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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

Yeah, like that... And while it seems a whole different issue, it's really not. It's ultimately all about the power of money and do we really want to feed and help grow corporations?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

Not rent. Mortgage. The additional lien/contract can make the home more difficult to sell.

*might* is an interesting word. I *might* win the lottery... It's unlikely, but it *might* happen.

In the mean time, we have an unregulated corporation with their hand in the consumers pocket for the lifetime of the rooftop lease (20 years).

The equipment, if purchased outright with all the incentives available, is paid off in 7 years or less... At which time, the energy would be truly free to the consumer and the installation becomes a powerful asset when it comes time to sell the property vs a contractual liability to be navigated and re-negotiated. Generally speaking, property improvement loans are paid off at the time a property sells and the new owner is now running without an electric utility bill. How's THAT for a selling point even at a 5 to 6 year occupancy estimate?.

Someone mentioned greed. The first scenario looks like corporate greed to me (and swapping one corporate "master" for another). The second looks like independence to me. Both are debatable as to how green (what IS the carbon/environmental footprint of panel/battery manufacture anyway?)

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

There is the letter of the law and there is what is right.

There are a lot of things people CAN do... They just shouldn't

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

NOT zero outlay. you still pay just about what you'd have payed the utility anyway... And they get to build an indistrial plat in and about your property

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

Uhhh... it's unfair in that solarcity uses the tax benefit/subsidies due the homeowner AND has the homeowner's roof locked up under a 20 year lease? I've calculated that at retail levels, equipment costs and installation is paid off in 10 years. That's before the tax benefits/subsidies are applied.

Now, let's add a peculiar California spin on this (my state). The utilities have been required by law to add storage capacity to the grid for something known as regulation... Fill in. This means regulating the grid up and down. When they regulate the grid up... They feed energy to the grid. Regulating down means absorbing from the grid. These activities are extraordinarily lucrative and the property owner get's none of that but it uses the "plant" they have effectively paid for.

This is also why the utilities are crying foul over the lack of grid maintenance fees by the entities with this type of operation (there are only a few, but they're all big, pretending to be small). They get to act like an energy provider with few, if any of the responsibilities. And home owners shoulder most of the burden. I consider it a scam. The operation is new, mildly more complicated than just plugging in a blender so there is confusion. And "they" are taking advantage of the confusion, back by lawyers.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

Having investigated this scenario, here's how it works:

Solarcity installs a system (panels, storage, chargers/inverters) on your premises at zero cost to you. They get the tax subsidy offered for the installation. You roof is now occupied by solarcity. They sell you electricity AND what you don't use, they sell to your local utility. You have now switched energy providers and are STILL paying power bills.

I fully recognize they they take on what maintenance there is on this plant... But there isn't much and they are completely unregulated. They charge the home owner whatever they please, just so it's below the regulated utility.

It doesn't sit well with me and I won't do business that way.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

bferrell Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

This same sort of thinking is what brought about the interstate commerce commission rules for railroads.

They though that if you made more the carrier should too.

The government slapped the carriers once before (railroads). It's time to slap the telecom carriers too

about three weeks ago
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Endeavor Launch Pad Being Rebuilt Piece By Piece

bferrell When I see this... (48 comments)

And I think about the semi-snarky comment "If we build buildings like we build software, the first woodpecker would destroy civilization", I find myself wondering how anything get's accomplished for real. It seems the really BIG stuff, is a huge one-off and not replicable

about 1 month ago
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Navy Won't Investigate Nuclear Pollution At San Francisco's Treasure Island

bferrell The CIR doesn't exactly have the best track record (121 comments)

Look into their recent Richmond CA HUD reporting. They sort of chose to ignore huge chunks of stuff in favor of sensationalism

about 2 months ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

bferrell I keep saying this... (197 comments)

The cellphone protocol HAS the kill switch built in... That's the database CTIA keeps referring to

about 2 months ago
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Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones

bferrell many moons ago (151 comments)

There was a system called ETAK (1983... see wikipedia). At the time they "Said" Etak was a Polynesian word that meant "the world moves" and that the technique came from the polynesian nevigation methods.

Nothing new to see here... Just repackaging masquerading as new

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

bferrell All I can say (629 comments)

I'm 55 and I have to beat them off with a stick. I also don't require remote work... I'd like and sometimes get it, but I don't require it.

about 5 months ago
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Mexican Village Creates Its Own Mobile Phone Service

bferrell Re:So What? (110 comments)

Actually, systems of this type ARE legally sanctioned.

Just because it works "that way"in locality doesn't mean those rules apply in the case in the article

about 8 months ago
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The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

bferrell Doesn't IT today (384 comments)

Call this sort of thing "best practices"?

Mindless repetition of a formula?

about 9 months ago
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HBO Asks Google To Take Down "Infringing" VLC Media Player

bferrell Re:looks like copy paste fail (364 comments)

It is in fact a legal notice subject to the same requirements for review of accuracy... You're right. Prosecute for perjury and the willy nilly, "spam the world and see what sticks" crap will stop.

about 9 months ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

bferrell Re:You tell 'em Linus! (1501 comments)

“Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock.”
Will Rogers

And the man knew of what he spoke

about 9 months ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

bferrell You tell 'em Linus! (1501 comments)

Lack of conflict, and harsh language does NOT mean civil. In practice, in the US, it means dishonesty.

That said, honesty without compassion is brutality.

I've never seen Linus be brutal

about 9 months ago
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City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica

bferrell ... goodbye florida (249 comments)

You say that like it's a bad thing

about 9 months ago

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bferrell bferrell writes  |  more than 9 years ago

It may seem odd to some, but until just a few weeks ago, I was completely unaware of the meaning of "cruise at -1".

Now that I know, I still don't use the filter.

Am I odd?

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