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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

msevior Re:Wrong Units (212 comments)

How do you know it is Cs-137? The TFA doesn't say.

about three weeks ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

msevior Lite Salt? (212 comments)

The 700 Bg/ Kg seems awefully low.

Here in Australia you can wander into any local supermarket and buy "Lite Salt" wich is 50% Potassium Chloride. These typically have a mass of 170 gm and consequently an activity of 4000 Bg. So by German standards that is 23529 Bg/Kg and hence way above the legal limit.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

msevior Re:Wouldn't electric cars have the opposite effect (502 comments)

I totally agree. Now the big difference is the cost differential between selling excess power back to the grid (feed-in price 8 cents) compared to purchasing from the grid at 25 cents per KWHr. The Tesla batteries are projected to cost $200 per KWHr of storage so for $2000 your average punter can get 10 KWHr of storage and likely never need to purchase electricty from the grid. So a $5000 5KW system plus $2000 for 10 KWHr of storage means no more $2500 bills per year. The system pays for itself in less than 4 years.

There is a truely massive market if Tesla can hit their production targets at the advertised price point. Which seems possible given the extreme amount of vertical integration in the plant. Even the energy costs are provided via renewable energy buffered by their own batteries. Feed in raw lithium, aluminum, human labor, out comes batteries.

about a month and a half ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

msevior Re:Ah. (752 comments)

This is rediculus. Any reasonable person would not have shot down a commercial plane killing hundred of innocenct people. Clearly the Ukrane insurgents are unreasonable terrorists who should be treated as such. Ukraine needs large amounts of western help to fight them.

about 2 months ago
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OpenStack: the Open Source Cloud That Vendors Love and Users Are Ignoring

msevior Only just become usuable (99 comments)

The thing about OpenStack is that it has been under really heavy development for the past two years. Two years ago the product was buggy as hell. But they've made a series of 6-monthly releases since then. Each one of which offered substantial improvements. Its now pretty good and stable. There is really a incredible support for it. I heard of numbers of around 2000 developers so each release really is substantially better than the previous.

Now that it is basically stable, it will likely get real traction with users and there are big private deployments already. The Australian NeCTAR project will roll-out 30,000 cores by the end of 2014. CERN is looking at a huge deployment of over 100,000 CPUs.

http://arstechnica.com/informa...

about 3 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

msevior Re:Amen, brother Amen! (522 comments)

AbiWord won't capitalize words and the selection process gives just what you select. It even reads word perfect format :-)

Sure it doesn't have all the bell and whistles but it basically works as expected and doesn't try to be clever about what you actually want to write.

about 4 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

msevior Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

This world is not wanting for more human beings. By not adding to the human burden on the planet we are actually being responsible. But you'll happily treat us as lesser people because we don't have the same biological imperative that you do. Did I mention bad person? Personally I can't see how a hetero couple that doesn't/can't have kids is somehow lesser than someone who knocks up his wife so she can birth a kid they can raise as yet another bigot.

Hmm interesting logic, do you think of it as evolution in action? Once homosexuals are no longer living double lives, in a few generations the number of homosexuals will decrease by an order of magnitude.

about 6 months ago
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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

msevior Re:Tried playing this game (218 comments)

You missed the point of my post . See my reply to dinkypoo.

about 8 months ago
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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

msevior Re:Tried playing this game (218 comments)

We were all Physics nerds so I guess that is close enough :-) Not that it was hard to play AD&D in the 1980's. There were tables for everything and the DM had them all on easy to read screens. As a DM I invented my own monsters and dungeons as did my friends when they were DM in their turn. I also bent some of the rules... A good dungeon is one where the players barely survive and sometimes you have to adjust probability to get that :-)

The rules give the game structure. The human element knows when to adjust them. All in all far more fun than a computer :-)

about 8 months ago
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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

msevior Re:Tried playing this game (218 comments)

Clear rules are what makes a good game. It's really frustrating to play a game where "you make it up as you go along" :-)

D&D was awesome as a 20-year-old and its far more fun having people rather then computers to interact with.

about 8 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

msevior Re: Lucratively sitting on the shelf doing nothing (321 comments)

My 19 year old daughter is doing a course in Industrial Design. She has a highend macbook (retina display , all ssd), Samsung Note tablet and Fedoera 19 PC which is shared with me. Her time on device is Notebook , PC then MacBook. The tablet is mostly used the consume media and drawing, the PC for when she wants a big monitor or needs to write or print sonethind and the Mac for Adobe products.

Clearly the tablet is a useful device that serves a reasonable fraction of her needs.

about 9 months ago
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Plasmonic Nanostructures Could Prove a Boon To Solar Cell Technology

msevior Re:Solar cells are already cheap enough (107 comments)

Because where I live you sell to the grid at 8 cents per KWHr (which is actually higher than the wholesale price) and buy from the grid at 25 cents per KWHr. Germany is already in trouble because Solar PV has pushed prices down below zero during peak solar production. ie The intermittent nature of solar is already making the technology hit its limits even though the total agregate solar production integrated over a year in Germany is less than 5% (I think). You beat this with local storage.

