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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

CaptainLard Re:Optimum Temperature (360 comments)

Well, in the last two thousand years, we've had the Roman Warm Period, the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age. So we've had some genuinely large variation.

ummm...if we're picking, perhaps the median of all that? Like I said?

To clarify, when I said "what the global mean has been for the last few thousand years" I didn't mean "a singular worst case extreme". What we are essentially choosing is much worse than any of those worst case scenarios.

Thanks for educating me on the medieval warm period by the way. Now I feel even worse about our current situation. That anomaly was 0.2C above the 2000 year average and now we're 0.5C above and rising at an exponentially faster rate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_Warm_Period). The roman warm period had climates similar to that of the year 2000....locally, not globally. Please tell me why we should just "let it ride".

3 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

CaptainLard Re:Optimum Temperature for a Maunder Repeat? (360 comments)

I'm sure you pedantic scamps have plenty of anecdotes to "disprove" any reasonable take on what average temperatures are ideal for creatures currently living on earth. Yours in particular (which I'd group under outliers) would be less of a concern today because we are not limited to technology of the 1600's.

All I'm trying to say is it would be least disruptive to life on earth if we didn't suddenly create (among other things) a situation in which costal areas (where something like 90% of earth's human population lives) became unstable to the point where it was preferable for those 6 billion people to want to move somewhere else instead of trying to make the new situation work where they are at.

In simpler terms, the most amicable situation for the vast majority of everything as it is now, is for temperature/climate to remain as it is now or change very very gradually. I'm ready more anecdotes to refute that, maybe attack grammar and spelling while you're at it /openingpandora'sbox.

4 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

CaptainLard Re:Optimum Temperature (360 comments)

The optimum temperature would be one in which extreme droughts, storms, etc are at most regional events limited to a few years and don't have long lasting global effects (with minimal outliers). Kinda like what the global mean has been for the last few thousand years and that we will be exiting in the next few decades or century if the status quo continues (one could argue a global temperature shift would be much less jarring to human society if it happens over many thousands of years, as it normally does).

4 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

CaptainLard Re: Gas not less CO2 on refiring coal plants (142 comments)

So this is a problem that can be fixed by widely applying best practices.

Great! Surely every well owner will do just that because free market! If you have a realistic way to implement this in the real world that can actually be applied to the type of human beings that live on earth I'd like to hear it.

Also, the half life may be 7 years but the effect is 100x that of CO2. We could do without a quick extreme burst of greenhouse effect when we are already at a tipping point.

4 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

CaptainLard Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

Your perfect solution sounds perfect. Are there any working models in use?

I'm all for nuclear but what you're describing (no maintenance?!) doesn't exist. Please prove me and the rest of the world wrong. Right now it looks like the most promising candidate for your mini reactor is Lockheed's new fusion design. If they really get it up and running in 10 years we might have a chance of sustaining the environment our society has evolved to thrive in (assuming we also do CO2 sequestration because we're already at the tipping point). Otherwise we're in for a couple centuries of painful adjustment to a brand new climate.

4 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

CaptainLard Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

You think you're refuting the GP's argument but you're actually bolstering it. GP says you shouldn't make sweeping generalizations about any one group. You show that's exactly the case because there is plenty of disagreement/contradiction within those generalized groups with your (somewhat dubious IMO) edge cases.

4 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

CaptainLard Re:Yet (219 comments)

Did you know batteries are improving as well? I've seen a few reports that show energy density is increasing by about 6%/year. That should make them viable around the same time solar is cheaper than coal. And if google's little box challange gets anywhere close to it's goal the third and final leg of your argument collapses as well.

5 days ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

CaptainLard Re:Heh... (103 comments)

Good for the goose, good for the gander. If you're going to apply certain rules to one side, you need to apply the same rules to the other side.

I know!! Tell that to your boy! He's saying "they are wrong for reason X and now I'm going to use reason X to show why I'm right". Unless you're trying to say that it's good to be wrong because the other side is also wrong.

In more detail, again, he uses the tried and true handwaving method to prove that climate change denial funding is much less than reported since the $1B in claimed funding also has to fight obamacare, gay marriage, gun control, etc and pulls 10% out of his ass. But then he claims every environmental group spends every bit of its money scaring people about global warming. There are plenty of other environmental issues that need to be dealt with as well (deforestation, endangered species, other pollution, etc).

Thats about as best I can explain it...However... this whole argument is a red herring. The real problem here is that there is any money at all spent trying to deny AGW. The disparity should be vastly skewed towards correctness! Zero should be spent promoting false narratives!

5 days ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

CaptainLard Re:Heh... (103 comments)

That's not my number, that's from the blog post the GP linked to. Knowing the source or even if it's true was irrelevant to pointing out the logic flaw in the blog post because that's where the assertion was made.

