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  • Bill Gates’ energy views are a turn-off

    , magicalclick wrote

    *snip*
    I don't think you get it. They wont start thinking of a new plant right after the first one complete. After plant is built, they will rejoice for a year or two.

    No, that's not how civil engineering projects work. 

    Firstly, a planning authority will typically have multiple projects and plans on the go at any one time. However, even if we say they only have one, they will start the planning process for the next project, once they have finished their planning work on the current project - i.e. once it has started the construction phase - and they will do so with knowledge of the estimated construction time-line for the current project. To do otherwise, puts themselves out of a job - a very un-government-like decision.

    Obviously, the more common-place the technology, the more accurate the forward estimates of demand, capacity and construction time, and transfer of technology from developed to developing nations can mitigate much of the risk-management in this area.

    Your last point is incorrect, in that it assumes the onus is on developing nations to shoulder the financial burden of the decision to use renewable tech. The onus is on the DEVELOPED nations (i.e. where *I* live) to subsidise the choice of renewables, if this is the outcome they want. It should not be viewed in terms of what THEY will choose, but in terms of what WE will choose.

  • Bill Gates’ energy views are a turn-off

    , magicalclick wrote

    *snip*
    hmmmm... You do realize your timeline already shown it started this process on 2006, not 2009 right? And you do realize the government is interested in having one more power plant to even begin the pre-qualification. The requirement is there, so they don't have to open another pre-qualification before the first power plant completes.

    Planning, Funding and Construction are separate limitations.

    Ivanpah was obviously in Planning/Funding for the period before construction commencing in 2009. You don't suddenly get to a point and say - oh s**t we need a new power-station... let's start thinking about it. All govts are constantly planning for the future. In the case of California, it is part of their 33% renewable target for 2020, and they have multiple solutions in the mix.

    If developed nations want developing nations to use renewable energy, the solution is pretty simple - subsidise it for them.

  • Bill Gates’ energy views are a turn-off

    , magicalclick wrote

    Here are the system requirements.
    ...
    3) Energy production must meets the current demand and 10 years down the road because they have to give themselves enough time to make more power plants, which takes years.

    10 years is perhaps a bit long.

    California's Ivanpah solar power plant was 4-5years from construction start in 2009 to coming on-line in 2013

    Obviously, the thing cost megabucks, and at 390MW is relatively small-scale, but this is cutting edge technology, which should get better and cheaper as more are built.

    Ivanpah TimeLine

  • Do you use Linux?

    At home - no.

    At work - CENTOS - to support various services

    Running it as a guest on Hyper-V is well known and we found easy enough to implement for simple single-service requirements.

    e.g. We (not me personally) implemented a virtual squid array when we moved off TMG after MS pulled the plug on it and would not support it on Server-2012.

  • wireless power

    Yeah yeah... but when do we get those hover-boards ?

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    , magicalclick wrote
    It is too late though. Sikorsky screwed it up..

    Sikorsky ?  The Helicopter guy ??

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    If MS want to avoid Win7 becoming the next XP, the need to provide a direct upgrade path from Win7 to Win9 (or whatever they choose to call it). Needing to go through Win7-->Win8-->Win8.1-->Win9 or doing a complete nuke & install, is just going to discourage upgraders.

  • rename this place ....

    A common approach is to use spam-rules for deciding if a post is auto-approved, or requires admin-approval.

    Telligent have a system that seems to work pretty well, based on assigning points to a posts, to decide if it's likely spam, and sidelining posts above set "suspect" values. Basically, if a post scores above the "suspect" limit, it requires admin approval to be posted.

    User Account Age
     -- Deduct points for posts from older (more trusted) accounts

    Known Spam Terms
     ++ eg 'viagra'

    User Creation IP Frequency
     ++ More points if the IP address is repeatedly creating users.

    Status Message Duplicates
     ++ Recent duplicate status messages and replies

    Status Message Flood
     ++ A user has recently created many posts

    Comment Length
     ++ If comments do not meet a certain minimum length

    IP Address Frequency
     ++ If a given IP address attempts to make repeated posts

    Emails in Comments
     ++ Regex matches in the comment body

    Forbidden Words
     ++ Site configured rules based on acceptable content

    Recent Duplicate Spam Rule
     ++ Duplicate username, title, body, etc.

    Links in Comments
     ++ Links to known or suspect bad places.

    Regex
     ++ Regex matches in username, title, body, etc that match known values.

  • Cosmos on global warming

    Plenty of scientists argue that if we made the appropriate funding commitment, commercial fusion reactors are doable within a time-frame that would assist in reducing global warming (assuming you accept coal/gas need to be eliminated and that uranium is a high-risk solution).

    They argue that the main thing holding them back is a simple lack of funding. Even development of relatively safe Thorium fission reactors gets little funding, because the nuclear industry is so committed to Uranium, and lobbies hard to keep it that way.

    Seems to me that our politicians are all too scared to make major policy and investment commitments for anything other than weapons and wars, lest they incur the wrath of business and media interests.

    We need Brian Cox as world's emperor...

  • SSD+HDD cache scheme for making spun down HDDs feel like SSD's

    , magicalclick wrote

    *snip*

    Another way to ask this is, couldn't you just place all the frequent data in one SSD? How much storage you need to store frequently used items?

    My system disk is already a 240GB SSD - more than enough for OS and Apps.

    However, like lots of people, I have a large raid array (currently 3TB and soon to be increased) that holds data files.

    I tend to access the same files from the array, for days or even weeks at a time, before moving to a new project that I'll work on for an extended period. There are also some data files that I always use on a daily basis. I want to have those files open as fast as possible.

    I can address this with a small cache SSD that updates with my usage pattern, while the system SSD is free to do its own thing..