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Comment: Re:that's an empty threat (Score 1) 432

by YesIAmAScript (#46811339) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Sorry, that 2nd number should be $0.027/kWh, not $0.0027. They are getting a 5:1 spread, not a 50:1 spread. My error.

Still, the users are currently getting a huge subsidy, one they would lose if they went to battery storage and off the grid.

So they are not going to go off-grid if their subsidy gets merely slightly smaller.

Comment: that's an empty threat (Score 1) 432

by YesIAmAScript (#46810155) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

These customers currently (using OGE, one of the utilities for Oklahoma as an example) get to sell power during the day at $0.14/kWh and buy it back at night at $0.0027/kWh. They are using the grid as a 500% efficient battery.

If they go to using an actual battery, will have to increase the size of their array many times in order to reach the same level of monthly bill reduction they currnetly have. And they have to buy a battery.

The current plan is an enormous subsidy to solar customers. That's why they will stick with it. Even if a fee is tacked on top which reduces their financial advantage it will still be far more financially advantageous than going off-grid.

Comment: this is nothing to do with the free market (Score 1) 432

by YesIAmAScript (#46810047) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

The utilities were already required by law to buy customers' solar power at full retail price. That eliminated any free market angle right then.

This just modifies the laws.

If you are a huge free market fan, would you agree that removing the regulatory requirements on these utilities and letting them determine what to pay for customer-generated solar power would restore the proper order?

We all know that wouldn't work. With only one way to sell their solar power (through the utility) the utility would just refuse to pay them anything.

Comment: they couldn't have just read Dilbert? (Score 1) 220

by YesIAmAScript (#46791649) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates. This fosters an unhealthy culture and climate by sending a message to employees that it is more important to focus on how things look from the top than how they actually are down below.'

You don't need to commission an expensive report to find out stuff like this. It's so universal it's seen everywhere.

Heck, Scott Adams who writes Dilbert was employed by Pacific Bell, which is not so completely different than Southern California Edison.

Comment: I'm using an MX518 right now (Score 1) 691

by YesIAmAScript (#46791569) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

And my Model M is in a box because my boss doesn't like the noise.

I have an assortment of HP calculators. The HP-49G was a disaster, but the 48s were amazing and the 50 has been good enough.

There was a range of really well done clock radios from Sony and others right before people refused to pay good money for clock radios any more. After that clock radios then emphasized cheapness at the expense of quality and durability. It's no wonder shortly thereafter people stopped buying them. Once the devices no longer offered any alternative over using your phone, no price is low enough to make it worth purchasing.


USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge 208

Posted by Soulskill
from the saving-you-3-annoying-seconds-a-couple-times-a-day dept.
Lucas123 writes: "A presentation released today by Intel revealed images of the USB 3.1 Type-C cable and connectors, which is symmetrical and will no longer require a user to correctly orient the plug. Initially, the USB 3.1 Type-C specification will support up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. The Type-C connectors resemble those of Apple's Thunderbolt cabling in that they are much smaller than today's USB SuperSpeed connectors. The receptacle opening is 8.3mm x 2.5mm.The first iteration will have a 5 volt power transfer rate, but it is expected to deliver up to 100 watts for higher power applications in the future."

How a 'Seismic Cloak' Could Slow Down an Earthquake 101

Posted by Soulskill
from the shake-rattle-and-roll dept.
Daniel_Stuckey writes "The United States is currently gripped in a bout of earthquake mania, following a series of significant tremors in the West. And any time Yellowstone, LA, or San Francisco shakes, people start to wonder if it's a sign of The Big One to come. Yet even after decades of research, earthquake prediction remains notoriously hard, and not every building in quake-prone areas has an earthquake-resistant design. What if, instead of quaking in our boots, we could stop quakes in their tracks? Theoretically, it's not a crazy idea. Earthquakes propagate in waves, and if noise-canceling headphones have taught us anything, it's that waves can be absorbed, reflected, or canceled out. Today, a paper published in Physical Review Letters suggests how that might be done. It's the result of French research into the use of metamaterials—broadly, materials with properties not found in nature—to modify seismic waves, like a seismic cloaking device."

Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto 63

Posted by Soulskill
from the NSA-surveillance-probe-already-dispatched dept.
astroengine writes: "After a decade of searching, astronomers have found a second dwarf-like planet far beyond Pluto and its Kuiper Belt cousins, a presumed no-man's land that may turn out to be anything but. How Sedna, which was discovered in 2003, and its newly found neighbor, designated 2012 VP 2113 by the Minor Planet Center, came to settle in orbits so far from the sun is a mystery. Sedna comes no closer than about 76 times as far from the sun as Earth, or 76 astronomical units. The most distant leg of its 11,400-year orbit is about 1,000 astronomical units. Newly found VP 2113's closest approach to the sun is about 80 astronomical units and its greatest distance is 452 astronomical units (abstract). The small world is roughly 280 miles (450 kilometers) wide, less than half the estimated diameter of Sedna."

Comment: it's not a case (Score 1) 653

by YesIAmAScript (#46526135) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Well, it's not a case over the case. It's just the back and outside of the case is yellow.

This is what Fluke switched to in about 2000 and what this is emulating.

The case is supposed to look like a black case in a yellow case because that's what older Flukes did, they had a black plastic case in a yellow rubber case.

But that just made meters more bulky and made it harder to access the battery compartments. So Fluke dropped that a long time ago and the clones did too.

Also, the destruction is mandatory in this case, it's part of the punishment for the transgression.

Comment: small business? (Score 2) 653

by YesIAmAScript (#46526003) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

If your small business can't keep track of enough stuff to keep from infringing IP, then buy from suppliers who will indemnify you for IP infringement. Or just buy from reputable retailers.

You decided to get some sketchy Chinese meters from a company skirting the law to try to save some money or raise margins. And now it bit you. It seems like this is how the system is supposed to work.

Comment: not telling anyone where you're going? (Score 1, Informative) 250

by YesIAmAScript (#46488983) Attached to: Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

Don't worry, everyone isn't in the Bay Area because you're here, you egotistical asshole. They're not going to follow you just because you leave.

I think your 18 months timeframe is too long. Why torture yourself with asbestos and mold any longer? Get out now.

You can not get anything worthwhile done without raising a sweat. -- The First Law Of Thermodynamics