I think that power companies should offer more incentives for people to have these in order to smooth out the electricity demand.
Why is not the optimal consumer incentive which the electric company could offer the price difference between peak and non-peak rates? By "optimal" I mean socially efficient, not the biggest or whatever you happen to want the most.
Here's why you'd want it in the UK. Apparently it's the only country in the world where consumers regularly cause 3 Gigawatt spikes:
These folk are not going going to notice/care if you charge them double during the spike - because it's peanuts, a small fraction of a KWh. If you try and charge them 100X then they'll rebel and have you investigated for price gouging. So, no, pricing alone won't smooth out these demand spikes.
If each house had a battery and a smart grid could tell each house when to use that battery, then it could smooth out those spikes very nicely.
I'm glad the fact that phones being disabled has helped slow down device theft, but I don't think it will go away anytime soon, just because the demand for parts is always there.
Are you suggesting Apple make their new phones non-user serviceable? I can't imagine Apple moving in that direction. Well, maybe not until California mandates that into law too.
I've noticed that they take a fairly liberal definition of "chess", as they simply discard certain rules, such as en passant pawn capture or castling moves, which are pretty important chess moves. It's a bit hard to argue that this is really "chess" if they just decide to leave out inconvenient rules ("chess lite?"). I probably wouldn't complain about other ommissions such as the 3-repetition rule, but castling?
Even so, a very cool accomplishment in micro-optimization techniques.
The game is also a cheat by performing illegal moves. This is not something that counts as a chess program.
Queen takes pawn, K moves next to queen - that's a fail.
If they have planets, of couse. And if you could intercept and move on to one of those planets, you could observe a much longer chunk of time go by in the rest of the universe. That would be fascinating for any astronomer.
At a third of the speed of light your time dilation would only give you a 5% increase in your time duration. So, not so fascinating. You'd be better off increasing your life span by becoming a eunuch (13.5 extra years of life) - well, maybe on second thoughts you might not be better off after all
Perhaps because, in the USA, don't you physically change the licence plate every year? In the UK the licence plate is permanent and is all that the police nornally need to know. You could physically and illegally change the number plate for a false one, but so you could change my VIN in the windscreen - only looks like a strip of metal stamped with the characters.
You get to drive your new car off a USA car dealer's lot without number plates. You get the plates a month or two afterwards.
Hence why you see lots of cars on the road without number plates. Cops get mad if they can't give you a parking ticket - hence the need for visible VINs.
Also, if you have personalized plates - you get to keep your plates, so your old car's new owner needs to get new plates.
In all honesty, why aren't we already doing this? The problem with the world is dumb people. If we can selectively breed out dumb people, how would the world be worse?
Cardboard tasting Tomatoes: that's why.
If you start selectively breeding just for intelligence, you may end up losing other traits. And no, I'm not suggesting our children will start tasting like cardboard. Perhaps that really hot blonde over there is dumber than you, but would you want to hit it?
Oh, the cardboard tomatoes don't taste bad just due to the lack of sugar: http://blogs.nature.com/news/2...
More graffitis in cities...
Not if there's a huge army of cleanup drones.. From the look of that video we'll see cleanup drones before graffiti drones.
Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.