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Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators

kolbe Re:Not a VIP box at the Olympics (63 comments)

Agreed, gave him one of my mod points hehe.

Checked the article myself, it lines up with what AC is saying.

about three weeks ago
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California Property Tax Exemptions For Solar Energy Systems Extended To 2025

kolbe Re:California needs to fix its property tax code (76 comments)

Note that they reassess the property tax if you refinance your loan though. Mine went up $520/yr after refinancing during the 2008-9 crash.

about three weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

kolbe Re:Great... Instead of CO2 we get CO (133 comments)

If you look up the properties of Formic Acid on any Chemistry site and review its compounds and decomposition state you'll see that it dissipates, breaks down, decomposes into Carbon Dioxide and Water.

Actually, here is a link to wikipedia that is actually correct in statement:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Otherwise, here is my source:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10...

See the main paragraph below the introduction in the scanned image.

 

about three weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

kolbe Great... Instead of CO2 we get CO (133 comments)

Why would you want to convert Carbon Dioxide into Carbon Monoxide?

If not used immediately, Formic acid decomposes into carbon monoxide and water when exposed to air and heat. I wouldn't exactly call this a "game changer" unless the target of it all is to give everyone A) a lot of toilet bowl cleaner for cheap or B) a silent death.

about three weeks ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

kolbe Re:And yet they raised prices (116 comments)

Solar pricing is a monopoly.

Green Building Programs that offer incentives (http://www.dsireusa.org/) are in decline year-over-year due to reduced cost of panels, yet no increase in efficiency is offered on those panels in the same timeframe (2009-2014) AND price/W has nearly stagnated over the past 4 years:

2009 median installed price of PV systems installed was $6.10/W for residential and small commercial systems smaller than 10 kW
2011-13 median installed price of PV systems installed was $5.30/W for residential and small commercial systems smaller than 10 kW

http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/f...
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/f...

about three weeks ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

kolbe Re:Meanwhile... (116 comments)

California here!

2,750sq ft. occupied by 5, $120 per month.

Do you run every appliance continuously or run a casino out of your home?

about three weeks ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

kolbe Re:Details Please? (116 comments)

Modded you up as everything you say is true. Here's some further facts illustrating that without tax breaks/subsidies, Solar is at most a "wash" at best for consumers:

SOLAR FACTS:
- Most Efficient Solar Panel - 44.7% efficient Fraunhofer Q-Cell (1), AVERAGE efficiency between American's top 5 retailers: 17% (Kyocera KD+SunPower+SunPower+SolarWorld+Canadian Solar), which is crap compared to corporate use panels that average 21%.
- Photovoltaic (PV) Degradation Rate - Every Solar panel loses between 0.5% and 4% of its efficiency per year (depending on a-Si, CdTe and CIGS films) further resulting in a constant decline in ones ROI (2)
- Solar pricing is a monopoly: Green Building Programs that offer incentives (http://www.dsireusa.org/) are in decline year-over-year due to reduced cost of panels. (3)

REFERENCES:
1) http://cleantechnica.com/2014/...
2) http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12o...
2) http://energyinformative.org/l...
3) http://www.energymanagertoday....

about three weeks ago
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Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

kolbe How many of these will it take? (206 comments)

For their corporate lobbyists to actually get some movement on Capital Hill and attempt to undo this.

about a month ago
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Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

kolbe Re:Biofuels = Faster breakdown of engine parts (159 comments)

The viscosity caused by those fuels are not meant to be handled by most engines for any long duration, period. Anyone running >10% blend over long periods is asking for trouble. If you do not believe me, go run some 50/50 "WMO" mix for 10k miles and check how many of your injectors are clogged, gaskets ruined and seals leaking. Engines in todays vehicles are still not ready to handle it.

about 3 months ago
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Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

kolbe Biofuels = Faster breakdown of engine parts (159 comments)

Go ask any mechanic who deals with vehicles that run on Biofuels such as BioDiesel, Green diesel, Bioethanol or >10% blends and you will find that they often clog up the injectors so badly that they need to be replaced (injector) 45% more frequently (adjusted % based on time injector was installed and comparing same brand part durability on the same vehicle until breakage).

That may not seem like much to some, but for those running public transportation and school buses, the political "go green" machine ends up including a hefty maintenance charge, metal waste and labor... All this atop of added air pollutions.

about 3 months ago
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Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

kolbe Produced by Team Fail (89 comments)

The game is being produced by the same group that put out the failed Civilization V ala Lena Brenk, Dennis Shirk and Lisa Miller. They can pay off all the game reviewers they want, but the simple fact remains that Civilization V sucked when it came out. It might as well have been an expanded version of Civilization Revolution!

For me an countless others out there @ CivFanatics, I am heartbroken that this series has lost its way and any games they have put out since Civilization IV lack any merit as they play like garbage.

I truly hope Sidney Meier actually puts his foot down and ensures this game is done right without the constant pressures from the asshats @ 2K Games & Take-Two shits, but I highly doubt it considering the current industry trend of releasing unfinished games and then gouging their supporters by forcing them to buy DLC and fixes.

about 3 months ago
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Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

kolbe Re:I wonder if it will acutally work (89 comments)

Was just thinking this...

After being bitten by Firaxis on my CivV pre-order, insisting Valve shutdown of my Steam account to ensure I could prove I never played it and then threatening litigation with Firaxis for false claims on a product I wanted a refund for (which I got from them); I have serious doubts about anything they put out.

All they need to do is remake Alpha Centauri like MS is doing Age of Mythology and I think a majority of people will be happy. Anything to the contrary and I'll pirate it just so I can continue giving the bird to EA/Firaxis.

about 3 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

kolbe Always was, always will be... (612 comments)

One of the most difficult topics of the human condition in my opinion is time, time itself.

Humanity seems to believe that "time" exists in a relative manner to itself and thus time is inherently flawed at any level objective analysis of events throughout the existence of the Universe. When we look at what we know to have happened, we want to draw some conclusion relating to what caused it. The Big Bang in this example appears to have happened and we ask why? This is where our interpretation of time, which in turn can relate to "nothing" becomes skewed. If we avoid self-destruction, if we avoid the explosion of our planet by natural forces, if we thrive beyond the limits of our solar system before time runs out we may one day change our views of time and nothing... Until then, it is relatively impossible to draw any real conclusion other than to assume that the Universe always has been and always will be... in some form or another.

about 3 months ago
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WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

kolbe ~7 million people? (97 comments)

Regardless of the "rounded" number, it all sounds like it is on track then! /facepalm @ maddening stupidity of the W.H.O.

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

kolbe Re:And here is the problem (2219 comments)

I submit stories too. I read stories too. I add comments too. I moderate comments too. I am the reason that there is ad revenue and I am one of many reasons why those ads sell.

I am Slashdot #320366.

Changing /. change the community. Don't change the community.

about 6 months ago
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Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

kolbe Robot Slashdot? (135 comments)

Slashdot is obviously being run by a bunch of autonomous jackasses who prefer to follow "trends" in the "latest" website designs than using what works.

about 6 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

kolbe Re:Slashdot Beta (232 comments)

So what you are saying here is that slashdot is fucking more people than DICE and Target combined? Cowboy Neal needs to verify this... I think the number is higher.

about 6 months ago

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Average gamer is 37 years old

kolbe kolbe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kolbe writes "A new study from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) suggests that a majority of gamers today range between the ages of 37 and 41 years old. If true, does this mean that game studio's should be adjusting their demographics accordingly, is Generation X the next "baby boomer" market for the gaming industry?"
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