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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

sycodon Greenies (432 comments)

Now, don't get all pissed and shit and whipping out the negative mods, but in Austin, the primary cause of power failures are all the people who go ape shit whenever the power company starts to trim trees. "Preserve the Historical Nature!", "Save the Trees!", etc.

Then, when an Ice Storm comes along or high winds, the tree limbs break and fall on the lines. Of course, then they go ape shit because they have no power. What is really funny is that the power company is owned by the City.

7 hours ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

sycodon Re:Deliberate (603 comments)

Actually, I'd be for this. Nuke sub power plants are over engineered to be safer for obvious reasons and powerful and small. Design them into a black box and drop them into any power plant.

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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

sycodon Re:Deliberate (603 comments)

Design Defects discovered during construction or after completion would be be evaluated. Actual defects would be documents, fixes designed and repairs directed. This process exists for aviation and is well documented and tuned.

Operating costs associated with hiring qualified personnel are but a speck on the over all operating costs. You could double the pay from an average of $77k to $154k without materially affecting the bottom line.

See my comment on smaller nukes to address the manufacturing of parts.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

sycodon Re:Deliberate (603 comments)

It should be noted that I didn't say anything about the size of the nuke approved. I would prefer that the plants be made up of small modules that are completely manufactured in one location and transported to the site and then back again at the end of its life. Sealed and turnkey nukes are safer that "stick built" plants.

For that matter, the actual power generation portion of the plant should be completely independent of the power source itself. That allows you to swap fusion for fission, gas for coal, or whatever else comes down the pike. The turbines and grid infrastructure stay the same.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

sycodon Re:Deliberate (603 comments)

The high costs of nuclear are driven by non technical issues. Five year Environmental impact studies, lawsuit after lawsuit, etc.

And the feds can definitely provide a framework and structure to a thriving private industry. Pre-approved designs, standard manufacturing facilities and techniques, etc can drive costs down. Right now, every plant is a one off and many parts are only made by one overseas company...the most expensive way to build anything.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

sycodon Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (603 comments)

Spent nuclear fuel can be reprocessed again and again until it's pretty much a lump of lead.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

sycodon Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (603 comments)

Just need to put on the Big Boy Pants and reprocess it. Carter's E.O on reprocessing was born of irrational fear and politics.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

sycodon Deliberate (603 comments)

Nukes need to move forward in a deliberate manner.

1. A few reference designs need to be established, accounting for some reasonable subset of possible sites such as coastal, inter coastal, inland, etc.
2. These designs would be vetted by the Industry, the feds, and what the hell, invite the Greenies.
3. Once approved, the designs should be exempted fro EPA meddling and some reasonable level of lawsuit immunity...as in the construction can't be delayed decades by lawsuit after lawsuit.
4. Operators should undergo the same rigorous training as military nuke operators...subs, ships, etc. Not the same, but just as rigorous. We don't need fucking button pushes on the night shift. They have to understand the plant, the theory and they consequences of each action they take.
5. Parts should be manufactured in factories using standard methods and specifications. Parts should be interchangeable from site to site. Minimize customizations as much as possible.

The Free Market is great, but this is one of those things he Feds can and should do.

Oh, and none of this jetting into D.C. for 1 day a month for hearings crap. Get all the experts into the same room and lock the door. Make it into a Manhattan Project kind of thing...get it done and get it done right.

yesterday
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

sycodon Re:Pathetic (1061 comments)

Guess they want Flame Broiled Burgers like Burger King.

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

sycodon Re: In a Self-Driving Future--- (453 comments)

How many times to you have to reboot Windows in a week?

In case you missed Comp Sci 101, computers are programmed by the very same people who cause over 99.999% of accidents through human error.

All you are talking about is coding in that unreliability. And did you ever notice that the cockpits still have yolks for the pilots?

3 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

sycodon Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (453 comments)

10 minutes to work...12 miles, including lights. Twenty minutes if I decide to stop for breakfast.

3 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

sycodon Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (453 comments)

Suburbs are about homes, choice, privacy, and self determination. They have plenty of shops, I work in a manufacturing facility, and a great indoor Mall.

Your idea of the suburbs is inaccurate and probably colored by your life of living in densely packed people containers in urban environments.

That said, I will never give up my car. I will be driving it until they take away my license, cussing and honking at the morons who no longer know how to drive in their fancy self driving cars. I work in the computer industry and I know computers are as reliable as a fucking 16 year old teenage boy.

Shit...have you NOT seen the Slashdot Beta?

3 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

sycodon Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

And I'm sorry, but what doesn't hold water is an argument that the Sierra Club is interested in saving anyone money.

They want the plant shut down, period.

5 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

sycodon Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

"The utility, National Grid, said shutting it down could make local power supplies less reliable..."

Hugh says it could be fixed by boosting transmission capacity.

Hmmm...The Utility or Hugh? Utility or Hugh?

I think I'll go with the Utility on that one.

5 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

sycodon Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

"you'll never be happy" is not a Strawman. Its existence is proven by this very topic...They want to convert the coal plant to natural gas and the environmentalists aren't happy...some strawman eh? Careful, this one walks, talks and files lawsuits.

5 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

sycodon Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

Yeah...they'd just have to dig one up and cart off all one hundred tons of it off in the middle of the night when no one is looking.

5 days ago

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Facebook Can't Cite Evidence to Support Claims of U.S. Tech Worker Shortage

sycodon sycodon writes  |  6 hours ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Facebook, which has spent millions trying to get massive amnesty legislation that would include huge increases in the number of guest-worker permits that would lower the wages of tech workers, cannot cite any definitive evidence pointing to a shortage of American high-tech workers.

I know..."Breitbart!". Well here it is from a left leaning source... The Atlantic "
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West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 months ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time.

The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington, was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

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Fuel and other products from CO2

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun's rays and raising global temperatures.

Discuss."

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Clean Coal Efforts Starting to Pay Off

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Scientists at Ohio State University have announced the discovery of a new process that takes the energy from coal without burning it – "and removes virtually all of the pollution."

The technology, known as Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CCDL) , captures more than 99 percent of coal's carbon dioxide emissions based on laboratory research. The team of scientists led by Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Clean Coal Research Laboratory at Ohio State University, has been working on this and other clean coal technologies for 15 years with funding by the Department of Energy.

This new technology virtually eliminates pollutants and "could reduce the cost of carbon dioxide capture by more than half if implemented on a commercial scale," according to the OSU research team."

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Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) Ges Legit?

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "From TFA

A growing cadre of scientists now suspect that Pons and Fleischmann’s observations were the result not of fusion but of more plausible physical processes. Some are even cautiously optimistic that those processes could be exploited to generate abundant amounts of clean energy. “There’s enough evidence that says we need to look at this,” says Joseph Zawodny, a physicist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

"...if LENRs could be proved and tamed—a very big if—the effect could be transformative. Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist at NASA Langley, wrote in an online article that LENRs could potentially satisfy the world’s energy needs at a quarter the cost of coal. ""

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ACLU: Warrantless Electronic Surveillance Surges Under Obama

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "The ACLU has released documents that show that in the last two years the US Department of Justice has conducted more warrantless electronic surveillance, involving spying on telephones, email and Facebook accounts, than in the preceding decade.

Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, commented: "We're seeing a massive increase in requests for what as a technologist I would call metadata, so it's not the what you say, but the who you say it to.""

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Innocence of Muslims Film maker Arrested, Jailed.

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the film Innocence of Muslims,has been arrested and jailed in Los Angeles for probation violations. The situation is a win-win for the Obama administration who can now appear to be punishing the man who's film caused millions of Muslims around the world to go apeshit, but at the same time to be simply enforcing the law as all evidence indeed suggests Nakoula violated the terms of his probation."
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A stellar revision of the story of life

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Today the Royal Astronomical Society in London publishes (online) Henrik Svensmark’s latest paper entitled “Evidence of nearby supernovae affecting life on Earth”. After years of effort Svensmark shows how the variable frequency of stellar explosions not far from our planet has ruled over the changing fortunes of living things throughout the past half billion years.

