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Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

by StarWreck (#46328815) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners
You're right, the Leaf most directly competes with the Volt or even the Prius.

Leaf's biggest problem is their thermal management is under-engineered. Both the Volt and the Tesla have much more thoroughly engineered thermal management systems. It may use up some of the range keeping the battery warm/cool depending on outside conditions but it does a great job keeping the battery from losing half its maximum capacity after only a year.

Comment: Vending Machines of Soda Fountains? (Score 1) 371

by StarWreck (#45850745) Attached to: Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses
I remember Coca-Cola looked into credit card readers for their vending machines during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the credit card fees back then made the concept completely untenable. I'd be willing to bet a buck that this has more to do with their Coca-Cola Freestyle fountains which automatically phone home whenever a flavor cartridge is low or empty. There might be a ridiculously huge rollout all at once of the machines, like at McDonalds. So far they've only been installed at a few test McDonalds and a few other chains that don't have nearly the coverage of McD's.

Comment: Re:so green (Score 1) 282

by StarWreck (#45378657) Attached to: Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar
I'd done the research myself already. Wood is way more expensive than natural gas unless you grow your own... and Trees take a lot of space and time to grow. And thats an awful lot of work to plant them and then harvest them. I've seen systems that use pellets made from the sawdust swept up from sawmills. That is a lot more cost effective than cut wood.

Comment: Re:Outright bans (Score 1) 376

by StarWreck (#45378631) Attached to: WRT trans fats, the FDA should ...
The problem with DDT was that it was too safe. Since it was "safe" people thought they could bathe entire cities in the stuff so thick it looked like the inside of a fumigation tent. Then the cancers started happening.

If used like a normal pesticide, ie just where its needed in small doses, that the average joe realizes is unsafe to squirt up ones nose, DDT is actually safer that the stuff you buy at Wal-Mart.

Comment: Out of Date Info (Score 1) 418

by StarWreck (#44811047) Attached to: Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)
His information is a bit out of date. He said 4K Blu-Ray was still in development. However, you can already buy 4K Blu-Ray players. You can also buy a very limited selection of 4K Blu-Ray discs like Ghost Busters. That being said, the prices for all the equipment required is still going to be overpriced for at least a couple more years and there still won't be a whole lot of content available for a couple more years. So wait a couple years before buying into 4K.

Comment: Not Subsidies but Close (Score 1) 687

Obviously there are subsidies to encourage buying solar panels. However, whats really burning the utilities is how the pricing is worked out in Germany. The utilities have to pay top tier price for small scale solar power (ie if you have solar panels on your roof, generating an excess). The way the ends up working is that each kilowatt hour your neighbors put into the grid, the more you have to pay to pull power from the grid. More solar power drives the price up.

I don't see how this can last long term. California has a much more common sense approach - equal pricing. The utilities have to pay you back equal to what you would pay.

Most other US states, the utilities can pay you back less than they charge you.

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_