5 days ago
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US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

CaptainLard Re:Out of touch with reality (62 comments)

Well they're not doing it on purpose. The DOD is just used to it's contractors massively under-bidding to win the contract and then exploding the budget with 1000 MBA's united in the goal of shareholder profit maximization. Just enter the contest and when it comes time to demonstrate the algorithm say the schedule has slipped to April...2022 and you'll need an extra $3billion. You'll see, they won't even blink!

5 days ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

CaptainLard Re:Heh... (103 comments)

So first of all, James Taylor (who wrote your blog post) works for the Heartland institute, a well funded conservative group who could generously be labeled as AGW skeptics. The bloggy post is in response to an article calling out organizations such as his. The main argument is the $1B/year spent on AGW FUD is really the sum total of those groups entire budgets, not just what they spend on trying to trick people into doubting that CO2 emitted by human activity is causing detrimental climate effects (which it is of course). How much of the budget? Why don't I just say 10% for no good reason.

He then says environmental groups get $1.6B/year claiming thats almost entirely for pushing AGW. Thats the exact argument he JUST REFUTED IN HIS OWN BLOG! WTF?! Even if the entire $1.6B did go to pushing AGW, Exxon alone made a $9B profit...in 2014 Q2 alone! Thats profit, not revenue which I'd expect you to understand, being a reader of forbes and all. Don't worry, I'm not claiming they spend it all on AGW FUD (whatever they do spend comes out of revenue). If $1.6B for all major environmental groups vs hundreds of billions in profit and trillions in yearly revenue from oil doesn't count as token in your book...then I can't understand how you function in this society.

And as to why I keep saying AGW FUD...

the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.

Thats a statement by the heartland institute, your bloggers employer, in regard to a billboard campaign claiming the unabomber, charles manson, castro, etc are really behind AGW (source: washington post).

One more thing... your sig is spitting a neurotoxin...that gasoline companies spent many decades trying to say wasn't a problem. Must be their culture.

5 days ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

CaptainLard Re:Heh... (103 comments)

While it is technically true that both sides have some non-zero amount of money, one side has enough of it to afford the worlds biggest PR firm along with 4 companies in the Fortune 10 (that would be 4 of the top 10 US companies by revenue...guess how many renewable energy companies are on that list). The other side does a lot of it's work with token research budgets. There is absolutely an underdog in this fight.

about a week ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

CaptainLard Re:What? (103 comments)

You've received emails/calls from Verizon, etc. saying you're not posting enough about their great service?

about a week ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

CaptainLard Re:Moat? Electric fence? (212 comments)

I get your point that congress should shut the fuck up and let the expert handle it. That session must have been like every engineering meeting I've been in where management suggests ways to "fix" a technical issue. Only this took place on the grandest scale.

Oh, and it also reminds me of posts to technical /. stories that go "OBVIOUSLY this new thing won't work because they OBVIOUSLY didn't think of this OBVIOUS problem that I realized because I'm a genius and skimmed the summary". There's gotta be some syndrome that covers it....

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

CaptainLard Re:Subsidies (514 comments)

Without! Full disclosure, I'm getting the 30% federal tax credit with my system which will let it pay itself off within 10 years. Without the subsidy I'd still be in the black within 15 years...and then I get another 25+ years of appreciable power generation for free! And that's today, not in 2 years. If you own a roof that gets sun you should look into it.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

CaptainLard Re:My two cents... (514 comments)

You can afford it! Lease rates are usually equal or lower than your average electricity bill. Solar city's business model is they become your power company so you just buy electricity from them at a fixed rate guaranteed to be lower than what you pay traditional utilities with no cost up front (and thats actually the worst option). Best case, if you can get a loan and buy it outright, you'll usually break even within 10 years...at which point your solar panels will produce appreciable amounts of power for another 30-40 years! Most residential developments built since the 80's tend to clear cut everything so if your house is less than 40 years old, it probably gets enough sun to make it all worth while. See for yourself!

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

CaptainLard Re:They WILL FIght Back (514 comments)

If only a fraking boom was going on in your neighborhood instead of a wind farm you wouldn't have to deal with all that disruption. I see the picture you linked to is in PA. If you don't like deforestation make sure you don't drive 50 miles south (coordinates: 40.98882, -75.92017). Instead of a few lightly traveled roads you get vast black scars of coal strip mines. I do agree that nuclear has less of an impact but if we're talking the two options that have a reasonable chance of being built in the next decade you'd be insane not to want the wind farm.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

CaptainLard Re:Hail resistant? (514 comments)

Yep. Mine come with a 25 year warranty which covers 25mm hail and the system was engineered (formally signed off by a P.E.) to withstand gusts of 120mph. Pretty cool how the first thing that pops into your head that might damage it has already been dealt with eh?

about a week ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

CaptainLard Re:Huh (223 comments)

Back off and take another run? Think outside the box man. The obvious thing to do now that we have an orbiter circling the comet at 10km and can see it in exponentially more detail than we could have ever hoped to from earth.. EVER...is use the time machine to send that information back to the early 90's when they started designing the lander.

Seriously, have you seen the earth observations? They're like 8 pixels.

about two weeks ago

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