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Comment: Re:Not buying it, Copper wire is exspensive (V*A=W (Score 1) 597 597

>Ask yourself why Europe uses a ~230V/240V electricity

Apart from the economical reasons as outlined by yourself, I always assumed it was a safety issue. I was taught that current kills not Voltage. A static shock has huge tension but non-existent current whereas a toaster in the bathtub has (relatively) low voltage and high current.

Can a sparky weigh in on this for me?

Not that I'd go licking the sockets in any country.

Increase the voltage (EMF) presented across a load, and your current increases.

I=E/R

So, no, it isn't safer. (Assuming Europeans have roughly the same electrical resistance of their skin as Americans)

The reason electrostatic charge is not normally harmful is because of how quickly the charge is dissipated. (usually microseconds)

Comment: Re:At 5PM.... (Score 1) 327 327

So? In the other 8 months it'll still be useful. Or split the difference and point them southwest.

Or continue trying to find ways in which you're a special little snowflake, and trying to make it so that anything that doesn't make something 100% useful for you personal makes the entire thing pointless.

No, the point is there are millions of people that live where I do. Many millions more also live at similar longitude or on the eastern side of their timezone. I'm not a "special snowflake".

Comment: Hope this pans out (Score 4, Interesting) 26 26

My daughter has complete congenital heartblock due to exposure to SSa/Ro antibodies. (My wife had undiagnosed Sjogren's syndrome) She has had a pacemaker most of her life, with her first pacemaker implanted at 12 days. I'm very excited about this and hope that one day doctors could grow her a new AV node,

Comment: Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (Score 1) 467 467

You should really factor risk into your equation. I would not leverage my house (or car) to do investments. I would never buy a new car, unless I could write the check and not notice. I would absolutely never finance depreciating asset. As far as large ticket, depreciating assets go, cars/boats/bikes/RVs are at the top of the list.

God helps them that themselves. -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"

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