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Comment: Re:Goes to show (Score 1) 120

by sjames (#48031075) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
Smith's premise of markets depended on there being a great many small buyers and sellers who were of roughly equal economic power (say, within an order of magnitude). He said as much in the often cited but nearly never actually read " An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations". (You should read it, it's free!)

So no, two corporate billionaires selling to individuals is nothing like a viable market.

Note too that he was a proponent of strong regulation and an opponent of corporate charters except where absolutely unavoidable. If you buy into the market, you should naturally oppose corporations and seek to minimize them.

As for the FDA, it came into existence because there were poisonous foods and drugs on the market and people were dying.

If you care to call for better regulation, I'm with you. I would love to see the FDA abolished with a ground up replacement, among many other reforms.

As for the current topic, I am glad the FCC i butting out. That was not an appropriate regulation.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 2) 204

No. The cause of the delay was that he could unintentionally (and even inattentively) violate the security setup. If nobody is supposed to go that way then it shouldn't be possible at all. If only some people are supposed to go that way then someone should be posted to make sure only authorized people do that.

If it was such a security emergency, shouldn't someone have seen him sooner and led him back the right way so he wouldn't contact anyone already screened?

Comment: Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 490

by sjames (#48022819) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

I see no evidence that you are one of the people who assures that electricity comes out of the socket. After all, when I make any vaguely technical statement to support my point you ignore it as if I offered you the plague.

The people griping to legislators aren't either. They're more the making sure that bonuses and dividends come out of the customers type.

And of course, my payment for their services should not increase. They are making due with the current one, surely they'll do with it in the future.

You're not even listening. I was quite clear that there is justification to split the billing for grid services from billing for power. The former can probably be similar to the 95th percentile billing for network traffic. The average non-solar customer should see no difference.

Comment: Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 490

by sjames (#48021531) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit
No, I'm resuming that if they can deal with things that can only be predicted on a rough statistical basis like power poles being knocked down, they can deal with things that can be predicted reasonably well in the short term like the shadow path of a cloud going overhead.

It is clear that you have made your mind up that solar is evil and no force on heaven or earth can ever change your mind, including the distinct lack of burning transformers in rich neighborhoods. I might as well go to the nearest serpent handling poison drinking church and share the evidence for evolution with them.

Comment: Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 490

by sjames (#48020519) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

So do they use a crystal snowball or does the Doctor work for them? I can just see it now. "Johnson! It's about time for that truck on I-15 to jacknife into power pylon 127, we're expecting to lose phase A. B and C will short together for 5 seconds, then go to ground. 30 seconds on my mark!.......

If, on the other hand, you just mean they are prepared to deal with it, then there's your answer! Just be prepared to deal with it when the clouds drift lazily by and cause an actually predictable change in PV output across the area.

Comment: Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 490

by sjames (#48016625) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

You're saying they have no way at all to look at clouds?

Meanwhile, you spoke of immediate surges. No thermometer that isn't in my house can predict exactly when my A/C will come on. While not common, it is nearly inevitable that every A/C in the neighborhood will just happen to power on or off at the same time.

You also ignored the many other things I pointed out that are far more sudden and happen all too frequently.

Until residential areas get a lot more solar installations, power won't be flowing backwards out of residential circuits, it will be flowing within the neighborhood (and so from the perspective of the managed grid, it will look like a lesser and varying load, not power flowing backwards).

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