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JohnBeckerAug. 01, 2014 - 12:13AM JST
There are plenty of observations to make about why one little installation doesn't generate enough power, doesn't generate it constantly, whatever. What really matters is that there's going to be a little bit more electricity available, and it isn't going to come from fossil fuels or nuclear.
The first automobile couldn't do 200kph, it didn't have power steering or air conditioning. And there were only a few of them. After a few decades, the situation was different. Such will be the case with solar and the other renewables. What we're seeing now are only the first building blocks.
Posted in: Ken Corp to build 68MW of solar plants
JohnBeckerJul. 31, 2014 - 02:48AM JST
The PM's office was so unstable for so long, it's critical for Abe to get out there and reconnect with other world leaders. He's been in office long enough to give other countries a chance to remember his name. You never know - he might actually make advancements in trade and diplomacy.
Ok, maybe not. But I don't think he's out there just sitting on the beach and sipping mojitos.
Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is averaging two overseas trips a month so far this year. Do you think that is too many for a prime minister?
JohnBeckerJul. 30, 2014 - 03:21AM JST
The volatility of his behavior is due to dementia. His behavior in general, however, is due to him being a racist, misogynistic subhuman.
Posted in: Judge OKs record-setting $2 bil sale of LA Clippers
JohnBeckerJul. 29, 2014 - 01:31AM JST
In other news:
PARTY AT MEIZENRYO FROM NOW UNTIL 29 SEPTEMBER!!!!!!!!
Idiots. If they hadn't made the place such a mess outside and in the common areas, it's likely that none of this would have been a problem.
Posted in: Tohoku University evicts entire dormitory for rampant drinking
JohnBeckerJul. 28, 2014 - 01:37AM JST
Everybody has a persona. Mr. Allen's consists mainly of existential angst. Doesn't make him the life of the party, but he owns it.
If you get a chance, look up "Woody Allen stand up" on YouTube. His comedy routines from the '60s, while dated, are still hilarious.
Posted in: Woody Allen on magic, movies, and life's meaning
JohnBeckerJul. 28, 2014 - 01:21AM JST
Safe place for a reactor.
Safe place for a reactor.
Why put a reactor there, when there's enough heat coming from the earth to boil just as much water?
Posted in: Volcanic island smoldering and growing
JohnBeckerJul. 26, 2014 - 01:47AM JST
Another Nexus 7 vote here. I don't use it all the time, but when I do, it's just right.
Posted in: Android grabs more tablet market share
JohnBeckerJul. 26, 2014 - 01:40AM JST
In the last half of the 1900s, the greatest advances were in computer power. But even then, there were always limitations - memory/storage, display, and portability.
We now have stratospheric amounts of memory and storage, due to dramatically higher magnetic densities on disks and the emergence of solid state drives. (Remember when the Sony Mavica camera looked like such a great idea because it could store photos on a floppy disk?)
It used to be that you had to have a CRT to work with a computer. The ubiquity of LCD (and now OLED) displays means we can see anything, anywhere. Look at the tiny Apple iPod Nano, the entire front of which is a display.
Portability is the last of the three major steps. It used to be that you had regular batteries, then it was NiCd rechargeables, now we have NiMH and LI batteries that hold huge amounts of power(relatively speaking) and don't weigh a lot.
Imagine what we'll have ten years from now, when today's technology will look quaint. It's an exciting time to be alive.
Posted in: New rechargeable cell has 7 times higher energy density than lithium-ion cells
JohnBeckerJul. 26, 2014 - 01:24AM JST
Are the letters of transit still stashed inside?
Posted in: Play it again: 'Casablanca' piano to be sold at auction
JohnBeckerJul. 23, 2014 - 01:49AM JST
Hard to say if it was a switching error or if one of the drivers missed a signal (or both), but at least they got on their brakes well in advance of the collision. If they hadn't, it would have been carnage.
Posted in: Trains collide in South Korea; 1 dead, dozens hurt
JohnBeckerJul. 23, 2014 - 01:45AM JST
It used to be an occasion for me to see a La Liga or Serie A or Bundesliga or Premiership match here in the States. Now I get to see 4 Premier League games every weekend. I'm still not a fan of Major League Soccer, maybe that will change.
People over 40 they're hopeless...
People over 40 they're hopeless...
bass4funk, I can barely see 40 in my rear view mirror. Anyone can appreciate great sport.
