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What To Expect With Windows 9

dhanson865 how much for a simple upgrade (541 comments)

all I want to know is will I be able to buy a retail copy for less than $50 without having to play the OEM/System builder/school edition/illegal download copied to a disk to look like the real thing/whatdidImiss game?

about a week ago
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Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

dhanson865 Re:Rising Crust (90 comments)

Dude you've apparently never made a pizza crust and also apparently don't pay attention to the types of bread in the world.

You don't have to freeze pizza dough to have a rising crust. In fact every bread that isn't a flatbread has a rising crust.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

I'm going to suggest you start with http://www.pizzamaking.com/for... and make some pizza from scratch until you make something that isn't a hocky puck. Then if you want to go back to frozen pizza you can or you can move on to trying white whole wheat, red whole wheat, or one of the regional styles (NY, Chicago, Neapolitan, California, Sicilian, etcetera) see http://www.pizzamaking.com/for... for more options.

Doesn't matter if you harvest your own yeast (sourdough starter method) or you buy store bought yeast, any type of pizza I've ever made has yeast in it and thus had a rising crust.

about a month ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

dhanson865 Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

> Florida gets half to one quarter the solar energy at the rooftop that California

Where did you POSSIBLY come up with that?!

Bakersfield gets 1461 kWh/kW/year
Tampa gets 1364 kWh/kW/year

Here, do it yourself if you don't believe me:

http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/calculators/pvwatts/version1/

I got it from eyeballing http://www.trbimg.com/img-53e6... so why does that map show FL in green not yellow? Apparently whoever chose the color scale on that map made the yellow band way too narrow.

but yes, that was very very inaccurate rough math.

I'm sure Bakersfield is the entire state of California.

Now if you don't believe that Bakersfield fills the entire state you could look for areas with higher solar insolation.

For example

Victorville, CA Annual Avg. (kWh/m2/day): 8.15 vs
Tamp, FL Annual Avg. (kWh/m2/day): 4.98

Nope it isn't twice the solar insulation but it's getting up there.

So edit my erroneous statement to something more like:

No the cost isn't just being subsidized. Florida gets half to 3/4 the solar energy at the rooftop that California gets to for the same power usage you have to install more panels.

Another factor is hurricanes. In California you can use cheaper panels because they don't have to be rated to withstand hurricane force winds. Even if you use the same number of panels in an Florida installation you'll have to pay for more expensive panels and more expensive mounting brackets/rail systems. Everything has to be stronger in a state that is likely to see a hurricane every few years when the panels would otherwise last >30 years.

With no subsidy in either state you'd still spend more for solar PV to get the same power in Florida.

about a month and a half ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

dhanson865 Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

Some people think they should have free Solar Panels paid for by the utilities and government. The cost for 3 cottages was quoted as 106,000 dollars but I keep seeing where in California people are installing panels for a tiny fraction of that. I guess that shows just how much of the cost is being subsidized. Solar advocates keep touting how inexpensive it is but here we see the true cost. I wonder how long it'll take to recoup over 30 grand per installation?

No the cost isn't just being subsidized. Florida gets half to one quarter the solar energy at the rooftop that California gets to for the same power usage you have to install twice to four times as many panels.

Another factor is hurricanes. In California you can use cheaper panels because they don't have to be rated to withstand hurricane force winds. Even if you use the same number of panels in an Florida installation you'll have to pay for more expensive panels and more expensive mounting brackets/rail systems. Everything has to be stronger in a state that is likely to see a hurricane every few years when the panels would otherwise last >30 years.

With no subsidy in either state you'd still spend more for solar PV to get the same power in Florida.

about a month and a half ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

dhanson865 Re:Aluminium (365 comments)

your information is outdated, as is that Wikipedia entry. I'll try to update it after this post.

The quote below is from "Nuclear Development, June 2011, http://www.oecd-nea.org/"

"Modern nuclear plants with light water reactors are designed to have strong maneuvering capabilities. Nuclear power plants in France and in Germany operate in load-following mode, i.e. they participate in the primary and secondary frequency control, and some units follow a variable load programme with one or two large power changes per day.

The minimum requirements for the maneuverability capabilities of modern reactors are defined by the utilities requirements that are based on the requirements of the grid operators. For example, according to the current version of the European Utilities Requirements (EUR) the NPP must at least be capable of daily load cycling operation between 50% and 100% of its rated power Pr, with a rate change of electric output of 3-5% of Pr per minute.

Most of the modern designs implement even higher maneuverability capabilities, with the possibility of planned and unplanned load-following fast power modulations in the frequency regulation mode with ramps of several percent of the rated power per second, but in a narrow band around the rated power level."

the above excerpt is just a small portion of http://www.google.com/url?sa=t...

