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Comment: Re:Panasonic (Score 2) 151

by Green Salad (#46690365) Attached to: Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

Please mod parent up as interesting.

I went through a similar exercise for my house, but my goals were different. I want some things to keep chugging during a power outage or brownout. I wanted some lights (not all of them) to keep working during a power outage. I didn't seek to totally power the house, but to independently power (and self-contain) a few subsystems to eliminate wires and some panel circuits. (low-power IT gear, outdoor LED floodlights, air-exchange vents, attic vents) I also didn't seek to sell power back or store much of a reserve. Apparently, this is an unusual approach.

Recalling that rescue workers dealing with Prius might not know if a vehicle is de-energized, one of the thoughts that went through my mind is that an electrician or fireman might think that by cutting off power at the breaker, they can assume the entire house and all subsystems are de-energized. I wonder if their procedures involve checking for alternate sources of power such as checking for solar panels and uninterruptible power supplies. A Prius or Tesla is a distinct shape that can serve as a warning. My house isn't distinctive. Fortunately, a power outage happened and I had to run around the house silencing UPS alarms. Problem solved.

Comment: Re:Panasonic (Score 1) 151

by Green Salad (#46690125) Attached to: Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

Yep. Re-purposing is potentially way more efficient than recycling. There's no AC power running to my tool shed. Yet, flick a standard light switch just inside the door and LED lights come on. I recycle less-efficient "worn" solar panels and "worn" laptop batteries by re-purposing them to less demanding tasks.

I'm far from a hippie or greenie. I just love to tear things apart, tinker, learn and redesign with items that would likely have been trashed.

Comment: Re:The best language is your best language (Score 1) 232

by Green Salad (#45882065) Attached to: "Clinical Trials" For Programming Languages?

Thank you. It's like asking what language should diplomats use to negotiate a peace. Obviously, the most productive language is the one in which people are extremely competent and comfortable using...until they need to describe the the 27 types of snow, in which case they can switch from a European language to an Eskimo language to better express the concept. I assert a language's strengths and weaknesses for an idealized problem are trivial...compared to the strengths and weaknesses of the individuals using it.

Comment: Computer TCO as metaphor for cars, simple green (Score 1) 231

by Green Salad (#45428775) Attached to: DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars

I was appalled at the ineffectiveness of some "green" cars at things that matter to me, once I started independent research, ownership and maintenance calculations with simple T.C.O. ratios, like miles/dollar, range/charge-time-fuel, procedures/year, user/dealer procedures, cabin temp change/minute, cargo door size/cargo volume, etc. For my 150-mile round-trip Wash D.C. commute, I started out looking at hybrids, including the Volt, looked at Smart. I came to the same conclusion, get a conventional-engined Yaris. It's not "celebrity-green" but rather "simple green" and a beautifully functional, easy to maintain car for a consultant that occasionally needs to carry cargo and slip into tight downtown parking and tight traffic and avoid a lot of ownership/dealership hassles.

Comment: Re:How about? (Score 1) 443

by Green Salad (#45219451) Attached to: I wish my car could...

Why do they have to go redesigning everything every year?

1. Body: Many people think of their cars as fashion & values statements, not tools. Fashions & values change regularly. Fresh designs get more press and sell better. Even geeks choosing a Smart Car, Prius, a Jeep, a moped or an old carbureted Ford they manage to keep running are still making a fashion/values statement, but just aren't willing to admit it. A commuter car must "look" efficient. Retro cars must properly evoke the look of a previous era. A Prius must look sufficiently different, so that other people know you paid a premium to be green. A jeep must look outdoorsy and utilitarian.

2. Motors: Your competitor just came out with a 6-cylinder truck that has more power than the V-8 truck you're trying to sell. How should you respond?

3. Gizmos: Cars must meet an array of new regulations every year, ranging from environmental requirements, to black-box recording and tracking requirements to new safety requirements.

4. Corporate: Needs their fleet averages to get better MPG every year. Most can't achieve this with modifying either the body, engine, gizmos or a combination of all three.

Comment: Re:All of the Above (Score 1) 532

by Green Salad (#45021609) Attached to: I'd prefer my money be made of ...

It's "strange" only if you grossly misapply the label of paranoid as a broad brush of dismissal. It's really pretty simple. I value personal convenience a bit more than personal privacy. I'm also concerned about a maintaining a sound currency and liberty, because I'm very aware of the irrational behavior of governments from my family history and world history. My family originates from northern Germany and from communist Asia. Those that have have lived sheltered lives can't begin imagine the personal suffering caused by these governments. In both societies it was common to hide gold. World history teaches me that financial desperation and then currency manipulation as a solution leads to strange politics. People get trampled by strange politics. It's happened in modern times and it western economies.

Here's one example:

Comment: All of the Above (Score 3, Insightful) 532

by Green Salad (#44965769) Attached to: I'd prefer my money be made of ...

Why favor a restriction to just one option? Renting a car, I want to use plastic. Ordering online, I want to use pure electrons and math. When buying a hot dog and coke at my warehouse club, I want to use bits of paper and metal. When the federal reserve keeps purchasing "debt assets" I want to accumulate small amounts of precious metals and packaged commodities in proportion to the risk. Once the government decides to radically reallocate my precious metals, land and food in the name of the people, acts like I have no human rights, then I want courage, comrades, bullets, fuel, food, a defensible position and broadcasting media.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.