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Comment: Stabilize what you have (Score 0) 261

by SuperKendall (#49552407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

If you need to restart your wife's iPhone several times a week that is not right - you may want to get a replacement iPhone.

The only thing I've had to restart my wife's iPhone 6 for have been software updates - and I skipped a few minor point releases.

I'm an iOS developer, thus harder on the device - and even I only restart once a month or so.

I can't help but thinking you are restarting the phone to avoid doing something that's actually the responsibility of an app. Have you tried looking at all apps that location services and cellular data are authorized for? What about the battery and cellular data usage areas to see if some app is just too frisky with data/GPS?

Comment: Re:One filter = no tier (Score 1) 162

by SuperKendall (#49552177) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

How do you KNOW that? How do you know its important until you answer it?

It's called CallerID.


Since you didn't say why, True wins.

Lol. Seeing as they are inextricably tied to itunes and ios,

loolololol since it's not tied to iTunes in any way, invalid.

Android wear at least works with android not-tied-to-google

Without Google Now it's a paperweight.

The apple watch? Not so much.

I could use only third party apps and no Apple services. And since there are more of them, the Apple watch is vastly less reliant on Apple than Android Wear is on Google. Sorry, but that's just the plain truth - there are around 3000+ Apple Watch apps, and growing rapidly...

Comment: Re:sort of like Antifreeze and pets/wildlife (Score 1) 88

by hawguy (#49551197) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

Toss a few gallons of water in your trunk before you head to remote locations -- while the propylene glycol in the antifreeze may not kill you, the corrosion inhibitors and other ingredients

The glycol is the corrosion inhibitor. That's its job as much as anti-freezing. That's why we use it even in climates without freezes, and not just a smaller package of corrosion inhibitors. You have to substantially change the properties of the water to retard corrosion.

Propylene glycol oxidizes when exposed to air and heat, forming lactic acid.[9][10] If not properly inhibited, this fluid can be very corrosive, so pH buffering agents such as dipotassium phosphate, Protodin and potassium bicarbonate are often added to propylene glycol, to prevent acidic corrosion of metal components.

Amsoil Low-Toxicity Propylene Glycol Antifreeze

Composition by Weight:
Total glycols >= 92 percent; Corrosion inhibitors and
antifoamants = 8 percent
; Water

Comment: Re:Nice idea but... (Score 1) 257

by drinkypoo (#49550577) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

I do understand the solar industry, that's why I fliped two big middle fingers to them and bought and imported all china solar panels and installed a 5Kwh setup for drastically cheaper than any of the overpriced US crap.

Like anyone else, I will buy the panels which provide the most output for my dollar, and which fit in the space available. But if the world would institute some laws which would penalize countries for slave labor and environmental abuse, then it would cease to make sense to buy a lot of that crap. I sit here surrounded by similar crap, but the point remains.

I use grid intertie and drive the meter backwards. No local storage.

That's certainly cost-effective, but it won't help as much in an outage.

Electrical bill is $14.95 a month because you have to pay the "fees" and the scumbag leaders in my states government passed a law that allows the power company to not pay for any surplus I generate above my own use.

Yes, scumbags are always the problem. Obviously it wouldn't make sense for you to add a lot of battery on the basis of selling power back at shifted times.

Comment: Re: There ought to be a law (Score 1) 110

Just because you put words together, it doesn't mean the resulting sentence is true.

And you just made a meaningless statement which advances the conversation in no way whatsoever, since it could equally be applied to anything anyone said ever. If you want to provide some sort of meaningful information, you can do that. Or can you?

Comment: Re:Nice idea but... (Score 3, Insightful) 257

by drinkypoo (#49550497) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

What happens if you buy this battery and a year or two down the road someone comes out with a battery that is twice as efficient as the one you have?

Then the whole world changes, whole corporations go out of business overnight while others swell, and there is widespread financial chaos.

This is the exact question I asked Solar City when I was considering solar panels for my house.

