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Comment I like some parts (Score 1) 51

There is a lot to like in this, but I do have some issues.

I would like to see a series of detailed plans that show, for example, the R Value of the insulation, especially with the broad window exposure, the kWh capacity of the panels, the storage capacity, and more. Also, it needs upscaling for real-world families.

For a young couple with no kids and both working outside the home, who only need a place to sleep, it appears ideal. That ain't me or my family.

Where's my office for my writing and programming? What would be the impact on the energy system of the five computers I use constantly, or the ones others in my family use?

PV Water heat sounds nice, but for how much water? How does it handle a real winter? Is there propane backup for winter use?

Where's my media room, the big screen for my movie enjoyment?

Where are the bedrooms for my kids and grandkids when they visit?

Still, there are some good ideas here. Maybe When I build the next house, I will use some of them.

Comment I wrote my own book! (Score 1) 164

Do You Fear the Singularity? 'Chromosome Quest' is a light-hearted, fun-loving Science Fiction Adventure to save all of mankind from a runaway intelligent, all-powerful computer, taking a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the idea of 'The Singularity', as has been discussed by Ray Kurzweil, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk to name but a few who have raised the topic. Interplanetary travel via Hyper-Dimensional Portals, a stone-age society, dinosaurs, castles, a buxom red-headed heroine and more, Chromosome Quest is an entertaining read with humor, adventure, danger, titillation and a few surprises, as well as thoughtful reflection of the risks of rampant technology. Available as an eBook from all major eBook stores as well as a Lulu.com Paperback. Web Page: http://www.chromosomequest.com... YouTube: http://youtu.be/IZlGvgKZh1s

Comment Re:Could argue the exact opposite (Score 1) 532

Ok, Hawking is a brilliant physicist, I give him that! But... He has made numerous pronouncements on many topics he is not an expert in. Recently, the climbed onto the Kurzweil bandwagon of the Singularity, (Which I might add, I took as a macguffin in my novel 'Chromosome Quest' {please check youtube: http://youtu.be/IZlGvgKZh1s }) and now this. Perhaps he should spend his energy in his field of expertise, and leave other fields alone... I admire him greatly, and it pains me to see this sort of silliness.

Comment Re:Actually (Score 1) 532

Ok, Hawking is a brilliant physicist, I give him that! But... He had made numerous pronouncements on many topics he is not an expert in. Recently, the climbed onto the Kurzweil bandwagon of the Singularity, (Which I might add, I took as a macguffin in my novel 'Chromosome Quest' {please check youtube http://youtu.be/IZlGvgKZh1s }) and now this. Perhaps he should spend his energy in his field of expertise, and leave other fields alone... I admire him greatly, and it pains me to see this sort of silliness. Stony

Submission + - Do You Fear the Singularity? (chromosomequest.com) 1

StonyCreekBare writes: Chromosome Quest, a lighthearted, fun, fantasy romp, with Castles, Dinosaurs, cat-people and many other classic Science Fiction staples, presents an only slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the very real and serious risks inherent in trusting entirely too much in intelligent machines. Chromosome Quest releases February 15 at eBook merchants everywhere. A short two-minute video introduction to the novel awaits your YouTube viewing! http://youtu.be/IZlGvgKZh1s

Comment Maybe I'm missing something (Score 3, Interesting) 461

But all I see putting the Utilities business model in jeopardy is inept management and political pandering. Rooftop solar and battery storage cannot even begin to compete with efficient central generation and distribution. Utilities however have no incentive to run an efficient organization. For decades that have been drunk on the power of captive rate-payers, with no competitive pressure to be efficient. Rooftop solar and batteries threaten to bring that competition to the game. Modern utilities are so bloated and inefficient that the rooftop solar and battery combination is a threat despite being much less efficient. So yeah, utilities are scared, but not for the reasons, or in the manner the Solar proponents claim, but scared they will have to grow up, and abandon the monopoly model and actually run an efficient business. Competition always frightens the monopolist.

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