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Comment Re:At this rate... (Score 1, Interesting) 239

(Dec 2007) This week, after reviewing his own new data, NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally said: "At this rate, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012, much faster than previous predictions."

http://news.nationalgeographic...

I suppose you can argue that that since he used the word "could" rather than "shall", it make his statements null and void. But they sure sounded scary at the time.

Comment Re:Sorry (Score 1) 232

I neither wear a watch nor carry any time-keeping device. The world is saturated with time-keeping devices these days. Clock in my vehicle, gui shows time, microwave oven clock when not near the computer. Seriously don't need one. Sorry to spoil someone's desire to sell more product.

Good for you. Some of us like to go outside.

Comment Re:Lexan (Score 1) 504

Really? That sounds like a terrible idea. I'm very familiar with Lexan (polycarbonate). I have it on the roof of my screen porch, and as an insert for my garage door. I agree that it is very impact resistant.

But for panel covers:
1: It is very expensive, and would nearly double the cost of the panel
2: Mounting it would be a hassle, and not compatible with the very nice panel mounting hardware that everyone is using now
3: It can't handle the acids that come from trees, rain, etc. After 5 years, you can't even see through the ones on my porch.
4: Even when brand new, you lose about 12% of light transmission. Probably more when it has the necessary UV protection layer.
5: It scratches easily, which prohibits any methods we use to brush the snow off.
6: It is difficult to clean. You can only use mild cleaners, and you risk scratching it. And bird poop doesn't wash off as easily as with glass.
7: It can't handle temperature changes. When it gets cold (well below freezing), Panels made of Lexan warp.
8: It can't handle hail very well. My porch roof didn't break, but it does have marks where the hail hit it.

If Lexan were any good for solar panels, the manufacturers would all be using it. Same goes for windows.

With all due respect, I think you are bullshitting us and making this story up as you go.

Comment Re:Solar: Not only cheapest. Often a total win. (Score 2) 504

Secondly, in a hail-prone area, you use appropriate protection with the panels. It hailed all over my panels last year, big hail, too, and there's not a scratch on any of them.

About 4-5 years ago, I lost 2 of my panels to softball-sized hail. But they were 23 year old (Arco) panels. Newer panels are built to withstand a much bigger hit.

I've never heard of "appropriate protection" for panels that spend their life facing the sky. Best protection I had was my insurance policy. The same storm also dented the hell out of my steel roof.

Comment Re:Extra confusing.. (Score 5, Informative) 185

Here you go...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

"A Wikileaks envoy today claims he personally received Clinton campaign emails in Washington D.C. after they were leaked by 'disgusted' whisteblowers - and not hacked by Russia.

Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, told Dailymail.com that he flew to Washington, D.C. for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources in September.

'Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,' said Murray in an interview with Dailymail.com on Tuesday. 'The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.' "

Comment Re:Has anyone bothered to ask why they want the li (Score 1) 858

Anyone who has worked for a company that undergoes management change or merger/buyout is familiar with this -- especially in R&D. It's commonplace to have to justify your job, and also commonplace to get a new boss that doesn't understand or agree with what you are doing. Your new boss may be an idiot and your work may be the holy grail. It doesn't matter. Best you can do is make a good argument as to why your work should continue or how it can be adapted. Meanwhile, start looking at career alternatives. Sorry snowflake, there is no tenure in the working world. And refusing to communicate with the new boss leaves the new boss no choice but to get rid of you.

Comment Fix the system (Score 1, Insightful) 557

Bickering aside about who did the cheating, can we all just agree on two things?
1: Shitcan the electronic voting machines and stick with something that's verifiable. Perhaps, the paper ballets that we've already been using for a long time.
2: Require a verifiable ID to vote. At least, something as good as what is required to buy a beer.

If not, then can we point our fingers at the people who object to the above?

Comment Re:Not good enough... (Score 3, Informative) 95

It should be that the user HAS to have purchased the item. Why would you do it any other way?

I would be happy if I could just filter reviews based on a "verified purchaser" tag. They already mark the verified purchaser reviews with that exact text, so make it a sub-option on the review display options...

You can already do that. From "see all customer reviews", select the sort/filter for "Verified Purchase Only" (rather than all reviewers).

What is missing is the ability to sort my searches by "average customer review", but only consider the reviews from verified purchases.

Comment Re:Cost? (Score 1) 191

I hadn't looked at prices lately. Seems that they are going for about $1/watt now for name brand panels with frames.

Still, as I showed in my arithmetic, the price of the raw panels is only about 10% of the cost. So, even if the cost of panels fell to zero, it wouldn't make a drastic difference in overall system cost. The necessary racks, wiring, concrete footings, labor, and maintenance are the significant factors.

Comment Re:Cost? (Score 2) 191

The link I posted says "and comes with an integrated inverter". This is what they call "AC Coupled", rather than "DC Coupled". In other words, this is designed for a system that adds batteries to a grid-based system. AC current is generated either at the panels (via microinverters) or using a string inverter that connects the panels to directly to the grid. The "battery" is an add-on that consists of cells, plus a charger and an inverter. When viewed as a black box, the "battery" is AC.

In traditional DC Coupled systems, DC is sent from the solar panels to a (DC) battery bank. Then on the other side, an inverter connects the battery bank to the AC circuits or grid.

Comment Re:Cost? (Score 1) 191

Grabbing the back of napkin...

In October, wholesale solar started selling the brand new 14KWH powerwall2 for $5,550. http://www.wholesalesolar.com/... $5550/14KWH = $396/KWH

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... The Powerwall has a lifespan of 1000-1500 cycles.

So, assuming 1500, that makes the amortized raw cost of storage = $396/1500 = 26 cents per KWH.

The going rate for uninstalled solar panels is about $2/peak watt. If we figure 80% efficiency, 6 peak equiv hours/day in sunny Samoa, 25 year lifespan, then that watt of solar cells nets just under 44KWH. So $2/44 = adds another 4.5 cents per KWH raw cost for the panels (I'm not accounting for the planned 20% degradation over those 25 years)

So, that's about 30.5 cents/KWH for the raw equipment, not including wiring or racking. It also does not include the electronics needed to get DC panel power to the AC powerwall. (or vice-versa, the cost of an inverter if it is DC all the way) Also not including installation or maintenance costs, wiping off bird poop, or the cost of keeping the backup generators in good working order. It also does not include the cost of mishaps (hurricane, sand damage, broken wires, etc). I lost two panels in a recent hail storm, but those were old panels. The newer generation of panels are built to handle baseball-sized hail.

Installed cost per watt for solar adds about 50%. So, this brings it up to about 45 cents per KWH (not including maintenance or back-up capability).

So, this might be cost-effective, but only if they are paying a very high price for diesel generated power.

Submission + - Votes Switched From Trump to Hillary in Texas (infowars.com) 2

Okian Warrior writes: Early voting for the 2016 presidential election started yesterday for people in some areas who have been given the opportunity to avoid the long lines on November 8.

However, in Amarillo, a woman was shocked to see her ballot flip from Republican to Democrat.

“Gary and I went to early vote today,” wrote Lisa Houlette on Facebook. “I voted a straight Republican ticket and as I scrolled to submit my ballot I noticed that the Republican straight ticket was highlighted, however, the Clinton/Kaine box was also highlighted!”

“I tried to go back and change and could not get it to work. I asked for help from one of the workers and she couldn’t get it to go back either. It took a second election person to get the machine to where I could correct the vote to a straight ticket,” she added.

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