1 year,4 days
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Plasmonic Nanostructures Could Prove a Boon To Solar Cell Technology

msevior Solar cells are already cheap enough (107 comments)

While this all great Science, actually solar panels are already cheap enough in many parts of the world. Certainly they are in Australia since we have no tariffs on imported Chinese panels. What is really needed for greater market penetration is cheap storage. It would be great to have a around ~20 KWHr of storage for ~$2000 - $4000. Said storage needs to be stable over around 7000 cycles (20 years of operation) and provide of the order of 4 KW of power on demand. With this in place residential PV systems could provide over 20% of demand in many parts of the world.

1 year,4 days
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What Features Does iOS 7 Need?

msevior Re:simple (262 comments)

Open iTunes. Go to Apps. Select the app with the data or docs you want to load/unload. Drag and drop from target window.

Gp to iTunes. Download 'Dropbox'. Open Dropbox. Profit?

Thanks for pointing that out. I had not yet discovered it myself. (My GF has an ipad provided from her work.)
That is a really non-intuitive processes designed to prevent users from actually doing what they want. Why can't we just drag and drop from a folder like every other GUI? (including OSX)
  I totally agree with GP. If Apple wants to improve the IOS experience they should get rid of the propriety crap and provide easy ways for people to use their devices as they want.

about a year ago
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Tesla To Blanket US With Superchargers In Two Years

msevior Re:If you build it, they will come (311 comments)

Actually the cost for a bulk purchase of solar panels is currently around $0.50 per peak watt. In California with its high insolation, solar power comes out at much less than half that price per KWhr hence the idea behind Solar City, Elan Musks' latest venture. He can make a killing selling electricity from his solar-powered chargers at 0.49%/KWhr to the grid and use them as a marketing gimmick to promote sales of $90K autos. Either way he's ahead. This a brilliant move.

about a year ago
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Extended TeX: Past, Present, and Future

msevior Re:What about pictures? (300 comments)

Can visio export to pdf format? If so just use pdflatex and include the pdf's directly in your doc. It will all scale nicely too.

about a year and a half ago

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Peak Oil site TheOilDrom.com to stop posting new articles

msevior msevior writes  |  about a year ago

msevior (145103) writes "

A few weeks ago the ISEOF board (The Institute for Energy and Our Future that facilitates The Oil Drum), Euan, Super G, JoulesBurn, and Myself, met to discuss the future of The Oil Drum. A discussion we have had several times in the last year, due to scarcity of new content caused by a dwindling number of contributors. Despite our best efforts to fill this gap we have not been able to significantly improve the flow of high quality articles. Because of this and the high expense of running the site, the board has unanimously decided that the best course of action is to convert the site to a static archive of previously published material as of 31st July 2013. We will continue to post articles up to this date. Afterwards any articles will be held as a public archive into the foreseeable future, so that others can continue to learn from the breadth and depth of knowledge published by our many authors, over the 8+ history of this remarkable volunteer effort.

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MIT Study finds low doses of radiation have lower effects than expected

msevior msevior writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msevior writes "A new study from MIT scientists suggests that the guidelines governments use to determine when to evacuate people following a nuclear accident may be too conservative.

The study, led by Bevin Engelward and Jacquelyn Yanch and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives , found that when mice were exposed to radiation doses about 400 times greater than background levels for five weeks, no DNA damage could be detected."

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AbiCollab takes on Google Docs and Zoho Writer

msevior msevior writes  |  more than 4 years ago

msevior (145103) writes "Just released today, the Free Software AbiWord Word Processor, employed by the One Laptop Per Child project, tightly integrates with the new http://abicollab.net website to enable easy real-time collaborative editing of documents. The http://abicollab.net website also enables documents to be stored online, allows format conversion on the fly, stores the history of the docs in svn, provides direct links to HTML-ized docs that update as you save them and allows easy sharing of docs amongst friends and groups.

All in all, new competition for Google Docs and Zoho Writer but one that employs a real Word Processor rather than an app in a browser."
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msevior msevior writes  |  more than 7 years ago

msevior writes "The OilDrum is running a story about a paper by Climate expert Jim Hansen, who examines the implications of the finite reserves of Oil, Gas and Coal on the total Global Warming effect. He finds that conservative (large) estimates of the total world Oil and Gas reserves place substantial constraints on the eventual CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. However unrestrained use of coal will put the world into dangerous a warming scenario."
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msevior msevior writes  |  more than 7 years ago

msevior writes "Noted Climate expert Jim Hansen, examines the implications of the finite reserves of Oil, Gas and Coal on the total Global Warming effect. He finds that conservative (large) estimates of the total world Oil and Gas reserves place substantial constraints on the eventual CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. However unrestrained use of coal will put the world into dangerous a warming scenario."
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msevior msevior writes  |  more than 7 years ago

msevior writes "The The Oil Drum is running a detailed analysis of all the publically available data surrounding the world's largest oil field, Ghawar in Saudi Arabia. The analysis finds a large fraction of the field is in terminal decline which explains why Saudi Arabia has been decreasing Oil Production over the past year, despite the substantial run up in Oil Prices. With Saudi Arabia in terminal decline it is likely the world has passed Peak Oil production."

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