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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Ol Olsoc So it's true (628 comments)

Everything has been discovered already, shut down the patent office.

If man were meant to fly, he'd have wings.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Ol Olsoc Re:Aerial or underground ? (497 comments)

If you don't have llightning strikes on your underground service, there is something different about your lightning. It can and does"strike" underground.

As usual here, we are pushed into diametrically opposing positions. I don't have anything against underground power, but it is subject to many of the same failure modes as above ground power. And no panacea.

The biggest issue as far as I can tell, is not where we put the wiring, but when. Things age, people pull more power than they used to.

Even tree falls usually make for localized events.

One of the largest power outage causes in my area is from squirrels committing high voltage suicide in one of the local substations. Google "Squirrel power substation" for a bit of macabre reading.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Ol Olsoc Re:Aerial or underground ? (497 comments)

No - it's not even a question. Bury the lines and you will remove a large number of causes for power outages.

Even more important - realize that each outage costs money for the community. In the long run buried lines will save money - even if you are in an area where the ground is filled with rocks.

Yes it is a question. In our neighborhood, it's a 50/50 mix of underground and aerial. We have the same number of blackouts. People look at underground as some sort of miracle, leading you into a promised land of neverending power service. They can and do have problems.

But in true slashdot fashion, we yip about underground service while not much has been said about the marginal infrastructure.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Ol Olsoc Re:Aerial or underground ? (497 comments)

Aerial, or underground, that is the question.

Not really. Underground service is subject to all the same issues except for trees falling across the lines.

2 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Ol Olsoc Re:But ... But ... But ... (519 comments)

How many incidents/fatalities has the fossil fuel industry caused in its lifetime?

Uncounted. Both because there are so many, and we don't want to count them. It's something we're used to.

My favorite example is ask a person if they would strap their child inside a box, sharing space with an explosive fluid (I know it's deflagrative, but most people think that means masturbation), then hurl that box at another at combined speeds of 150 miles per hour.

They look at me like I'm nuts, and declare they'd do no such damned thing.

But every time they drive down the road with their child in the car, they do exactly that.

We see that all the time, there was righteous hysteria when a Tesla caught fire, and the haters gloated over how unsafe they were.

Completely ignoring that petro fueld vehicles catch on fire all the time.

But here, we can segue into just one recent accident - the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...égantic_rail_disaster

47 people killed, 30 buildings in the downtown center destroyed, and apparently a blast radius over a kilometer.

Here's a 10 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

It's in French, except for the second explosion where he lapses into English for a second.

But it's a strange by-product of human inertia, where people can be up in arms about one Tesla catching on fire, but can't be bothered to be bothered by a small town almost wiped off the map and 47 people killed by their favorite fuel others losing their homes, millions of dollars lost, and rail service disrupted.

A google image search on fuel tank explosion yields a treasure trove of petro fuel "safety" examples.

3 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Ol Olsoc Re:"eye sore" (516 comments)

Yes. How many of those plants are there? Compare that to the number of wind turbines and solar farms, large and small, being planted right at road side. Can you say "eco-blight"?

Can you say not everyone finds them ugly?

You really need to take a tour of the northwestern PA coal burning plants. Yone in just about every valley.

If you want, give me your address - I'll send some fly ash. Let your children play in it, That lovely smoke. Just because you build a high chimney, all it does is make the smoke products somoene elses trouble.

Pittsburgh PA still has bad air quality. Not because of steel mills, there aren't any there now. It's because of teh call burning plants in the Ohio valley belching out their nasty shit. Then there are the cooling ponds, which release still warm water into streams, making them unsuitable for the fish that used to live there.

Then there is the call dust flying around these plants. THat's great stuff to breathe.

Then there is the orange water Pyritic rocks dissolve, turn the water acid, acid like stronger than vinegar. Some creeks will eat aluminum canoes. We have creeks in our area that haven't had any life in them for a long time.

Then the reall really cool part is when they remove an entire mountain top, and throuw th e spill down into the nneighboring valley, erasing the valley and anything that once lived in it. Makes some of that yummy orange water too.

Yeah, wind farms are so comparable to coal power generation.

3 days ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Ol Olsoc Re:PR (281 comments)

Fuel cells are 100% PR. Like solar cells, they are decades away from being economical.

Then again, so are all the alternatives.

3 days ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Ol Olsoc Re:It's The Parts Count (281 comments)

I think the major manufacturers are afraid of the reduced parts count that pure electric cars have and the implied loss of profit margin because of it.

And there you have the base reason why so many states are trying to ban Tesla sales. Not having to get screwed over by dealerships and parts suppliers, and manufacturers are giving these people fits.

So they keep trying to sell hybrid systems that bundle an internal combustion engine with an electric motor in order to keep the parts count high.

I think that is more of a happy side effect for them. Right now, hybrids avoid the anxiety many feel of "What if I suddenly feel like driving from Florida to Alaska?"

It really doesn't matter though, because in the end, unless there is an outright ban on EV's they are gonna win this one. Just a matter of time.

