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Comment: Re:all hail the rich (Score 1) 504

by Tristfardd (#46822649) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power
For some reason Slashdot would not load yesterday for me. Two points. I would feel much different if there were not subsidies. These people get a government handout that people like me have to make up. Peak capacity is a problem. The utilities have to maintain enough on-line facilities to handle some selected peak capacity. Solar homes having a connection to the grid and not using it is like having a big house with an electrical system suitable for a small house. As long as no one turns on all the lights at the same time, everything is fine. When they do, demand exceeds supply and brownouts and blackouts occur. My bills will always reflect that cost. A solar home that has an even energy balance, does not, but the owners sure want that capacity available if something goes wrong. I like solar power, but most people go into solar power now because of financial calculation. I have little sympathy for them.

Comment: all hail the rich (Score 1) 504

by Tristfardd (#46810271) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power
If homes with the solar panels had electrical storage systems and disconnected from the utility, the utility would not have a case. It's hard for me to understand why people attack the utility when the money types get a free ride paid for by those who can't cash in. The crowd that can afford the solar panels can afford to chip in to help support the utility. I live in an apartment. Why should my bills have to help cover the extra capacity needed when the solar panel people have a bad day and want the power.

Comment: plants (Score 1) 250

by Tristfardd (#45588787) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?

You put small clips on the bottom of the cable trays. In a corner of the room you have a pot with a plant such as a philodendron. It grows up to the cable trays and along.

I've seen this done just using bent paper clips hanging from the frames holding ceiling tiles. It made for a great office with all that green overhead. Light-weight office plants won't bother the cables if they curl a bit into the trays. If someone is working in the tray, she can just cut off anything in the way.

The office I saw used philodendron, but there may be better plants; it depends on the green thumbs available.

Comment: As long as I am the only one in charge. (Score 1) 662

by Tristfardd (#44648367) Attached to: Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom
I am in on this completely if car always remains under my authority. Driving is a waste of my life for the most part. I would not get upset at other drivers, I would not be aware of them. The parent is very right. However, being in a vehicle that can be taken over by government control makes me squirm. If the car only goes where I tell it and does not pull over for the police without my authorization, then the world will be great.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 851

by Tristfardd (#42520043) Attached to: Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

This treats human beings as if they were replaceable robots. In many ways I look forward to a future where actual robots do much of the work. I would trust them much more than most doctors I have met.

There are times, however, when human compassion makes all the difference. These nurses that were fired, will their replacements be as good? If they are not, do you consider the fact that the replacements have the flu vaccine a fair trade?

Comment: Re:Paranoid Much? (Score 1) 584

by Tristfardd (#42432981) Attached to: New Documents Detail FBI, Bank Crack Down On Occupy Wall Street
Gosh. The power to do good comes intertwined with the ability to do evil. So what if Occupy was using techniques frequently used by criminals? Most of life is grey and the powers that be will cheerfully point at the dark in some grey in order to ban the white, all done to benefit a particular group, most often a group in power looking out for itself. The Guardian posted a vile tale, all too believable.

Comment: Re:"Grid Parity" ... on sunny days only (Score 1) 735

by Tristfardd (#42287435) Attached to: Solar Panels For Every Home?

It costs money to make power and large expensive facilities. You can supplement with wind and solar. Those certainly are worth it for the individual, but not for the group. Power generation must always consider the worst case. If the Fimbulwinter strikes for a month, covering everything with snow and wind turbines with ice, society will require power supplied by industrial grade facilities.

People should install solar panels, yet someone must pay to maintain the huge infrastructure and facilities for when all else fails. A possible solution is that when a person with solar panels requires power from the grid, the rates shoot way up to help pay for having that power available instantaneously when they have a problem with their own. This would discourage some people from installing solar panels, it would encourage others to become completely self-sufficient. In the long run this will prove the best solution; in the short run the power infra-structure must be maintained and paid for whether or not people use solar panels.

Solar panels should not be allowed to put power to the grid. It will cost everybody more in the long run, but people will insist on this and so those costs will just get added to the bills. The costs won't be a sudden hit, just slow and incremental. By the time people realize the cost, a loud vocal minority with a vested interest in selling power from their solar cells to the grid will be able to beat off attacks. That may already be the case.

Comment: possible way to stop software patents (Score 1) 110

by Tristfardd (#37322258) Attached to: Why Patent Reform Won't Happen Anytime Soon
The only way to get rid of software patents is to make the system too expensive for companies to support the current system. One way to do this is to create a large growing patent pool that is not available to commercial companies. The organization holding the pool would have to vigorously defend the patents. Some issues would exist, none insurmountable. One is the money needed to pay for the new patents and to litigate against those violating the patents. (Not wanting to write a manifesto, I will touch on this.) Say the EFF chose to do it. The issue branches into minimizing the cost and optimizing the money invested in patents. The application cost is fixed, the cost of preparing the application can be reduced a little, especially if EFF were handling writing the patent applications and writing all of them with a common goal. Consider a company that wanted to help the cause. Paying for some patents used in this way is a solid long-term investment if it helps break the patent system. It may even be possible to include commercial companies. Allow them to join possibly by transferring all patents to the organization. If a company has no patents, maybe they could join by paying for a patent or two. The solution is not a big deal. It is only a case of setting up an organization that constantly gets more patents and completely blocks any company that won't join. Such a system, once going, accelerates quickly. Oh yes. It should be set up that when a company joins, it joins irrevocably. This prevents large companies with patents forcing it to withdraw. Patent trolls are not an issue. Forcing the large companies into patent gridlock is all that is necessary. They will get the law changed.

Comment: Re:Another nail in the Coffin of the Hard Drive (Score 2) 82

by Tristfardd (#36628378) Attached to: IBM Creates Multi-Bit Phase Change Memory
Also raises hand. On one project I loaded the software, powered down, pulled the memory card with its core memory, walked though a food processing plant, plugged it back in, and started debugging. It was quicker. The customer insisted on receiving a paper tape copy and only had the printer on the tty. 40+k used almost an entire roll. I don't think anyone ever tried to read it back in.

Comment: if you don't ask much from students... (Score 1) 741

by Tristfardd (#35780130) Attached to: Could You Pass Harvard's Entrance Exam From 1869?
I took both Latin and classical Greek in high school. Those languages provide great long term intellectual benefit. Learning those languages also teaches the student about English. You learn a dead language differently because you don't waste any time on the speaking part. The written language contains its truth worth as a language since it gets defined by its best writers. You deal with the words of really intelligent people, how they formulate their thoughts and how they use their language to express their thoughts. Really good stuff.

+ - what to do with internally developed software 1

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Tristfardd writes "I've had a small company for 20 years and it's just not working. The question is can our internally developed software be cleaned up and marketed in its own right? Where does one find people qualified to look at software and answer this question? We create process simulations for operator training so the software handles displays, control, and programming. It doesn't strike me that there would be much of a market for software like that, few organizations ever need more than one simulation. Maybe if we toned it down there would be an application for schools or engineers or science majors. Talking to professors hasn't helped so far, the ones teaching the classes aren't software or gui experts. So I'm looking for suggestions. Being in Michigan there are few places to go for advice."

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