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Comment: Re:Cycles are too cheap (Score 1) 56 56

I sell my excess solar back to the grid at a rate which is a really bad deal for me - only 6c per kWh, which is al any of the utilities will pay for it
I expect selling my 'spare' computing cycles will be a similarly crap deal.
One day I hope there will be an energy storage solution which will allowe me to better usilise this excess solar capacity.
Meanwhile, I switch offwhatever cpu's I don't actually need running, so there aren't really any spare cycles to be had, and if there were, I wouldn't want to burn the electricity needed to spin them.

Comment: Re:Climate Deniers: What is your defence for this? (Score 2) 366 366

King Cnut famously demonstrated that no matter how powerful, rulers have no power over the the oceans and the tide.

Sooner or later, legislators in Florida, lacking his wisdom, are destined to learn that lesson the hard way,


Comment: Re:No, not practically, no. (Score 1) 124 124

Supermarket and shopping mall car parks are the perfect place for charging. Around here, it gets pretty bloody hot and sunny during the day, and getting back into your car after doing the shopping is a less than pleasant experience.
  Supermarkets are already getting into the fuel business here with shopper docket discounts on petrol, so it would be a logical extension for them to shade car parks with solar panels that charged your car while you were shopping. It would give them an instant competitive advantage over rivals, or alternatively could create a new revenue stream, all while allowing them to rightly claim they were helping "save the planet"

Comment: Re:Even simpler (Score 1) 114 114

I have replaced all my halogen down lights , 50w each, with LED lights that use only 5w, and actually provide better light.
I typically have 15 on, 4 hours a day.
As a proportion of my overall power usage, my lighting has dropped from about 15% to 1.5%
The LED bulbs will last longer (10,000 hours) than halogens, and pay themselves off in terms of saved electricity, in 2 years.
Electricity is $0.26 /kwh here, and each bulb saves 0.045 kwh every hour it is being used.
it will take 777 hours for it to save it's own purchase cost in electricity, or approximately 194 days of typical 4 hours a day use.
Definitely worth while both economically and environmentally.

Comment: Re: wimpy talk (Score 2) 187 187

Honestly, reading the synopsis of the plot of 20,000 Leagues, it seems he contributed more to Star Trek than he did to reality.

I don't remember Captain Nemo ever losing his shirt and making out with every mermaid, daugters of Neptune or any other female denizens of the deep that get in range of his tentacles... I guess they got Kirk's predilections from elsewhere.

Comment: Re:SiwftKey? (Score 2) 56 56

A week later the app went "Free" and by free I meant, all the features I paid for were now free to everyone

Look at it this way - it's not like buying stocks or something where you only buy it as an investment to sell later.

At the time you purchased it, the software offered you enough utiity to be worth was worth what you paid to get it - and as an added bonus, your purchasing it helped feed the developers and enable them to be able to afford to release it for free for the betterment of mankind - so by proxy, your payment has also helped benefit mankind. You should get a warm fuzzy feeling about that instead of feeling bitter!

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"