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Comment: Re:Oddly enough, I support this because... (Score 1) 270

by Ichijo (#49786531) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

It's unfortunate that, due to tiered rates, a wealthy person gets back 33 cents [pdf] for each kilowatt-hour saved, while a poor person gets only 16 cents.

They could encourage energy consumption even among the poor without burdening them by setting rates at a flat 27 cents per kWh and refunding 100% of the revenue equally to everyone through a tax refund.

Comment: Re:None of these solutions "work" (Score 1) 384

by Ichijo (#49738851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

He's updating one pump at a time. What are the other pumps doing? Dispensing gasoline... They would not want to just shut everything down and eliminate a half-hour's worth of revenue from 15 pumps just so OP is not inconvenienced.

If you are correct that all the other pumps are in use, then shutting down one pump at a time will result in the same amount of lost revenue (8 pump-hour's worth) as shutting them all down at the same time.

A better solution is to raise the price of gasoline slightly so fewer than 16 pumps are in use at a time. This way, a financial optimum can be achieved between lost pump revenue and the cost of the technician's time.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 827

by Ichijo (#49737553) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Another advantage of tolling is that variable express tolling permanently (yes, permanently) eliminates traffic congestion, without overcharging anyone (where "overcharge" means "charge more than the market equilibrium rate").

And another advantage is that it therefore permanently eliminates the need to widen roads to eliminate congestion, which saves taxpayers a lot of money.

So if you don't like paying taxes or if you don't like sitting in traffic, you should welcome variable express tolling with open arms.

Comment: Re:No self driving trains? (Score 1) 393

by Ichijo (#49720737) Attached to: Feds Order Amtrak To Turn On System That Would've Prevented Crash

Problem is, you'd end up screwing over the poor - that is, all the people who cannot afford a Prius or similar hybrid/electric vehicle.

Don't the poor usually walk, ride bikes, and take mass transit? Did you know that the poor love tolls more than other income classes because tolls displace taxes the poor would otherwise have to pay?

It would also jack up the price of nearly anything that is transported over the roads...

Actually, what jacks up the price is when we don't charge users full price for use of the roads, leading to a distorted, inefficient market for transportation.

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