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    Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

    This is a discussion on Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government within the General Computing and Internet forums, part of the Community channel category; There is opposition because they are expensive and NOT cost effective. The problem is that the cheapest and best solution ...

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      Re: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

      There is opposition because they are expensive and NOT cost effective.
      The problem is that the cheapest and best solution is the one that everyone objects to without even understanding or trying to understand it.


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      Re: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

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      That's all well and good, Scubbie, but where do we get electricity at night when the wind isn't blowing?
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_power
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      Re: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

      One out of three in existence isn't bad. Pity about the cost.

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      Re: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

      It is possible to store power in batteries, even mains electric.

      I wouldn't rule out Nuclear Power either. Yes there are important environmental considerations from when it running to when the fuel is spent and the power station has been closed.

      As for the list which Shonk posted, Hydro power has been in use in Wales since 1984, but it only provides short term power for peak usage and wouldn't provide enough to sustain a city all night. There is also insufficient places around the UK to have enough Hydro stations to keep us all happy.

      Tidal power is being developed more and more. There is some important work being undertaken in South Wales at this time.

      As for lack of wind, wind turbines can operate with very little wind. It isn't often that the wind is completely still around the whole of the UK but I guess it isn't impossible. We often get fog when there is no wind. With enough pre-planning and investment, along with suitable maintenance, batteries could be sufficient to provide a backup during this time.

      In addition, perhaps a little controversial as well, are places that burn our waste. Some use by products from left-over wood. Sure it's good to recyle, but not everything at this time can be recycled. Any hazardous gases can be filtered out.

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      Re: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

      It is possible that these technologies might be economically viable in 10 - 20 years, though their installation carbon footprints never quite seem to be mentioned in the debates. I wonder how many people will be prepared to pay the huge surcharges on their power bills in the meantime so that politicians can posture with their fellows at International gatherings.

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      Re: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

      The will be a time when we no longer have access to oil products.

      Carbon footprint is one thing, but a lack of oil is more certain.

      This country does have access to coal as a backup, but wind, sun and tide power will always be available.

      There is one place where there is a huge amount of untapped wind...

      https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.49...-0.1269979,17z
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      Re: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

      Unfortunately there are several long periods of calm there every year, and unless efficient portable generators are developed most of those sources are a waste of time.

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      Re: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

      Fusion is the answer, but it's still many years away. Forget the billions being spent on HS2 and other vanity projects and put that money into the Severn barrage and the like.
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      Re: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

      Indeed HS2 money should be re-allocated to research.

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      Re: Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

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      Unfortunately there are several long periods of calm there every year, and unless efficient portable generators are developed most of those sources are a waste of time.
      I was thinking that the by-products that are produced there, such as human waste, could also be utilised.

      There is no end of such by-products to keep many power stations running for decades.

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