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So instead of shipping guano from Chile or from Patagonia it'll be wind-powered ammonia?

Nice.

I saw some interesting technology the other day. Wind powered vessels.....whatever next....



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by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Sep 22nd, 2009 at 07:18:31 PM EST
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It would never work in practice. There would always be days without wind when you'd have to use your nuclear reactor.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 23rd, 2009 at 02:22:08 AM EST
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Or sit at port waiting for the wind to pick up.

If we became less impatient life would suddenly be easier.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 23rd, 2009 at 04:08:14 AM EST
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That is an important point. Many (most) goods are not time-critical. The only reasons it matters whether a container full of computers is one or two or three months underway is that 1) sailors have to be paid for their time and 2) having things in the pipeline reduces the relative return on investment.

But with proper warehousing, you would not lose revenues in the absolute sense. And in a full world - where production is constrained by access to raw materials - absolute revenues make more sense as a measure of firm health than return on investment.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Sep 23rd, 2009 at 05:27:10 AM EST
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But warehousing is out of fashion, it's all Just In Time™ now!

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 23rd, 2009 at 05:56:31 AM EST
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I had a manger once who was so cautious - and always wanted so much prior justification for doing something different - I dubbed him a "just too late" manager.  A bit like the whole cliamte change control thing?

notes from no w here
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 23rd, 2009 at 05:27:54 PM EST
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The very earliest version, from the cover of National Geo.

Sure i've already posted this here.  Later versions had very sophisticated submerged hydrogen production stations.  All designed by the chief designer of the world's first nuclear submarine, Wm. E. Heronemus.  (My mentor.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Sep 23rd, 2009 at 10:50:58 AM EST
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