Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

WorBlux Re:Use the daytime excess to... (485 comments)

Problem: Denmark doesn't have any mountains.

about two weeks ago
top

How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

WorBlux Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

False, Wheat, Oats, Barely are largely inbred varieties that can be saved and planted. Soybeans can be as well. Usually it's not done due to contamination with weed seeds. My friend who has access to cleaning equipment still cleans and replants varieties of wheat that do well for him but aren't easily found on the market. He also keeps his own seed bank in a chest freezer. Generally the reason in many crops to go back to seed dealers is legal and cultural (the plant culture not human, things like contamination and desiese). The Dairy industry used Holsteins which breed true to type.

Anyways the point is that hybrids are used where the cost of making them is lower than the productivity gained. It's an economic calculation and not a given of agricultural production.

about two weeks ago
top

How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

WorBlux Re: So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

You can patent specific clonal varieties of plants. (which hybrid corn seed basically is (something like greater than 99.5% identicality). Protection lasts 20 years and covers breeding rights and required parent material to be handed over to the patent office and can be requested by any breeder after the patent expires). But it is limited in applicability. However if can also apply for PPV protection with is a mostly worldwide agreement that protects the specific cultivar but not breeding rights. In countries with plant patents PPV will expire when the patent does if a patent was sought.

about two weeks ago
top

How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

WorBlux Hybrid vigor FTW? (377 comments)

"hybrid seeds get weaker by the generation" -- False, there is a level of heterzygosity that the population with stablize at. The second generation takes the biggest hit and after you can get up to 2/3 of the yeild for most hybrids of corn. " hybrid seeds are bred for intensive agriculture, they typically need chemicals to thrive." Hybrid seeds can be bred for whatever purpose you want, including low-input agriculture. Even said selecting artificial populations would be most benificial to many of the farmers as you can effectively replant

about two weeks ago
top

After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

WorBlux Re:Black list for authorities? (86 comments)

"Suppose you're a government IT guy. You have to implement VPN connections" It's called Tor dummy. It gives anonomity to the average Joe and the federal agents investigating hem. " You can't send a link over E-mail to your boss at the office because when he opens " Implement a proxy that can replay a page load and tag and embeds a unique page load ID as a comment at the start of the HTML file. Pair with a browser extension that can read this PLID and email the PLID to your boss They probably already have something like this for some extobetent price that gov types are willing to buy because, hey it's not really thier money they are spending. "It starts a competition for resources" Generally the proven methods are good crypto and decentralized systems. The effort to blacklist Government IP's is about proportional to the effort of Gov agents to subert it, and they have a lot more resources than can bring to bear. The effort is better spend elsewhere.

about two weeks ago
top

After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

WorBlux Re:names.. (86 comments)

Actually .onion is just a psuedo-TLD.

about two weeks ago
top

Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

WorBlux Re:Article is retarded - here's the situation (485 comments)

Nuclear power isn't bad if it's a high-temp reactor you have an alternate use for the heat (water desalinzation, or motor fuel, ammonia, or hydrogen synthesis). Additionally newer reactors should be capital costs down as you caputre some of an economy of scale. Additionally is some systems you could mix natural or bio gas in the same plant to adapt to demand. (and you can be paid for kW of variable production capacity as well as purely on a kW basis Besides quick-start systems tend to be much less fuel-effecient than always on systems even with the same fuel (Oil and Gas) My though is a nuclear base load and complementary renewables The sort of reall good grid (Read really really really good grid) needed to balance renewables is going to be really really expensive, and in most countries cross-national (read poor energy security) Converting coal to biomass doesn't make the plant any more adaptable in terms of startup/shutdown times. Really the only practical option is distributed and smart storage or quick-start oil/gas. (maybe biogas if you can find enough) (Even though I think nuclear is really great as a base load, it doesn't much address the variability problem, as best some reactor plant designs allow a way to add some variable capicity in combination with a gas or liquid fuel

about two weeks ago
top

Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

WorBlux Re:The *obvious* answer... (485 comments)

