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Comment: Re:Net metering is unstustainable (Score 1) 374

by mordred99 (#49129717) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

I don't understand your comment and there is zero way to store AC power (your excess from yours example). It just goes out on the grid and someone else uses it and the generator at the power plant produces less.

If you are talking about "hey I am producing more than I am using" and 4 hours later have to use more than you make, then that is the part that net metering takes into consideration. Where I live, it is $0.10 a kWh to consume, and $0.01 kWh to produce (ie. your excess from solar). They pay you for your generation and charge you for your usage.

Comment: What I did w/ my geek son (Score 3, Interesting) 698

I am sorry to hear about your prognosis. As someone with a Geek child (now 20) I can offer some stuff for you. There are two ways to go about this: Regular Advice or Geek advice. You can go exclusively geek advice, but that is a short list and technically rather short sighted. You can give regular advice, but can add geek references would probably be more appropriate.

* How to pick a good mate (interests, money, sex, religion, etc.) Maybe include stories of your wife/your courting
* How to succeed a marriage (how to fight, alone time, sex, money, etc.)
* How to be a good partner in a relationship (no passive/aggressive, fight fair, etc.)
* Sex in general
* Self Esteem (how she is good how she is, don't change, positive notes, etc.)
* Geeky stuff you like (TV shows, books, games, etc.)
* Encourage who she is (follow your passions, be strong and confident, etc.)
* Encourage talents (you should be able to see them there, give her suggestions on what to do)
* Money (how to invest, save/emergency fund, net worth, save for retirement, keeping up with the jones, etc.)
* General advice like (top 3 reasons people get a divorce .. money, sex, religion)
* General tech advice (password resets, no 2 passwords the same, once online always online, etc.)
* More general stuff about the world around her (world economy, driving in your area, etc.) anything that you would tell a kid during their lifetime.

Comment: Updates are not always better (Score 0) 157

by mordred99 (#49000485) Attached to: Automakers Move Toward OTA Software Upgrades

I will never let a dealer touch my ECU. I explicitly forbid them for "flashing" or "updating" it. I have had two examples of where my ECU were updated (without my permission) and they have ruined a car. One was a EPA change which made my car run 5 MPG less after that oil change (at a dealer, who updated the ECU). The other added some self tests to the car which made me lemon law it (but every single person that got these changes, had this issue).

If there is nothing wrong, I don't want any changes done to my car.

Comment: Re:Notice is 2 Months Late (Score 1) 223

by mordred99 (#48989933) Attached to: US Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Massive Data Breach

Because as any good Security person knows, you have to follow the trail, and find as much information as possible about the hack. Notice they did not say a lot about how it was done, and they cannot even tell what was taken. They need time to work on that, and that is why they hired a digital forensics company to do that. They were required by law to disclose after a certain time frame (2 months), so they did. Otherwise they would have sat on this so they could answer every person's question properly and not say "we don't know" for a lot of the really basic questions. The more time they take, the less bad PR they take because a lack of a definitive answer to the press means you have speculation, and that is more hurtful to companies than bad things happening.

Comment: Re:SSN as an ID not password (Score 1) 223

by mordred99 (#48989885) Attached to: US Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Massive Data Breach

The issue you are talking about is not exactly right. SSN is an ID .. that is a fact. ID's are never, ever, supposed to be secret. They are in fact supposed to be public so we can discern whom is who. However what you are railing against is the proof of identity, which is a separate issue. For example, knowing someone's SSN should not be proof of identity. The issue is that banks/insurance companies/etc. are using insecure practices when it comes to establishing proof of identity.

Comment: Re:Implement locally? (Score 2) 145

by mordred99 (#48926257) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

Actually this happens all the time. Caller ID works great for land lines, where there is no switching. However when you go through multiple services (like a sip connection, through google voice, to a cell phone) the caller ID gets lost A LOT. They are not blocking it - just the phone call is of higher priority than the caller ID session that gets passed and it is not updated once the "call" initiates the ringer on the end device. So if it gets lagged by 1/2 a second, it won't even show up on the end device. That is what "unknown" is for.

