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Comment: Re:Not buying it, Copper wire is exspensive (V*A=W (Score 1) 548

by fatboy (#49791933) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

>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.


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

by fatboy (#48512045) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

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

by fatboy (#47491115) Attached to: Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

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

by fatboy (#46778619) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

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.

Comment: A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (Score 0) 467

by fatboy (#46772241) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

With what developers make in my city (Nashville, TN), yeah. They should be able to accumulate enough money to have a net worth over $1 million dollars, over their career. It comes down to do they have the discipline it takes to direct that nice income in a way that they don't waste it on things like mortgages, car debt, credit cards, and other bad habits that keep people at "average" and "normal" net worth.

Comment: Re:Some questions (Score 2) 491

by fatboy (#46565427) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

I suspect, and I have zero knowledge of this system, that the satellite used has linear transponders that re-transmit the exact signal it receives. This means that both amplitude and frequency domain are relayed and received at the ground station. I imagine that the ground station is a software defined radio that digitizes and records everything that is passed though the IF.

Again, I know nothing of this system, but if I was going to build one, that's how I would do it.

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