick buck.
BTW, I'm not saying that their small chargers don't work, just that they surely don't work at night, and aren't particularly efficient at concentrating direct sunlight.

about a month ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

BlackPignouf Re:Raw lemon (448 comments)

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
They should prove that they can "produce electricity from moonlight" and "concentrate diffuse radiation" before they write it everywhere on their website.
They actually tried to prove it and contacted http://www.zsw-bw.de/en/starts....
This is well respected German solar research center, and its answer was "raw lemon is utter bullshit, you cannot concentrate diffuse radiation, and surely not with this design".
Raw lemon now writes "Certified by ZSW" everywhere, and ZSW isn't happy about that.

about a month ago

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