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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

nadaou Re:net metering != solar and 10% needs new physics (470 comments)

For example, I read a study a while back that pointing solar panels West of due South resulted in a much better match between electricity use and demand

That's an interesting point. From a pure kWh point of view facing them a bit to the east gets you better numbers since the crisp morning air is clearer than the late afternoon haze.

If you have batteries it becomes a balance between storage losses in the morning versus irradiation losses in the afternoon.

GP completely ignores the daily demand curve, especially in areas like southern California with a million A/C units humming away at noon, which lays the rest of his arguement to waste.

And total fail? 100-200% growth year on year certainly doesn't sound like fail to me.

2 days ago

Obama Presses China On Global Warming

nadaou Re:The pot calling the kettle black (260 comments)

stop blaming this thing on Greenpeace. clue-bat: they aren't the ones blocking renewable energy in this country.

about a week ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

nadaou Re:Already fixed in Debian... (399 comments)

I wonder if Debian's default /bin/sh being dash instead of bash reduces the attack surface somewhat.

Nope. I just tested dash on a Debian system which hadn't been upgraded yet. Dash is vulnerable too.

On an upgraded Debian dash is not vulnerable.

about a week ago

South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

nadaou Re:They need to get their shit together (169 comments)

> If you're going to peg your renewable hopes on solar or wind,
> you're going to have a bad time.

Er, so you're saying Australia suffers from lack of sunshine and bushfire-loving winds?

about a week ago

Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

nadaou Re:Why is this here? (240 comments)

you've fallen into a fallacious trap -- what makes you think the sets overlap?

are you really saying that everyone without a background in electro-magnetics is evil and should be punished, because you knew a dumb jerk in grade school?

or are you just beating up the next weakest kid after you to make yourself feel better about yourself? (and so become the bully)

about two weeks ago

Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

nadaou Re:Just Apple? (207 comments)

I dropped my iphone 5 from 2 meters (i leave it to the Americans to make out how many badger's kidneys it is) to a hard, stone floor. Glass intact.

Says the guy who still lives in a castle.

about two weeks ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

nadaou Re:Shouldn't be a problem (462 comments)

the commas just clutter up the natural spaces.

about three weeks ago

Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

nadaou Re:Straight to the pointless debate (136 comments)

I happen to live near one of the main weather stations which was caught up in that FOX News brouhaha and happen to know about the local history. tl;dr as usual, the whole story was all a load of vaporous bullshit. And apparently it worked since you took the bait.

One hundred years ago the local weather station was established outside the harbor master's office down by the docks (and the water). The city grew up and forty years ago or so the weather station was moved 500 feet up a hill to outside the local observatory, which is surrounded by forest.

Moving a temperature sensor away from a large body of water, out of a "heat island" of now-paved urban roads, out of a canyon of concrete and glass buildings, and to a higher elevation will all change the readings of the sensor. If you want to keep a continuous record before and after moving, before and after various construction projects and re-roofing nearby, and before and after population changes, you're going to have to figure out and apply a correction factor for each of these things.

There is nothing particularly unusual about our local weather station's story which hasn't been repeated in most cities around the world. So it is not surprising that noisy long term time series need to be cleaned up before being fed into sensitive predictive models. It would be dishonest not to if you know there was a change in the sampling history which required it.

about a month ago

Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

nadaou Re:Binoculars (187 comments)

Don't buy a telescope. Instead, get a good pair of 10x50
binoculars and an intro astronomy book with pictures.

Specifically, buy them The Stars: A New Way to See Them by Hans A. Rey, the creator of Curious George.

The reviews on the back cover are worth the trouble of reading, if you can make them out in the Amazon image. Hell, just the names of the authors of the reviews on the back cover are worth the trouble of reading.

It is quite simply the best popular book on observational astronomy ever written.

about a month ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

nadaou Re:Ha ha! (579 comments)

One politician said it failed... all other reports of the project
(even very recently) have said it's been a success. The actual article
says they are convening a panel of experts to consider whether to go
back to Microsoft, so despite the misleading summary here, nothing has
been decided.

When has there ever been a "panel of experts" assembled by a politician
which was not stacked with "experts" guaranteed to deliver a predetermined
result? They're the consultants of the public service world.

Hell, one of the famous Microsoft Halloween Documents even discusses this
exact scenario: stack the speakers in a public panel with ones known to
favor your side and to the public the discussion and conclusion looks "fair
and balanced".

about a month and a half ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

nadaou Re:meh (164 comments)

Ah yes the metric system. The premier international system of internet trolling, quantified.

about a month and a half ago

Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

nadaou Re:and linux aswell (267 comments)

Alsa support is now dropped too. You have to use PulseAudio. ew yuck.

about 2 months ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

nadaou Re:Millionare panhandlers (200 comments)

Reminds me of the stories of panhandlers begging at intersections
who get picked up by their chauffeurs at the end of the day to go back
to their mansions.

You mean complete imaginary bullshit made up by and propagated by greedy
sociopaths eager to rationalize their abandonment of their fellow man?

Yeah, something reminiscent in it.

about 2 months ago

Newly Spotted Frozen World Orbits In a Binary Star System

nadaou Re:Hoth (34 comments)

another UTF8 related tragedy

about 3 months ago

Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

nadaou Re:One question (225 comments)

> How much did the politicians receive from the OPEC to
> abandon fusion research?

I imagine depressingly little.

And call a Koch a Koch, it probably wasn't the local OPEC proxies.

about 3 months ago

Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

nadaou fusing relitivity to orders of magnitude (225 comments)

compare and contrast, the US's war in Iraq, 1 ea. at $2.29 trillion, up to $6T if you act now.

pick your technological investment, rinse and repeat and hope to have something to show for it at the end of the day.

Something to think about on the 4th.

about 3 months ago



The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link sold to it members

nadaou nadaou writes  |  about 2 years ago

nadaou (535365) writes "From The NY Times: 'One of the earliest online communities, The WELL, has a new owner: its members. On Thursday evening, Salon Media Group, the previous owner of The WELL, said it had sold the community to the Well Group, a private investment group consisting of longtime members of the community, which was founded in 1985, long before the rise of the Web.'"
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