Though obvious and an answer, it's not an effective one. Simple nationization does not solve the issue. The issue being renewables sometime push the electric price below the marginal cost of base-load type generation that cannot be easily turned on and off quickly. However these are the cheapest electric sources at the moment so shutting them down means higher prices or not enough power under some conditions. My state has all public power utilities and they invest very little in renewables as the mandate is to provide the most cost-effective and reliable power generation. They aren't about to shoot themselves in the foot by adding massize amounts on solar and wind. At most they'll add enough to displace most of the non base-load demand of the least demand month. It's a technilogical and social problem and the solution therefore can't just be social or just be technological.

about two weeks ago
top

Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

WorBlux Combined Heat+Power (485 comments)

If you are having troubles in the dead of winter, you may want to provide incentives to combined heat and power. Variable pricing is a good thing as well if feasible to move storage onto the site where it can be used later. (Right now losses involved with most storage makes grid-level redistribution a losing propsition). A embedded device in the home will forcast demand and recieve the focasts. It will then decide the cheapest way to meat the demand (either by precharching it's stores, storing onsite gneration, starting onsite generation, or just pulling from the grid) and update it's demand projections. You would eventually lose most convential coal plants from the grid as renewable are added as they just can't cycle very well. You'd see baseline supliments move towards Natural Gas. Anyways to get residential consumers to accept this level of trade you would need strong legal and technical privacy protections (Cypto methods and laws that inact strict penalties for sharing any information personally identifiable and more granular than daily demand and productions) Providing the framework to an open market is going to have much better long-term success than nationizing all electric utilites.

about two weeks ago
top

Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

WorBlux Re: Well (594 comments)

I'm thinking of space planes as planes that touch the edeg of space and can get you from NYC to Hong Kong in an hour and a half or less.

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

WorBlux Re:What Does Systemd Mean to Me? (928 comments)

A common base while having common procedures also has common weaknesses and drawbacks. Like in agrigulture, monocultures are easily managed and highly productive, but are very suspectable to pathogenic agents.

about three weeks ago
top

Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

WorBlux Re: Moral Imperialism (475 comments)

The problem is that judicial review makes it so only SCOTUS can say that "this constitution" says whatever they decide is says, checked only by possible impeachment by congress.

about a month ago
top

Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

WorBlux Re:Costly? (55 comments)

Umm, I do believe there is expirimental ARM support, for ARM Windows binaries (windows CE and windows RT) http://wiki.winehq.org/ARM You really need to read more carefully.

But yes the idea is to be a translation or compatibility layer to expose windows API's to windows PE's.

about a month ago
top

Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

WorBlux Re:symbols, caps, numbers (549 comments)

I actually go by the advice in the article most of the time. I generate a 12-16 character password with a script that uses tr and reads from /dev/random.

about a month ago
top

PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

WorBlux Re:PETA Is Not Happy (367 comments)

Not true, voluntarily extincting yourself would make them very happy.

about a month ago
top

NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

WorBlux Re:Time to fork Wayland... (80 comments)

GPLv2 isn't broken. And how do you stop wayland from using non-free *GL implementations. The very idea of wayland was to offload as much as possible to drivers via KMS and EGL. You would have to stop end-users from installing these kms and EGL binary implementations. In fact waylands done a great thing by convincing proprietary driver writters to partially port to open interfaces, which should make the open driver effort easier.

about a month and a half ago
top

NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

WorBlux Re:Seems incorrect (80 comments)

Per-window VNC should be fairly easy to support within a wayland compisotor. Some of the toolkits also offer remote backends.

about a month and a half ago
top

NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

WorBlux Re:Seems incorrect (80 comments)

The low latency and high thoughput of local cables make this easy. Remote over the net has a lot of issue.

about a month and a half ago
top

Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

WorBlux Re:Too Bad (225 comments)

Freenet will eventually lose data. However it can be re-published if they are lost.

about 1 month ago

Submissions

WorBlux hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

WorBlux has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?