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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Charcharodon Re:Survival (432 comments)

I'm not worried about it. If I want grid tied solar no problem. If I want to go off grid with a few things, pool, workshop out door lighting, hot water, back up power again no problem. If I hit all those items I'd be free from 50% of my electric bill.

Even if I had a different lender Hillsborough county in FL has a few things to say about being hooked up to the grid as well.

14 minutes ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Charcharodon Re:Survival (432 comments)

US Bank holds the mortgage, but it was a VA (military) guaranteed loan, so the VA had a thing or five to say about the terms as well.

18 minutes ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Charcharodon Re:Survival (432 comments)

That is one way of looking at it, but the other way to look at it is buying when the time is right. Prices way down, interest rates way down, rents way up. I really like the small house movement and was there myself 10 years back, but at the time it was more realistic to simply rent a room in a house from someone else.

13 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Charcharodon Re:Survival (432 comments)

I don't have a reference, but the public utilities requirement specifically spells out grid power in my mortgage. Septic systems are an option as well as well water, but both have to be installed by licensed contractor to past must with the bank and the county.

13 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Charcharodon Re:Survival (432 comments)

The hard part of that is most home mortgages mandate that the house remain hooked up to public utilities. Sure you can get the code changed, but most people never pay off their house so they'll never be able to completely separate from the grid.

My solution is to take some things of the grid. My outdoor lighting has been the first to go, soon to be followed by the swimming pool, finally followed by the workshop. Things considered "temporary" can be easily disconnected from the grid without violating code or running afoul of the banks.

When I move here in a few years I'll try for 100% disconnected. If I don't move I'll be paid off in 10 more years and can pull the plug.

yesterday
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Charcharodon Re:OY (124 comments)

IG compliants are like cockroaches, if you see one there are probably another 100 or so waiting to be discovered. After 20 years working in the gov't most of the negative comments I see here are true. You have about 10% that are doing a great job, the next half do the bulk of the grunt work. The last 50% are made up of substandard workers. If you fired the bottom 20% on any given day the only thing you'd noticed at work would be the availability of more parking spots in the morning and possibly the productivity would go up since management could spend more time training and less time on personnel (off duty/discipline) issues.

Contracting out the work would improve it somewhat, but it would still have metric chasing issues.

about two weeks ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

Charcharodon Re:Rule #2: The Double Tap (264 comments)

I think prisons are a huge waste of time and resources so don't put words in my mouth. The problems of education, employment, and poverty are a result of state function, which is where all the demand and money for prisons comes from. Take away the "need" aka the monetary incentive, and there won't be much demand for prisons. This is why 'm a firm believer in personal responsibility. If a criminal seeks a life altering event by inflicting injury on his fellow man, you are personally responsible to deliver it. Don't disappoint! Besides the taxes you save may be your own.

1x 9mm 124 grain hollow point $.27
1x 6ft deep hole in the ground $200
vs
5 year minimum sentence in Federal prison for violent offender $150,000

If you can't see the money incentive distortion that creates in the market place then you are pretty much an idiot.

about three weeks ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

Charcharodon Rule #2: The Double Tap (264 comments)

"Loeffler suggests a suite of sensors including GPS and the wristband accelerometer could be given to convicts as a requirement for their parole. Not only would this help with police response in case of recidivism"

If ex-cons are suffering from recidivism you the public are doing it wrong.

Get to the gun range and get your grouping a little tighter and for God's sakes, even though they are more expensive these days, don't be stingy with those 100% effective anti-recidivism devices (aka bullets).

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Charcharodon Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

I would love to fly like that. Think of the movie "The Fifth Element". Stuff me into a cumfy bed/tube, (with Millia Jojovich wouldn't hurt either), knock me out and let me wake up well restest 18 hours later on the other side of the planet.

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Charcharodon Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Not even remotely true. 80% of the violent crime is found in cities 200K and larger in the US which hold something like 50% of the population.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Charcharodon Re:Easy, India or China (303 comments)

Those connections are wonderful, where they are available (typically on in town, go even a couple miles outside and your choices are pretty much crap BT. No different than in the States. I live in Tampa now and enjoy a 100/65mbit for the same price I was paying in England for the garbage ADLS connection six years ago. 100/65 is not even their fastest offering, but again go a little to far out of town and your choices stink.

about a month ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Charcharodon Re:Easy, India or China (303 comments)

Also, we don't have to suffer truly godawful ISPs, the way you do in the US, which is nice.

cough cough....BT...cough.

P> Look up BT in the dictionary and you'll get the definition of "truly godawful"

about a month ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Charcharodon Re:To be honest... (327 comments)

Wait? What? You are talking about California? The capital state of the armies of the idiotic.

about a month and a half ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Charcharodon Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

I highly doubt their thoughts are so benevolent.

This is about money pure and simple.

about a month and a half ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Charcharodon Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

That's about all they have....and oh half the state is on welfare.

about a month and a half ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Charcharodon Re:Big deal (306 comments)

Who said anything about disconnecting anything? Sure the house will be hooked up to the grid. As long as you owe on a mortgage you typically have to be hooked up to a public utility as part of the agreement.

Doesn't mean most of my appliances will be running off of it.

about a month and a half ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Charcharodon Big deal (306 comments)

Big deal. Hook up the panels to something you find useful and tell the grid to take a hike.

I've got 4 100 watt panels that send power to my desk. All my devices and this computer are powered by what is stored in the battery that is in a box nearby.

My next 1000 watts will go to run the pool and all my backyard lighting. The power company can cry all it wants, but eventually my entire house will be off the grid.

about 1 month ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Charcharodon Re:n/t (278 comments)

Cool, thanks for the link, but pretty much all that report gives is CO2/greenhouse emmision rates, mitigation, and economics. Where is the temperature date?

about 2 months ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Charcharodon Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (533 comments)

And that, in turn, makes it fundamentally incompatible with such things as democracy or freedom of speech - or even of thought.

How does "I mind my business and you mind yours" is so incompatible with things such as democracy or the freedom of speech or liberty? Well it does interfere with people calling for the harm and slavery of others, under the pretence of social justice and fairness, which is why you resorted to name calling instead of a logical argument for a response. If the shoe fits........

about 2 months ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Charcharodon Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (533 comments)

"You keep using that world. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Not seeing how few regulations and low taxes for everyone equally on one hand, and lot's of taxes, loop holes, subsidies and regulations tilted towards favored or politically connected groups/business on the other hand is a false dichotomy.

Currently we have the second, and a great many of us would prefer the first. As far as throwning out the baby, the only false anything is equating with "few" and "low" as meaning the same as "none". Does that help any there Paul?

about 2 months ago

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