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Comment They actually want to kick appliances off. (Score 4, Insightful) 145

They actually want to kick appliances off. When the load is high, your blender quits working, basically.

They actually mean "the equivalent of adding a gas-fired power plant by subtracting users who can damn well wait for their smoothies.

Hopefully no one is stupid enough to buy a Nest dialysis machine...

Comment Re:Or... (Score 5, Insightful) 82

Someone doesn't know their history. its you. Look at the wars america was in before 1940. For example- the Spanish-American war. Basically caused because we wanted some of Spain's stuff in the Carribean, and trumped up on an explosion in port that ended up being an accident.

The Mexican American war- because we wanted to move our southern border to the Rio Grande.

The War of 1812- multiple causes and may have happened anyway, but at least part was a desire to annex Canada.

The Indian Wars- all undeclared, but we took each tribe's land one at a time.

The US has been an imperialistic war monger from the beginning. We just kept it to our own continent until the 1900s.

Comment Re:As the phone company, I fail to see... (Score 1) 188

But yet Apple does it all the time. So does Google if you bought a Nexus directly from them. Why can't the rest?

Apple does it because you are still incentivized to buy a new iPhone every 18 months, and probably lust after it in a shorter period than that.

Google can update the nexus because it's usually a "bring your own device, off contract" thing. I.e. you bought it without a plan by paying for it up front, and in exchange you get updates and the ability to do exactly the thing carriers don't want you to be able to do: switch carriers. So they charge more on the plan, and you pay maybe 30% of the extra amount (say $10 a month instead of $30 a month to get a subsidized over 18 months iPhone thrown into the deal).

The rest can't do it because you aren't willing to pay full cost for their phones up front, because frankly, the phones are crap compared to an iPhone or a Google Nexus. The only way you can sell them at all is on a subsidy plan, which suits the carriers just fine, since that gets you locked into the contract.

They tolerate Apple, because as long as they keep coming out with new shiny, people put on the contract handcuffs voluntarily.

They tolerate Google because they tolerate "bring your own device" as a marketing means of providing the illusion of choice, when they know that only a tiny minority is going to exercise that choice. If everyone started paying cash up front for their phones so they could go month to month, the carriers would come unglued, since they only axis they'd have available to compete on would be service.

Comment Re:uranium runs out (Score 1) 318

Yeah, that's still an issue. Except...you're running your laundry on a timer now.

The models you listed on that link do not have start timers. Electronic controls, yes; but without timers, all that means is you can't mechanically set a setting, and then have a timer power the thing on at a specific time. Nor do they have protocol based external management, so you could trigger them at a particular solar generating level that's sustained over a period of time to avoid using grid power, and program a (much smarter) external system to run them.

These appliances are not as smart as they'd need to be, and even if they are, they're not smart in the right direction, nor are the external control management systems there yet for doing things like coordinating the dishwasher vs. the laundry.

Just have it set to run twice each week on different days instead of twice in one day, back-to-back.

Dude or dudette, I totally promise not to tell your SO that you just put their favorite yellow shorts that they've had since college in with your new blue shirt and turned them green. But you *will* be buying them that expensive dinner by way of apology.

Us laundry ninjas know you can't just throw in anything with anything else. Some things will simply shred if you put them in with some other things, like delicates and thick towels, instead of putting them on a different cycle. What this boils down to is that any given laundry day requires multiple loads.

Put in the next load before you go to work, take the dry clothes out when you get home, no problem.

And forget this, if you have kids: there's no such thing as a small amount of laundry, or two day a week laundry.

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Look, personally, I want local energy storage: I don't want to have to change everything, just because I'm going to be powering everything with the big fusion reactor up in the sky, instead of the little fission reactor down the coast. At some point, it becomes a quality of life issue, and that point hits pretty hard with solar in a different way.

As soon as there's enough solar capacity, and people aren't home to use it, then it redefined "off peak" and "on peak". The "off peak" hours are during the day, when generating capacity exceeds demand, and the "on peak" hours are during the morning and evening, when you're at home and awake, but the sun isn't shining, so there's more demand on the grid, because everyone else keeps the same hours you do.

One of the reasons the PUC in Nevada got rid of net metering was because Nevada was on a trajectory to eventually hit this "solar tipping point", and it was obvious to the utility company that at that point, they'd be paying spot market prices for energy, mostly in the evenings, and they'd end up pretty screwed.

Unless I can have local storage, and it's got to be able to store everything I can generate all day, assuming it starts out dry, the "grid battery" approach looks to be doomed to jacking my utility bills right back to where they used to be, so the power company can maintain revenue under the pretense of "we have to maintain the grid, but all these people have solar, and aren't paying us enough for us to be able to afford to maintain it".

The only viable alternative is to be able to pull the plug completely. And sadly, solar is just not there yet.

Comment Re: Fuck mdsolar (Score 1) 318

You are letting your little far right extremism brain.

Sorry, I think you have "nuclear" confused with "big oil". If you want far right extremism, that's the next door down.

Carter stopped it, rightly, and raygun restarted it.

And then it was stopped again.

In addition reprocessing is not the right solution.

What is the solution, then? It's not the sun shining day and night, and it's not the wind blowing all the time.

Comment As the phone company, I fail to see... (Score 1) 188

As the phone company, I fail to see how allowing you to push an update that you've not re-certified to not break our network, over our network is going to lock consumers into a new two year contract every 18 months.

We also fail to see how not incentivizing the purchase of a new contact subsidized phone gets the customer locked into a new two year contract every 18 months.

Comment Re:doh! (Score 1, Informative) 525

Obama didn't release his birth certificate for one very good reason, he is very clever and Trump is very stupid.

The fact is that the Republicans will always invent some crazy idiotic 'scandal' that they obsess about and endlessly throw up smoke. The birther conspiracy was mind numbingly ridiculous. It would require someone to go back in time to plant the birth notice in the papers. Or for some group of conspirators to go to an enormous amount of trouble in order to make a particular black kid president.

So rather than release the birth certificate and let the Republicans invent a new scandal, Obama held onto it and let them obsess about a scandal nobody else thought made the slightest sense, knowing that he could knock their house of cards down any time he chose. Which of course he did a week before the Bin Laden raid which was guaranteed to end the story.

George W. Bush opened torture chambers across the world and collected photographs for a sick sexual thrill. Yet nobody ever talks about that. None of the people complaining about Hilary ever complained about GWB refusing to comply with Congressional investigation or the deletion of 5 million emails.

So here is what is going to happen. Trump is going to go down to the biggest defeat since Carter and he is going to drag the rest of his party down with him. And afterwards there is going to be a new civil rights act that prohibits Republican voter suppression tactics and the gerrymandering that give them a 5% advantage in elections. And by the time it is all done the Republican party will have two choices, either boot the racist conspiracy theorists and Trumpists out or face two decades in the wilderness.

Comment Re:Uber is not "Ride Sharing" (Score 1) 445

Taxi's potentially compete with Uber (and Town Cars), but Uber (and Town Cars) does not compete with ad hoc taxi service.

The person called Uber instead of a taxi. You don't call that competing?

Not with taxis.

With town cars, yes. With the SuperShuttle, yes. With me getting on the phone with my friend Phil, and begging him to come pick me up, and if he does, I'll buy him a six pack of that nasty ale he drinks, "Just please, PLEASE don't make me take a taxi!", yes.

But with taxis? No.

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