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Comment: A blank assertion with no backup (Score 2, Insightful) 720

Maybe the handwaviest hand wave in the history of Slashdot. The author of the introductory text claims McDonald's didn't make the change in response to increasing minimum wage levels, but what is their evidence for this? Citing, for example, banks and ATMs is hardly convincing, because bank tellers are not minimum wage employees.

Comment: The obvious solution will meet fierce resistance (Score 2) 488

by Scareduck (#48024037) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Pay solar at wholesale rates, or, make grid interconnect a separate fee, and charge them for that. Solar advocates, of course, can't stand the idea they should actually have to pay for the delivery of goods and services, even if it costs them a measely five bucks a month.

The newly adopted fee would translate into approximately $5 for the average homeowner with a solar power installation.

I would be willing to bet that the apportioned capital cost of power plants, maintenance, and distribution alone would amount to a third of a typical power bill.

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

No, I did read the article, AC. And this passage --

The business models that have made solar systems financially viable for millions of homeowners in California, New England and elsewhere around the country are largely illegal in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina and some other Southern states. Companies that pioneered the industry, such as SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc., do not even attempt to do business there. ...

Along with tax breaks and other government incentives, the lease agreements have made solar installations increasingly affordable.

-- can very reasonably be interpreted as I did above.

Comment: A cynical PR ploy (Score 0) 230

by Scareduck (#47196621) Attached to: Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

The real interesting technology is going to be in the batteries. The chargers will be a place where he would invite competition and exploration, so long as he doesn't get hit with patent trolls (the point of retaining the patent in the first place). The chargers aren't all that interesting.

"Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?" -Ronald Reagan

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