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Comment Re:Let me rephrase that quesion (Score 2) 351 351

Macs and Linux come with the various shells that you can script in plus Perl. Those are great for learning how to do simple things.

On the Mac you have Automator which lets you visually build up a sequence of events and you can have it run AppleScript, JavaScript, or a shell script.

Comment Re: like typical left, she has it wrong. (Score 1) 571 571

That may work for larger buildings. (As an aside I wish they would make it mandatory to for apartment/condo buildings more than four or six stories to use geothermal for the heating and cooling.) I don't think it would work for smaller buildings and homes.

I just replaced my furnace and A/C in addition to looking at getting solar panels put in. Now this is for eastern Ontario so the economics will be different for a lot of places in the US. The numbers I'm using are retail but their relative values should be similar to a trades person.

I'm in the suburbs so that means for a geothermal system I would need to drill vertical holes for the system. I didn't get one priced but they range between $30k and $40k with $10k for the drilling.

There seems to be only two air source heat pumps on the market for my region and they cost around $13k. Plus they would need a backup heating system for the extremely cold days. So with installation estimate $20k

A 98% efficiency natural gas furnace with a 16 SEER A/C comes in around $8k.

From looking around at solar power it costs about $8k to install the basics (wiring, inverter, etc) and then it's approximately $2200 per kW of panels.

In all the systems there is a fan for circulating the air and you are going to have the installation costs for the solar power. So it basically comes down to adding solar panels to cover the difference between the A/C and the heat pumps. The builder could also decide to go up to a SEER 21 A/C if it was cheaper than adding the solar panels or increasing insulation.

Comment Re:like typical left, she has it wrong. (Score 1) 571 571

I think that it might be better to spend the money to up the insulation. I go by construction sites and the minimum amount of insulation required is terrible. If it was increased massive amounts of energy and money could be saved while increasing comfort.

Comment Re:Check my math. (Score 1) 571 571

I didn't check your math but you didn't factor in the time it would take to pass in the legislation to make this law (probably at least a year). Then I doubt there's that much excess supply in the solar panel industry especially with China installing all that it can so you would have to wait at least another year for the plants to be built because they probably aren't going to invest in them until they know for sure that the law has been passed. That's if they build the extra plants because they might not make their money back if the surge in panels isn't kept up past 2020.

Comment Re:More Sanity (Score 1) 272 272

I don't think it's the media that is creating the false fears. They may be hyping the small number of idiots using drones. The problem is that as drones become cheaper more and more idiots are going to going to buy one. I bet it won't be long until we hear about someone flying one against traffic on a highway to get a "great shot".

Comment Re:More Sanity (Score 1) 272 272

I think it would be good to also have it possible to operate a drone without the restrictions if you were under the supervision of someone who was certified. So someone could take their friends or family out and they could fly the drone while that person was there to give direction. Or a certified person could rent out a drone and be present.

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