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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 973

Debunking is not such an easy task and as the above stated, it's 10x as hard. Really, most perpetual motion debunking was done by highly skilled magicians that had a scientific bent and testing that required the help of physicist ( don't recall the episode of Bullshit with Pen and Teller in which they said that)

Could you imagine what it must cost just to test something like this, just so you can say, Hey it's a scam or not, and then publish it. I'm rather sure no one works for free so.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

by onepoint (#47996773) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

I've been flush with cash and dirt broke.
the one thing i could count on was the ability to walk to work, then bike to work, then scooter to work.
I've saved more than enough for a car, but every week I use the scooter I save
9 to 10 gallons of gas
$ 37 insurance

In 1 month, that's about 275 extra that I don't have to think about.
my current cost is 7.00 per week.

I happen to live in florida so I get to use it all year around

Comment: Re:Don't point that thing at me! (Score 2) 143

by onepoint (#47837723) Attached to: Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

The sad thing is, if it did happen, and it was not state sanctioned, they would end up dead. Even the Chinese have learned this ( blowing things up in higher orbits, then finding out a few years later they could not launch like they wanted to ) and are most likely careful never to do it in such a high orbit again.

+ - In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist -> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future."
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Comment: Re: A fool and their money (Score 1) 266

There was no control group, I just 'felt' those locations were correct.
Now, I would love to be in the same situation again and test it out. I can afford to spend some cash and see the results if I need to do this again.
It was lucky guessing the first time, but again, my question is how the heck do you set something like this up for an honest review.

Comment: Re: A fool and their money (Score 1, Interesting) 266

While I cannot account for anyone else. I once owned some land, and tried my hand at dowsing. Found 3 spots that felt just right, drilled the first, and found water at 70 feet. I still call it luck. If I ever need to look for water again, I'll try my hand at it again and mark 3 spots.

While it's not science, I would be interested in how do you set up a test for a peer review of this. Seems to me that if I really think about it. It's just a lot of pot luck.

Comment: refreshing (Score 0) 182

by onepoint (#47760709) Attached to: Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

I find it refreshing that "dirty tricks" are still used in this day an age.
I don't welcome it, but it's good to know that this is still used, Now you ask why? Simple really, what they are doing (which I don't think is illegal, but I wish it was), is abusing the competitions, making them waste resources (time and gas). Right now the only person suffering is the driver. I would think that if this game was played on taxi companies, someone would be visiting with a bat.

It's fun and games until someone figures out how to counter, then the consumer will get screwed.

I kinda see this as a weird form of a DOSS attack, but seems viable.

Comment: Re:Why can't it just be one mass? (Score 1) 74

by onepoint (#47668233) Attached to: Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

That thought was the very first thing that crossed my mind.
I mean the only super dense stuff that I've read about is ultra-dense deuterium
( It's in the range of 100+ tons/ cm3 ) but it's only produced in really small quantities

I would really enjoy knowing if something ultra dense is produced, and how does it effect gravity. I think that would be a fun project

Comment: Re:Translated into English (Score 1) 306

All your points are valid, but I wanted to clear a few things
a) rainwater
You have the right to it as a landlord/owner, but maybe not the tenant
Also
You pay in most counties in Florida for water in (water bill), and water out (sewer tax), so rainwater systems have no cost to the system since rainwater cannot be piped into a home without it being taxed as a home improvement. Most places in the USA, the gray water installation for the home, not the garden, has to be inspected and your taxes are adjusted accordingly, if you are subject to the sewer tax is another thing IDK

b) Growing your own food
That's completely off topic, since you are not responsible to the producer

c) Leases
If the leases are in your own home without any feed to the system, then you can install, but you cannot get any tax benefit (state wide) since you are not the owner of the system.

Having access to over 100000 sqft of usable sun facing roof space spread over multiple clients' homes, I spent a while researching this, and ran into the same problem. Leasing platform or having some 3rd party agreement with a producer will not provide a return of any sort on the invested capital. So the only solution I found was to tell my clients to get them installed, make sure they have net metering and talk to the accountant and get whatever tax break they could find. No real money is being made, but since they are snowbirds, they have a huge credit for the winter.

The problem is that the energy created, is fed into the power lines at retail, which the truth, it should be fed into the system at 50% or less than retail. and what the leasing people are trying to do is force the producers (power companies) to buy retail...

Now imagine 100000 sqft should generate about 800 to 1200 KW at peak, that's got to help cut down on carbon, which I am happy to say I've done a little bit too help.

Comment: Re:Translated into English (Score 1) 306

yep, correct, the lease business model states that they sell at full consumer rates to the electric company, not at the producers rate ( which is cheaper )

so then I have to ask you...

I own 100K sqft of usable, full sunshine roofs
I lease that out and sell it at full market
I get YOU and everyone around me to buy at full market rate (via the power company)
I just profited off of you and the electric company
How happy are you going to be that I did not have to pay for
Maintenance of the line carrying my charge, the people that work for the power company
When the hurricanes hit, my house is lit not yours....

Problem is, the lease calls for selling back at consumer rates, not producer rates. That's what is unfair. That simple spread of maybe 3 cents, but those that don't self produce are paying your subsidy.

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