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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Trailer Trash Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (285 comments)

This. I have no problem at all if they want to split my bill into two parts, a fixed cost for just being hooked up and an incremental cost for generating the electricity I consume, as long as the two costs are calculated sanely. The proper fix is to adjust the tariffs to reflect the growing reality of universal connection without universal consumption.

That's what my electric utility already does. I do have a slight problem with this:

"But you shouldn't quash an entire emerging industry just to protect an old and established one."

Nobody is quashing an emerging industry. What they're saying is that they don't want to have to buy electricity from everybody.

Forcing them to buy electricity was a bone thrown to the solar energy, as are the various tax incentives for installing solar. I actually want to install solar myself, badly, but I would prefer this to proceed with the least government interference.

11 hours ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Trailer Trash Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (324 comments)

The fact that they are willing to spend a lot of money on attorney fees to challenge the laws probably means there is some other reason they don't want to do that. That's the question people should be asking.

It's called "principle", something that's uncommon in the left-wing world.

yesterday
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Trailer Trash Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (324 comments)

But again, why is it only automobile franchises that are the problem and not all fast food and retail franchises that are anti-competitive?

You have no idea what you're talking about. McDonald's can own stores and franchise the brand at the same time - nobody cares. I have no problem with auto dealers - the issue is that if Tesla wants to sell directly then they should be able to. The only reason to disallow it is to limit competition for entrenched players.

By the way, thanks for playing the part described above. If not you, somebody else would have. But you folks are always good for a laugh.

yesterday
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Trailer Trash Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (324 comments)

While I agree that not allowing the test drives is stupid, the whole dealer thing was to protect the consumer from purchasing a vehicle and not having any support for it. If the dealer requirement is removed so direct sells are allowed, expect an influx of inexpensive vehicles from SE Asia with no means of warranty repair or service. Yes, buyer be ware, but really, is it a good idea for the masses to be purchasing vehicles from Amazon?

I just popped in to find the token looney leftist who would inevitably show up to explain that anti-competitive crony "regulation" laws are really there to help the consumer.

Looks like Dcnjoe60 won....

2 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Trailer Trash Re:Costco bulbs almost too bright (585 comments)

By the way, if you're willing to drop another $5 each ($25 vs. $20) Lowe's has actual 65 watt replacements in the exact same package. Ironic to pay more for lower light output, but I might do it in my hallway where the Costco lights would simply be *way* too bright.

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Trailer Trash Re:Costco bulbs almost too bright (585 comments)

I've bought about a half-dozen of the Costco bulbs and so far no problems. You're right, they are bright, almost too bright!

The ones I've used the most have been replacements for the typical 65 watt recessed can lights. I have a mix of Philips Halogena 45 watt (reduced power halogen, "same" output as a 65 watt), normal incandescent and CFL. The Costco LEDs are by far brighter than any of the others, in some cases they seem almost too bright.

I have those, too. They are *not* replacements for 65 watt nor do they claim to be. They are replacements for 110 watt flood lights which are significantly brighter.

I have 5 of them - the roof over my kitchen glows at night now.

3 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Trailer Trash Re:Oh good (903 comments)

Except that some percentage of that increased value is going to pay for the devices being installed, and their management.

That's not as big a cost as you think. You see, these kinds of car dealers that specialize in bad-credit buyers expect to repossess the cars eventually. They don't make their money from buying a car and selling it once at a higher price; they make their money from selling, repossessing, and re-selling the same car over and over again, while collecting usurious interest payments in the intervals between sale and repossession. All these devices do is make the cycle more efficient (and thus more profitable) by shortening the time between the first non-payment and the repossession.

They also make a considerable percentage of their profit from the "downpayment" that the repo-victim will lose when they repo the car. These people require a *weekly* payment for you to keep the car, and a downpayment to get it in the first place. You'll lose all of that when they repossess. But, yes, their money is made by reselling the same car many times.

4 days ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Trailer Trash nasa needs an odesk account (200 comments)

Maybe they can outsource their work to India's space agency for $10/hour.

4 days ago
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Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

Trailer Trash Hey, 10gs of acceleration (70 comments)

What a nice sub - go from 10Gs back to 0Gs every couple of seconds. I'm sure the sailors will be shaped differently after traveling in that thing for a couple of weeks.

5 days ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

Trailer Trash Re:Translation: (167 comments)

Dell thinks they can be Apple, but don't have the walled garden that makes it work.

Exactly. Unless they're going to start writing operating systems it's just not going to work.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Trailer Trash Re:MAD (337 comments)

WWIII was civilization vs. the communists; fought in various proxy wars (Korea, Vietnam, etc.). Civilization mostly won.

WWIV is civilization vs. Islamic nutjobs.

about a week ago
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Dremel Releases 3D Printer

Trailer Trash Re:Too expensive (104 comments)

Plenty of cheaper (and probably better) options from Makerbot etc.

Now it it came is at a $400 price point it would be a whole different discussion.

