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The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

angel'o'sphere Re:Falling energy prices and weak demand? (249 comments)

So trade tariffs are an 'law to prevent imports'? Wow, you have a strange idea what laws are.
Perhaps you should invest some time to figure what goods are tariffed/tolled in Japan instead of riding in your strange idea about 'the EU prevents/limits Japanese car manufactures in selling cars in europe' even the links in you other posts don't make sense.
A trade agreement, based on whatever, is not a limitation by law.
Next try?

7 hours ago
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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

angel'o'sphere Re:So? Old news. (52 comments)

Well, arguing with you makes no sense.

First it is not a drug but a kind of "gene therapy" (actually it is not, but it is much closer than a 'drug')

The human body is not a cell nucleus. For example, if this drug triggers an allergy response, then you have both harm and the destruction of the drug before it can do something useful.

Good point, now you made perfectly clear why the treatment we are talking about: is not a drug.
And you emphasize that you are not interested in science, otherwise you would not write such nonsense.

Hint: reading up about how this stuff works is less then 8h, you can read every day 1h and after a week you perhaps know more than me about DNA/RNA, mRNA, siRMA etc.

But unless you invest at least some basic "reading up" you simply don't qualify for topics like this.

For example, if this drug triggers an allergy response how should an siRNA particle trigger an allergic response? Hu? Science Fiction? Note: it is not a drug, regardless how retarded you like to define it.

about two weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

angel'o'sphere Re:So? Old news. (52 comments)

Just because two organisms have something in common with respect to this drug doesn't mean that their differences won't matter.
It is not a 'drug'.
It is a short 20 - 25 bases long RNA strand. (You know what DNA and RNA is?)
That works exactly the same in every life form based on cells with a nucleus. No idea how the exact english name for it is, as I don't know the proper spelling of the german/latin word and can mot google it. Something like Eukariots.

So: there are no differences that 'could matter'. Can be easy read up and googled, but as we saw in the other discussion, you are definitely not a science guy.

about two weeks ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

angel'o'sphere Re:So what they need, then... (185 comments)

And what happens to the mind of the body you are transfering into?

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

angel'o'sphere Re:NIMBYs? Crackpots? (519 comments)

As far as I understood the recent build up gas power plants in the USA they are mainly 'boilers' and not turbines.

As germany has about 10% of its power generation by gas (down from 14% over the recent years) I assume most of them are 'boilers', but never checked that.

Gas turbines are incredible expensive, not only in building up but also in maintanance, so they are mainly used to follow peak load (in grrmany).

about two weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

angel'o'sphere Re:So they are best qualified . . . (52 comments)

You don't get immune with the new treatments. They are not vaccines. They are "medicine". Just like Quinine was given against Malaria. (And strictly speaking: vaccines don't cure anyway ... giving an ordinary vaccine when you are already ill does not help, in fact it makes things worse)

about two weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

angel'o'sphere Re:So? Old news. (52 comments)

So, in other words, we haven't found a cure yet. Correct, strictly speaking it is not a "cure".

It interferes with the assembly of the final virus, that means the transport mechanisms moving virus particles around get blocked by those siRNA particles.

Imagine it as a bus which is full with siRNA, so the "bad guys" who like to jump on it can not get into it.

Regarding prices as our parent complains, that technology is not really that expensive (to use and cure). However the development likely was.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

angel'o'sphere Re:A Programmer Competency Matrix (548 comments)

Unfortunately his list contains a lot of "don't need to know"s and also has lots of flaws.

E.g. "code organization within a file" highest level: each file has a license header ... erm, why?

"Defensive Coding" ... highest level is bollocks, so is his view on version management, and on IDEs and APIs and the third level of "Scripting" makes me ROFL, 4th level of databases, all level s of "languages with professional experience", or all of "domain knowledge".

Many fields in the matrix look like: "uh, what do I put here?" and then he put some random stuff into it.

E.g. 4th level of "platform internals", erm seriously? I'm an "expert" if I write my own disassembler instead of using the platform provided one? WHY WOULD I DO THAT? Especially as writing a disassembler is not really a challenging task, it belong either into the tools section or the "systems programming" section, at level 2 at max.

Ah, "systems programming" level 4, 'microcode' ROFL. That guy certainly has no idea what microcode actually is. I guess I rather black list that page then keep shaking my head about his strange views.

