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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

dbIII Re:now that its not $700 (161 comments)

Me too if it can run win7. For example there's USB camera control software that can't run on Win8 and a tablet makes a nice big viewfinder for a digital camera.

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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Re:Ten pages in - why didn't you just quote? (490 comments)

You then said it might not be actual law

I did not write that. That law just does not the implications that you, and it appears Luckyo way above, suggest it does. It's a priority queue for scraps and not about bringing 5GW offline to let wind have a go.

13 hours ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

dbIII Re:Hire the right people? (252 comments)

Talent and balls seem to be absent in these decisions.

They have a toxic "kill off one from every team" workplace culture which apparently gets rid of balls and breaks up talented teams or makes them focus too much on conflict than the job.

13 hours ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

dbIII Oh Joy - optimized for solitaire (252 comments)

Most frequently used does not always mean the thing you should optimize the design for.

13 hours ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Re:Ten pages in - why didn't you just quote? (490 comments)

Did you even read that post above? Calm down and think about the topic instead of getting angry because I remind you of some political baggage or something. You want to know about wind power - I'm telling you a few things about it instead of disparaging it or advocating it.

13 hours ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Re:It's a queue for the scraps (490 comments)

I've been fairly civil with you despite your pushing so many things that do not refute my statement that the wind is always blowing somewhere so what's the big deal here?
I see odd points on that graph but no trend - and besides it's a portion of the European grid and my statement above was clearly about dealing with large grids and not point sources.

13 hours ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Re:Ten pages in - why didn't you just quote? (490 comments)

I will be sure to remind you in the future that you contend wind needs a lot of down time for maintenance.

So? It's true in comparison to thermal power and photovoltaics. You are interested in the topic so I'm telling you stuff and also part of the reason why I wrote way above "I've never had anything to do with windmills and don't even like them much". Way above I was kicking back against an idiot "ends justifies the means" nuke fanboy on the attack on another alternative energy - you just decided to jump and and get caught in the backwash of his ridiculous lie.
Like windmills or not they are mainstream things now because they have a niche where they can be useful. The Chinese are not "green" yet they have a lot of the things.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII It's a queue for the scraps (490 comments)

I have shown you the actual law that required use of all available wind power

Without base load, typically sold in 1GW+ chunks, you have nothing. That law appears to be a priority queue for the scraps.
I wish you would have actually quoted the bit that supposedly proves something you are asserting and saved me the time.

All the wind all the time - what rubbish - it's not implemented and it would be stupid if it was.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Re:Not reality - so where did your idea come from? (490 comments)

Calm down. Either point out the above statement is incorrect or take it at face value - I'm trying to make things clearer with that comment instead of provoking you.
As for source with gas turbines - I've seen the things and you probably have too.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Re:Ten pages in - why didn't you just quote? (490 comments)

I have shown you the actual data from Germany

You have asserted that you can see patterns in a graph depicting a portion of the European grid and suggest those depict the wind over the entire grid better than a primary source such as a weather map showing wind speeds or pressures. That is not showing "actual data". That is a theatrical prop to show while expressing an opinion.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Re:Not reality - so where did your idea come from? (490 comments)

You didn't like the variability in the total wind generation chart for Germany

I don't care about it - I'm merely trying to point out that it depends on so many things that it cannot be used as evidence to justify some strange idea about there being a dead calm from Gibraltar to Istanbul.

Cite your sources

Any continental weather map showing pressure or wind speeds.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Re:Not reality - so where did your idea come from? (490 comments)

The same charts also clearly show that conventional generation correlates with peaking

Sorry to jump in the middle of the thread, but you'll find that bit is the gas turbines and other "traditional" small generators that used to be the only option at times of peak power consumption. Now there's also other stuff in that niche.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Ten pages in - why didn't you just quote? (490 comments)

That act says "priority" which is obviously not all capacity isn't it? While I disagree that even that should be mandated it does not state that all available wind generation capacity should be used at all times which is the line you've been taking.

Cite your source

Since I've only been asserting that the wind is always blowing somewhere, the daily weather map in your newspaper will do or on television. For the rest I've been asking you to justify your own statements and attempting to explain very simple things about distributed power networks and a variety of different types of generators.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Re:Now I see where it comes from (490 comments)

Please quote the relevant portion instead of link spam - the previous thing was like a high school project based on newspaper clippings and I'm sure you could do far better yourself than that bunch. Also please consider my second paragraph above.

But, you have already proven you ignore facts

Not established as facts from what you've quoted so far, and I very strongly dispute your interpretation of that graph above. There's no continuous band depicting a preference for wind at all - it's even zero in places.

yesterday
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

dbIII Re:Time for a new date (199 comments)

I've been looking at different graphs which must be out of date. I'd better change my line to "it used to look like peak oil was in 2008" when I do my "a bump on the curve is just that not the end of the world" bit.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

dbIII Now I see where it comes from (490 comments)

Interesting opinion from a "think tank" run by economists at best but I don't see where it cites an actual law - although it does cite a few newspaper articles! That's high school homework stuff. I suggest you attempt to find evidence of such a thing and then perhaps you'll understand the issue in greater depth, most likely in greater depth than a "think tank" without a single technically oriented person listed on their page!
Even if such a law actually does exist, which I doubt even if rent seekers with windmills are pushing hard for it, wind has a lot of downtime for maintanance so is rarely fully utilised anyway.


This discussion is really about wind blowing or not anyway. Imagined patterns in graphs from a portion of a continental grid which may have a policy promoting the use of wind really do not address the core issue of there always being some wind somewhere in a large enough distributed network. I'm not a big fan of wind power but it does have a place in an energy mix. Monocultures suck in generation. You end up one drought, miners strike or major transport blockage incident away from blackouts.

yesterday
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

dbIII Re:Sanctions against Russia -- Obama's staying pow (199 comments)

Libya did not seek nuclear weapons, nor was it providing anything better than "moral" support to any other terrorists.

Only if you don't count Semtex supply as support for terrorist groups including the IRA.

yesterday
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

dbIII Re:Time for a new date (199 comments)

Production, of course, has been reduced

Hence the earlier peak and hence people reading too much into it. There may be another larger peak, but for the moment peak production was 2008.

2 days ago

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