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Comment: Re:Liability, Funding, Responsibilities (Score 1) 330

by tompaulco (#46829479) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

I can't imagine the number of permission slips needed to allow such adventures in our modern school system.

I remember taking shop in 7th or 8th grade. One time after I cut a piece of wood on the table saw, the shop teacher began poking at the piece of scrap and the blade picked it up and threw it, cutting the top off the ball of my thumb. Then he proceeded to lecture me about how you are not supposed to stand behind a table saw.

Comment: Re:My brother was making $100K/year flying a G3 (Score 1) 330

by tompaulco (#46829333) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance
A corporate pilot for one guy almost certainly means a single type of aircraft, and almost certainly not the type of aircraft that an airline is going to be flying. Airlines are a lot like other companies. When they look to hire someone, they always want someone with lots of experience in the particular type of thing that they use, even if no other company in the world uses it.

Comment: My connection handles my needs (Score 1) 67

by tompaulco (#46829263) Attached to: How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?
I have Cox internet, advertised at 25 Mbps, just tested at 6.82/5.75. However, this is more than enough for the streaming youtube that my kids do and the streaming video that my wife does.
In fact, Cox sends out nastygrams to me if I use more than 250 GB, which represents less than one day of full advertised bandwidth usage.

Comment: Re:Oh noes, I can't drive X miles (Score 2) 384

by tompaulco (#46818759) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Hell, in suburban fucking Maryland I had a summer job with a contractor who had a dual-tank pickup. He was smack dab between Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Sounds like a smart guy. Only has to stop half as often to get gas which means less task switching and therefore more money. Carrying around the extra gas has negligible impact on the overall gas mileage.

Comment: Re:Interesting hat it mirrors the electric car iss (Score 1) 450

by tompaulco (#46814061) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

OG&E certainly does not do this, but that would certainly be a fair way to do it. Of course, then you run the risk of pissing people off with your complicated and proliferous line item charges,

Of course, when pissed off people have nowhere else to go for their electricity needs, it hardly matters. (Unless pissed-off people are more persuasive to lawmakers than OG&E). But then, my ConEd bill has 9 different line items for electricity (and several more for gas).

OG&E always points out that they don't make a profit on generating electricity, they pass on the fuel charge to the customer. OG&E makes it's profit on distribution. Of course, what they DON'T tell you is that the company they buy the fuel from is OneOK, which is the parent company of OG&E. That's how you do an end run around the Citizens Utility Board. The CUB can't regulate OneOK because it is not a utility, so OneOK can charge whatever they want for fuel, so long as OG&E doesn't actually charge us more than OneOK charges them.
Oklahoma is the largest producer of Natural Gas per square mile of any state, but we don't have the lowest rates on Natural Gas of any state. OneOK, Chesapeake, Devon and Sandridge sell most of it out of state and charge us a premium for whatever is left.

Comment: Re:Interesting hat it mirrors the electric car iss (Score 1) 450

by tompaulco (#46810435) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

If Oklahoma uses this system, then the utility is being fairly compensated for the power lines no matter how little electricity the customer actually buys.

OG&E certainly does not do this, but that would certainly be a fair way to do it. Of course, then you run the risk of pissing people off with your complicated and proliferous line item charges,

Comment: Re:Makes more sense than you give them credit for (Score 2) 450

by tompaulco (#46810347) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Last I checked Oklahoma was not growing at such a fast pace that electrical services are in an "expanding" phase. More like "run and maintain" phase.

Nope, we are pretty much maxed out on power. Thus they are pushing out some programs to highly incentivise (by a factor of 10) to move power consumption out of peak time. They are putting in expensive smart thermostats that communicate rates to you that can change from on day to another depending on the temperature. they have rolled out smart meters that report back every 15 minutes on the usage. Basically, they know they need to build another plant but they are delaying as long as possible because it is a huge capital expense, and of course, no one wants to let them build it either, at least until the rolling blackouts start.

Comment: Re:resell value already bad (Score 1) 191

by tompaulco (#46800333) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory
Very few people who make under 6 figures have any business buying a brand new car with the prices of new cars these days. The average price of a new car is at an all time high compared to average income. The AVERAGE new car price is now over $30,000, and the average wage is $42,000. Even worse, the mean wage is only $27k, so an average new car costs more than the typical person makes in a year.

Comment: Re:resell value already bad (Score 1) 191

by tompaulco (#46800319) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

that resell guarantee is only if you use their financing option to actually buy the car.

which is not that smart buying a car on credit is the most wasteful thing you can pretty much do. Cars unlike for example real estate will go down in price guaranteed

That is not argument against buying on credit. That is an argument against buying at all. If you are going to insist on buying, with interest rates being what they are, and with inflation being what it is, it would be stupid to pay cash money in current dollars for it. Plus the lending party is taking all the risk. The risk of your future money being worth less, the risk that you won't even pay them back, etc. All they can do is seize the car, which is worth far less than the original purchase price. They will, however, sell it to their cousin at auction for the lowest price imaginable, and then you will owe the difference.

Comment: Re:Too poor (Score 3, Insightful) 323

by tompaulco (#46785147) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

That's exactly why we have Social Security - it forces people to put aside money so that, no matter what, they have something by retirement.

Or looked at another way, it prevents people from putting aside money that they could use to earn interest and multiply their money and not have to be dependent upon government money. Instead, it rewards them with a fraction of what they put in when they retire.
If government mandated that you take a certain portion of your income and invested it for your retirement, that would be awesome, but that is not what it does at all.

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