You're not their target market. There are a lot of old-school tinkerers who are familiar with Dremel - and a lot of people who are familiar with Home Depot - who know nothing about 3D printing. Many of those folks would be very interested in 3D printing if they knew about it. So here we are.

I think Dremel is going to raise the stature of 3D printing in an entirely new market and that will quite frankly help every other company out there in this space.

about two weeks ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

Trailer Trash Re:That's interesting data but.... (165 comments)

The real question is "how well do normal humans perform the same task?"

If the worst thing that happened to me today was falling in a hole; I'd call that a great day.

The point of the experiment was that "falling in a hole" was equated to "death".

about two weeks ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

Trailer Trash Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (191 comments)

People are conflating the "iMessage & Facetime" part of the quote with the "email" part. He says that they cannot (that is to say "do not have the ability") to read iMessage & Facetime. He then states that they do not read your email. People are pulling the "cannot" along with them when they read that sentence, but it doesn't say that they cannot read email, only that they choose to not read your email.

Your description of the iMessage encryption is good, but what the original poster said was true given a few constraints. So let me restate it in a logically consistent manner: if I can read my icloud email on any browser then apple also has the ability to read it.

But, but, maybe they encrypt it using your password on their server! If they did, "change password" would always require the old password and if you forgot your password your email would be lost forever. So, no, they're not doing that.

The bottom line is that if they can show me my email in any browser (which they can) then they can also read it trivially.

This isn't inconsistent with Cook's statement - he merely says that they choose to not do that.

about two weeks ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

Trailer Trash That's interesting data but.... (165 comments)

The real question is "how well do normal humans perform the same task?" My guess is "no better than the robot". Making those decisions is difficult enough when you're not under time pressure. It can be very complex, too. Normally I'd want to save the younger of the two if I had to make the choice, but what if the "old guy" is "really important"? Or something like that.

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Trailer Trash Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

He says "How retarded can you be that you believe anyone is burning freshly cut trees, anyway?"

Did you catch the word "anyone" in there? Right in the middle?

He's calling the guy above him retarded for believing that *anyone* would want to burn freshly cut trees, yet there definitely is talk of doing just that and it's easy to find with Google.

about two weeks ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Trailer Trash Re:External IP (210 comments)

... Depends if your IP address is dynamic or not. In my case, all I have to do is reset the DSL modem/router and, presto ! New IP!

I am more concerned about the legality of it. Running a live exploit on their network may make some ISPs fidgety. Also not sure about the position of law enforcement agencies...

Look up the "clean hands doctrine". There's a reason that you don't see street gangs suing a drug supplier over a missing shipment....

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Trailer Trash Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

They are 'green plants' because they clean the exhaust.
And no they don't burn biomass. How retarded can you be that you believe anyone is burning freshly cut trees, anyway?

The real question is "How retarded can you be that you make a statement like that without researching reality first?"

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/bl...

"First, just like fossil fuels, when trees are burned in power plants, the carbon they have accumulated is released into the atmosphere. However, because freshly cut wood is nearly half water by weight, a lot of energy is required to boil off this water before useful energy can be generated. This makes biomass facilities far less efficient than fossil fuel."

They're even using your exact nomenclature.

Another:

http://www.garp.org/risk-news-...

Yes, the idea has been out there for awhile - that you haven't heard of it isn't surprising. But that you make an ass of yourself over it says a lot about you.

about three weeks ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Trailer Trash Confusion, even at the CDC (291 comments)

The problem is that "high blood pressure" refers to two different things: 1. your blood pressure is above the normal range (120/70) at a given time and 2. you have chronic hypertension - your blood pressure is *always* above the normal range. Eating a bunch of salt can temporarily raise your blood pressure due to water retention but there's never been any evidence that this temporary effect has any long-term effects. Chronic hypertension is normally caused by poor health habits, particularly in regards to having excess weight. Eating salt has nothing to do with it.

I deal with this all the time because my wife the RN was always taught in school that eating too much salt leads to "high blood pressure". Well, yes, by definition "1" above. But that's a temporary condition and there's no evidence that it's bad for you. It took me 10 years to "unteach" her this little factoid, and I still have to deal with her telling the kids to not eat too much salt "because it's bad for you."

The only way to solve this long term is to use only the term "chronic hypertension" to refer to the chronic condition.

about three weeks ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Trailer Trash Re:The web of life... (211 comments)

I blew my wife's mind the other day when I pointed out that we are literally just a small component of a single, globe-spanning, four billion year long chemical reaction. A single, very long running checmial reaction. It's pretty neat when you think about it.

Yep. I've often pointed out that life is like a fire that has the ability to gather its own wood. Ultimately, that's what we are - not a fire per se but a well-controlled chemical reaction.

about three weeks ago

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rubyonrails.org - Poached!

Trailer Trash Trailer Trash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Trailer Trash (60756) writes "The domain name "rubyonrails.org" has been snapped up by a domain farmer. Navigating to the site — any of the sites on the domain — brings up a smiling young lady and a list of "links" related to Ruby on Rails. I'm not adding an actual link; the new owner is probably getting plenty of traffic as it is."

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