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Comment: High Voltage DC more likely (Score 2) 554

by guruevi (#49791221) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

If you're going for "low" voltage DC (24V), you're just shifting the losses from the conversion to the wiring. Anyone that has done any home automation, security systems or basic electronics knows that even over a relatively low distance you can have a severe voltage drop which has to be made up with more power draw.

Electricians do consider anything sub-400V, "low" voltage. To have your home outfitted with DC you wouldn't even need to replace wiring, you might need to replace outlets. IF your outlets are correctly wired, you could simply convert from 110VAC to 150-200VDC and most of your devices that are not inductive would continue to work. Incandescent light bulbs would work, fluorescents would not, LED light bulbs would, computers, phone, laptop chargers etc. all would. Your big apparatus' (laundry, fridge etc) would need some conversion work but would always almost work better with AC (AC motors are more cost efficient and less maintenance than DC motors, that's one of the reason's Tesla won).

Comment: Re: $70000 is poorest? (Score 1) 269

by guruevi (#49790951) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

Federally, perhaps. State and local governments undo most of that. The requirement for local utilities to buy back is not universal and I think they'd fight that all the way to supreme court because federal gov't cannot impose laws (besides the constitution) on states.

You can get a small tax break (30% of the installation cost tax credit) on your federal taxes for installing panels IF your installation qualifies as an Energy Star-certified system (so most DIY probably won't qualify). You cannot get money back for it either, if you do not owe taxes or you owe less taxes than the credit, you can only reduce how much you owe.

Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 1) 269

by guruevi (#49787497) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

The US actively taxes anything that might upset the local utilities. There are relatively few incentives to do it and more disincentive than anything.

You need a licensed contractor, electrician, insurances etc. The associated permits alone in my area would be in the neighborhood of $1500 and a yearly inspection and associated permit cost $200/y. Repairs would require a permit and re-inspection fee of another $150. The utility wouldn't buy back but charge a $15/mo meter fee.

Comment: Re:Here are MORE exampe of how full of shit you ar (Score 1) 149

by guruevi (#49764977) Attached to: Al-Qaeda's Job Application Form Revealed

And how many Westerners are that highly educated? How many of the US military troops, besides the higher ranking officers are educated at all? A military requires it's peons, the higher ranking officers, generals and most leaders are highly educated.

  Al Qaeda/ISIS was/is the only standing military force in the region but their claimed 'land' is currently divided. They have a cause and a mission, not surprising they're organized. After Hussein, Iraq didn't have much of a military and the US paying a minimum wage to some unemployed people does not a military make, Syria's military was made to kill it's own people so that didn't do well for keeping your military together.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 2) 294

by guruevi (#49763027) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

How is science inaccessible to women? Schools and employers are already actively picking less qualified female-identified persons over more qualified male-identified persons in the STEM fields so they can fill quota's.

I know many women which are in the science field, however less females are encouraged by their home (especially in case of the religious) societies to do so. That is what this study is all about, the perception by people's home societies is that males are 'better equipped' to do STEM, this isn't about whether or not it is accessible. Unless you live in the middle east or other 3rd world countries, STEM is available to women.

I say to you however that it's harder for females to get into the mining industry and other 'hard labor' industries than it is in the STEM fields. Why don't we handle those first?

Comment: Re:Meanwhile on the less sane side of the Atlantic (Score 1) 241

by guruevi (#49762999) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

The problem is that Americans and by extension American companies (corporations are people in the US) have to pay taxes in America regardless of where they make their income and already paid local taxes. That's one of the many legal reasons Microsoft/Amazon etc have UK and others separately incorporated.

Now any American corporation will have to pay the 25% profit routing tax and American taxes. It is a form of protectionism.

Comment: Re:it is surprising... that Congress would abdicat (Score 1) 98

by guruevi (#49761541) Attached to: TPP Fast Track Passes Key Vote In the Senate, Moves On To the House

The US is a representative republic, not a democracy. It is designed to set it and forget it for 4 year periods. You cannot vote your government out in between there. You do not vote for people or for laws directly like you would in eg. Iceland/Sweden, you vote for representatives that you think will most likely vote in the general direction of what you want.

Comment: Re:Double edge sword (Score 1) 159

by guruevi (#49756321) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

Why? The police already keeps it (obviously) so your privacy is already lost. I'd rather have it be open to the public what exactly is being stored than kept secret forever. The other edge of the sword is that when police conveniently 'lose' their footage, it can now be proven otherwise, if it's kept secret, not so much.

Comment: Re:Where are the 'slowdowns' ? (Score 2) 221

Not exactly. The slowdowns happen in switches, routers etc that have a heap of software loaded on them that do a lot of other things besides switching and routing such as port duplication (allowing the NSA and other taps), VLAN, L3/4 packet inspection etc etc all of which are done on low-power early 2000's devices (remember how "fast" embedded chips were back then) with crappy, H1B-written software and features bolted on top over the last 2 decades.

Using microwave links won't help either, it's not the medium that is slow (both copper and fiber are near-lightspeed and do not have to worry about earth's curvature and radio interference (albeit copper would but minimal)), it's the intermediaries that are doing way too much with our traffic besides routing it across the globe.

Comment: Re:This law will not stand... (Score 1) 545

by guruevi (#49727065) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

There have been outbreaks already of polio, measles, mumps and rubella in the US. That means that there are not enough people being vaccinated in order for anyone to be able to rely on herd immunity.

The religious (and that includes the Jenny-crowd) have already caused a return of once-eradicated diseases due to their 'religious exemptions'. These exemptions are CURRENTLY causing real harm to real kids (who do not have a choice in the matter) and even adults (especially the elderly), some of which may have real reasons.

Mutations are not that far fetched either, some of which have ALREADY HAPPENED in the UK, Thailand and Africa.

Religious exemptions are KILLING people, most of which who did not agree nor had any choice in the matter.

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins