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Comment: Re:Cost effectiveness (Score 2) 94

by LWATCDR (#49823431) Attached to: Mercedes-Benz Copies Tesla, Plans To Offer Home Energy Storage

Frankly that makes no sense. The 10KWh battery from Tesla is only good for 50 cycles a year. It is a replacement for a back up generator at best. The 7KWh pack could work for solar storage but frankly they are not cost effective no storage method is cost effective except maybe hydro storage.

Comment: Re:What about the cost for enrichment waste? (Score 1) 147

by LWATCDR (#49821299) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

Solar and Wind both have a part to play. Solar has some real problems with supply/demand that solar fans like to gloss over but Wind backed by natural gas peaking plants works rather well in many areas. Solar does not compete for base load and can not until a massive breakthrough in storage is made and is in production. Molten salt thermal storage, batteries including Teslas, and pumping water are just not good enough to solve the problem. Nuclear and Hydro are the two lowest carbon output base load methods that work today. And who knows this may all be a none issue if Lockheed's high beta fusion reactor works. I tend to be very skeptical about Fusion but Lockheed has a really good track record at doing the amazing.

Comment: Re:Of course it bombed (Score 4, Interesting) 203

by LWATCDR (#49813731) Attached to: Tron 3 Is Cancelled

Actually I loved Tomarrowland. The extreme left hate it and says it is full of Ayn Rand references and the extreme right says it supports the global climate change hoax that alone makes it worth watching for me. Anything that drives those two groups into a tizzy must be good.
Actually it is a fun movie that is beautiful to look at and the story is pure fantasy. Of course it is hated by a lot of people because it actually attacks the current love of dark depressing "gritty" movies and frankly culture. It was also an ode to Walt Disney's dream of what EPCOT was supposed to be, his gift to mankind and not what it because a place to eat.

Comment: The Tesla power wall IS NOT good for Solar! (Score 1) 588

by LWATCDR (#49791649) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

The Tesla Powerwall IS not that big of a deal and not the solution for Solar!
The 10kwh Powerwall is only good for 50 cycles a year! It is more of a house size UPS. The 7 will work for daily use but it is more expensive per kwh than the 10 and even Solar City is not going to sell the 7.
The Tesla power wall battery still sucks. It does suck less than other battery packs but only a little. The big improvment is one of packaging and frankly hype.
I know that this is going to go counter to the Church of Tesla's teachings but even the Model S really does not count. It is a 100K car for the very rich. Another fact is the simple truth that the Tesla car company is not successful car company yet. It has yet to make a profit.

No we do not need to move to low voltage wiring in our homes because of the "success" of the Powerwall. The Powerwall is the the solution to the solar production/demand problem. And frankly in most homes the biggest power users are things like AC, Hot water heaters, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, and so on. All of which work just fine on AC and I for one do not want to have to have a bus bar the size of my arm running to my dryer so it can work on 12 volts.

Comment: Re:Pist frost (Score 1) 76

by LWATCDR (#49790837) Attached to: GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In Most 2016 Vehicles

"2) People need to pay attention to what they're doing on the road and quit fucking around with cell phones and other cool whizzo shit on the dashboard."
Because trying to read a paper map and drive at the same time is so much safer...
Sure I agree that that playing angry birds while driving is a bad plan but Things like Nav do make driving safer IMHO. For the idiots that follow nav without question and drive into a river.. Well they would have done that sooner or later anyway.

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