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How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

HornWumpus Re:You may not have noticed... (383 comments)

At 24 dollars a pound for plastic! Those custom coat hangers are bargains too.

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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

HornWumpus Re:Um, duh? (211 comments)

Only thing?

Nonsense. To make orbital solar a reasonable solution you have to posit cheap orbital transport.

It could posit room temperature superconductors and solve the same problem with a world wide electric grid and rooftop solar. America could supply it's energy needs with infinite capital and it's roof tops (in gross, not time specific).

Adults understand that energy supply will continue to be from a mix of sources and that there is no magic bullet.

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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

HornWumpus Re:Should be good enough for Hilary (291 comments)

I say whatever you do, maintain gridlock. Look what both parties do when they have the power and gridlock DC. It's simply the best realistic option.

yesterday
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

HornWumpus Re:Exactly! (211 comments)

He loves hippies. I hate them.

yesterday
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

HornWumpus Re:ok then... but (211 comments)

Pumped hydro is built out. None left.

The next thing is 'pumped gravel'. Electric railroads lifting and dropping gravel between two piles.

2 days ago
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

HornWumpus Re:Exactly! (211 comments)

The mechanic I know who specializes in bio-diesel is making so much fucking money selling them to hippies it's not even funny. He even has a biodiesel pump at his shop. He will gladly charge you $1 per gallon more then the current price of diesel. Sometimes it's almost 25% biodiesel. Just enough to make the exhaust smell like french fries.

Those people are fucking fools. He will charge them thousands to do $100 worth of work and they love him for it. Recommend him to friends.

California so hippies abound.

2 days ago
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

HornWumpus Re:Um, duh? (211 comments)

Solar can't do base load due to transmission issues. Transmitting power to the other side of the planet is non-trivial.

But a small part of making orbital solar work is transmitting power down from orbit.

More fundamentally; the only reason to insist solar do baseload is quasi religious.

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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

HornWumpus Re: herbicides (488 comments)

You could put them to work cutting your lawn with scissors.

2 days ago
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

HornWumpus Re:Um, duh? (211 comments)

The ten or so new power plants in CA during the last 10 years prove you wrong. Granting utilities have learned to site them with or replacing existing plants.

PG&E doesn't own any generation. They are a load serving entity and have been for over a decade. They still own some very valuable transmission lines.

Even is an overcast shithole like Seattle, ground based solar is more cost effective then orbital.

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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

HornWumpus Re:Gender and sex (488 comments)

Calling you a moron is just stating a plainly observable fact.

2 days ago
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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

HornWumpus Re:Gender and sex (488 comments)

Male pot plants fear me.

2 days ago
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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

HornWumpus Re:how many times have scientists been wrong? (488 comments)

Most of your list is engineering failures. Some are just idiotic rants ('The whole fucking plastics industry'). Thanks for playing.

Doctors aren't scientists.

2 days ago
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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

HornWumpus Re:More ambiguous cruft (488 comments)

What? F1 hybrids don't breed true. Only stable strains breed true (the old ones you mention). Patent protection doesn't last long enough for a strain to become stable unless you grow rapid generations (one a year sure won't do it).

This is how seed companies have been able to charge each year for decades.

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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

HornWumpus Re:Um, duh? (211 comments)

If you define space based solar as solar that uses a light source in space then you are right.

But putting the collectors in space will be stupid and uneconomic for the foreseeable future.

Until the cost of launch and the lower service life on orbit match the efficiency loss on earth (call them 1/2 from atmospheric losses and 4/24 (1/6) for night time based on 'equivalent hours maps') land based solar is cheaper. At a really rough chop, assuming $1 peak watt installed on earth, you'd have to get orbital cost down to under $12 watt installed, on orbit. 2000 watts/meter, 20% efficiency, 80% transmission efficiency. 320 watts/meter of panel, using generous assumptions. $4000 to orbit a square meter of solar cells and support equipment, just to match capital costs with $1/peak watt terrestrial solar.

That's ignoring the %1/year expected degradation on orbit and station keeping costs for the satellite.

2 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

HornWumpus Re:In related news (247 comments)

I assert there is no functioning market in US treasuries. The Federal reserve is buying up any excess bonds the real market won't buy. The 'real market' is distorted beyond reason by this action, the only remaining players are fools and those required by federal law to hold reserves in federal bonds (mostly insurance reserves which must keep a %).

These bonds are way overvalued. Their value is not zero, but without a functional market who knows. The secondary market can't fix it as every player knows that they will get flooded with new issue every six weeks. It would be interesting to see who the really big buyers on the secondary market are. Chumps or 'in on it' and getting fresh currency in their left pocket.

Think about what would happen if a treasury bond auction was dead and there where no bidders. That can not be allowed to happen. The federal reserve will see to that. Fresh printed money buying fresh printed bonds is the market floor. Interest rates won't be allowed to climb until people start laughing.

2 days ago
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Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

HornWumpus Re:European Air Force (147 comments)

I bet the 'Confederate Air Force' would have air superiority in a fight. Their planes are demilled but at least they have planes.

2 days ago
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Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

HornWumpus Re:How is maintenance performed? (147 comments)

Way too complicated.

The fire extinguishers are already in the data center, which is where they belong. Having bean counters or managers in proximity just causes the doors to lock from the outside and the halon to discharge. Simple and effective.

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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

HornWumpus Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (368 comments)

People voting with their feet say you are wrong. Until net immigration changes flow you are just blowing smoke.

2 days ago

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