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Comment: Re:"The Ego" (Score 1) 475

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) 506

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) 506

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.

Comment: Re:Don't build where there isn't adequate water (Score 1) 678

by acoustix (#49510939) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

Or here's an idea. Don't build in areas where there isn't much water. Wipe Las Vegas and Phoenix off the map because there is NO reason there should be large metropolitan areas in the middle of a desert.

This! For the love of God, this!!!

I can't believe how stupid people are. They want to populate a desert and then complain that there's no water.

Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 2) 350

AM is even better, because of the range. So, keep an AM/FM radio with your emergency supplies. If your emergency supply is only a cell phone, you're screwed anyway.

While AM has a better range it is next to worthless during a storm. Lightning strikes interfere with the signal making it impossible to hear the broadcast.

Comment: Companies are disqualiying american workers (Score 1) 407

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCbFEgFajGU

This is what is happening in the US. It makes me sick. They advertise a job with minimal information; disqualify the US worker on the basis that they are under/overqualified, request too much pay, need to relocate, etc; and then turn around and hire a foreign worker.

The video I linked will make you sick to your stomach to find out that we have US citizens actively trying to screw over other US citizens in the job market. This ends up hurting everyone.

Comment: Companies defraud American workers (Score 2) 442

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCbFEgFajGU

This is what is happening in the US. Companies are disqualifying American workers so that they can justify hiring foreign workers. They claim that they can disqualify based on any reason: over qualified, requested pay too high, etc. They don't even try to negotiate. They come up with ridiculous requirements that are impossible to meet and then turn around and hire a foreign worker with a different set of requirements.

It's not right.

Comment: Re:Partisan Bullshit (Score 1) 653

by acoustix (#49413567) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

You can't require a trillion dollar multi-national company stop doing business in every jurisdiction that has laws or policies the CEO disagrees with and It's not hypocrisy to use your free speech rights to advocate against policies that are abhorrent to you.

What is worse? Someone refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, or cutting someone's head off because they are gay?

Of course, the former wasn't happening in the first place. It was a drummed up story by the left. But don't let actual facts get in the way.

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