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Comment Re:They actually want to kick appliances off. (Score 1) 141

I have to agree with you on this one having done the same experiment in the 90's myself. AC savor switches are aggressively stupid. Guess when all the summer time "peak times" are, hint its when everyone spins up the 2500W HVAC systems.

If your AC was installed by a reputable professions who correctly sized the unit and it has a decent SER rating 14+ than turning it off at peak time is a terrible idea. These things are designed to cycle, to short a cycle the wear prematurely to long a cycle (well that won't happen they will cut off ) or rather to frequent cycles they wear prematurely and will be less efficient (hot side of the loop stays to hot).

The outcomes will be that you are less comfortable. Your total energy use might actually go up with you unit always playing catch-up, unless the utility really leaves you shut down for a long time. Net energy wise recall most of us don't get billed less for off peak on residential circuits won't be improved unless you live in a very poorly insulated home, meaning you will be subject to even more violent temperature swings.

The whole point of investing in AC is so that you can be comfortable, if you sabotage the things ability to deliver that why have it at all? No a much much better solution would be have enough generation/storage and distribution capacity to meet peoples needs.

Comment I'm quite ignorant of the KKK (Score 1) 1

All I know about them is they hate blacks, Jews, and Catholics (presumably all non-protestants, but as I said, I'm ignorant). What views do they have that aren't hateful? I'm curious.

As to BLM, the entire reason that movement HAD to happen was because there really ARE people who think black lives DON'T matter, including black gangsters and bigoted whites. You have some citation for BLMers advocating hatred or violence?

Like the late humorist Will Rogers said in the 1930s, "all I know is what I read in the papers" and I have a LOT more newspapers available than he did, thanks to the internet.

Comment Re:I read the version with the photos (Score 1) 4

Yes, it was. I had the maid show me how to work the coffeemaker later. I'd have known if I'd bothered to read the coffee packet.

Some of the blur may have been because I was so shaky after hiking outside with all those books and falling down. That last photo is bad because there wasn't much light,

Comment Re:I read the version with the photos (Score 1) 4

The blurry pics are from Patty's new Samsung. I reduced resolution as well, because when I run out of hosting space at mcgrewbooks.com where the photos actually are (they won't fit in the mcgrew.info's 10 megs) it will cost a lot more. The Sith is cropped way down, he was across the room.

That first picture, the worldcon logo, came from Google. The covers to "Random Scribblings" are GIMPed photos I took with the same phone I took to Worldcon.

I would have probably made a fool of myself if I'd gone to the first Midamericon in 1969 in St. Louis, but I was seventeen.

Comment It's because drugs AREN'T fine. (Score 1) 2

Most of today's junkies are far different than they use to be, although old school junkies still exist. These days, the drug pushers are doctors and pharmaceutical companies who are handing out very potent, addictive drugs like candy. Once the oxycodone gets you, you discover that heroin bought on the street is a lot cheaper than what "Doctor Pusher" is pushing.

So your garden variety "would never take drugs" upstanding citizen winds up dead of a heroin overdose. Having a place like that might save some lives and get addiction treatment for some of them.

It's hard for people to be rational about drugs.

Comment Re:When cable TV (Score 1) 239

And they pay negative dollars per month for this service. Many local cable companies charge less for a bundle of Internet access and the lowest tier of subscription television service

Citation please! I have never seen a case where the bottom tier internet only subscription is priced above that plus bottom tier TV bundle. Sometimes the spread is so small I will admit it might not really make sense to not take the TV subscription if you purchasing Internet access otherwise but not the point. There is no reason at all one needs home Internet service either unless they work from home. Again if you are that close to the edge you can't cough up $300-$500 for something unexpected but important you should be uses the library and other public resources.

$50+ monthly so you can facebook in your underwear on the sofa probably isn't an appropriate allocation for you.

Comment Re:End is Nigh (Score 1) 239

I think this is probably the biggest issue here. Once one company starts doing this and enjoys any success at all people will pile on. We have so so many torts and criminal laws a like that simply get ignored by most people most of the time. If the system suddenly has to deal with them it won't hold up will.

I mean the logical conclusion of this is a bots scraping peoples facebook and twitter feeds then e-mailing them "Did you know you may have a right to legal compensation for $(PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH YOU) click here for your free analysis. You file electronically when ready for just $5 dollars."

Sadly I think this is going to force a re-evaluation of the whole jury trial for civil cases over $20 thing. I don't see much option here other than lots lots more judges and very speedy very cursory bench trials.

Comment Re:OMG, a months rent! (Score 2) 239

The loss of a month's rent once ruined an entire goddamn year and nearly left me homeless. I'm not in quite such dire straights myself anymore, but I still can't afford to risk that much fucking money; and more to the general point, the vast majority of Americans definitely can't.

False: 83% of American households have some form of subscription television service. 3-4 months of that would cover at least enough of a mid market law firms time to assess the merits of case. What you really mean is most Americas don't believe strongly enough in their own cases to do without the boob tube for a quarter.

Sorry life is about choices and the truth is here in the US most people actually do have them. Almost all US household statistics greatly under report the income of the poor. They don't take into account things like the EIT for example. I am not say there are not many people in the US who are struggling, but we are actually talking about a very tiny minority when you want talk about the those who can't scrape $300-$500 together to have someone evaluate a case where they have a legitimate grievance.

We also have these things called public libraries were ordinary citizens like you or I could get access to either online resources or request the reference books needed to get an idea if our case was worth having a professional spend an hour looking at, and we could not afford to chance it based on a guess.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 2) 665

I like the grand parent's idea of abstract people isn't anyone I don't happen to know. Its people that I could not go an physically touch today.

I do care about people, I care a lot about them enough not to demand the throw their lives away economically speaking for a the sake of some folks two generations away.

I would instead suggest that they enjoy the gift of life they have received to its fullest. At the same time lets use the economic advantage we learn how the climate system actually works rather continued speculation and getting hung up on the one set of feedback mechanisms we do understand. Its entirely possible we have already crossed into a run-away condition. If true conservation alone won't save your future generations. We should begin a global scale climate engineer project TODAY! So that its ready in time to be used.

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