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Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 1) 284

You have to do that regardless, every few years, when you get a new card. I use a Web-only Mastercard. It used to be valid for one year. (They seem to have changed it, it's now valid for two years). I have no problem doing that. Usually, I just bother updating the card when a system tells me that my current card stored isn't valid any more. It grows organically over time.

Comment Re:one in every home? (Score 1) 227

I suppose it is silly, but it's in response to another poster. This may be a great way to produce ethanol, but it's almost certainly a very bad way to produce room heat from wall electricity. If you think that's a "long list of conclusions" that are in some way questionable, then by all means, let's see the questions.

Comment Re:one in every home? (Score 1) 227

Resistance heating is very energy efficient (when measured at the point of use; there are plenty of losses in generation and transfer), it just usually isn't very cost efficient compared to other available options. However, using electricity to ultimately produce heat in the manor being discussed here will never be as energy OR cost efficient as resistance heating, unless it allows you to take advantage of a *significant* rate reduction.

As you mention, a heat pump would provide well beyond 100% (closer to 300%) effective efficiency in moderately cold weather.

Comment Re:Also everyone has one (Score 1) 310

I wonder if when people move to 2 year or 3 year cycles with phones

Wait, what? People change phone more often than once per two years. Most people I know, keep them for about two years or longer.

I basically live on the hand-me-down phones from my wife. Why? Because she gets the "everything included" plan which comes with an iPhone (and when we renew each two year, we get a new iPhone). She gets the "everything included" plan because that way she doesn't have to think about anything when using it (Am I on wireless? How much volume do I still have this month? Roaming? Those kind of questions that are hard for non-tech users).
When she gets a new phone, I get her two year old phone and continue to use that on my cheap-ass-phoneless-plan. At this point, I am using a iPhone 5 (just the number) and it works fine. I'm even pondering continuing on using it until Apple stops support, because I'm not keen on getting the bigger iPhone 6 (just the number) my wife currently uses. Refresh is in March next year.

Phones already have a long longevity... I do admit, I went to Mr Minit to get a new battery for the iPhone 5. Cost me something like 50€ and that was worth it.

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