Posted in: English soccer clubs 'invade' U.S. for pre-season matches
JohnBeckerJul. 22, 2014 - 01:14AM JST
True, Frungy, but the more important point is that fuel cell cars use a renewable fuel. Gasoline and diesel come out of the ground, they're used, they're gone. They pollute. It's true that it takes energy to get pure hydrogen, but that energy can come from anywhere. Right now, it's probably from fossil fuels. As wind, solar, geothermal and tidal take over, this will no longer be a problem.
Better to lay the groundwork now, start building up the infrastructure and changing peoples' mindsets, rather than waiting for alternative sources of electricity to catch up.
Posted in: What do you think of hydrogen fuel cell cars?
JohnBeckerJul. 22, 2014 - 01:04AM JST
The airlines in the U.S. were great until deregulation changed them from flying lounges to flying cattle cars.
Posted in: Airlines symbolize nations' hopes or reflect shame
JohnBeckerJul. 21, 2014 - 01:19AM JST
Not mentioned is is role in Grand Prix, a fantastic movie from the '60s. He was already an accomplished race car driver in real life, and did his own driving in the movie.
Posted in: 'Maverick,' 'Rockford Files' star James Garner dies at 86
JohnBeckerJul. 17, 2014 - 01:23AM JST
They don't need to change the mound. The only thing that needs a change is pitchers' elbows. If they want to use a delivery that puts incredible stress on that joint, that's up to them. Find a less destructive way to deliver a pitch, or resign yourself to Tommy John surgery.
Satchel Paige pitched into his 50s. He used to throw a ton of innings and never had arm problems. People should be modeling their pitching motions on people like him. It might make their arms less susceptible to injury.
Posted in: With hitting down, should MLB lower the mound?
JohnBeckerJul. 13, 2014 - 06:10AM JST
The Tigers are looking stronger lately....
Posted in: Japanese baseball results
JohnBeckerJul. 13, 2014 - 05:58AM JST
Flexible displays will eventually find a place in car windshields for heads-up displays. They could also find a place in smartphones because maybe they'll be less likely to break when dropped.
Posted in: LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display
JohnBeckerJul. 13, 2014 - 05:55AM JST
Cars have gotten so complex in the past 10 or 15 years, it comes as no surprise that so many are having software glitches. Faulty parts, however, are still inexcusable.
Posted in: Honda recalls 175,000 hybrid vehicles
JohnBeckerJul. 09, 2014 - 12:45AM JST
There should definitely be regulation. No sales of e-cigs or fluid to anyone under 18, taxes on fluid equivalent to the current tax on cigarettes. Full disclosure of all ingredients in fluid. Standardization of the reported level of nicotine in fluid, much as there's a government standard for calculating a car's gas mileage, etc. They have to get a handle on this now, rather than waiting 4 years for scientific study. Use that data when it's available, but don't let this get out of control in the meantime.
I smoked a pack a day for 32 years. I got an e-cigarette and was done with real cigarettes in 4 days. I used the e-cig for 5 months and then quit using it. I've been nicotine free for two and a half years now, and I have no cravings at all. So I'll defend the use of e-cigs as a smoking cessation aid until I'm blue in the face. It won't work for everyone, but it will work for some. As for people who don't smoke and buy e-cigs..... well, that's just stupid. Just as bad as buying cigarettes for the first time. (Like I did, 35 years ago.)
Posted in: As millions vape, e-cigarette researchers count puffs, scour Facebook
JohnBeckerJul. 09, 2014 - 12:25AM JST
Fadamor, the article states that he was inflating the budget and then skimming off the top. The children were still getting their lunches. He wasn't taking food out of their mouths. "All" he was doing was stealing from taxpayers.
Posted in: Niigata official arrested for embezzling Y10 mil intended for school lunches
Aug. 01, 2014 - 02:26AM JST
Newsflash: Apartheid South Africa has been wiped off the map.
So I take it you…
Posted in: Violence soars in Gaza as world pleads for truce
Aug. 01, 2014 - 02:23AM JST
No. It's more like an argument about whether if another man screws your wife you should…
Jerseyboy there are restrictions and tariffs on cars going into the US what are you talking…
Posted in: U.S. lawmakers warn Japan, Canada on Pacific trade deal talks
Aug. 01, 2014 - 02:02AM JST
The US wants to sell California rice to Japan. But California rice is subsidized with cheap…
Aug. 01, 2014 - 02:01AM JST
Wish list for USOC, I wonder if SF and LA will be interested. California cities? Why…
Posted in: Marketing agreement an obstacle in US bid for 2024