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Comment: Re:Solar is here to stay (Score 1) 509

by Maxo-Texas (#49517697) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

You are out of date.

http://cleantechnica.com/2014/...

As Jaffe noted, the $180/kWh price paid by Tesla compares to about $1500/kWh even five years ago, maybe seven years ago when it was $1200 to $1500 per kilowatt-hour. âoeSo $180 per kWh is the price of those batteries, not the manufacturing cost but the price that theyâ(TM)re paying for them,â he said.

Comment: Re:Solar is here to stay (Score 2) 509

by Maxo-Texas (#49504915) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

You can drive an 18500 BTU window unit with 6 solar panels. What you need is a control box that will turn it on when power is sufficent and turn it off when power is insufficient. (even better if it can scale the cooling to available power as long as power is available).

If you cool during the day, the house stays cool and you don't have to cool it for several hours when you get home.

Battery cost has dropped by 94% in 20 years. I think that's going to be a key element. Instead of grid-tie, you just have some of your utilities on a parallel solar power system. Meanwhile, your central air unit still draws from regular power.

Say you could put a panel on your roof and a plug in your room that would provide 16 hours of 100 watt power + live power during daylight. It won't drive vacuum cleanersfor long but it will drive TV's, cable boxes, a light fixture, laptop, electric shaver, toothbrush, etc.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked, I tell you! (Score 3, Insightful) 173

Including the almost complete lack of minorities. And by the odds at least two of the characters were gays in the closet. Probably church goers too. Many of the men-- WW2 vets with PTSD were beating their wives and everyone was driving drunk. Any of the teens who were gay left for New York- and if their parents found out they were cutoff and tossed out. Some of the men-- probably Andy-- were getting some on the side since you couldn't divorce and when the wife stopped putting out (because the men knew very little about how to please women sexually) you found the town slut or snuck something with the secretary or other office girl.

The businessmen portrayed in the show were dumping pollution in the waterways so fast that a decade later, rivers would be catching on fire- necessitating another set of government intrusion.

Things were easier with a much lower population density and less ability to move around. It was a surveillance state by the sheriff and the religious community. As that population grew and became more mobile, more government intrusion was required.

I *love* the andy griffith show. But it was fiction when it was being shown. It was a pleasant ville.

Ironically, the entire show was an intrusion of government preventing tv shows from showing reality. Men and women slept in separate twin beds, never had sex addictions, never were adulterous.

The show portrays a great time to be alive if you were a successful white male in a monochrome homogenous society.

Comment: Re:That's great news! (Score 1) 508

The main issue we see (and it will cut back on males once females are dominant-- in fact I was already seeing it at my last position under a team of females) is that females will communicate in a female way (less direct, more "request" when it's really an order, go to lunch and talk business with the other females so the guys are clueless (not intentionally- just happens), and bond over new purses or clothing and so give assignment preference to other females.

Likewise, when hiring it's already been noticed in several fields that if the name and gender are obscured, then the hiring agent actually hires on abilities. If they can see the candidate, it immediately affects the percentages. Attractive people over ugly people, one gender over another gender- even "weighting" the same exact facts higher or lower value for a candidate who they know the gender and age (and attractiveness) of.

Dale Carnegie teaches that human beings make their decisions emotionally first- and then they weight the facts so their logic reaches their emotional decision. They imagine they are logical and rational when in reality nothing could be farther from the truth. Truly logical and rational people are actually rare. And ironically, the smartest people are the best at rationalization and so misleading themselves into trouble.

Comment: Re:The last 10min were excellent (Score 1) 200

by Maxo-Texas (#49423883) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

Not quibbling or sniping here.

It was actually a valid "example", not an analogy.

        aÂnalÂoÂgy
        noun: analogy; plural noun: analogies
                a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
                "an analogy between the workings of nature and those of human societies"
                        a correspondence or partial similarity.
                        "the syndrome is called deep dysgraphia because of its analogy to deep dyslexia"
                        a thing that is comparable to something else in significant respects.
                        "works of art were seen as an analogy for works of nature"

The NSA really does capture and store pictures of your junk. NSA employees were capturing AND trading naked pictures of U.S. citizens.

Comment: Re:Overrated (Score 1) 200

by Maxo-Texas (#49423729) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

I think Oliver opened with some tough stuff and Snowden didn't lose his shit and was cool-headed and intelligent enough to shift gears to the tone of the interview.

I was neutral/slightly positive on Snowden before and anti-NSA/Surveillance state. I came away from the article very positive on Snowden and wish he could get a pardon. What he did was good for the country.

Comment: Isn't John Oliver fucking awesome!?! (Score 2) 200

by Maxo-Texas (#49423681) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

These 15 minute "in depth" pieces are amazing AND effective.

But an actual interview with Snowden was amazing.

And oliver covered every angle from what I could see. He brought some reality to Snowden. And He brought some reality to us.

His humor is the sugar that makes the medicine go down.

I'm still pissed off about police officers confiscating people's houses and cars and using the money to buy margherita machines.

Comment: Re:seem like? No, are. (Score 1) 330

by Maxo-Texas (#49408861) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

It's a question of math and logic.

Yes-- you can blow $10k for capabilities you don't actually need. While you are at it, why not get the undercoating, titanium 24" wheels, self steering package, and every other option because you might need them? Drop a few grand extra for 4 wheel drive even tho all you are going to do is drive it in the city and highways in Florida or Alabama... you want to take it off road into the hill country where there are no roads or you might go somewhere in the winter where it snows regularly.

Comment: Re: The authors found that batteries appear on tra (Score 1) 330

by Maxo-Texas (#49406013) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Honda Element.

I'm very tall and so my choice of cars is limited to those with high ceilings.

I've never had a fillup that didn't go over the low 11 gallon range so that's about 24 mpg. And that's with the "E" light on and the gauge on empty to get to about 11.6 gallons used.

I've gotten 300 miles per tank when I got gasoline that didn't have ethanol in it. So about 27mpg with old fashioned gasoline.

Comment: Re:seem like? No, are. (Score 1) 330

by Maxo-Texas (#49405981) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Most people don't need the range in reality. They only need it once or twice a year. They are paying a healthy premium- WAY over the cost of renting a vehicle for that once or twice a year that they need the range.

So their argument is sort of like requiring F-650's since once a year they have to carry a sheet of plywood or a piece of furniture.

Comment: Re: The authors found that batteries appear on tra (Score 4, Informative) 330

by Maxo-Texas (#49405445) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

The tesla is a bad example. The 85w has a range over 300 miles.

My gasoline car has a range of 250 to 265 miles (280 pure highway).

Also, it presumes the old battery has zero value. I'm not sure that's true.

There's also some math problem since a tesla owner site says

http://my.teslamotors.com/it_I...

"1. we know the cost to replace an 85 kwh battery is ~$12,000"
This is apparently with a trade in of the old battery...

Others in the same discussion mention 20 year life spans for well maintained batteries.
And others say that as long as the range exceeds 75 miles, it's usable for their daily driving needs ( so the tesla battery pack could lose 65% of it's capacity and still be fine. Some say 50 miles (which was typical of my usage for my ICE when I was working).

Just FYI...

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