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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

JeffAtl Re:Keynote speaker (442 comments)

You're confusing Electrical Engineers with Electricians. If you knew anything about Electrical Engineering, you'd know that. I don't mean to be mean, but that's just the truth.

Electrical Engineering is hard - it's not something that you can pick up by just pick up on your own by reading some wikipedia articles.

Just curious, why do you think that being a software engineer qualifies you as an electrical engineering expert?

about two weeks ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

JeffAtl Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

and?

about two weeks ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

JeffAtl Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

Not all areas have the geological or topographical features necessary to feasibly create a pumped storage setup.

Remember, the "renewables only" crowd rule out nuclear power which provides much of the base capacity - that's the only reason gas turbines and pumped storage release are only able to meet the peak demand.

To be clear, I realize that some areas are able to do this via hydroelectic - those areas are the exception and not the norm. Also, hydroelectric facilities are very hard to get approval for due to environmental concerns.

about two weeks ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

JeffAtl Re:you must not have done well in math class (214 comments)

I find Atlanta much safer than the smaller town that I grew up in that is full of yokels that are just looking for a reason to show that they're armed.

At least in cities, you know where the good and bad neighborhoods are and can act accordingly. In smaller towns, there is just no escaping yokels.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

JeffAtl Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

The major problem that I've heard reported is that the ignition would go to the "accessory" selection and would lock the steering wheel. If true, almost no one wold be able to recover from that.

The other problem (for many) would be the loss of power steering and power brakes. The power brakes might have some hydraulic pressure left initially, but that would go quickly.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

JeffAtl Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

A lot of that is due to environmental issues though - like road salt or parking under a tree.

Also, the paint job you're looking at might not be the factory one.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

JeffAtl Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

That's not easy to do if you're rounding a curve though.

To be clear, I agree that the "pound of flesh" crowd is out in full force, but this is a pretty major screw up. When the engine suddenly shuts off, most people are not going to know what to do in a split second.

about two weeks ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

JeffAtl Re:She probably wants kids (186 comments)

That's because stating that person doesn't want kids is something that is still considered somewhat culturally taboo in the US. On a dating site where profiles are quickly browsed, it's just too risky of a box to check.

It's like a person stating that they're an atheist. It's just safer to state something vague.

about two weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

JeffAtl Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

I had 3 laptops during the last 3 years and they all fit the same docking station. Not sure why you think that every laptop needs a new docking station.

The point is that sales data of windows laptops is meaningless when you're trying to determine if the "desktop setup" (external monitor, mouse & keyboard) is "legacy".

Why you are being so obtuse and stubborn about this is not clear. Go to some offices and see if people doing their daily work with a touchscreen is anywhere close to being the typical setup.

about a month ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

JeffAtl Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

Yes it is. The massive conversion to laptops show that [the desktop is a legacy platform]. The sales data for 6 years clearly show that. You may not like that it is a legacy platform, Microsoft doesn't but it is.

Sorry, but that is nonsense. Companies have increasingly moved to laptops, that is certainly true, but that doesn't mean what you think it does. Everyone in my office has a multi-monitor setup with a mouse and keyboard - powered by a laptop that is connected to docking station. This has pretty much become the typical setup.

about a month ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

JeffAtl Re:Edward Snowden's Plan B? (167 comments)

It's terribly naive to believe that Snowden ever cared about anonymous internet communications. His only goal was to damage the United States.

Note that internal spying that China, Russia and North Korea engage in are almost never brought to light by Snowden and if they are, it is always something very minor. The NSA would have lots of knowledge of these programs and probably even tapped into them, so why isn't Snowden doing all he can to bring those to light?

To be clear, the internal that the NSA engaged in crossed the line and should have been exposed. That is a very small part of what Snowden has revealed though. It's just given him domestic cover to give away military secrets.

about a month ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

JeffAtl Re:*Yawn* (119 comments)

You keep using the word "city", I do not think it means what you think it means. Not every city in the country is like NYC - in fact it is pretty much the exception (maybe Chicago).

Take for example Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston. Very few places that people want to go in those cities are "within 5 miles". The population of those cities is surrounded by huge suburbs.

Ever wonder why major cities in the US have huge traffic jams - it's not because people are driving from one farm to another. It's driving from one suburb to another or a suburb to a business district.

about a month ago
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The Truth About Solar Storms

JeffAtl Re:One of many... (91 comments)

You would probably end up dead without electricity as well unless you had the firepower to seize from others.

Watch "Naked and Afraid" - without modern technology it's a real struggle to survive even in decently hospitable locations.

Humans have lived without modern technology before, but never at this population level. Also, during those times wild food was much more abundant.

Also, why do you feel that people wanting to use their phones is some sort of weakness?

about a month ago
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How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

JeffAtl Re:Meh (90 comments)

It may not have been claimed in the article, but it was claimed on the show itself.

about a month ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

JeffAtl Re:Discrimination against atheists (200 comments)

It's all in the phrasing though. Atheists were demonized for generations as being wicked and disturbed, so it still carries a negative stigma to even those that aren't very religious at all. The famous Jack Chick tracts portrayed athiests as being worse than actually being evil.

That's why most tend to describe themselves as secular humanists.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

JeffAtl Re:100% sure there's more to it than this one side (928 comments)

The guy was already on the plane and the situation was over. Would you really act out some sort of revenge fantasy because you the guy hurt your feelings?

about a month ago

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