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Comment: Then Remove All Subsidies (Score 1) 488

by archer, the (#48024657) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
I wouldn't mind paying the net metering fee, IF the subsidies for fossil fuels were removed as well.

An article at Forbes reports that coal increases health care costs by 19 to 45 cents a kwh. Oil increases the costs by 8 to 19 c/kwh, and natural gas by 1 to 2 c/kwh. Then there's the estimated cost of climate change, assuming we beat it. (Yes, I trust a near-unanimous group of subject matter experts. Heck, I bet those 97% would really like to be wrong, so we wouldn't need to do something about the issue.)

Summing up, I'd rather pay $168 a year for a connection, as opposed to paying an extra $1000/year for fossil fuel electricity. (5000 kwh * 20 cents/kwh). Actually, aren't we already paying that extra $1000/year in extra health care costs, property insurance, and natural disaster relief?

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 517

by archer, the (#48010729) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit
I agree with using renewables first. It bypasses the "subsidies" that the fossil fuel industry receive.

An article at Forbes reports that coal increases health care costs by 19 to 45 cents a kwh. Oil increases the costs by 8 to 19 c/kwh, and natural gas by 1 to 2 c/kwh. Mercury in fish is getting bad enough that Consumer Reports had an article on it last month. I'm pretty sure fish aren't mining mercury. Then there's the climate change issue.

Any one of those reasons, from three different sources, is good enough for me to prefer renewables over fossil fuels. For nuclear, I haven't decided yet, but I'm leaning in the direction of it being sold at the same time as renewable, not after all renewable supply is consumed.

Comment: Re:Wrong decision (Score 1) 484

by archer, the (#47320619) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service
Yes, Netflix is public transmitting, but from a licensed archive. Aereo is only transmitting the channel that the customer has requested be transmitted. A customer who joined Aereo this year could not request the 2010 Fall Broadcast Season Premieres, since those premieres (probably) haven't been broadcast this year. Netflix has many of those premieres available to customers who sign up today. Aereo is one antenna, one customer, while Netflix is one copy, many customers.

If Aereo were to edit out the commercials in the broadcasts, then I would side with the plaintiffs.

Comment: Re:SciFi come to life (Score 1) 270

Because when it began, the internet was not a necessity for the general public and economy, and it didn't have ISPs double-dipping or getting states/towns to sign exclusive contracts. Now, when the Internet is almost as necessary as electricity/shelter/food/water, and when ISPs are preventing competition, many people see the ISP industry as being broken and are trying to get it fixed.

Comment: Re:We've gone beyond bad science (Score 4, Insightful) 703

Parroting is the only thing that most of us can do. Both of you are doing it, unless one of you is an actual climate scientist with appropriate degrees and experiences, who has performed his/her own experiments and data collections to research how the earth's environment has behaved in the past.

97 out of 100 scientists are certain that the climate is going to become detrimental to our current society. That's enough for me.

If I didn't trust scientists, my next computer or cell phone purchase would involve the following: redevelop physics from scratch, including semiconductor, RF comms, and information theory. Build a 22nm lithography process. Test it. Otherwise, how do I know I'm not falling for a hoax?

Just because I don't understand something, doesn't mean that something doesn't exist. Yes, on the flip side, if one person tells me something, that person isn't automatically correct. That's where peer review comes in.

For the computer purchase example, I could test a new computer. That's a great solution for that scenario. But from where do we get a second earth to test Climate Change?

Yes, shutting down coal plants overnight is bad: it would cause massive chaos. That's exactly what climatologists are trying to avoid. However, we can work towards getting those plants offline, and work towards zero emission vehicles. On the off-chance all those scientists are wrong about climate change, at least our cities would have better air.

Comment: Re:Short Sighted Fools, the lot of you. (Score 1) 703

If you found an odd lump on your body one day, what would you do? You could see a licensed doctor, whose knowledge has been gained from mostly objective, clinically tested, and peer reviewed research. You could see an oil tycoon who has made millions by being a wise businessman. You could also just do nothing.

I'd go to the doctor, myself. Yes, there's probably a small percentage that are bad, so I'd probably ask a second, or even a third to see if I get a consistent answer. If I went to 100 doctors, and 97 of them said the same thing, I'd put my money there, simply because they have knowledge from looking at history. If not, I might as well believe the sun still revolves around the earth, and that if I walk too far, I might fall off the edge of the "world".

Or, if astronomers predicted a 97% chance that a meteorite would land in your town, would you take a day trip? Or stay at home? The trip is pretty cheap: drive/take a bus to family or friend in another state.

Yes, fixing CO2 emissions is much more expensive than a day trip; we can't do it all in one day. We can start though, and give future generations a little more time to figure out a good solution.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 1216

by archer, the (#45502219) Attached to: Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?
When I go to the voting booth, the only options I seem to have are "status quo" and "status quo". Corporate profits are at record highs, yet wages are getting lower. Unless the country forms one union, there's nothing stopping Corps and CEOs from bleeding the 99% dry. Right now, the only way I could "fight" this is to do a one-person strike. You can guess far that would go.

Comment: Makes Perfect Sense (Score 4, Interesting) 507

by archer, the (#45275725) Attached to: How Big Data Is Destroying the US Healthcare System
Several years ago, I was called by the company providing the extended warranty on my appliances. The were offering me a renewal of the warranty. I said I'd only renew on the dishwasher. They responded that it was the only appliance they wouldn't cover. When I declined the extension, they reminded me that things are more likely to break the older they get.

I didn't feel like pointing out the reason they were declining coverage on the one appliance was probably because it was the only one that needed to be repaired, and twice at that. As such, it would be the most likely to fail again. And it did.

Still don't make it right though.

Comment: Re:This (Score 2) 734

by archer, the (#45142253) Attached to: Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case
The parents of all three girls failed in my opinion.

One set of parents did not teach their daughter how to deal with bullying, nor did they monitor her social life. Words *do* hurt, if one doesn't know how to handle bullying. We are not born with this ability.

Two sets of parents did not monitor their daughters. Not only could this protect the daughters from abuse/predators, it should've stopped the girls from abusing the victim.

Comment: Re:High Certainty. (Score 1) 324

by archer, the (#44971487) Attached to: Upper Limit On Emissions Likely To Be Exceeded Within Decades
Was "Certainty" their 3 sigma error band on an estimate? Or was "Certainty" their confidence that they know everything about this massive system? It is a black box after all. They can't just open it up and read the source code. They have to allow for the fact that they don't know everything, but are still giving their best model.

Any estimator can be off high or low for a long period of time. "Long" is relative. If for a significant number of samples, more than half the estimates were high and the rest were spot on, then yes, the estimator is probably wrong. The charts from climate audit show the estimates being high for a run as long as 1/7th of the data. The charts also show the estimates being low for other portions of the data. I don't see how that can be used as convincing proof that the estimator is horribly wrong.

Especially since the climate audit chart itself shows a rise in temperature over 110 years.

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