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Comment: Re:Please give examples of the obstacles (Score 2) 306

The business models that have made solar systems financially viable for millions of homeowners in California, New England and elsewhere around the country are largely illegal in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina and some other Southern states. Companies that pioneered the industry, such as SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc., do not even attempt to do business there.

What that appears to mean is that without the subsidies and questionable business practices, no one in their right mind would buy solar panels for their home. That may not be the case, but the fact that the article fails to spell it out, suggests that it is.

Comment: Please give examples of the obstacles (Score 1) 306

I read the article to try and find an example of the sorts of obstacles which "power company executives and regulators" had erected to keep home owners from using sunshine to generate their own electricity and found NONE. The article fails to mention a single one of the rules which prevented Mary Wilkerson (or anybody else) from installing solar panels. They do mention that the business models used by the businesses that sell solar panels are illegal in Florida, but they are less than clear what that business model is. The article says that the solar panel industry leases the panels to the homeowner rather than selling them. They than say that the homeowners sell excess power to the electric companies and pay the cost of the panels over time. What they do not tell us is what part of that business model is illegal.

The article actually seems to say that the low cost of electricity in Florida combined with a failure of the state to subsidize solar power through various incentives (including regulations requiring electric companies to generate some portion of their electric through more expensive "renewable" sources). All in all, it fails to support its thesis that it is harder to install solar panels in Florida than in Massachusetts. All the article does is make the case that it is more expensive.

Comment: Re:People hear "Windows 8" and run away (Score 1) 336

I can, and do, work in Windows 8 without tweaking it, but it is a pain. Just not enough of a pain to go to the effort of figuring out how to make it work without being a pain (I am aware that I can download and install Classic Shell, but I have seen that on other people's desktops and do not like the look. I do not know if that is because of the way they have configured it, or if it is because of the way Classic Shell just is and have not yet reached the frustration level with 8 to do the work to find out). Windows 7 works for me the way it comes out of the box with minimal modifications that I can make when I decide they are worth the effort. Nothing to download and install.

Comment: Re:Hamas are Terrorists (Score 1) 402

by Attila Dimedici (#47594235) Attached to: The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

They'll stop fighting when Israel pursues a 2-state strategy with sincerity.

Can you provide ANY evidence for this assertion? As evidence that you are wrong I enter this phrase from the Hamas charter: "...initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion[.]” There is more that suggests you are mistaken, do you have any evidence to support what you claim?

Comment: Re:so... (Score 2) 122

by Attila Dimedici (#47585921) Attached to: Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year
You mean the way they are doing in New England by shutting down coal plants (and nuclear plants) and replacing them with...well nothing. They do not have pipelines with the capacity to carry increased amounts of natural gas and cannot get the permits to build more. They do not have the electric lines to increase the amount of electric they import from outside the region and cannot get the permits to build more. This will be an interesting winter in New England.

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