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Comment: Re:Nice thinking outside the box, NASA! (Score 1) 83

by pubwvj (#48900855) Attached to: NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

There is an existing simulation for Mars flight in X-Plane. I've flown (simulated) flights on Mars many, many times. Very interesting differences from here on Earth. See:

Note I "flew" on Mars in a previous version of X-Plane. I'm not sure if the current version 10 supports flights on Mars. If nothing else, read the second link.

Comment: Re:No Cheap Power (Score 1) 172

by pubwvj (#48841111) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Of course it isn't completely flat but not worth doing peak vs off-peak. They are able to vary the output of the generators. They have their own generators for most of the power we use in our local utility. It comes off of solar, wind and largely methane from landfills which would otherwise be burned off or gas off to the atmosphere.

I'm just wary of the over complications. When devices become more complicated they use more power and break down more often having shorter lifespans. That's a big cost both in the budget and the environment.

Simple solutions are best.

Comment: Re:No Cheap Power (Score 1) 172

by pubwvj (#48839825) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Small coop utility.
Northern climate so no high summer or day demand from air conditioners.
Day and night demand for them is about equal.
He, the guy at the utility, is their expert on this topic and has been there for decades. Very knowledgeable.
I'm more incline to believe him than a random person on the net who doesn't know the local scene.

In any case, I'm still wary of adding one more 'smart feature' to appliances that is going to increase their energy consumption a little for that, increase their failure rate due to increased complexity and increase their price. We don't need more trash.

Comment: Re:Genetic Selection at Work... (Score 1) 257

by pubwvj (#48836375) Attached to: Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

Yes. Generally such restrictions come into the culture slowly. I'm assuming, with some knowledge of these cultures, that these restrictions were likely pre-startup. Many of the aspects that are adopted by a religion actually originated long before it, sometimes thousands of years before it, as adaptation to local conditions. While you and I don't see a reason for that in this case there may have been some other intertribal strife that had caused that. And besides, 1,400 years is close enough.

The bigger point, which you're missing with the arguing over generational counting, is that such a change could cause different cultures to fail to understand each other on a very fundamental level. Lets not quibble over a few generations but rather try and think about why and how something occurs so we can better understand it and solve the problems of cross cultural misunderstanding.

Comment: Re:No Cheap Power (Score 1) 172

by pubwvj (#48836337) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Sorry but you missed the point. There is no peak power and no off power benefit. I've discussed this with our utility energy efficiency guy. He said they just don't see that around here. However adding this circuitry to the equipment is going to cause it to consume just a little more power. Multiply that little more times millions of devices and pretty soon that is a lot more power being consumed. The result is that the savings won't be as great as they think.

Comment: No Cheap Power (Score 1) 172

by pubwvj (#48834291) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

A fundamental problem with this is that there is no "Off-Peak" cheap power in a lot of places. We just have one utility rate, which is higher than anywhere else in the country based on what I hear from other people. Many people don't have an off-peak rate so this becomes just one more costly gadgeting of the appliances that makes them more expensive and use just a little bit more power to run, multiplied by millions.

Where there's a will, there's an Inheritance Tax.