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Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 483

I'm not sure where you are getting your data on what will make people want a Tesla (or not), but I know tons of people that want one and the only thing stopping them currently is price. I've never heard a single person in real life say they didn't want one. Not a single one.

Comment: Re:Batteries with Solar Systems = No Net-metering (Score 1) 311

by div_2n (#49611073) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Depends on where you live and who your providers are. Laws and utility policies vary widely as there are no national governance rules on it (yet). In TVA territory, you currently are allowed to sell power back to the grid as a green power provider at a 2 cent premium over retail rate. This is for solar power and not strictly using a battery to store at off-peak hours and sell back during peak hours. I'm not sure how this battery will fit into their paradigm.

Comment: Re:Price won't come down (Score 1) 311

by dgatwood (#49609683) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

But extracting either from seawater does not really make any sense. Some mid-east countries desalinate so they can pursue idiotic schemes to grow wheat in the desert, when they could just buy wheat for far less. California has a few desalination plants, because of dumb policies that vastly inflate the cost of water to urban consumers, while subsiding the delivery of rainwater to farmers growing rice and cotton in the desert.

Forget rice and cotton. We'd be happy if they'd stop growing alfalfa and almonds in the desert.... With that said, even if we got rid of that problem, eventually California's growing population would still require desalination. The drought simply moves that date closer in many places.

Comment: Re: Kill the entire H1B program (Score 1) 631

by dgatwood (#49604111) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

The H-1B program is different because H-1B workers who leave their jobs are also legally required to leave the country. This makes them captive labor, almost to the same extent that illegal immigrants are. IMO, we should make green cards easier to obtain and kill the H-1B program outright. By ensuring that foreign workers have similar employment mobility to native workers, it would reduce the ability of unscrupulous companies to bring in workers from overseas and pay them wages that are below the regional going rate. (They would still be able to do it, but they wouldn't be able to retain those employees, so they would eventually be forced to pay wages that are competitive within their geographical area.)

Comment: Re:Did a paid shill write this summary? (Score 2) 179

by cold fjord (#49603673) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

Seriously. The real story with this bill is that the republicans are defunding the climate monitoring programs. It will take decades to regain the capabilities we'll lose by defunding them now. There's no turf war between NASA and NOAA, just one between republicans and science.

Decades to regain capabilities you say? You mean like the current US capability for manned space flight? Or are you all jazzed up about the first and only country to put astronauts on the moon and return them safely to earth being reduced to having its astronauts hitchhike a ride into space from other countries like Russia (under embargo for aggression, probing the US with nuclear bombers and subs), China (nuclear threats against US), or maybe India?

If you want to beat the gong about "wars on science" you better include Democrats & Progressives. There is no shortage of unscientific nonsense to be found there.

Nice job trying to write a summary for geeks that attempts to bury the real story.

No, the real story, that the US is going to reinvigorate its moribund manned space capability is clearly mentioned. Or don't you think geeks interested in that?


Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic 393

Posted by timothy
from the never-eat-or-hire-or-grow-fruit-outside-your-zipcode dept.
Presto Vivace writes: The H-1B visa issue rarely surfaces during presidential races, and that's what makes the entrance by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) into the 2016 presidential race so interesting. ... ...Sanders is very skeptical of the H-1B program, and has lambasted tech firms for hiring visa workers at the same time they're cutting staff. He's especially critical of the visa's use in offshore outsourcing.

Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 483

Maybe a better way would be to say the last 2% or 3% of driving cases not already covered. Even the Leaf covers probably 70% of driving cases (random percent guess). But it's easy to think of very common use cases that it would not reasonably cover that are not in that last few percent. The current Tesla models do.

Driving cross country in a Tesla is doable *now* depending on your requirements (i.e. minimum stops and can't be stopped more than 10 minutes). I guess those use cases are things like you have to drive to a wedding 10 hours away and overslept. You can make it, but ....

Comment: Re:Gamechanger (Score 1) 514

by div_2n (#49596575) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Where in the world do you live that has 5 cents per kWh?

If you live in TVA territory (just one area, I know), it's currently 10 cents. Word has it that residential is getting moved to peak demand pricing soon, so a solar + battery combination could easily pay for itself in the 10 year window of the warranty on the battery and even longer warranty on solar panels.

Comment: Re:One thing I can say about John Cornyn - (Score 1) 56

by pecosdave (#49594579) Attached to: US Senate Targets Patent Trolls

I hadn't kept up with Gohmert all that much. I did some homework on him last night and this morning.

Not near the level of stupid as Sheila Jackson Lee.

400 year old constitution, talking about North and South Vietnam and their place in the world of politics, says she's a freed slave, wants TSA on buses, not to mention outright racist rants and abuse of her own office staff. Gohmert screwed up on the balanced budget amendment, said some hilarious things about caribou, and has made some other screw ups, but isn't even playing in the same foam-lined playground as Sheila Jackson Lee.

Comment: Re: Kill the entire H1B program (Score 1) 631

by dgatwood (#49591395) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

There's nothing xenophobic about wanting to stop the H-1B program from being a way to cut costs. If you truly need to bring in talent from overseas because you can't get it in the U.S., that's one thing, but if you are firing American workers and bringing in foreign workers to do the same job at a lower cost, that's quite another. It is abusing the system, and unfortunately, the H-1B system was practically designed to make such abuse easy.

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