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  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    BTW, one thing seldom mentioned about PV is the fact that it will undercut the most lucrative part of the electricity market - daytime peak. Daytime peak tariff electricity from conventional sources - that is what PV is competing against....
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    The future of PV is not in high latitudes but in most of the places where most people live - close to the equator. Additionally, anyone who is living in the hot sunny Southern US states, uses aircon and doesn't...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    "If PV is so cheap why does it need grid tariffs? Surely it can compete with coal and gas on equal terms now that it is a mature technology..." It is a far from mature technology. Also, grid tariffs are...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Here's why the financial institutions have control. For those who have not seen it before: http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2013/04/DB%20Derivative%20Exposure.jpg The derivatives exposure of Deutsche Bank alone is around 20x greater than the entire GDP of Germany...
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    Why the Green Belt is sacred, and why massive house building programs will not happen....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    The biggest cost by far with respect to welfare costs in Britain is house prices, and rent. And the biggest cost of a house is the land it sits on. Even if putting up a house cost zero, the land...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    TLDR; - in London energy from a PV panel lying flat is around 3.7 US cents per kWh. Halve that for Southern Europe....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    "Whether you use cultivation or herbicides, weed control take energy" The end point is probably solar powered mini robots doing the weeding. We are probably not far from being able to create something that can wander around a field cutting...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I wrote an article last year on the true costs of DIY solar PV. That is, if you buy the panels one-off retail (best prices) and do the work yourself (which means NOT connecting to the grid). The figures, with...
  • Commented on Implications
    Beetles using hydrogen peroxide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_beetle...
  • Commented on Implications
    "Describe your alien." Centaur. Elephant with 2 trunks. Whatever alien is chosen, it must have more than one dexterous appendage. Number of legs most likely to be 4...
  • Commented on Implications
    Since we are mentioning alien biochemistry, what about mixed oxygen/chlorine atmospheres? Or slightly more sinister, could an organism be engineered to photosynthesize chlorine as well as oxygen from seawater?...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    And just to cut off the obvious moronic response, allow me to print it first: Putin = Russians = Commies = Left Wing = Guardian...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    " 'cause the mullahs are such lovely peaceful people, always so cooperative..." 'cause the USA is so friendly and freedom loving, apart from the kidnappings, executions, murders and torture..."...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Acually, The Guardian...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I know (of) people who do sanctions busting stuff with respect to Iran. Unless you are shipping hundreds of tonnnes then getting it into Iran is not a problem - just an expense. I find the US obsession with Iran...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    So it's OK for the West to overthrow governments as long as we can come up with a good excuse, but if Putin does it he's the New Hitler?...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Putin playing "hardball"? Excuse me, but the West just recently helped overthrow a lawfully elected Ukrainian government and replaced it with something that looks like a mix of the old kleptocracy and neoNazis....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    50kg of diamonds...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I was really talking about the tradeoff between punishment and the time/effort/money spent by the judicial power investigating and prosecuting a case. If that is wrong then vast amounts of crime gets ignored in practice, if not theory....
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Well, I will sort of be "flouncing off" because I return to work tomorrow after being off a week with flu. BTW, the answer to the above is (5)...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    How do you know the woman was injured by her own actions? I always assumed she was riding pillion...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    What should happen and what does happen are obviously two different things, and that is not going to change until this reality is rendered perfect. Personally, I always assume the worst and prepare for it. That's why I don't have...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Evolution...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Concisely: stupidity gets punished irrespective of ethical issues....
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Let me give you an exact parallel. A few years ago I saw a woman in Bedford dressed in a tshirt and short skirt. What made her stand out were the massive scars on her left shoulder and all down...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    What will also come out of the mess is ever having anyone of public note host the event in future. Unless they can persuade the Dalai Lama, and even then there will probably be a twitter storm from Chinese fans...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    "IIRC at least one woman out of every eight has been sexually assaulted at some point in her life;" And I would like to see some definition of what that means. Are we including all forms of "unwanted physical contact"...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    See my reply to JamesPadraicR above. BTW, it is a true story and happened to the son of a friend of mine. Also, by far the largest number of victims of those "hominid predators" are stupid males, not females. The...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    "That sounds a lot like victim blaming." Let's imagine some teenager wanders into a pub in a rough part of town, gets pissed out of his head while exercising his "right to an opinion". He finds himself in the street...
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