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Comment: Re:BBC not to blame here, Clarkson is (Score 1) 633

by ArhcAngel (#49346183) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear
As I stated that could be the case as well. I simply choose to believe it was not. As someone who has known more than my fair share of nagging nancy's who's sole purpose in conversing with you is to see how hot under the collar they can get you and the open animosity the network has shown toward Clarkson's past faux pas' I choose to believe they were looking for an opportunity to trip him up and he obliged. You're free to choose what you want to believe as well.

Comment: Re:BBC not to blame here, Clarkson is (Score 1) 633

by ArhcAngel (#49345611) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear
Are you familiar with the term "The straw that broke the camels back"? It is tied to the notion that one seemingly insignificant event caused a catastrophic result. The BBC and the producers had been riding him for a very long time about being "proper" so as not to offend certain groups. This ran counter to what made him so entertaining. He spoke his mind and said what a lot of us would say if we weren't forced to be proper in mixed company. I didn't agree with half the things he said but I usually found what he said to be humorous. None of us know what transpired in the exchange between Clarkson and the producer but I suspect the producer had been goading him prior to this encounter and Clarkson simply snapped. Clarkson's no saint but he's also not petty and I choose to believe there was something deeper going on that led up to this.

Comment: Re:Or... (Score 1) 47

by ArhcAngel (#49344317) Attached to: Dueling Home Automation Systems at SXSW (Video)
Yeah Crestron has had a stranglehold on the corporate market for a long time and their control systems are a nightmare. Black box controllers with many in many out pay no attention to the circuit behind the curtain subterfuge. I won't even hire a Crestron programmer for our office unless I get it in writing I get the source code once he's done. "Oh! you need the font changed on the shutdown button?" "No problem. Our programmer can whip that out in a couple of minutes and it'll only be $1000.00" and that is NOT an exaggeration. I only call in the programmer when I have an overhaul or hardware replacement and budget for a minimum of $5k just for programming.

Comment: Re:mountains, canyons, droughts. Combination yes (Score 1) 316

To grammar Nazis everywhere my sincerest apologies. I shall go fetch the wet noodle immediately!

As to your other assertion. Pffft Most of those other places are run from offices in Houston. Nice find on the Chronicle article. Fun fact, I'm looking out the window at their offices as I type this.

Comment: Re:mountains, canyons, droughts. Combination yes (Score 1) 316

Houston is the mecca for the entire North American ENERGY industry.

FTFY
Houston learned it's lesson after the oil bust of the 80's. The city has diversified to encompass all aspects of energy and technology. Most of the big energy companies have large plays in every possible renewable out there trying to be the first to make that breakthrough that'll bring cost parity to fossils.

As to the OP I suspect Houstonians use significantly more electricity than Costa Ricans as over 90% of the homes have some form of A/C while I suspect that average for Costa Rico to be somewhat lower.

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

Grid storage technology is currently cost prohibitive. What does that mean? Glad you asked. If it costs ~$0.06 kW to burn natural gas/coal to generate electricity that then can be sold for ~$0.13 kW any storage medium needs to have an amortized/maintenance cost less than the difference between the generation/sell price ($0.07 kW in this example) to be cost effective. Otherwise the power company is just wasting money. Wind farms frequently generate electricity they just pump into the ground rather than store it because the grid cannot accommodate the capacity and the storage costs are too high. There are several promising technologies that may change this soon but until then fossil fuels still rule. I work for the number one owner of wind in N.A. and I assure you they would love to store that electricity instead of dumping it.

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