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Comment: Apples and oranges? (Score 1) 126

by kenh (#48068495) Attached to: Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

After observing the "corpulent" woman serve herself, the students were allowed to come forward and serve themselves pasta and salad. On average, the coeds each served themselves more pasta than the "fat" woman had selected while taking less salad than she did. When the same study was performed with the actress appearing sans the fat suit, researchers observed that students ended up eating more salad than pasta. The conclusion was simple: people may consume more unhealthy food and eat less healthy food when in the presence of an overweight person."

Is "taking more" the same as "eating more"? Did all the coeds clean their plates?

Comment: Re: Conservatives crying "no fair"? (Score 1) 283

The government shouldn't be holding a comment period and then spend taxpayer dollars in an attempt to influence the outcome.

It may look like it is leveling the playing field from where you are sitting, but fir every filthy rich conservative there is a corresponding filthy rich liberal, free to spend their own money to influence public opinion just like the filthy rich conservatives do. That they choose not to doesn't make them 'better' than their conservative counter-parts, it makes them cheap.

Doubt there are a corresponding number of filthy rich liberals? Who do you think pays $30K+ at the 400 fund raisers Obama has attended since taking office? He flys out west and will hit several multi-million dollar fundraiser a day!

The point is the FCC choose a side, and spent taxpayer influence their own position.

Comment: I saw what you did there... (Score 1) 283

You equated a private group spending their own money to advance their belief/opinion with a branch if the federal government spending our tax dollars stacking the deck for one side of a purportedly fair debate on net neutrality.

I bet you thought by tossing the Koch brothers into the mix we wouldn't notice your attempt at a false equivalency.

Better luck next time.

Comment: Re: How badly coded are Windows applications? (Score 1) 349

by kenh (#48062113) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

No, the problem wasn't that they referred to it as "Y2K", the problem was the mass media got hold of a 'possible' problem that 'might' affect 'some' computers and spun the issue to be so large as to throw civilization back to the dark ages - water utilities were goingt o stop pumping water, planes would fall out of the sky, the phone system would fail, etc.

Comment: Understand what 'minimum' means (Score 1) 554

by kenh (#48051571) Attached to: Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

So Windows 10 has the same hardware requirements as Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8/8.1 - so what?

Most people arguing for increased minimum specs are arguing for a system that would perform reasonably with an unspecified workload in addition to the load the OS puts on the system (for example, running MS Office 2013 applications)... Would dropping, for example, support for 32-bit x86 only hardware add or diminish the market share Windows 10 enjoys?

BTW why isn't anyone complaining about Ubuntu Linux which has similar minimum requirements and has for years?

Comment: Re: Really? (Score 1) 517

by kenh (#48009299) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Solar cells on your roof simply are not cost competitive against utility company power. Period.

The requirement that utility company's buy your excess 'green' energy whenever you happen to have some at RETAIL prices artificially lowers the cost of rooftop photovoltaics.

Photovoltaics are not a substitute for a connection to the power grid *unless* you add a storage device to capture your excess electricity during the day so you can have power at night.

Comment: Re: Really? (Score 2) 517

by kenh (#48009237) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Yeah, Germany has it all figured out...

According to the New York Times (9-19-2013), not so much:

German families are being hit by rapidly increasing electricity rates, to the point where growing numbers of them can no longer afford to pay the bill. Businesses are more and more worried that their energy costs will put them at a disadvantage to competitors in nations with lower energy costs, and some energy-intensive industries have begun to shun the country because they fear steeper costs ahead.

Newly constructed offshore wind farms churn unconnected to an energy grid still in need of expansion. And despite all the costs, carbon emissions actually rose last year as reserve coal-burning plants were fired up to close gaps in energy supplies.

A new phrase, âoeenergy poverty,â has entered the lexicon.

Comment: Re: Not so.... (Score 2) 517

by kenh (#48009225) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Forcing your local power company to buy your excess electricity at retail prices is a subsidy, is that going away?

Are people paying full retail for their rooftop solar arrays? That is the measure of 'subsidies going away' - taking a 50% subsidy and dropping it to 40% isn't an example of subsidies 'going away'.

Comment: Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 517

by kenh (#48009189) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Spreading the cost of your lunch over a group of people that do not share in your lunch isn't cheaper, it's cheaper to your - when you factor in the cost of administering the spreading of the cost and the oversight of the subsidized lunch you are enjoying at a discount, the net total cost is actually greater...

Comment: Re: Utilities Fighting Back (Score 1) 517

by kenh (#48009145) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

"Decline" is not "dead", decline means a little less.

The federal subsidies that distort the market for home solar panels should end. Insulating buyers from the actual cost of solar panels removes incentives for industries to find more cost efficient technologies.

The requirements that utilities buy whatever random excess electricity you roof top solar cells happen to generate at a price far in excess of the cost the utility could generate it for needs to stop.

The power buyback program is insanity, nothing less. Consider this - imagine we were back at the turn of the last century, and buggy whips were a big industry. Then someone invents a home buggy whip machine which turns out buggy whips at a random rate. Now the government, bowing to the idea that poor people can't afford buggy whips decides to cover half the cost of every buggy whip machine purchased. Furthermore, the government decides that in order to help make buggy whips more affordable, buggy whip manufacturers are forced to pay above retail price for every excess buggy whip every home buggy whip machine produced.

When the buggy whip industry collapses, it wouldn't be because of the invention of the home buggy whip machine, it would be as a result of the federal and state regulations.

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern