Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 174

by tompaulco (#49551045) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes
The average daily usage in the United States is 24kwh.The United States experiences extremes of heat and cold which most European countries don't have to deal with. Also, many houses are heated by electricity rather than coal or natural gas. Ironic that burning a more environmentally sound fuel (electricity) gets you roundly criticized by others for using too much electricity.

Comment: Re: Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 174

by tompaulco (#49551033) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

48kwh pr day??? Holy crap. We use 12kwh pr day(no ac) for light, cooking, cleaning, washing machine, dryer, 4 drive NAS always running, home server(NUC) always running, 4 ip cameras, exterior lightning when dark, 3 computers, fridge, freezer, 50 bottle wine fridge, internet router, 2xwifi routers, 3 switches. When it gets hotter (32 Celsius) we add 10-12kWh for the AC(Mitsubishi with inverter controlled compressor), the house are properly insulated to keep the cold or heat inside. 48kwh on average are just wasteful.

That's amazing. How were you able to tell GP was being "wasteful" and not just using a lot of electricity? I guess I should not point out that the amount that GP used was only 50% more than the average household in the U.S. and about on par with the average use in an extreme southern state.
Plus there are many other factors. A large house uses much more than a small house. An all electric house uses more than an electric and gas house. Maybe GP is environmentally conscious and drives an EV and has to charge it every day. That alone would account for about half of the usage.

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem? (Score 1) 157

by tompaulco (#49548175) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

you're driving

big negative there. it's more distracting to try to read a text on an ultra small screen than it is to just pull our your phone.

You shouldn't be doing either one of those things while driving. I really doubt that anyone texting you has something so important to say that it is worth you and those in your car or nearby cars dying for.

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem? (Score 1) 157

by tompaulco (#49548157) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

Later in life, some time after you leave your parents' basement, you'll find that free-time comes at a premium.

Ah, so rather than get a smartphone or smartwatch and have to peck out tiny misspelled messages on a tiny inefficient keyboard, the current generation instead waits until they are at a full computer with keyboard where they can return messages more quickly and also efficiently since they are not having to task switch constantly.

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem? (Score 1) 157

by tompaulco (#49548139) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches
blither snyp's frognouth sitely norberg higgle farnard clsan's splff

What? You didn't understand that? Grammar rules are a fiction and a way the ruling class imposes control on others by establishing an arbitrary "right way to do things" then castigating those who do not kowtow to it.
I should be able to use any spelling, punctuation or grammar and everybody somehow will understand it even without any established grammar rules.

Comment: Re: This product reminds me of... (Score 1, Insightful) 157

by tompaulco (#49548113) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

I don't think anyone's going into debt over the 10K watch. It's for people with more money than they know what to do with, and the desire to spend it all on themselves instead of helping others.

People who have more money than they know what to do with don't buy crap like this. People who want to pretend like they have more money than they know what to do with buy this kind of crap. People who temporarily have more money than they know what to do with and will broke in a few years buy this kind of crap.

Comment: Re:Buying cars based on fuel price... ugh (Score 1) 612

by tompaulco (#49533559) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

...or the inability to haul large items.

Do you know this for a fact? I know that not all electric cars are created equal in much the same way that a tractor is not equal to a ferrari is not equal to a ford fiesta (or worse a "hybrid"), but when compared to an electric engine... my understanding was that generally an equivalent 3 phase electric motor should have better and flatter torque curve compared to combustion engine, hence the high potential for performance compared to combustion... it should also make it pretty good for hauling stuff in theory.

Well, I was speaking more in terms of space. Most of the EVs are pretty tiny, except for the hybrid versions of larger cars and SUVs. They probably in theory could haul a trailer full of stuff, but I have never seen one doing so, and am not familiar with their towing specs. I looked up a few. For the Chevy Volt towing is not allowed. For the Toyota Prius, towing is not allowed. For the Nissan Leaf, you can now get an available hitch, but the specs all say Not Applicable. Towing anything with an EV is dumb anyway. You are going to be adding weight, which means less distance, and normally when you are towing, you are going for more distance.

Comment: Re:question (Score 1) 278

by tompaulco (#49528737) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

And France, the UK,... Spreading racial/religious hatred is forbidden in most places in Europe.

Well, that kind of depends on which religion doesn't it? I mean we have to be tolerant of those who hate us, even if they want to kill us, or even if they do kill us. It would be wrong to stifle their spreading of hatred throughout the world.

Comment: Re:Buying cars based on fuel price... ugh (Score 4, Interesting) 612

by tompaulco (#49528675) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

For most people, especially ones with NEW cars, the cost of fuel is such a small portion of TCO that gas mileage is almost inconsequential within reason. People get psychotic when gas swings one way or another because people are idiots, who cannot ignore the 20-80 dollars they spent today in favor of focusing on the 500 dollars they pay every month.

Maybe they shouldn't assume that fuel cost is the reason people got rid of their electrics. Maybe they got tired of the low range, or the length of recharge times, or the inability to haul large items (they are in for a surprise on how little you can put in an SUV, though). Maybe they got tired of having one car for fuel economy and one car for everything else.
The article is trying to paint a picture that people who switch are shortsighted idiots, but there are many other far more likely reasons that people switched.
It does make one feel better about one's own inferior intellect if one paints everybody else as an idiot.

Slashdot Quote: The first version always gets thrown away.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 2) 391

by tompaulco (#49525243) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
Well, I am pretty sure that anything that makes you perform beyond your norm is likely to lead to burnout at some point. As some have mentioned, some people use this to get by on only a few hours sleep, but it doesn't replace sleep, so there is bound to be a crash at some point. Not to mention, short term memory loss.
Of course, to your point, enhanced productivity for a quarter or two followed by the employee dropping dead is just fine with the Job Creators.

Comment: I bet we would win back more civil rights (Score 1) 398

I bet we would win back more civil rights if even half of these cases that went to the supreme court were ones where they guy whose rights were violated was not ACTUALLY GUILTY of a FELONY.
I mean I've got a lot more sympathy for a guy who was pulled over, run through the dog test for an hour and not found to have any drugs, then a guy who actually did have drugs.

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer

Working...