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Comment: Re:Well it's difficult (Score 1) 79

by CastrTroy (#49610151) Attached to: Microsoft's AI Judges Age From Snapshots, With Mixed Results

People are inherently bad at this. I get asked for identification all the time when purchasing alcohol and I'm 35. The drinking age is 19. They are supposed to ask anyone who looks under 25, but I think they are trying to change it to ask anybody under 30 because they realized how hard it is to judge age.

Comment: Re:queue the.. (Score 1) 241

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49601135) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power
I certainly have no useful information to add to the speculation about cause; but that is what would worry me. Having to reboot a system every 284 days or less is a nuisance; but not a terribly big one(especially since the system is connected to a giant mass of moving parts governed by comparatively strict regulations concerning maintenance, so it probably gets taken to the shop fairly frequently anyway). However, if there is some value incrementing its way up that eventually causes the system to crash; I'd want to be very sure that there is absolutely nothing else that might modify that value in a way that causes it to grow faster than expected.

Comment: Re:queue the.. (Score 1) 241

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49601123) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power
Cue the "If they'd chosen Windows, it would be impossible for this bug to occur" jokes...

Those have mostly been unfair since the NT-derived era; but, in the spirit of the joke, there was a bug in win95 and 98 that would cause the system to crash after 49.7 days of uptime. It remained undiscovered for years.

Comment: Re:Can't wait to get this installed in my house (Score 1) 505

by CastrTroy (#49593577) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Not unless industry starts using batteries for storage as well. Currently, the peak power usage has very little to do with residential usage. Where I live, it's always the same as cheap overnight rates on weekends and holidays. Because residential users don't account for that much power. The real power draw comes from industrial and commercial uses.

Comment: Re:Gamechanger (Score 4, Insightful) 505

by CastrTroy (#49593373) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

I think that power companies should offer more incentives for people to have these in order to smooth out the electricity demand. Imagine if everybody had one. The grid wouldn't need as much capacity, and they would be able to use more renewables because the draw would be constant and people could store their own power. Many electricity companies are already charging higher rates during peak times. This is one way to get rid of the peaks. It's already a $0.05/KWh difference where I live. If the price of these gets low enough, it might make sense for everybody to install one, even without solar panels.

Comment: Re:Best of intentions (Score 4, Interesting) 224

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49592763) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down
Anyone with some legal experience able to clarify this? Given that grooveshark wasn't...exactly...apologetic about their strategy(nor has it changed all that much), my assumption is that the sudden shift to grovelling-apology-mode has much more to do with losing than it does with any change of heart.

Do courts give grovelling apologies enough weight that this 'contrition' is a logical strategy to try to reduce any awards of damages? Are such apologies sometimes added as conditions of a settlement, presumably so that the victor can grind the vanquished further into the dirt? Is there some other advantage to issuing one?

Comment: Re:Can't wait to get this installed in my house (Score 2) 505

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49592687) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System
According to the spec sheet, the battery bank itself is a 400VDC unit and does not include an AC inverter(though a locally appropriate inverter, if not already available from a solar install or the like, would presumably be something you'd include in the project if you wished to install one). You are limited by the peak draw that the battery pack allows; but you can do absolutely whatever you feel like, subject to local codes and keeping your insurance, with the output. Unless you live in some really, really, freaky location where inverters that match your grid's flavor of power simply aren't on the market, it should be pretty trivial to spec an inverter suitable to the location.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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