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Comment: Re:Okay, we're clear on what you're promising (Score 1) 184

By the time the utility-scale solution comes on line your average home owner will no longer be interested in being a customer as there will be really no reason not to generate your own power, unless of course if things like force shields and personal home hadron colliders become popular.

As it is for less than $3000 I have enough solar power to cover everything but the largest power hogs. (AC, heat, refrigerator.) All my personal devices, tv, lighting, and water heating do just fine off of solar. There is no reason why most of the rest will not be converted in that 20-30 year window.

Comment: Re: Okay, we're clear on what you're promising (Score 1) 184

I give not a single flying fuck about how stupid the Chinese and Europeans are behaving when it comes to their subsidies. If they want to subsidize my giant American capitalist swimming pool filled of course with the tears from baby seals killed with clubs made of nearly extinct hardware from the devistated South African jungles that's their problem.

As far as the "whole passel" of laws I don't have to pull permits that are not required. The entire solar water system is run off of 12vDC, no permits required. The panel installation and the solar pool pump is 1 permit and electrical inspection, instead of the 3 or 4 I needed before. I am also getting to skip the wire run and trenching and the extra electrical box work. That all adds up quickly to the price.

Comment: Re:Why Local storage? (Score 1) 184

Couple reasons.

1. When the grid goes down, so does your little micro grid. If you have sensitive needs, say for example a server farm, climate control needs, or medical life support equipment you never want it to go down.
2. The utilities charge you to have connections to the grid even if you do nothing but generate electricity. They charge ALOT to businesses. (Pissess off the crony capitalists aka Republicans and Democrats.)
3. Also if you have utilities coming onto your property you start getting into property right of way nonsense that gives the gov't or the utilities a way to butt into your business. (Pisses off Statist Progressives)
4. If you are not connected to the grid your power generation can't be taxed because they have no way of monitoring it, and you won't be forced to pay subsidies to pay for electricity social programs. (Pissess off the Democrats)

So why just hold out for angering republicans? I say piss them all off.

Comment: Re:Okay, we're clear on what you're promising (Score 1) 184

Then why do I have solar panels running my outdoor lighting, pool heater (water), and pool filter (electrical), without said gov't subsidies? Oh that's right it was cheaper when you start factoring in all the things I didn't have to payout to the county gov't in the way of permits, electricians, trenching equipment, copper wiring and the conduit to run it from the house out into the yard, etc, etc.

For a utility yes solar generated electricity makes little sense, but for the home or business owner it makes a great deal of sense. The farther from the grid you go the more sense it makes. With equipment prices these days anything more than 30ft from the house solar is on parity with grid electricity if you are willing to do the work yourself.

Comment: Re:Okay, we're clear on what you're promising (Score 2) 184

Then maybe, just maybe I can stop typing exclusively in sarcasm.

I was getting worried (my sarcasm detector has been offline since 1987). I thought there for a minute you might be the one of 9 people in the US that has managed to miss every single article about Tesla/SpaceX and did not know who Musk was.

Comment: Re:My only question, where does the LiOn come from (Score 1) 184

how does anyone not account for that when they price out some grand new adaptation?

Kind of like say building disaster proof micro grids that are not under control by government sanctioned utility monopolies? I never understood the whole low IQ concept of "we have to save it for something more important, so we shouldn't use it logic because it might get expensive".

No we should use the shit out of it to drive the price up to the stratosphere so that the market comes up with either a cheaper way to produce it or more effective technology to replace it and meet the demand.

Comment: Re:Would that be like the free market solution to (Score 1) 413

by Charcharodon (#49317043) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought
No, what I'm saying is that socialists try to buy things for a dollar and sell them for a penny and can't every seem to understand why they go bankrupt within 6 months.

ENRON was a bunch of thieves taking advantage of a bunch of socialists. There wasn't even the tiniest bit of free market involvement in that entire debacle.

Comment: Re:Would that be like the free market solution to (Score 1) 413

by Charcharodon (#49317025) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought
You are conveniently leaving a few details:
1. PG&E was required by the State of California to provide power no matter what.
2. PG&E was not allowed by the State of California to change retail prices without the State's approval. This resulted in them being forced to buy and sell electricity at a loss until they went bankrupt.
3. ENRON's little scheme was a two part scheme. ENRON was nothing but paper. The entire company was essentially fake. Anyone holding their stock got ripped off. The other part was to take advantage of CA idiotic price fixing scheme to bleed both PG&E and the taxpayers of CA dry which they did for years. Everyone at ENRON was a criminal set on taking advantage of a situation created by the State of California not the market.
4. CA put itself in the situation where they had to buy power from outside the State since they killed off all but the cleanest natural gas power plants with heavy handed environmental regulation.
5. What little solar and wind power was available PG&E was forced to buy at an enormous loss. To add insult to injury, the Federal Gov't was heavily subsidizing wind farms through grants and purchase requirements, causing areas such as Tehachapi to sprout wind turbines like weeds forcing PG&E to buy even more power from them far above the rates charged to customers.
6. With the retail prices set artificially low PG&E customers gorged themselves on electricity priced bellow the market price. This accelerated the collapse of PG&E and resulting in the summer rolling blackouts which continued even after the State stepped in to bail out the now bankrupt PG&E.

So yes I called ENRON a side show, because California set itself up for failure, all ENRON did was take advantage of the very system that California had created.

ENRON could not have pulled off their theft without the utility monopoly created by California, the price fixing set by California, and the severe lack of in state power production, again created by California.

Comment: Re:Would that be like the free market solution to (Score 4, Insightful) 413

by Charcharodon (#49312735) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought
What a bad reference to make, poo pooing free markets.

They had price controls at the customer level and market prices at the wholesale level. Guess what happened?

Yep that's right shortages, just like the last million times price controls were tried.

Comment: Re:the establishment really does not like competit (Score -1, Flamebait) 366

by Charcharodon (#49289623) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids
Shhhhhhhh. If you scream any louder at your computer you'll wake your mom and then she wont make any hot pockets for you, and then where will you be?

I checked out that website you posted. Every single story were fluff pieces on "alleged" driver behavior, except for the one where the driver hit a kid (No charges filed btw). I didn't see a single story that said "Lyft/Uber driver convicted of....."

The only rape ones I could find where in Chicago, Boston, New York, and Delhi. So far no convictions and only 1 civil lawsuit, which sounds like someone just hunting for a really big payday rather than justice.

SO I suggest you take some of your own advice and learn to read the articles and maybe develop I don't maybe some basic logic and reading comprehensive skills. That way you don't end up sounding like a giant ass hat there kiddo.

Comment: Re:the establishment really does not like competit (Score 0) 366

by Charcharodon (#49289405) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids
Had to respond to pull my mod point I accidently gave the above.

Throwing out that Uber drivers raping/assaulting rider in one shit hole portion of what, India & Pakistan is somehow endemic to the entire Uber global phenomena and then claim that somehow out of millions of taxi drivers that no example can't be found.

Silly, hater, illogical nonsense.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 274

by Charcharodon (#49283783) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World
Ah yes because someone who can memorize grammar rules and word spelling has a truly gifted intellect.

The fact that spell check can do it nearly as well as you should tell you that is probably not the case.

Eat a dick grammer Nazi. ( Like how I misspelled grammer. Does that make your skin krawl when you see speeling errors?)

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)