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

angel'o'sphere Re:The Real question then is... (233 comments)

In Europe they seem to work very good ...
My question was more how the legislation is, how they interact with workers and companies etc.

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

angel'o'sphere Re:Manipulation of money (233 comments)

They are not manipulating their money.
They set a fixed exchange rate versus the dollar, so you can not manipulate their currency!

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

angel'o'sphere Re:The Real question then is... (233 comments)

How do unions work in the USA that companies have to pay "union dues"?

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

angel'o'sphere Re:Growing pains. (233 comments)

ROFL,

posts like this don't really make sense.

China, on the other hand, has always had plenty of cheap labor. They have solved problems with brute force instead of applying technology.
So had the USA 150 years ago.

As that culture changes for China, they will make the exact same mistakes the other industrialized countries have made. Very unlikely as their management of their currency and the investments in third world countries show.

China's water and air conditions are miserable ... a condition that is reminiscent of the 1900s in the US.
True and false at the same time. Pollution is bad in China, but they are working on it, just 5 years after it became a majour problem they are trying to fix it. The USA had the same pollution levels into the 1970s!!! not 1900. And they needed decades to even consider fixing the problem. Astonishingly a guy who no one had thought had any clue at all was one of the spear heads of the clean air acts and other legislations: Ronald Reagan!

about two weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

angel'o'sphere Re:So? Old news. (52 comments)

In your case it would help if you simply had read the article. So you had figured how the drug actually works.
And hence had not written that nonsense.
The drug is based on siRNA, which works the exact same way in every warm blooded animal/human. So your "fear" (comment?) it might not work in humans is moot.

Also, Tekmira is NOT the company that manufactured the drug used to treat Dr. Brantly and his coworker - that was Mapp Pharmaceutical's ZMapp

That is correct.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

angel'o'sphere SmallTalk (548 comments)

I wished I had known about SmallTalk and started with it rather soon.

Perhaps I should have finished my studies quicker and made a PhD and should have went into research instead of programming in the industries.

about two weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

angel'o'sphere Re:What are they complaining about? (341 comments)

The insurance is a little bit above 400 Euros, not sure.
However we have a system in germany (which seems unknown to americans, and I don't know how similar other european countries are) where we get significant rebates for every year we drive without accident. That means you start with paying 100% of the insurance fee and drop over the years and decades down to 25%. I believe I'm at 30% but did not check that.

For me my car is also insured (comprehensive insurance?), so even if I cause an accident parts of my car bill are payed by the insurance.

The "raw" general liability insurance could be as cheap as 240 Euros, depending on region where you live, if you place your car in a garage and whether you belong to a certain occupation class (I don't know why there are so many special cases for which you get a rebate)

Not sure to which post you answer, because I talked to someone else also: the 10 millions still mean maximum 1 million per person, so if 30 persons got hurt, and the limit is reached, it gets calculated down. In fact I don't know what would happen to me if that limit is reached, if I have to pay with my private money.

So if only 3 persons get hurt, and worst case crippled, each of them only gets maximum 1 million.

As I said before: for Germany this is a standard insurance, you can not "buy less" and I'm uncertain if or how a private person can "improve" it.

about two weeks ago
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The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

angel'o'sphere Re:Falling energy prices and weak demand? (249 comments)

Well, now as that is settled.

Indeed to much wind leads worst case to negative energy prices, but there are plenty of other reasons that can cause that. Note: not for typical customers, but at the spot market (works like a stock market, companies put there buy and sell orders for power and power transmissions)

So, e.g. I plan to run a coal plant for 18 hours at 4GW and the other 6h of the day at 2GW. In the middle of that 18h period I have to buy wind because there is overproduction of wind (as a grid operator I'm obliged to buy the wind power, hence I pay the feed in tariff). Lets say I'm now producing 2GW to much power with my coal plant, I have only two options: ramp the plant down ... which goes relatively slowly ... have it run on lower capacity for a while and then ramp it up again *OR* I can sell the power, if there is a buyer.

Power deals work like shares at a stock market, however you usually combine a few deals, e.g. a power deal and a transportation deal.
So, now it is only a question of "costs" due to ramping down and ramping up the plant versus simply producing "to much" energy for 2h. As long as it is cheaper to sell the excess energy for -2c per kW/h than to power down and power up the plant, I rather sell it.

