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Comment: Re:Defeats the purpose (Score 4, Insightful) 229

by Lawrence_Bird (#47694317) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Have some respect. You can wait until the person returns to work to send them messages.

My world should not stop because you chose to get off. And waiting until the person gets back is far worse - they are going to be flooded by all the emails which nobody sent while they were out. Far better to be able to triage what came in while you were away at your own pace.

Comment: Re:Enough (Score 1) 421

by Lawrence_Bird (#47646737) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

All that you have said is true. And this "extend the school year" stuff is just about that. And where does the burden fall? On the people who pay taxes but have no children. If parents had to pay the full cost of sending Johnny to school (and all his brothers and sisters) you would see a significant change in the education industry.

Comment: Re: Translated into English (Score 1) 306

Protective if its grid is more like it. The power system is designed to be decentralized only at its highest levels. Pushing power backwards through a transformer creates variable voltage is for everyone else under that transformer.

The power company doesn't give a darn if you don't connect to their grid. Your neighbors might complain about the bright reflections from your panel but that is definitely a local community issue.

Very true. And why should anyone be surprised that any company would fight to protect its legal rights as well as its own property? Likewise, why should the company and its nonsolar customers have to pay a significantly higher cost for electricity generated by home solar and fed back to the grid? So that is just another way in which solar is being subsidized.

Comment: Re:Small-scale, real-time. (Score 1) 502

Vermont Yankee started commerical ops in 1972. So it lasted 42 years. New nuclear designs are.. gasp.. a lot better. Who would have thought that things don't stand still and technology improves for things other than solar? I would also remind that the semiconductor industry is not exactly a clean industry either - lots of nasty chemicals and water use. And they even have a superfund site (Fairchild).

One could argue that the solar plant would require as much, if not more, security than the nuclear facility. Given that this would be a plant providing substantial power, the goal of the attack would be to wipe the generation capacity out.

In 1988, Sandia National Laboratories conducted a test of slamming a jet fighter into a large concrete block at 481 miles per hour (775 km/h).[15][16] The airplane left only a 2.5-inch-deep (64 mm) gouge in the concrete. Although the block was not constructed like a containment building missile shield, it was not anchored, etc., the results were considered indicative. A subsequent study by EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute, concluded that commercial airliners did not pose a danger.[17]

Comment: Re:Small-scale, real-time. (Score 1) 502

Attack the source when the numbers don't say what you want them to say. Get real

Pointing facts from the cited material is not an attack. Get real.

I've seen numerous reports from all over the country from dozens of different groups that say solar can be installed without subsidy cheaper than current nuclear and within striking distance of even the cheapest natural gas.

Cite them please.

A 10 year payback is about a 6% ROI. That's a phenominal rate of return. After 10 years you are guaranteed 15 years of free power

Complete nonsense. You have no way of stating any IRR because you do not know: cost of my electric, cost of transmission, credits for feeding back to grid, my total electric use, % of electric use provided by solar, cost of inverter replacement (material and labor).

Every company that made solar panels in the 1980's is still making solar panels.

Every one? You sure? What about mergers? What happens to warranty then? Will you still have the records? Will the company still have the records? Further, the warranty is only good for the original owner. Most people do not live in the same home for 25 years so there is no resale value to that warranty.

How the solar is connected to the grid is entirely dependent on local codes, net metering rules and what equipment is installed.

Yes and? How many localities allow you to still feed the grid during an outage? How many allow an "automatic transfer switch"? And what does installation of such a feature which meets local codes do to your payback period? (other than lengthen it?)

It's so blatant it's almost as if you are a paid sock puppet.

Seems to me you are the one doing the commerical for

Comment: some truth to both sides of this (Score 1) 216

by Lawrence_Bird (#47639271) Attached to: NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

yes, a lot of teams have put their ticket prices in the stratosphere and have seen waiting lists vanish and in some cases, fail to sell tickets (season or otherwise). When the empty seats are not a large number the team ownership will often "buy" the surplus to avoid the blackout.

But getting rid of the black out could be even worse on revenues. At say 80K seats per game X 10 games, thats 800K tickets at .. $100 per (yes some are more, some may be less) thats $80 million in revenue. Remember that $9B of TV revenue is distributed across 32 teams, about $280M each. So that original $80M in ticket revenue is a big chunk of total team revenue. If a large % of attendees now decide to save money and just watch at home, demand plummets and with it revenue (either through decreased sales or sales at much lower price). If the NFL goes cable only you can fully assume your cable bill will rise. And those who do not use cable (ie, OTA only) will suffer.

Very much an exercise in tipping points.

Comment: Re:Small-scale, real-time. (Score 1) 502

You quote from another brokerage report - who undoubtedly has interest in pushing this out to clients of certain stocks it holds positions in. In addition, the figures for solar are for the SouthWest US only. And with other caveats.

A neighbor recently had me sit in on a presentation by a local solar installer. Were it not for the various rebates and credits (some of which are lost if you are low income) the "pay back" period would be significantly longer, on the order of 10 years. We were also not clear that he had the correct figures concerning transmission costs from the local electric (they realize you will still get power from them). And I wonder who will be around to make good on those 25 year guarantees?

Further, solar DOES NOT WORK IN A BLACK OUT because it feeds back into the grid. We were told refrigerator sized batteries were available at substantial cost which could be used in a power outtage. Most people do not realize that solar power does not equate to always available power without significant additional cost and inconvenience.

Comment: Taking them at face value eh? (Score 1) 582

by Lawrence_Bird (#47545995) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

At least by the headline it seems so. I took a look this morning at two of them and you can clearly see some areas in the "pre" that had "bomb craters" just as the purported second "post" image. Also notice differences in resolution.

These images - just like anything the Russians or Ukranians give - should not be taken at face value.

Comment: AP is a scam (Score 1) 119

these classes are not equivalent to a college class and have been debunked often. You want to show you know how to program on your college application? LIst the apps you have created for Android/iOS. List your involvement in open source projects.

Any student considering AP (anything) would do better to take a summer class at the local community (or better) college. Calc, physics, etc... Get an A and you can probably a) transfer the credit and b) do better in the next class

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. -- H. L. Mencken