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Comment: Re:This again? (Score 5, Insightful) 430

by Guspaz (#49596351) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

More like tests keep showing that it IS working, and nobody is sure why. Either the problem is with the test, or there's something else happening that we don't understand, but either way, nobody is sure yet what's going on.

I think it's likely that the test is faulty, but they need to figure out why or how the test is faulty.

+ - UMG v Grooveshark settled, no money judgment against individuals

Submitted by NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: UMG's case against Grooveshark, which was scheduled to go to trial Monday, has been settled. Under the terms of the settlement (PDF), (a) a $50 million judgment is being entered against Grooveshark, (b) the company is shutting down operations, and (c) no money judgment at all is being entered against the individual defendants.

Comment: Re:2kW isn't enough power for a home (Score 1) 502

by Guspaz (#49594385) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

The round trip power loss in the batteries is 8%. The charging efficiency isn't relevant, because solar during the day would be wasted/lost anyhow. If we assume the discharge loss is half that at 4%, then instead of getting 7 kWh per day, you're getting 6.72 kWh per day. It would still take around 6 years to pay off. Just 6.1 years instead of 5.9 years.

A far bigger impact would be loss in capacity over time.

Comment: Re:2kW isn't enough power for a home (Score 1) 502

by Guspaz (#49593919) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

It depends on how much you pay for power. Say you pay $3000 (it'd be more after the installation costs and markup, but let's just pick that). That lets you move 7 kWh of power from off-peak (when you're not using it) to peak (when you need it). You're therefore saving 7 kWh per day that would otherwise be pulled from the grid. Say you're paying $0.20 per kWh. You would save $511 per year, so the battery pack would pay for itself after roughly 6 years. The remaining four years, it's actual savings.

Of course, the cost would be more than $3k, and who knows what your power company charges. Mine charges way less than $0.20, but I've got one of the lowest power costs in the world, so it's not really a good comparison to a place like California.

Comment: It's time to fight back (Score 1) 624

by rossz (#49583461) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

I'm starting to think the only way to stop these companies from wholesale firing so they can replace everyone with cheap H1-B workers is to make them targets for massive cyber attacks. Not that I can do that. It's not my skillset. But if it ever does happen, I'm going to sit back with a big bag of popcorn and laugh my ass off.

Comment: Re:Integrity much? (Score 1) 123

by rossz (#49583455) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Fark Founder Drew Curtis a Question

Yup. Fark is getting less fun ever day because Drew sold out. The very reason we go to fark is for the outrage and silliness. But all too often a moderator obviously born a Puritan steps in and ruins the fun.

Also, their moderators are idiots. When I called out someone who said something extremely racist and offensive, I got a 24 hour ban. When I complained the fucking moron of a moderator insisted the statement I referred to wasn't racist. Yes it was. It was extremely offensive to Filipino women. I know, because I asked my Filipino niece. Fark either needs to get moderators who aren't racist morons.

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