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Comment: Re:It took 5 years? (Score 1) 180

The problem with linux is fragmentation, and it's now too late to address that.

Uhhh, There's only one Linux kernel and that's what you were comparing, kernels.
But I do agree with you that the Linux community could do a lot better in vetting source code for vulnerabilities.
But by lack of an itch and/or pay it's going to be hard to find competent analysts.

Comment: Re:Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 299

by Teun (#49551855) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes
The climatic differences with Colorado are significant, a home AC is a rare thing in The Netherlands.
Most Dutch homes will use a similar amount of energy in the form of gas for heating and cooking so we can double the OP's number to 7000 kWh/annum.
Because of interest in PV for my own place (I use less than 1500 kWh/year) I had a look around and found this site, they can log your power consumption, analyse it and compare it to others.

The software they use is trained on US consumption and doesn't work for European homes, as an example a typical US freezer consumes 300 Watts, a European one consumes 100 Watts.

Having frequently travelled the US and other hot & cold places I can say the US can save a hell of a lot by insulating.
Take Denmark as an example, per building code you have to have a minimum of 30cms (12") of insulation in the roof and floor, a little less in the walls and it really makes a difference!

Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

by Teun (#49506859) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power
Yes there is an increasing problem with matching local (north) excess wind power and a potential market for it in the south.
But that doesn't mean the same isn't going to happen with solar, luckily PV is spread out all over but weather can over a few hundred kms be quite different.
The connection of PV to the grid is also regulated via the Voltage, regulations allow a fluctuation of 10%, as soon as that 255V barrier is reached the PV plant has to throttle or even switch of.

That's one reason I've put in bigger wires for my own, to keep the Voltage as low as practically possible and continue output for the maximum.
For me it's only a 50mtrs stretch (x2!) but I already gain some 5 Volts, for the power company with kilometers to the next transformer it is standard proper engineering practice.

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