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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

Neil Boekend Re: Boycott (84 comments)

That is a free add on that I don't really need. I will probably use it one day when I get a tablet, but for now that SIM card will be thrown into a drawer to collect dust.
For my normal mobile internet I currently have a 1,5 GB cap. I usually don't cross the 1 GB mark in a month. Uncapped mobile internet seems nice but not really essential. I don't use it for Netflix, that's what the home connection is for.

It's the home internet + spotify + access to the KPN Hotspots that I really want. The simcard with 200 MB mobile is nice for when I will use it.

I am not a yank. They seem to get the shitty end of the Internet stick.
I am Dutch. We have competition in our ISP's.

8 hours ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Neil Boekend Re:Hazard? (206 comments)

Not as much as what happens when those rednecks put a bullet through a petrol tank near a fire.
Any substantial electricity storage is going to be in a building or a closed off parking lot. Since when do rednecks have bullets that can pass through a brick wall?

8 hours ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Neil Boekend Re:The largest battery in the world (206 comments)

This solution is not the only answer.
This + old electric car batteries + some building sized battery tech + whatever we come up with = the answer.

11 hours ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Neil Boekend Re:Yes, we know that. (206 comments)

You are forgetting something. 2 somethings to be more precise.
1. As solar tech gets better it gets more installed. As it gets more installed economy of scale allows for lower prices. As the prices drop they get more installed. Rinse and repeat untill the minimum price of the tech is reached. During that time some companies will have invested in additional research to lower the price per watt.
Rinse, repeat.

2. There are only a few solar concentrator towers now. Those will be build faster and faster if the price of coal generated power builds up because of supply problems.

This is approximately an exponential growth my friend. Don't underestimate it.
20 fold increase is not far off. To get storage up to snuff to work with 5 or 10% PV we need to research now. That is why so many companies are working hard on getting it done (also because storing a significant fraction of global use in a week is a lot and there will be a lot of money in it).

11 hours ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Neil Boekend Re:Energy storage systems that are stationary..... (206 comments)

For powering a city for a week or two a tractor trailer sized battery ain't gonna cut it. Unless you sneakily fill it with an unshielded nuclear reactor with a magical heat-energy conversion (size being the impossible limit).
There is a reason most coal plants suitable to power a city have water or train supply lines: that amount of coal delivered by truck is not feasible.

Solar is the future, but for storage for a city for a day you are talking about a large parking lot filled with battery containers. Even with future near magic battery tech.
Or a pumped storage.

11 hours ago
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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

Neil Boekend Re:Boycott (84 comments)

woho, I'm moving to XS4all 50 mbit Fiber next month. Including Spotify, a simcard with 200mb/month mobile and KPN Hotspots acces!

13 hours ago
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Saturn's F Ring Is Now Three Times As Wide As During the Voyager Flybys

Neil Boekend Re:Fear (36 comments)

Have you seen the first drawings Galileo made of Saturn? It was clearly a goatse. God grew up and decided it was immature so he made the laws of nature permit rings to cover up his bad joke.

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

Neil Boekend Re:yet if we did it (425 comments)

Sorry. Not being native and neither a lawyer my grasp of these things is limited. What's the difference? (honestly, I want to know in order to prevent misusing them in the future)

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

Neil Boekend Re:yet if we did it (425 comments)

To be locked up over this is right. Whoever decide that this idiot could walk away from it without being sued should be fired. From a cannon. Into the sun.

yesterday
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Particle Physics To Aid Nuclear Cleanup

Neil Boekend Re:Bullshit meter off scale (35 comments)

It's happening anyway. They don't add to the muon radiation to the background because the background is already enough.
It's apparently not really dangerous because we have all grown up under this radiation.

yesterday
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Neil Boekend Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (135 comments)

With the limited info I have I would guess either a cheapskate manufacturer that tried to pass the wrong gauge of cable as the correct one or a crappy connection between a plug and the cable.
In both cases the cable can't handle the current in a hot room and that could cause the insulation to melt. Especially when the cable is buried under a stack of nice insulating and flammable paper. Molten insulation doesn't stay in it's place, cables connect, short circuit and with the hot insulation (hot means more easily flammable) a flame is born.

about a week ago
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Exomoon Detection Technique Could Greatly Expand Potential Habitable Systems

Neil Boekend Re:Reasonably, how long would a solar eclipse last (66 comments)

In our winters most plants do not need sunlight at all. They hibernate. Why wouldn't an alien plant be able to do such a thing?
Creatures do not really need sunlight all that much. Only to see and there are other solutions for that (IR sensors, sound or electric signals for example).
It'll get cold. True. But not 0K cold. The freezing of stuff gives off warmth, temporarily pausing the dropping of the temperature.

Al in all it doesn't have to be so different from our planet, assuming the average temp is similar and the radiation belt of a massive planet doesn't fry anything that tries to live and a million other things aren't all that different.

about a week ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Neil Boekend Re:But what of Netflix (335 comments)

There could be a technical valid reason for it: Comcast could host Netflix owned servers that provide Netflix in their network. That way the traffic doesn't actually go over the internet (except to keep the servers up to date).
The payment would be for service, power and stuff like that.
It sucks for net neutrality but for the reliability of the Netflix service it would be great.
They just have to do the same for all other streaming providers. Somehow I'd doubt they feel that wasy.

about a week ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Neil Boekend Re:Sigh (335 comments)

Technically they are correct. It's no cap. They don't cut you off.
It's a lie and it's evil. But it is also technically correct.
Just like the lollypop manufacturer who advertised with "0% fat" and "Glucose is an important energy source for brains". Technically true, but oh so wrong.

about a week ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

Neil Boekend Re:Thank you Medical Science (77 comments)

Anti-Vaxers don't end Autism, doctors will.

How can you be sure of this? They dont even know for sure what causes it.

While I can't be sure, doctors have a far better chance to cure it than the anti-vaxxers.

about a week ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

Neil Boekend Re:Wouldn't it be rejected? (77 comments)

I have a genetic, degenerative kidney disease. My kidneys slowly get worse and worse over decades. An injection that grows me a new kidney with my own genes would be close to magic for me, despite approximately knowing how it works.
Even if the new kidney had the same genetic damage as the current two, if I replaced them in 10 years I will then be able to use them for at least 30 years. Then I'll be 70 years old so another one would probably last me the rest of my life.

This is exiting research for me.

about a week ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Neil Boekend Re:Cant wait to see what lawyers will do with this (190 comments)

If you are not insane you are going to take a break after every few hours of driving anyway.
Remember, this is only for long stretches. Most commutes go perfectly with overnight charging.

about two weeks ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

Neil Boekend Pandemic????? (218 comments)

How can an outbreak that killed only thousands be considered a pandemic? It was quite worldwide but thousands spread over billions just isn't an epidemic or pandemic or whatever.
By that reasoning we probably have yearly common cold pandemics.

about three weeks ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

Neil Boekend Re:So ... (218 comments)

Don't be so sure. People seem to think nukes can destroy hurricanes: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/C5c.html. Maybe some think an airstrike on such a lab would be a good idea.

about three weeks ago

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Google privacy policy change

Neil Boekend Neil Boekend writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Neil Boekend (1854906) writes "Dear Google user,
We're getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that's a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.
We believe this stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at http://www.google.com/policies. These changes will take effect on March 1, 2012."

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