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Comment: Re:Nice idea but... (Score 1) 263

by drinkypoo (#49553949) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

The numbers Solar City gave me showed a net savings of $30 a month. That's it - 30 bucks a month. And that is assuming you buy into their calculations - which I don't.

You really don't think energy costs will go up over time? Ironically, the only way they wouldn't is if we committed to more renewables.

Comment: Re:ostensibly for sorting purposes (Score 1) 65

by drinkypoo (#49553939) Attached to: New Privacy Concerns About US Program That Can Track Snail Mail

But the real "so what" is that they are OCRing the mail

Lot's of people still actually hand-write addresses. It needs to get OCRed in order to be sorted.

You have to finish the sentence before you can understand it. I'd bet you just interrupt in the middle of sentences all the time, and thus fail to understand what people are telling you by preventing them from actually finishing a complete thought.

If you go back and read the complete sentence, which expresses a complete thought, then it makes perfect sense.

Comment: Re:and... (Score 1) 263

by drinkypoo (#49553935) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

You use a lot of big words, I don't think you know what any of them mean.

You've proven full well that I do.

What I argue is that there's structural differences that makes this a better idea to to centrally than at home,

But you're wrong.

If it's cost effective for you to store the power in a battery and use it in the daytime it's going to be more cost effective for them to store the power in a battery and sell it to you in the daytime.

Cost-effective for who, and on what basis?

The very reason they sell it cheap at night is that there's no cost effective way to store the excess power for later,

It's not cost-effective for them, because they don't have a secondary use for the battery.

You're on the wrong end of the Dunning-Kruger effect here, buddy.

You still have failed to support your argument in the slightest. We're waiting, though we're not holding our breath, because we want to live.

Comment: Re:Why send it back to the same judge? (Score 1) 79

by AK Marc (#49553927) Attached to: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls
The appeals courts are not supposed to re-try facts of cases. They look at procedural errors, and errors in application of law. Once those errors are identified, then it should be sent down to a lower court for a re-trial. That's how it is supposed to work, and how it does work in most cases. Sometimes the points of law changes the outcome of the individual case, sometimes the don't.

For example, in Roe v Wade, Roe "won" at the Supreme Court, but lost the case because the delays in being granted the right to have an abortion took so long the baby was born before any retrial could have occurred (I don't know the timing, for all I know, Roe gave birth before the Supreme Court decision that would have allowed an abortion). But the individual case, and the points of law are not related, other than the one case to trigger the appeal is obviously in the set of cases affected.

Comment: Re:Do they charge patent royalties for Windows Pho (Score 1) 97

by Grishnakh (#49553017) Attached to: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

That's a good point and an interesting story; I didn't know that before. You're right, that really shows the danger in being a greedy asshole and insisting on high patent royalties or worse not licensing because you want to be the only manufacturer. IIRC, the guy who invented the first working intermittent windshield wipers was like this too; instead of just selling rights to his design to Ford, he insisted on making them himself, and Ford just went around him. He eventually prevailed in court and won a large judgment, but it took a couple of decades or more, plus losing his marriage.

Luckily, we are finally starting to see more and more Robinson and Torx stuff. Philips screws are awful, though the Posi-drive variant is a little better.

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. -- Publius Syrus