That's because you don't understand the solar industry even a little bit. When new, more efficient panels come out, not only is their price per watt higher but the price per watt on the old panels comes down. The primary benefit is not reduction of cost, at least not at first, but in reduction of panel area needed. That reduces the size of an installation which can reduce its cost — but in the case of a residential solar system, that is rarely the case. Since they're usually fixed and roof-mounted, the amount of materials used to mount them is fairly small and there are no property cost considerations whatsoever. The homeowner doesn't care if they have three or six panels on their roof, because they're on their roof and they're not taking up any space they were using before.

The truth is that improvements in batteries and solar panels do not come in 100% increments. They come in small increments delivered over long periods of time, just like the savings on energy costs delivered by a solar installation. Not installing solar now because you're worried that solar is going to get better is just depriving yourself of the benefits that you enjoy by doing it sooner. Meanwhile, your system can be upgraded piecemeal, so you can replace your batteries in 15 years and your panels in 30, maybe add some more batteries then. You can mix and match different kinds of panels to a certain extent; sure, you need different charge controllers for old and new style panels, but you can have both kinds of charge controllers right next to one another, connected to the same battery bank. So really, there is no basis whatsoever for your concern that a 100% efficiency improvement will come along tomorrow and eliminate the value of your investment. And frankly, if such a leap in efficiency were realized in a commercial product, then some government would probably buy up 100% of it and you wouldn't be able to get any anyway. Kind of like what happened with nanosolar, which was then driven out of existence by the chinese dumping panels on our market so none of us got to buy any of it. That stuff had the potential to be disruptive, but now we have to wait for someone to conceive of the idea again with some new and even cheaper technology because we're okay with goods produced with slave labor so long as it doesn't happen within our borders.

Comment: Re:big news! (Score 1) 257

by drinkypoo (#49550479) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Distributed storage capacity solves nothing if the grid operators cannot manage it.

I bet you don't downshift your car because you think it's going to hurt your engine, too.

It's only a solution if the batteries help balance the grid.

Yes, that was what the GP was talking about. Good news! You get at least a "D" on your reading comprehension test!

This is bad for homeowners with PV, because they want to run their meters backwards and get paid, and grid balancing would reduce their ability to do that.

You have no idea what you're on about. Increasing homeowner battery capacity is how we're going to implement grid balancing, and when the homeowner's battery bank balances the grid, their meter is going to run backwards and they're going to get paid. But unlike a grid-tied system without batteries, they'll be able to release the power when they want to, and as such, they will get paid as much as possible while simultaneously also providing the maximum grid balancing value — by providing power when it is most needed. It is not a coincidence that power costs the most when there is the least power available.

What is needed is net metering. The infrastructure cost and connection fee should be completely divorced from the cost of power, and the users of the power should effectively pay the providers with just a small cut taken off the top for whoever is managing the tracking and billing — which need not be the same as the infrastructure provider. Indeed, recent events regarding PG&E's inability to maintain neighborhood power distribution infrastructure provide some evidence that tying the two together is disastrous.

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 1) 616

by drinkypoo (#49550455) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Fracking is actually a GOOD thing overall...

Who told you that?

We've been doing it for decades in various areas without much of an issue


It increases production with very low cost and low risk.

To the corporation. for the rest of us, it equals increased seismicity and water contamination. As well, the "fracking fluids" are just refinery wastes. they have no business injecting that into the ground anywhere.

Comment: Re:ostensibly for sorting purposes (Score 1) 64

by drinkypoo (#49550407) Attached to: New Privacy Concerns About US Program That Can Track Snail Mail

They dont need to "hand it over" to the feds... they are the feds.

The USPS gets a tax break and preferential treatment, like a monopoly on your mailbox and increased penalties for harassment of their agents vs. a slightly more private carrier like UPS or FedEx, but they are not themselves "the feds". They're just a business with protected status which is dressed up to look patriotic, and they're hardly the only one. I know that when I was a kid, I thought Federal Express was affiliated with the postal service. Given what I see around me on a regular basis, it's probable that many adults still believe that. And like any large corporation, FedEx has to some extent grafted itself onto the federal government, e.g. (FTFL) "In 2001, FedEx sealed a $9 billion deal with the USPS to transport all of the post office's overnight and express deliveries".

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