Comment: Depends on the reason/environment (Score 1) 237

by mordred99 (#48706597) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

I think it all depends on the reason/environment. If you are at home versus at work. If it is family/friend or a coworker. I like voice .. and I call for anything that requires a back and forth conversation. If a text chain is more than 3 messages it becomes a call. If an email chain becomes a back and forth, I make it a call. You will get a voicemail from me, always when I call. I will clearly outlay why I am calling, and what I expect in return from you. I don't call to ask about the email I just sent, or something that is a status. I read though most of this thread and people bitch because they think their time is more important than others. "I am too busy to answer voicemail" "Put it in an email" "Just text me". There is very good reason to use a phone, and that is to get a back and forth conversation. I call people 3-4 times a day when I need to have a conversation (I said conversation, not IM, as that is not a conversation). I also use the drop-by to get what I want as well. If you are dodging my emails, and voice calls, I drop by. There is a reason I ask you a question, and am trying to get a hold of you - I need a response.

While voicemail can go away in my book, used properly, it is a very effective tool. People don't use it effectively and that is why it is an issue.

The last thing, it is hard to type an email or text when you are driving, and you need to talk to someone. However to call, leave a voicemail and then let them get back to you when they can, works just as well.

Comment: Same old ... same old (Score 1) 839

by mordred99 (#48169445) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

The problems are simple but complex. We, as a country need to figure out what we want to do and what we need to tax. The issue becomes we have the hydra of tax code now which you find the least evil head and pay taxes there. People by nature hate to pay more than they have to (in taxes, for items, etc). We need to figure a strategy which answers these questions:
* Do we want to have a progressive/regressive tax?
* Do we want to tax wealth or income?
* Do we want to tax when people participate in the economy (i.e. sales tax)?
* Do we want to have a simplified or complex tax code?
* Do we care about effective tax schemes? (i.e. tax on prepared food "effectively" taxes the poor more as they eat at McDonald's more)
* Do we want to limit wealth accumulation (on the rich, on everyone) by taxing it?

Comment: Re:He lives in a state with no income or cap gains (Score 1) 839

by mordred99 (#48169339) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

He also pays millions in property taxes living Medina, as well as almost 10% sales tax on anything he spends, and some of the most oppressive fees I have ever seen on items. The state of Washington does not have issues with it's budget, so how it gets its income really is not relevant.

As for your pedantic listing of people's net worth, I can do that too:
OJ Simpson's net worth: $10 million
Hermann Cain's net worth: $54 million
White crack whore: $3

Creating facts out of thin air makes no difference.

Comment: Re:Three things you can tax, and consumption is ba (Score 1) 839

by mordred99 (#48169191) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

You are talking real estate property, not all property (or assets). If you are talking all assets, then you are opening a huge can of works because national registries will have to be created for all items sold so that people will register that diamond necklace, or 1000 gold coins they purchased, etc. Otherwise they will get out of real estate (or keep one token item) and then minimize their tax burden. Then they can claim the sold it and now you have IRS agents traveling all over trying to find these items that people are hiding.

Comment: Re:This looks like a nasty trick. (Score 1) 839

by mordred99 (#48169029) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Buying an item internationally does nothing to stop the taxation. If a ship is registered in the US, they are required to pay the tax on the purchase price. My state does this now when you purchase a car out of state, but register it in my state (I pay my state's sales tax). Yes they can register it internationally but the amount of income lost will be a pittance (in terms of %) to what can possibly be gained overall. This is the problem with the modern world, we can travel freely, and thus move money and assets internationally.

Comment: Re:Better Data Shouldn't Be That Hard (Score 1) 403

by mordred99 (#48091761) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

You absolutely can trust the data being collected. The data is 100% accurate for that car and how it was driven. However taken out of context, the data does not give you anything. Just because your car does not give you a decimal place on your LCD screen, that is a programming choice of the UI, not what the car has stored in data. Every car with OBI II sensors can tell you to the Nth decimal place what gas has been used, and over how many miles.

However I agree that it will never happen unless legislated (or directed by the NHTSA or TSA or EPA) as not for legal purposes about the car and MPG, but just for the cost of storing that data, and the privacy concerns that come with it.

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann