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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

towermac Re:Deliberate (620 comments)

True. My point was though, that those have the potential to melt down like a merf if not properly attended to. Not a turn-key type of black box delivery. That is true, no? I believe the Russians have similar subs, and without a similar Navy, they ran at least two into the ground pretty badly. I bet we had similar situations, that were handled and we never heard about. Not because our plutonium or even scientists were better, but because our Navy was better.

I don't think running those types of super hot instant on reactors is easy, nor something I'd want in my backyard. A molten salt reactor reactor, on the other hand, would be okay. As long as there was some nice shrubbery ...

6 hours ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

towermac Re:Won't happen (388 comments)

That's not really fair, to Mitt Romney I mean. He ran a business junkyard; that's what that investment company was/is. Companies were already broken and failing by the time his group touched them. The closest he came to taking over a company and running it, was the Salt Lake Olympics, which turned out to be a decent entry on his resume.

I'm not saying Romney would have done a better job running HP, although it's hard to imagine him doing any worse. But to his credit, he never tried. He seems to stick to his core competency pretty well.

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

towermac Re:Simple answer. (469 comments)

Yep. I've lived in two places like that, and both were wonderful, cheap, good service... One was city owned, the other was a rural co-op. The co-op was dirt cheap; the city was not so cheap, just reasonable, but had excellent and instant service. The mayor saw to it personally. :)

Now I have Duke; I reset my clocks one or more times a month, and it's the most expensive power I've ever had.

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

towermac Re:VAT fixes everything (469 comments)

You win the internet today.

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

towermac Re:Cost. Pure and simple (469 comments)

Heh. So no easy answers. I advocate a middle ground...

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

towermac Re:Simple answer. (469 comments)

Why would they? Companies exist to make profit. Their greed is the same as your greed when you cash your paycheck, or whatever it is you do for your profit. Adulterated or no.

They are doing only what they are supposed to do. And the part where they generate and sell power for a profit is wonderful. There's no real limit to the number of power generators that could compete in a 'free market'.

But that ain't the grid. How is it that the public doesn't own the grid in the same way they own the interstates? There's no freedom; there's no market; there's only the one freaking grid.

There is no way a private for profit company can be financially responsible for the grid in any satisfactory way. The problem is political, and completely our fault.

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

towermac Re:Deliberate (620 comments)

I don't think you can black box them like that. In fact, they are not really all that 'safe'; they run weapons grade plutonium in those things. All you have to do is bang two fuel components together, and you've made a nuke.

I think the perception of them as safe is more because our Navy is just that bad ass.

yesterday
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

towermac Re:Funny as hell (153 comments)

To elaborate on Mr Reed's point, why not shoot up a rocket whose payload is a rocket? After you attach the rocket and get the rock stabilized, then you spray on the heat shield where it needs it. De-orbit gently, and fall into a giant mattress dump that you've been building up, just for this purpose.

If that idea sucks, then maybe that's why they didn't hire me. But the point is, it is possible to drop a big rock to the surface at less than species ending speeds.

There is a way. If it's a small mountain made half out of gold, and the other half is rare earth metals, it'd be worth it, right?

2 days ago
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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

towermac Re:In Reverse (75 comments)

Thank you. Venturing into space starts with flying through the gaseous atmosphere. Which starts with standing at the bottom of that atmosphere, staring up at the stars, and wishing you could fly. You can't even see stars from underwater.

I might be imagination challenged, but I just don't see a progressive species with opposable thumbs and language developing underwater.

4 days ago
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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

towermac Re:In Reverse (75 comments)

I'm with you. I'll bet a dollar that there are no hydrothermal shrimp on Europa; our freak shrimp are descended from regular shrimp who got away from hungry fish, and if there is so much as bacteria on Europa, I'll be shocked.

But we do have here, in these little blind shrimp, a candidate species with which to seed Europa's ocean. I assume they taste as good as regular shrimp.

As long as we don't mind them arriving in stores freeze dried and already irradiated ...

4 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

towermac Re:Subsidies (516 comments)

"Your racist Democrat side is showing."

Heh. As a conservative, I would take that as a complement, but you had to throw 'racist' in there. Falsely throwing racist around is one of the more racist things you can do, just so you know.

Israel is not a real country in the economic sense because of all the external support they get from the US, other nations, and most importantly; rich Jews scattered around the globe. They could not maintain that standard of living if they only got revenue from taxes on income, nor could they magically make inflation go away or anything like that.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

towermac Re:So basically (440 comments)

What do you mean by 'what's stopping the wealthy from taking over?'

Nothing. Well, other wealthy people. Anyway, they already took over. Good times, bad times; they were in charge the whole time.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

towermac Re:So basically (440 comments)

Yeah. 'Blame Republicans' is apparently going to be Obama's legacy. Well, all the Dems I guess.

The fact that the Democrats run the Senate doesn't matter. The fact that Paul consistently votes on these things as if he's got a 5 digit /. uid doesn't matter either.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

towermac Re:Subsidies (516 comments)

Money is not wealth. Stock market absolute numbers mean almost nothing. And Israel is not a real country.

When the Fed overprints money, it's simply a tax. It's the easiest, fastest, most direct tax they can levy.

Of course, all of it is taxpayer funded.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

towermac Re:Subsidies (516 comments)

The problem in a nutshell: They love taxes, and hate profit, yet; we tax profits.

All those tax breaks are for when an oil company, or any other company, spends their income building stuff, rather than taking that money as profit. Yes, they build that stuff to get future profits, which the state will then tax. A win-win economically, as it were. Better than the rich guy taking all his profit, paying the tax once, and then not seeing that money again in the economy.

There's no real evil there. that's just the way taxes work.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

towermac Re:Wrong and irrelevant as well (516 comments)

What's with all you people comparing everything to coal plants? If coal plants were okay, then this discussion wouldn't exist in the first place.

Nobody is advocating coal plants here.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

towermac Re:"eye sore" (516 comments)

'Why Nuclear?'

Because it's the only other source of power stored in the Earth's crust.

about a week ago
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Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

towermac Re:Electric Universe Preditions (74 comments)

Ah come on man, you're being a little hard on them. Whoever wrote that definitely fancies himself a scientist. That's enough. Zealots often find things. Even when they're wrong, they sometimes discover something, even if it wasn't what they were looking for. But intellectually dishonesty is not true; they believe that shit. and crackpot is just not nice.

You go, electric universe people! I await your wonderful discoveries, submitted to the appropriate scientific journals, and then disseminated to plebs like myself.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

towermac Re:Light is too slow (74 comments)

Dang, I already commented, so no mod for you.

That might be the most profound thing I ever read on /.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

towermac Re:How f!@#$%ing cool is that?! (74 comments)

I want to disagree. I mean yeah, Man on the Moon. In any universe, that is going to be cool. But that appears easy compared to Rosetta.

10 years to get there, circling through the solar system how many times? Then catching a comet with just about no gravity, and slowing down to pace it. Even 'orbiting' it a few times, which is really just firing your rockets to go in a circle.

And then landing? The Moon is a freakin' parking lot with stripes compared to that comet. Plus, having an astronaut came in handy when what's his name had to manually land with seconds to go.

Yes, I remember. But I was a kid, and I guess I figured they did that shit all the time. I didn't appreciate anything. Now, in hindsight, I know different, and appreciate (somewhat) what they did during Apollo. But this seems harder than that, and thus, cooler.

about two weeks ago

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