I'm not sure why the URL has to be so god awful long to work, I tried to shorten it manually but it killed the link. I suppose if I could find a direct link from http://www.oecd-nea.org/ it might be shorter but I'm not in the mood to dig for it.

about 3 months ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

dhanson865 Re: Ah, the joys of getting old (433 comments)

"The average age of U.S. commercial reactors is about 33 years. The oldest operating reactors are Oyster Creek in New Jersey, and Nine Mile Point 1 in New York. Both entered commercial service on December 1, 1969. The last newly built reactor to enter service was Watts Bar 1 in Tennessee, in 1996" from http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/...

about 5 months ago
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iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm

dhanson865 Re:The obvious solution... (122 comments)

where are my mod points now? koan needs a mod +1 insightful for this one.

I never thought of it that way but imagine a fast food place with a manager or two but no shift leaders or fewer shift leaders. Or imagine those poorly managed fast food places with a much more productive workforce. Imagine if the google glasses talked to each other and the store central computer decided there weren't enough bodys in motion and sent an email to the manager to hire more employees.

Of course it could also decide to send an email to a manager suggesting there were too many employees if I liked as well. Just so long as the manager can make the decision based on redundancy (as a positive aspect of reliability not as a pure cost only decision) and customer satisfaction.

who knows, maybe some day an employee will be making his complaint/suggestion to google glass as he works and the recording/email can be forwarded to the appropriate person.

The question is will it be any better than those mall clothing store employees with headset/radio calling the manager in the back? What store is that "The Gap", I think they made fun of those headsets on SNL also.

So many ways it could be better or worse. Knowing some companies they'll assume it does all the good things without any bad side and they'll alienate more workers but eventually when the tech is cheap enough even the good companies will find a use for it.

about 6 months ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

dhanson865 Re:Peak Oil (734 comments)

go take a look at theoildrum.com the site is archive only now (http://www.theoildrum.com/special/archives) but numerous versions of charts like that were posted there.

It's somewhat misleading to call the current versions "Mr Hubbert's predictions" since he died in 1989 and we keep changing the charts as new numbers are revealed by the oil industry.

about 7 months ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

dhanson865 Re:Energy density. (734 comments)

One reason someone else might drive 40 miles a day in it would be if they live in a congested supercity / large state where rush hour commutes are greatly sped up by access to HOV lanes. Not an issue for me where I live but it is for some.

You can get a Telsa Model S for about $70K before tax breaks. If you live in the right state/city you can get one below $60K.

Even at $70K it would be insanely nicer and more comfortable than my Toyota Prius, someone elses Nissan Leaf, or the other guys Hyndai/Kia.

It's a friggen luxury car. If you can afford a $70K car it's the BEST $70K car on the market. So if you can afford it why wouldn't you commute 40 miles a day in it?

From http://www.teslamotors.com/mod...

If I won the lottery with a moderate payout (think 6 figures) I'd pick Blue paint, supercharging, the Primacy tire upgrade (saves fuel), and paint armor.

If the payout was really large I might upgrade that to the 85KW battery ($7000 more (tires and supercharging were separate on lower model but included on this one)) and High Power Home Charging ($2700) bringing the car up to roughly $80K.

even if I had millions of dollars either build I just described is nicer than in a dozen ways than any car I have or have had, I wouldn't need every single option maxed out. I'd just geek a bit and then relax in a truly luxurious car properly configured to my desires.

again if you could ride in a car this nice why would you focus on the 40 miles as significant?

about 7 months ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

dhanson865 Re:Energy density. (734 comments)

There are currently 70+ supercharger locations (some of which have 10+ chargers, many have 6 or 8, a few have 3 or 4), they added 20 locations in Jan so far and 13 locations in December before that. At this rate there will be hundreds of supercharger locations with thousands of individual supercharger spots in the US in a year or so.

That's not counting the hundreds of J1772 charger locations (with many having multiple chargers each) and the dozens of Chademo charger locations (most of which only have 1 to 3 chargers).

There may come a point when there are more Supercharger spots than J1772 but I doubt that as even Tesla is said to be working on plans for new J1772 chargers to coexist with the supercharger network (for local travel or destination charging, not to bridge the distance between superchargers).

and lets pull some statistics while we are here

Total number of gas stations in the US 121,446
Percent of gasoline stations with convenience stores 82.2 %

so I guess you underestimated the number of both types of refueling gas and electric.

about 7 months ago
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Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

dhanson865 Re:Will they also bill me? (243 comments)

Nope they won't charge you, the article says the items are held at a local level waiting for a matching order to show up before it knows where/who to deliver to so the billing process isn't predictive, just the inventory/distribution/shipping is.

about 8 months ago
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Battlefield 4 Banned In China

dhanson865 Jana (380 comments)

"Released in October, Battlefield 4 is available in North America, Europe, Jana, Australia, and New Zealand, and was not officially launched in China."

