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Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 1) 825

by acoustix (#49738825) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

There is plenty of money from gas taxes to maintain the roads. The problem is, the highway "trust" (LOL) fund is used as a personal savings account by politicians for their pet projects. Things like millions of dollars spent on bike trails and other assorted earmarks that have nothing to do with road maintenance.

Technically bike trails fall under the jurisdiction of the transportation department. So what you describe makes sense. Should we start taxing bicycle mileage too?

Comment: Re:Why only $15? (Score 1) 1082

by acoustix (#49734967) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Because it doesn't work. That's why.

Why not $50? Why not $75? Why not $100? Why stop there?

If it's not possible to live on a minimum wage, then raising the minimum wage won't help. They will still be making minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage has a ripple effect that will raise the prices of all services and goods in the area. It has to. It's not possible for the prices to not go up.

Comment: Re:Obsessed with keeping government out of busines (Score 1) 289

by acoustix (#49721697) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

I really don't understand it either. If the government entity receives no unfair treatment and has to play by the same rules as every other company, there's no reason why a local municipality shouldn't be able to collectively decide that they want to take a crack at creating something better.

And this is where the problem is. The local government is playing by different rules. They can make the tax payers pay for the capital costs the service and not have it pay it back. That's different from the private sector, which has to take out loans to build the infrastructure and then pay it back. So right off the bat there's a huge difference in public vs private.

It seems that some people are more anti-government than they are pro-market or have become so accustomed to making the same argument that they're not even bothering to look at the issue at hand.

It has more to do with a level playing field than anti-government sentiment.

Comment: Re:"The Ego" (Score 1) 553

by acoustix (#49614275) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

They had a short piece on her this morning on NPR. She was attacking Hilary Clinton on not having enough experience in leadership, etc. I found it quite amusing. Like or hate Hilary, she has way more government experience (for better or worse) in her little pinky than Carly Fiorina.

Since when does "government experience" = leadership experience? What achievements in government does Hillary have?

I'm not a Fiorina supporter by any stretch of the imagination.

Comment: Re:2kW isn't enough power for a home (Score 1) 514

by acoustix (#49595499) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

This doesn't include any solar equipment. Only the batteries. The solar equipment will cost extra. There's also no mention of a transfer switch. All of these are extra costs that aren't covered by Tesla.

If that's the case then it definitely becomes a very expensive proposal and the time to recoup the expense grows greatly. But I guess whoever installs these systems intends to live in that house for a very long time. I wonder how these systems affect the resell value of the house. I can see some positives, but I can also see some drawbacks.

Comment: Re:2kW isn't enough power for a home (Score 1) 514

by acoustix (#49593887) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

It might be enough to power a home at night.

If you have enough solar generation to power your home through the day and just use the batteries at night while you sleep, you've just got a fridge and some heat. 2kW won't power a large furnace, but if you live in a decently mild climate, you could power some space heaters or electric blankets.

Also, let's not forget that some of us have natural gas service, so our furnaces, stoves, and dryers don't need much electricity (just need enough to power the blower, ignition, drum, etc.). I'm not ready to go totally off-grid, but I would consider one of these battery packs to move some of my daytime electricity usage to night time and take advantage of better rates. Payback would be in about 5 years. Also, the battery bank could get me through most power outages since most power outages where I live are only for a few hours tops.

I'm going to do some research, but this could be a really good idea for me!

But if power is cheapest at night, and you're using the most expensive type of replacement energy how is this going to pay for itself? I can't see this paying for itself in 5 years if you still have to purchase the solar panels, plus installation charges for everything.

I'm just curious. My energy rates in Iowa are dirt cheap. But I have to run the furnace a lot in the winter and run the AC a lot in the summer time - even at night.

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"