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Comment: Re:Can't wait to get this installed in my house (Score 1) 514

by Pascal Sartoretti (#49600359) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

assuming electricity prices remain constant.

That's obviously a big assumption; but an even bigger one is that the price difference between day and night remains constant, which will definitely not be the case as soon as a significant part of electricity consumer start charging at night...

Comment: Re:Gamechanger (Score 1) 514

by Pascal Sartoretti (#49600339) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

5 cents is low. Most time of use differentials are much higher. In my area, it is 14 cents. At that rate, it works out to $1.40 a day. This is $511 a year return on a $3500 investment... pretty good return.

Yes, but your scenario relies heavily on the price difference between peak and off-peak ; as soon as a significant part of the users start doing this, peaks will be smoothed, and the price difference will decrease.

Comment: Re:greedy liar (Score 1) 451

by Pascal Sartoretti (#49290255) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future
I fully agree with you. And a few other interesting use cases for self-driving vehicles :

- Kids can use it (for instance when you don't want to have to pick up your kids at their soccer training)

- Older persons can use it when they are not able to drive anymore

- When you get home at 3 AM half drunk

Comment: Re:A second language DOES change your world views (Score 1) 274

by Pascal Sartoretti (#49282223) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

The fact that English has become the word's language has nothing to do with its ease of learning.

Care to explain why ?

You would certainly agree that a language that is hard to learn has fewer chances to be used all around the world ? Hence, being easier to learn surely helps (even if there may be other reasons).

Comment: Re:A second language DOES change your world views (Score 2) 274

by Pascal Sartoretti (#49281917) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

It's just a pity that the world's de-facto common language (English) is so hard to learn well...

I disagree; English is relatively easy to learn, therefore it has become the world's de-facto common language.

Besides, any language (except maybe Esperanto ?) is hard to learn well...

Comment: Re:Reader (Score 1) 150

by Pascal Sartoretti (#49200161) Attached to: The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page

Too bad you didn't step up to the plate and become the maintainer, when Google offered to give the source code away to anyone who wanted to run their own "Google Reader" service.

It is not a problem of code, it is a problem of providing the service

I guess you maybe couldn't figure out a revenue model for the damn thing, either?

Feedly seems to have found it...

Comment: Re:Why the atheist mention? (Score 1) 328

The fact that he is atheist has nothing to do with the story. Why mention it?

This says a lot more about the nationality of the author of the summary than about the new Greek PM...

Alexis Tsipras : radical left, engineer, European, has 2 kids but is unmarried. It would be a big surprise if he would be religious...

Comment: Re:10 Years Can Be A Long Time (Score 1) 332

by Pascal Sartoretti (#48695703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

Twitter will shrink dramatically or disappear entirely as the video capabilities of higher bandwidth and newer/denser technologies make written dialogue even more irrelevant than it is today.

Written dialogue will never be completely replaced by video, because it can be consumed much more quickly.

I agree with you for the rest, though.

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