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Comment Re:Wow (Score 5, Insightful) 312

I don't think Solar could have gotten the critical mass without the incentives. Even with incentives, it took several decades to be a meaningful contributor. Quite honestly, the R&D incentive money is best spent on the challenge that follows, not the first-mover challenge: energy storage. By subsidizing the PV panels up front, you get the industry moving which will create its own R&D investment. By increasing non-dispatchable generation on the grid, you need to have improved energy storage and demand control solutions.

From the small view I have on where money was being spent, 6-12 years ago a tremendous amount of investment was being placed into these areas for technologies that are viable now.

Granted, not all $$ are spent with the same efficacy. That is the nature of R&D though.

Comment Re:Yes, you've increased the precision (Score 2) 89

I think that is another accuracy be precision issue. The storm clips are likely in place, because they are usually a specific inspection item. Being cheap means using all the lumber on the truck, and not rejecting the wavy boards. Building square, straight, and plumb buildings with dimensional lumber is hard. It is much easier to do with TJIs and Glulam, but tolerances are typically over 1/8" in framing.

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 1) 274

The catch is it should be 20% of the growth above a market index or zero, which ever is greater. The S&P was up 16-17%, so their bonus really should have only been $50MM, or a total compensation of $187MM. Some contracts are even done with the base fees taken out of the bonus fees, but I think the bonus rate is higher.

Comment Re:AAPL is heading for a catastrophe (Score 1) 112

Well, many Apple phone users are AAPL stock holders, but that isn't much of the issue just as app prices aren't.

For an Apple user, upgrading your phone can be as simple as entering your iCloud credentials and connecting to wifi to restore your setting, apps, and data to the new phone. Presto: new phone, no hassle. The fact that it syncs with an iPad and a Mac with no additional intervention is just gravy.

For me, the replacement cost of apps would be around $150, but that isn't nearly as much of a barrier as the other things.

Comment Re:Why do this? (Score 2) 112

Seems to come down to accounting. There is no value to the carrier to subsidize a phone, but it does have a drain on their balance sheet/profits, especially in quarters where a new iPhone is released. This lets them avoid that issue, at the cost of profits for people who upgrade more slowly than every 24 months. When the percentage of people that keep the phone for 30-36 months drops below some critical point it isn't worth the hassle or risk of regulatory issues.

Comment Re:Can it self restart? (Score 1) 275

An average 4-person household was likely to have 1 computer 10 years, 4 devices 5 years ago, and maybe as many as 8-12 today. In a few years, this could grow to 20-50 devices. While not average, my two-person household has over 26 active DHCP leases today, which will grow with a security camera upgrade. Granted, some of the devices are vlan'd off from the public internet, but needs change over time.

Not that paying $200 for this device would make much sense, but it is cheaper than having a proper dedicated router/firewall plus 802.11ac access point with equal capabilities... And much more approachable for the average consumer.

Comment Re:Taxis = artificial barriers to competition (Score 1) 204

Specific to New Years Eve, Uber is a great solution. Getting a taxi in San Francisco (or almost anywhere) after midnight is hopeless, which should drive up rates and incentivize additional drivers to participate. This is a specific failure of the regulated taxi industry.

Comment Re:Just convert a shipping container (Score 1) 164

If your goal is to be off-grid and not on-propane, you want to run as much as possible off renewable power. You can fit almost 2kW of PV on a roof now, and at 5h average annual production that is 10kWh/day. To store it you would need 6-8 8D batteries.

Using a gas generator you would need about 15 gallons of gas a week; propane you would need about 50# per week.

If your power needs are much lower then it isn't an issue either way. If you can get by on less than 1kWh/day then who really cares...

Comment Re: Can we quit pretending that it's car "sharing" (Score 1) 231

Uber provides the same coverage of service as a Taxi in most areas: if there is no money/safety in it for a Taxi driver, an Uber driver won't miraculously be encouraged to serve an area. The only exception is areas that have no viable taxi service (rural), and the on-call nature makes it something attractive for someone to get some extra cash.

Possessions increase to fill the space available for their storage. -- Ryan