It has profound implications on all manner of flagship theories, including AGW.

The paper is available here."

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Terminator COntact Lenses

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "From TFA: "Live data that streams directly before your eyes à la The Terminator sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers are this close to making it a reality. In a study published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, University of Washington researchers demonstrated the safety of such a device by testing it in the eye of a rabbit. Although the prototype contained only a pixel of information, which appears as a tiny dot of light, scientists say it’s a proof of concept that could lead to superimposed emails and other messages in your line of sight. Talk about hands-free communication."

A whole new market for Pr0n."

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Obama goes full throttle on Outsourcing

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "In what I can only describe as a major WTF is going on here moment, a federal agency (Agency for International Development) run by a hand-picked Obama appointee (Rajiv Shah) has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia. Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but with today's economy, the last thing we need is the Federal Government helping foreign firms undercut the U.S. IT Labor force."
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Nuclear Battery Design To Be Revealed

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "At the highly anticipated Annual Winter Conference of the American Nuclear Society on November 18, Hyperion Power Generation Inc. will present the "launch" design for the Hyperion Power Module (HPM) to be deployed into the global market.

Read about it here

Discuss amongst yourselves."

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Rationing Healthcare

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "An Article, Principles for allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions, in The Lancet by Ezekiel Emmanuel MD, Rahm Emmanuel's brother, who is Barack Obama's "Special Advisor for Health Policy" discusses how to ration healthcare (Free registration required) Summary: Because none of the currently used systems satisfy all ethical requirements for just allocation, we propose an alternative: the complete lives system. This system incorporates five principles (table 2): youngest-first, prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value.5 As such, it priorities younger people who have not yet lived a complete life and will be unlikely to do so without aid. Many thinkers have accepted complete lives as the appropriate focus of distributive justice: "individual human lives, rather than individual experiences, [are] the units over which any distributive principle should operate."1, 75, 76 Although there are important differences between these thinkers, they share a core commitment to consider entire lives rather than events or episodes, which is also the defining feature of the complete lives system. Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritizing adolescents and young adults over infants (figure). Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulfillment requires a complete life.77 As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, "It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies and worse still when an adolescent does";78 this argument is supported by empirical surveys.41, 79 Importantly, the prioritization of adolescents and young adults considers the social and personal investment that people are morally entitled to have received at a particular age, rather than accepting the results of an unjust status quo. Consequently, poor adolescents should be treated the same as wealthy ones, even though they may have received less investment owing to social injustice."
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Fuel Tax Could Be Replaced with by-the-mile tax

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "The technology to implement a by-the-mile tax on automobiles is being quietly (albeit not secretly) developed by several universities and states. While this may be old news, what is news is that the Federal National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission has concluded earlier this year that the road tax was the "best path forward" to keep revenues flowing to highway and transportation projects, and could be an important new tool to help manage traffic and relieve congestion.

Read more Here

Short version is that your vehicle's movements would be tracked via GPS and you would be billed for each mile. No need to describe the privacy implications."
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What Is TheFuture of BIRT?

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "I have an opportunity to do some significant BIRT report contracting at significant pay. The job lasts for 6 months. However, I have already wasted part of my career learning and using a tool that has only a niche market (4D) and I'm not anxious to do it again. What is the future of BIRT? Will become the Gold Standard of reporting tools? Or will it be just another bit of debris along the roadside in the endless parade of new and improved development tools?"
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sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made an surprise appearance at the convention (National Conference for Media Reform)to announce that he would be heading up a new House subcommittee which will focus on issues surrounding the Federal Communications Commission......Also in consideration is the "Fairness Doctrine,". Kucinich said in his speech that "We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda" and added "we are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible."

It is common knowledge that the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine was responsible for the explosive success of Talk Radio and enabled (for better or worse) hundreds of new media outlets to flourish.

Read the full scoop here http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=333927"

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