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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

CrimsonAvenger Re:Gas - problem solved (176 comments)

For American readers: gas means a gaseous hydrocarbon, and not a liquid one.

You mean something like the "gas" we get from the gas company to power our water heaters (and frequently provide heating in the winter - it makes less than good sense to burn gas to make electricity, then use the electricity to make heat, when you could just burn the gas to make heat directly), I take it?

Yes, we use "gas" too, and not just the kind you call "petrol"....


Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

CrimsonAvenger Re:Build more nukes! (176 comments)

Nuclear ships have a very simple way around this: They run at full power most of the time, and dump the excess energy when not needed to run the engines.

Umm, no.

Former Naval Nuke guy here...we didn't run the plant at full power most of the time. We seldom ran it at half power.

Yeah, the nuke plant on a sub or surface ship is engineered differently than a power reactor ashore. Among other things, the fraction of the maximum output dedicated to making electricity is generally quite small, since we need steam more than we need electricity.

Even so, we didn't operate near max electrical output all that often either, much less maximum steam output.


Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

CrimsonAvenger Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (167 comments)


Assuming all of the radioactivity is due to Cs-137, that 600 Bq/kg limit translates to 0.0000003 micrograms of Cs-137 in any given kg of wild pork.

Okay, I can buy the argument that that "safe" limit errs on the side of caution a bit much....


Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

CrimsonAvenger Re:yet if we did it (389 comments)

This is why I want autonomous cars, they don't have to be perfect, just better than the best drivers

They don't even have to be better than the best drivers. If they're better than the average driver, that's fine.


The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

CrimsonAvenger Re:Ecosystem (103 comments)

There were humans living alongside the passenger pigeon for thousands of years before European settlers arrived.

Just curious - were there 330,000,000 humans living alongside the passenger pigeons before European settlers arrived?

Didn't think so....


Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

CrimsonAvenger Re:I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (461 comments)

I know you mean the US, but the difference is that the US has left the 8th century.

Actually, the US was never in the 8th century.

Pre-Colombian America (the part the US sits on now) was definitely pre-8th century (pre-8th century BC, even).

Then we jumped straight into the 17th century (or arguably 16th - depends on how you want to count those earliest Spaniards who may or may not have actually reached CONUS), and proceeded from there.


Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

CrimsonAvenger Re:Wait.... what? (229 comments)

...Facebook's Ukrainian office is located in Russia...

Whose brilliant idea was that?

I imagine Facebook management, on the grounds that their people would be much less likely to be killed. Ukraine is a very dangerous place at the moment - cities are being bombarded by heavy artillery and fired on with medium rockets, people whose faces don't fit are being burned alive.

Facebook decided several years ago that Ukraine would be a dangerous place in late 2014, so they avoided putting offices in Ukraine?

Wow, I would never have thought of that. Guess that's why I'm not a billionaire.

Oh, and citation on that "are being burned alive" thing? I've not been paying too much attention to the situation, but I'm pretty sure I'd have remembered hearing about that....

2 days ago

Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

CrimsonAvenger Re:Where there is a wil.. (226 comments)

Oh, right. Politics. Especially right wing nutjobs.

Actually, the anti-nuke types tend to be left wing nutjobs.

2 days ago

NASA's Competition For Dollars

CrimsonAvenger Re:Now the shuttle program has gone.. (70 comments)

Return on investment might be a bit better if we'd actually invested enough for it to be more than a glorified Skylab.

They should have been adding a new habitable module to the thing every year, or every other year.

Or more often.

2 days ago

NASA's Competition For Dollars

CrimsonAvenger Re: How Does SpaceX Do it? (70 comments)

No matter how bad environmental problem become, earth will still be better than anything which we could plan to reach. Fixing the problems here woll have a fraction of the cost whcih fixin them by flying away would have.

So, what's the plan for dealing with the Sun's inevitable transition to a red giant?

Space is where we need to be for the long term. And when I say "long term", I don't mean "three or more Congressional election cycles"....

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

CrimsonAvenger All sorts of things (610 comments)

Old technology I'm still using?

I'm pretty much still dependent on electric lighting, indoor plumbing, refrigeration & air conditioning, internal combustion engines, plastics, etc.

Or does it only count as "technology" if it requires a computer to use?

3 days ago

Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

CrimsonAvenger Re:More like the "Laptop of Muwhahhahahahaha..." (360 comments)

It's not very clear from TFA, but if "virus" is supposed to refer to plague, the hopeful jihadist seems lacking in even basic microbiological knowledge.

Since the hopeful jihadist probably wasn't writing in English, it's just possible that "virus" was a translation error.

3 days ago

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

CrimsonAvenger Re:Can the executive branch be held in contempt? (246 comments)

What would happen if the executive branch (which is supposed to enforce the law) simply refused to comply with a judicial order?

Does the phrase "Trail of Tears" mean anything to you?

How about "John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!"?

Note that the quotation is likely apocryphal, but it pretty much conveys Jackson's attitude toward the Supremes in regards to the Trail of Tears....

3 days ago

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

CrimsonAvenger Re:this would expose an enormous state secret. (246 comments)

the deficit is shrinking at a staggering rate.

Yes, it's now the sixth or seventh largest in history...

Note that the only reason the deficit is "shrinking" is that it ballooned enormously (to over twice the previous record) a few years back. It has yet to get back down to the level that was considered "normal" (which most of us considered "too damn high")....

3 days ago

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

CrimsonAvenger Re:It'd be nice... (246 comments)

half of these is probably about whether or not he slept with that woman... he he...
- Not that I ever cared one bit....

The only thing even remotely interesting about whether he slept with that woman was that, since she was an employee of his, it was a textbook example of workplace sexual harassment.

Even if she was willing....

3 days ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

CrimsonAvenger Re:Send in the drones! (827 comments)

Because, the yellow cake thing was a lie, there were no WMDs, they weren't sponsoring terrorism, and had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11.


No opinion on the yellowcake or the sponsoring of terrorism, but there WERE WMD's.

Note that chemical weapons are WMD's (yeah, Assad has used WMD's on his own people, as did Saddam). Note that Saddam had used chemical weapons against the Kurds....

4 days ago

Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

CrimsonAvenger Re:Mod parent to infinity (140 comments)

The US spends a trillion dollars per year on gasoline alone

Umm, no.

In 2013, the USA used 134.5 billion gallons of gasoline. Which works out to about $450-500 billion.

about a week ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

CrimsonAvenger Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

Comparatively, the world has had a large decrease in military force, where world wars were a 20-year occurrence. But those mostly ended after WWII. And yes, lots of wars in the 1800s that weren't world wars were still world wars because Spain, England, and France were battling behind the scenes in lots of "local" skirmishes.

Two things:

1) one of the reasons world wars went out of style was the US's overwhelming military dominance. World Wars were fashionable when the "great powers" (note the plural) had comparable military strengths.

2) Before the 20th century, "world wars" were mostly impractical because it took so damn long to get anywhere. Months to cross the Atlantic, more months to cross the Pacific, much less to do the fighting when you got across, that sort of thing....

about a week ago

ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

CrimsonAvenger Re:why can the world (329 comments)

why men often avoid female dominated jobs such as primary school teaching

Because the pay is terrible, and you can't support a family as a primary school teacher?

about a week ago


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