What is this Jana they speak of?

about 9 months ago
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There Would Be No Iranian Nuclear Talks If Not For Fracking

dhanson865 Re:CAFE Standards (236 comments)

Except that they sort of are http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_Average_Fuel_Economy#SUVs_and_minivans_created_due_to_original_mandate

SUVs and Minivans (and many "cars" that people don't realize fit in into those categories) are excluded from the more stringent car standard of 30.2 MPG and are instead allowed to guzzle just like true trucks at the less stringent 24.1 MPG rate.

The amount and type of loopholes in CAFE have changed over the years but there are still a large number of vehicles sold to average drivers that don't count as a "car" for CAFE purposes leaving the whole CAFE framework pretty weak sauce overall.

about 10 months ago
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Scientists Say Climate Change Is Damaging Iowa Agriculture

dhanson865 Re:wsj: "U.S. Corn Belt Expands to North" (444 comments)

Cut man controlled mechanical CO2 emissions to 0 and it will cause no deaths

Cut C02 concentrations in the air to 0 and all hell breaks loose instantly.

So when someone says "Cut CO2 to 0" they are probably talking about some source of emissions or group of sources of emissions that excludes the CO2 required for living and produced by living.

Just like if someone says "cut off the heat" they don't mean bring the temperature to absolute zero. You don't have to think in such extremes just because a casual statement sounds like it might be asking for extreme measures.

about a year ago
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Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco

dhanson865 Re:I wonder if (501 comments)

What production website do you know of where development stopped and the product had no issues?

Development is an ongoing process that goes up to and beyond the day of product release. There will always be security holes to patch, bugs to fix, changes to be implemented, new features to be added.

If you think you can release a product on day x and lay off / fire / furlough all the developers the same day and have a good product you are part of the problem not part of the solution.

about a year ago
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Big Box? Nissan Note the First-Ever Car You Can 'Buy' On Amazon

dhanson865 Re:I wish this was real (182 comments)

cardirect.com redirects to carsdirect.com, not sure what he was doing to get requests for personal information but he wasn't at the wrong website.

about a year ago
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The Smog To Fog Challenge: Settling the High-Speed Rail vs. Hyperloop Debate

dhanson865 Re:Viva Las Vegas! (333 comments)

Silly me, I assumed the tubes would be opaque or at least dense/translucent. In a warm environment wouldn't it be better if they were white material, painted white, or covered in otherwise reflective material?

about a year ago
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Nintendo To Cancel Weather, News, and Other Built-In Wii Apps In June

dhanson865 Re:Netflix will still live on...? (175 comments)

Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and all the others like them. And it's nice that the Wii uses less power than the XBOX # or PS# units.

Even the old Wii with the non component video cable is good enough video quality to be enjoyable on my 42" TV. $5 or so later after I get the component video cable I expect it will look even better.

If some day this Wii dies due to heat death or a bad cap or something I'll look at a roku or similar and I'll look at the Wii U. Considering we already have old Wii games I'll probably get a Wii U as long as it is within a few dollars of the price of a roku type box.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?

dhanson865 Re:Don't panic! (386 comments)

I thought about modding parent up for mentioning the downside to RAID5 with modern hard drives but it was an AC with a score of 0 so most still wouldn't have read it.

So I'll just do it myself and link to http://www.baarf.com/

I still don't understand why so many people use RAID 5 when disks and controllers are cheap enought to do RAID 10 or multiple RAID 1 arrays instead. And if you are using enough data that RAID 10 doesn't do it for you then RAID 6 might be a OK solution but I wouldn't recommend any RAID solution unconditionally.

I will unconditionally recommend against RAID 5 though. And in a similar train of though I'll conditionally recommend against RAID 0 (though it does have valid uses it's often used by those that don't understand the down sides).

more than 2 years ago
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Flight 4590 Didn't Kill the Concorde; Costs Did

dhanson865 Re:Ridiculous (403 comments)

Keep in mind the concorde needs a very long runway and operated at only the largest airports were it would have to wait in line and/or travel a long way from loading to takeoff at low speeds which is very inneficient for a jet engine.

Acording to Wikipedia due to jet engines being highly inefficient at low speeds, Concorde burned two tonnes of fuel (almost 2% of the maximum fuel load) taxiing to the runway.

According to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/5195964.stm the Concorde burned up 94 tonnes of fuel getting from London to New York and a whopping two tonnes simply taxiing onto the runway.

A random google result says a 737 uses 2400 kg/hour in fuel and 1 hour at 485 mph, 780 km/h should get you about 485 miles / 780 km :)

London to Amsterdam is only 221 miles (356 km) so it looks like Concorde as designed in the 50s used more fuel taxiing around as a common jet does in an hour flight

more than 2 years ago

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