Caveat - I can envision a reality show where a bunch of longbeards towing woodgas generators behind their big pickups to power them, while they search for ginseng in the woods to take to the pawnshop in Pixley.

3 days ago
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Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market

Ol Olsoc I mean this respectfully (90 comments)

Paten trolls into hardware trolls - How about you folks go fuck yourselves.

5 days ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

Ol Olsoc Re:Thats science for you .... (249 comments)

When asked for advice you'll get the best recommendation scientists have at the time it's given.

You make the mistake of thinking that the whole nutrition business is based on what scientists think.

Every time there is a "nutritional discovery", marketing forces take over, and soon we are consuming vast amounts of oatmeal, completely overdosing on carbohydrates, eliminating eggs, eliminating fat, and consuming so many phytoestrogens than men are growing boobs. Which is just a small portion of the food fad industry, and the people who are convinced that if they only eat the right foods - or better put - eliminate the right foods, they'll live happy, healthy, lives in to their mid 100's.

5 days ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Ol Olsoc Re:Ads (309 comments)

Haven't seen ads since I installed adblock plus and no script. Cost me nothing.

Translation: I'm a worthless freeloader.

So is part of the requirement of being a worthy net citizen getting your web pages to never load, and partake in adchoices mighty fine hijacker and web redirection tool?

I would agree with you, except that all of the advertisements that sites ram up our collective keisters make the web damn near unusable.

I notice that one of the new things these days is to go to a site, then the screen darkens and you are asked to sign up for something.

Yeah, now go do your duty netizen.

5 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Ol Olsoc Re:But ... But ... But ... (519 comments)

Well then what do you do? I'm pro nuc power generation, but the industry and people like you start off from a bad place, which is insulting your opponent's intelligence, and demanding that prior accidents be forgotten.

In short, when every reactor disaster is dismissed in an offhand manner with simplistic - "Well, those were old dangerous designs - everything is perfeclty safe now" http://www.thehindu.com/todays...

Well, those old designs were "safe" at one time also. we need better approaches than "Modern reactors are perfectly safe, and only stupid assholes can't see that."

Given the totality of issues, and the obvious contempt many in the Pro-nuc power crowd have for anyone who dares to disagree with them, yeah, you're going to have problems with that approach.

I doubt too many people are going to as how they can get some of that good Fukushima action going for themselves.

Finally, I'm a little surprised that the superior beings don't realize that if the satellite were nuclear powered, it would not have been through a reactor, but a decay heat thermocouple based generator. Which can be made as close to perfectly safe as we can get.

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Ol Olsoc Re:not a reactor. Other info (519 comments)

Unfortunately they crashed in China, and when they complained about LOLSATs who couldn't keep their orbit nobody took them seriously.

Those LOLSATs we pretty funny, though.

about a week ago
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US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

Ol Olsoc Saw this coming (62 comments)

First person arrested will be Stephen Hawking.

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Ol Olsoc Re:Ba Da ... (397 comments)

Yahoo has a search engine?

Yes, powered by Kim Kardashian.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Ol Olsoc Re:This is the same community (575 comments)

If something inferior is becoming the new standard then oh well. It is better to just let it happen than to show the outside world an ounce of disagreement.

Sarcasm noted. But are you saying that this knockdown dragout bitchfight is merely showing an ounce of disagreement? People leaving groups because of death threats is standard linux procedure?

I love Linux. But the brittleness of many of it's zealots is remarkable. They would be better served by forking new distros than telling each other to go die in a fire.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Ol Olsoc Re:Go back in time 5 years (575 comments)

Since Debian's not going to protect me from this svchost-cum-kitchen-sink abortion after all, looks like we're going to FreeBSD!

See how that works? Then you'll be able to feel as superior about your OS to other linux distros, as you do about Windows.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Ol Olsoc Re:Go back in time 5 years (575 comments)

Ummm, the fact that almost every distribution is adopting it and not giving you an alternative???

So support only those distros that refuse to incorporate systemd. Then superiority by omission will win out, and the systemd haters will prove right in the end. Right?

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Ol Olsoc Re:Go back in time 5 years (575 comments)

If systemd was really that good, I wouldn't need it foisted upon me forcibly, I'd be voluntarily choosing it rather than the default init on every distro I boot.

So did the systemd people come to your house and force you to use it at gunpoint?

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

Ol Olsoc Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

It's awesome that you got +5 for this when I never mentioned coal while I've already earned a flamebait mod simply for sharing my own experience and pointing out that the return on ecological investment for wind isn't nearly as favorable as more conventional sources of power.

That's only because there isn't any "idiot" mod.

about two weeks ago

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Tesla S Breaks Testing Gear

Ol Olsoc Ol Olsoc writes  |  about 2 months ago

Ol Olsoc (1175323) writes "The Tesla S, may be the safest vehicle ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning 5 stars across the board, the highest possible marking. The biggest problem was that the testing machinery failed at 4G during the roof crush test.

In addition, the lithium-ion battery handled it all perfectly, with no leakage or fire."

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