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Comment: Re:Gamechanger (Score 1) 514

by Amazing Proton Boy (#49594717) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

That is a crazy high number. I just installed a 6.7 kw PV system for $15,000. It is cash flow positive from day one. Over the 20 year life of the system, using very conservative escalation and discount rates, I will save over $80k with a NPV of $28k. PDF of the economics here:

Comment: Re:Recycle and bioplastics (Score 1) 98

by Amazing Proton Boy (#49296245) Attached to: Some Biodegradable Plastics Don't Live Up To Their Claims

This seems willfully obtuse. If you live anywhere near a city there is a recycling center near you that will accept these. Even if you live 60 miles from a city you still make several trips a year into that city for other reasons. Not taking those old bulbs with you for the 10 minute detour to drop them off is being purposely stubborn.

Comment: Re:That's interesting data but.... (Score 1) 165

by Amazing Proton Boy (#47921823) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

I used to think this way too. I would tell all my friends that if a boat were sinking with my wife and small children in it, I would save my wife first as we can always make more children. This is logical and makes sense to me. Then I had kids. It turns out that many of us are "genetically programed" (or however you want to phrase it) to save the kids first. Our minds don't always seem to work the way we want them to. I can still clearly see the logic of saving my wife first and would agree that this is the proper course of action but my brain simply won't allow me to do that. I am 100% sure I would save the kids first and let her & myself die. Wierd huh?

Of course I still believe strongly that if you are going to have a kid then you should also have redundant back-ups (more kids).

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1, Informative) 499

No, the form specifically asks in question 29.7: "Have you EVER associated with anyone involved in activities to further terrorism?"

She did not inform them of her continued relationship with two convicted members of a terrorist organization, including visiting one in prison. I'm not seeing a lot of gray here. She clearly should have answered yes to this question and explained her tenuous connection to these people. That she lied NOW is the problem, not that she was a minor activist in the 80's.

Comment: Re:No point; BMorg doesn't want to solve the probl (Score 2) 273

by Amazing Proton Boy (#46661371) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

Your Disney point is spot on. I attended a talk by thier head of parking a couple of years ago and he indicated that Disney is legally allowed to "only" park 3,600 cars per hour on the property but when things get busy they can park over 5,000 cars per hour. That is amazing. More than a car per second with usually no wait at all. That is impressive! Not only that but the cast members that work in parking are always extremely helpful, polite and happy.

Comment: Re:Makes perfect sense (Score 1) 142

The dirty little not-so-secret-anymore is that the IRS simply does not do anything with about 90% of returns other than cash your check or send you a refund for whatever you ask for. They simply are forced to trust that the numbers are right. This is now out in the open and has resulted in a new type of scam where criminals simply fill out bogus returns for hundreds of SSN's claiming refunds. The IRS then happily sends them the money, to the tune of $millions of dollars to single addresses. The US Post office sometimes has to rent bigger trucks just to deliver the thousands of checks.



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