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Comment: Batteries with Solar Systems = No Net-metering (Score 5, Interesting) 250

by catchblue22 (#49608397) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Companies like SolarCity basically install solar systems for no money up front, and then lease them back to you for a period. For many houses, even with these fees, the SolarCity systems will save the homeowner quite a bit of money. Licenses to sell power back to the grid are usually restricted, even in states they are allowed. If you have a battery system installed, you will no longer have to sell your excess solar energy back to the grid. You'll simply be able to store it in your battery for later use. Thus, homeowners with these systems may not have to apply for licenses for their solar systems, since they will not be doing net-metering. This will allow many users to install solar panels who couldn't before. It removes the ability for utilities and/or state governments to restrict the number of homes with solar panels. This is why these batteries will likely have a huge impact.

Comment: Re:queue the.. (Score 1) 235

by catchblue22 (#49602051) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power

I remember supporting an office with win95 and Access. I had tech support conversations that almost went like this:

Him: My computer just crashed.

Me: So what did you do then?

Him: I rebooted it.

Me: Well there's your problem. Reboot the computer again. Then tap the computer gently and pray to the god of your choice and reboot a third time...

Him: ...Thanks. That worked.

Comment: Re:What's the point ? (Score 1) 76

by catchblue22 (#49598277) Attached to: Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Its First Rocket

Certainly it's preferable to 'Rich people sitting on their wealth'.

The amazing thing about Elon Musk is that when he was a student he actually lived on $1/day for a while. He said that knowing he could live on so little was quite freeing, enabling him to take more risks.

I really don't think of him as your typical billionaire.

Comment: Re:What's the point ? (Score 1) 76

by catchblue22 (#49598251) Attached to: Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Its First Rocket

Can anyone explain why Jeff Bezos is doing the same thing that SpaceX is already doing ?

To lower cost to orbit .. check To design re-usable first stages ... check

The only difference I see is that they want to use LOX/LH for first stage. And even then, they plan to go to LOX/LMethane after that.

Of course, competition is always nice to have.

Yeah, the only difference is that Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000, two years before Space X was founded, and only just now launched his first rocket. Bezos sounds like the Justin Hammer of the commercial space industry.

Comment: Re:2kW isn't enough power for a home (Score 1) 505

by catchblue22 (#49595977) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Why purchase it in the first place if I still have to rely on the grid? Seems like a waste of money unless it is strictly for backup purposes only. And even then, it won't run what is needed like electric heat or A/C unless you purchase multiple units. Then natural gas and propane generators would be much more cost effective.

You purchase it so that you can store grid electrical energy while the rates are low overnight, and use it when rates are high during peak hours.

Comment: Re:With REALLY Huge Fans... (Score 2) 279

by catchblue22 (#49587153) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving

Will future aircraft be able to also make the switch to electric? Yes, of course. Electric driven propellers should do the trick.

Of course, the size of the batteries needed will preclude carrying any passengers or cargo.

I don't think that is necessarily true. One option is to build hybrid electrical airplanes. And if battery power density and durability continues to improve, I think you might be surprised what is possible if you fill the wings of an airplane with electrochemical cells. Elon Musk has speculated that electric airplanes might be possible if we go beyond the incremental improvements of the current players.

Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 1) 493

There are countless more recent examples I could have written about.

So go ahead then, because I think it's really silly whenever a new Muslim atrocity occurs, especially when it comes to women, that some apologist comes along and talks about things Christians did centuries ago.

Are you obtuse? Did you read what I wrote? I am criticizing monotheism as a whole. I probably despise extremism more than you do. I just see the historical context, and I see aspects of extremism in America that are similar to Islamic extremism. That is not being an apologist. It is being a realist.

Comment: Re:edu-babble (Score 4, Interesting) 352

by catchblue22 (#49557799) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

Sounds like dystopia to me. Something about a bunch of kindergarteners staring at a giant screen seems very 1984.

I think the truly intractable problem is that such a system would centralize control of the educational system. Centralize it right down to every single word that is presented. The true power of the public education system is that it gives teachers a great deal of independence in what they say in the classroom. Imagine a situation when something terrible happens in our democracy. Someone seizes control. The system gets even more perverted than it already is. Then imagine an educational system where children only received "approved" resources. No independent human teacher. Just video and text. If the children don't get information from the media, then they will effectively be blind to reality.

I know this is hypothetical, but I think it demonstrates my point, that independent teachers are an essential buffer against tyranny emerging in our democracy.

Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 1) 493

DON'T pretend that "all religions are equally wrong"; they are not.

I don't say that. I assert that mono-theistic religions have shown themselves capable of equally vile fanaticism, most especially when they are combined with the levers of power of the state.. See my post above.

"Life sucks, but it's better than the alternative." -- Peter da Silva