Keep in mind, such deals are done "amoung friends". That means one power company is buying power from another one. The typical situation is, that a "transportation grid operator" has to much power (of course also power producers may have to much for various reasons, e.g. a steel plant is not taking the power it has ordered because of a malfunction/accident). That means if I sell you today lots of power for a negative price, very likely YOU or someone else will sell ME in a few days similar power. Also negative priced ... but ofc everything will be likely different, total amount and time of day etc.)

In the long run that means those negative price deals equal each other out and no one really has a loss (except those guys who got beaten at the market because they could not compete with a negative price).

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

angel'o'sphere Re:NIMBYs? Crackpots? (519 comments)

Yes, but that only works for "gas turbines", not for ordinary gas plants that work similar to coal plants. (That is why I placed gas turbines as an exception aside, IIRC)

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima's Biological Legacy

angel'o'sphere Re:Population declines (116 comments)

You're completely ignoring the meaning of earthquake magnitude. It doesn't mean peak acceleration.
No it is rather you who does not grasp it. The simplest explanation: just look at the curve of a seismograph. The amplitude of the line defines the strength of the earth quake, not the amount of paper it "painted black"

The city/precinct whatever of Fukushima did get hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake with an epicenter some distance away. There's no "claim" to it. That's just what happened
No it did not :D

But I find it ridiculous that you then glibly downplay
I did not downplay anything. Fact is at the nuclear plant the power of the earth quake if you prefer that over "magnitude" was around 6 or even lower.
About the tsunami we did not talk, so claiming I did downplay it, that is ridiculous. BTW: if you see videos, there are plenty on youtube, about the tsunami, you see nearly everywhere where it hit a town: it hit a complete unharmed town. If the quake had been still mag 9 around those towns there would have been nothing left to be destroyed by the tsunami.

about two weeks ago

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angel'o'sphere angel'o'sphere writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hm,
seems with Chrome the Journal works more or less fine.
With IE 8 (wich I'm forced to use at work) it does not work at all.

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angel'o'sphere angel'o'sphere writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Part one: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2421220&cid=37368820
Part two: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2421220&cid=37369110

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angel'o'sphere angel'o'sphere writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Hm, can't we have a kind of blackboard or message system in /.?

I liked to send ~ ScuttleMonkey a message but it seems I can't ... or to other "users" I can't neither ...

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Still looking for an XUL Client Server App based on Firefox

angel'o'sphere angel'o'sphere writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Just modded in this discussion: http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/28/2144249&tid=154/

Nice Links showed up:
http://basic.mozillanews.org/mozilla_book/ch09.html/ about XUL templates.

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=78303/ oline repository of Free PDFs about XUL.

http://www.jerf.org/xbl.js/ source code of an XTB implementation in JavaScript. (by Jeremy Bowers)

http://www.hevanet.com/acorbin/xul/top.xul/ example site about XUL, running in Firebird.

http://www.mozilla.org/xpfe/xulref/ Readers say, this one is not that good, but outdated. Nevertheless I never found it via the mozilla home page or google (because I googlef for client/server and network XUL applications).

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angel'o'sphere angel'o'sphere writes  |  about 10 years ago

well, most posts are funny or just 'interesting' some how.

Your post was very analytic, and it was just like I had written it: http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=119135&cid=10057440

perfect, so I added you :D

aos

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angel'o'sphere angel'o'sphere writes  |  about 10 years ago

http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=119135&cid=10055244

That was the best post on /. ever ... hillarious I would say in my poor english :D

aos

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angel'o'sphere angel'o'sphere writes  |  more than 10 years ago

http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=110929&cid=9417480

Hm, that post was not only insightfulöl but also really sarcastic :D

Luckyly I could calm down my fingers and I did not comment on that articel. I agree with all posters who basicly found the Saloon article "bull shit" and bashed the gnome team accordingly.

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added hak1du to friends list

angel'o'sphere angel'o'sphere writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Because of his really good post regarding GC:
http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=105651&cid=8996551

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angel'o'sphere angel'o'sphere writes  |  more than 10 years ago

This article explains it ...

http://www.mackido.com/Interface/TrashingDisks.html

cut the space between "htm" and "l" ... a /. error.

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Fans and Foes

angel'o'sphere angel'o'sphere writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Hm ...

anybody can shed some light on how friends and foes work.

E.g. if I click on my foe link ... are those people displayed there guys I consider as foe, or are that guys who have descided that they consider me as foe?

I think the pages displayed when you click on friend/foe/freak etc.. should have a headline and an explanaition :-/

aos

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