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Comment: Re:Survival (Score 1) 475

by Charcharodon (#48031291) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
I'm not worried about it. If I want grid tied solar no problem. If I want to go off grid with a few things, pool, workshop out door lighting, hot water, back up power again no problem. If I hit all those items I'd be free from 50% of my electric bill.

Even if I had a different lender Hillsborough county in FL has a few things to say about being hooked up to the grid as well.

Comment: Re:Survival (Score 1) 475

by Charcharodon (#48025807) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
That is one way of looking at it, but the other way to look at it is buying when the time is right. Prices way down, interest rates way down, rents way up. I really like the small house movement and was there myself 10 years back, but at the time it was more realistic to simply rent a room in a house from someone else.

Comment: Re:Survival (Score 4, Informative) 475

by Charcharodon (#48024259) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
The hard part of that is most home mortgages mandate that the house remain hooked up to public utilities. Sure you can get the code changed, but most people never pay off their house so they'll never be able to completely separate from the grid.

My solution is to take some things of the grid. My outdoor lighting has been the first to go, soon to be followed by the swimming pool, finally followed by the workshop. Things considered "temporary" can be easily disconnected from the grid without violating code or running afoul of the banks.

When I move here in a few years I'll try for 100% disconnected. If I don't move I'll be paid off in 10 more years and can pull the plug.

Comment: Re:OY (Score 1) 124

IG compliants are like cockroaches, if you see one there are probably another 100 or so waiting to be discovered. After 20 years working in the gov't most of the negative comments I see here are true. You have about 10% that are doing a great job, the next half do the bulk of the grunt work. The last 50% are made up of substandard workers. If you fired the bottom 20% on any given day the only thing you'd noticed at work would be the availability of more parking spots in the morning and possibly the productivity would go up since management could spend more time training and less time on personnel (off duty/discipline) issues.

Contracting out the work would improve it somewhat, but it would still have metric chasing issues.

Comment: Re:Rule #2: The Double Tap (Score 1) 264

by Charcharodon (#47873449) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use
I think prisons are a huge waste of time and resources so don't put words in my mouth. The problems of education, employment, and poverty are a result of state function, which is where all the demand and money for prisons comes from. Take away the "need" aka the monetary incentive, and there won't be much demand for prisons. This is why 'm a firm believer in personal responsibility. If a criminal seeks a life altering event by inflicting injury on his fellow man, you are personally responsible to deliver it. Don't disappoint! Besides the taxes you save may be your own.

1x 9mm 124 grain hollow point $.27
1x 6ft deep hole in the ground $200
vs
5 year minimum sentence in Federal prison for violent offender $150,000

If you can't see the money incentive distortion that creates in the market place then you are pretty much an idiot.

Comment: Rule #2: The Double Tap (Score 1, Insightful) 264

by Charcharodon (#47871743) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use
"Loeffler suggests a suite of sensors including GPS and the wristband accelerometer could be given to convicts as a requirement for their parole. Not only would this help with police response in case of recidivism"

If ex-cons are suffering from recidivism you the public are doing it wrong.

Get to the gun range and get your grouping a little tighter and for God's sakes, even though they are more expensive these days, don't be stingy with those 100% effective anti-recidivism devices (aka bullets).

Comment: Re:Easy, India or China (Score 1) 303

by Charcharodon (#47727811) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical
Those connections are wonderful, where they are available (typically on in town, go even a couple miles outside and your choices are pretty much crap BT. No different than in the States. I live in Tampa now and enjoy a 100/65mbit for the same price I was paying in England for the garbage ADLS connection six years ago. 100/65 is not even their fastest offering, but again go a little to far out of town and your choices stink.

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