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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

haruchai Re:Texas? (170 comments)

That makes a stronger business case for China and it looks like they want Teslas much, much more than Texas.

yesterday
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

haruchai Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (154 comments)

If no one provides a link to a story about the Big Bang, does that mean the Universe doesn't exist?
In this universe, we have search engines. Perhaps you might have inadvertently used one but I see you've recovered nicely from that misstep.

3 days ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

haruchai Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

Thanks to Castle Doctrine & Stand Your Ground laws, that's not true in a lot of places in America.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

haruchai Re:Why is this news? (443 comments)

So do car drivers as I've noticed over the past 40 years. Take away the insurance requirements & penalties and North American drivers will behave just as badly, probably worse and definitely far more lethally.
Auto drivers aren't better people than cyclists; they're merely under greater external control. Period.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

haruchai Re:There is no model E (247 comments)

Since that announcement, more than a few car forums have taken to calling it the Gen 3 or Gen III.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

haruchai Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

The recognition of how long it would take to replace the current driving stock versus Tesla's manufacturing capacity was one of the reasons for opening up their patents.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

haruchai Re:Sounds about right... (441 comments)

There are quite a few solar leasing companies in the USA such as Solar City ( affiliated with Tesla Motors), Sungevity and Sunpower. If your home's roof is suitable, you can have a 20 year agreement for no money down.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

haruchai Re: Sounds about right... (441 comments)

There are already 2 AC underwater cables between Spain & Morocco, in operation for over a decade and there are several HVDC cables over 100 miles long; one is almost 400 miles and carries up to 700 MW. and has exceeded revenue expectations from the outset.It's the NorNed Interconnector.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

haruchai Re:Sounds about right... (441 comments)

It's been done - most of Europe is one large interconnected grid; something that is only now happening in America.

I expect things will be much improved in the Southwest when the Tres Amigas Superstation goes online but it's something that should have happened between several other American grids years ago.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

haruchai Re:Sounds about right... (441 comments)

In many cases, it's still hundreds of miles between power plant & consumer. That's one of the things that is so attractive about rooftop solar - power is produced right where it's consumed.
If the utilities had a lick of sense ( and I hope some did ), instead of fighting against solar, they should have been the ones to start the solar leasing, thereby getting the production credits & subsidies for themselves, have long-term leases with their own customers & less strain on their transmission grid.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

haruchai Re:Wind and solar have this in common (441 comments)

There's more to grid demand than baseload and, at least in America, the peak production for solar is the daily demand peak for electricity.
So much of the South and Southwest is prime for solar and as yet has only made modest use of it,even in California. Texas has many GW of wind farms but almost no solar by comparison, a shocking oversight, given that they sometimes go months without rain and stretches of days above 100F.

Why assume that the cost of spinning reserve has not or is not being factored in? The utilities were gaming the system to get paid exorbitantly during times of high demand and now that the renewables are eating their lunch, they want to take their toys and run home?

I'm tempted to say let them fail - and then their assets can be had for pennies on the dollar by someone who takes the long view.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

haruchai From 20GB to 1TB for Office 365?? (99 comments)

That's one huge upgrade but you'll need a VERY fast connection to really take advantage

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

haruchai Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

jACkass, we are talking about the GMA950.
Sandy Bridge HD / HD2000 / HD3000 are much more capable than that old graphics chip.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

haruchai Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

It wasn't back when I used it, before switching to my 1st GeForce card.
In fact, it was one of the reasons I decided to build a new machine with a discrete card.

And my point was that I get the performance I do and am able to do as much simultaneously because so much can be offloaded to the GPU.
And even that's not enough for when I really go overboard.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

haruchai Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

I decided to check to see if it would support my programs. It didn't take long to hit a roadblock.

Requirements for Office 2013 - http://office.microsoft.com/en...

Hardware acceleration Graphics hardware acceleration with DirectX10 graphics card

According to http://www.intel.com/products/... , there's no Directx10 support from this board.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

haruchai Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

Er, no. The less that can be passed to the video card, the more for the CPU to do.
Maybe in 2008, 2009 the GMA might have been enough but not today when browsers expect to be able to GPU-offload.

And it was never all that well supported under Linux from what I remember which is one reason I moved to Nvidia - yes, binary-blobs but i was getting tired of lame graphics.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

haruchai Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

Not on this desktop of mine, it won't.
The Chrome GPU process is at 512M; Flash at 2.5G and I'm at 93% RAM usage - I typically run out of RAM several times daily but refuse to pay the current cost to upgrade to 32GB

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

haruchai Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

Did you read jedididah's comment above mine?
I did specifically ask what he considers "normal day to day use".
What I specified is the case for 80% of the 10,000 users that my organisation supports. And even so, there are fewer than 500 that have anything beyond a stock, onboard Intel graphics card.

At home, I have a 9600GT but it's only now after perhaps 4 years that I think it's becoming the bottleneck in my main system despite 2 CPU & RAM upgrades in that time.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

haruchai Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

Probably not on Windows 7 and not with very recent versions of Office, FF, Chrome and Internet sites.

about a month ago

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High-Energy Rechargeable Molten-Air batteries developed at George Washington U

haruchai haruchai writes  |  about 9 months ago

haruchai (17472) writes "Researchers have demonstrated what's considered a new class of battery, using either iron, carbon or vanadium-boride as the anode.
Energy densities are from 10%-70% that of gasoline by weight, or 100%-250% by volume and the batteries have an operating temp of ~700 C

Phys.org story: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-molten-air-battery-storage-capacity-highest.html
Arxiv.org paper: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1307/1307.1305.pdf"
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Hans Reiser sued by own kids for $15 million

haruchai haruchai writes  |  about 2 years ago

haruchai (17472) writes "The Reiser kids, now aged 12 and 11 have had a lawsuit filed against the former Linux developer, inventor of ReiserFS and convicted murderer of the mother of his children, to the tune of $15 million.
It's believed he may have hidden assets and a judgment is sought so a search for these can be conducted."

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haruchai haruchai writes  |  more than 7 years ago

haruchai (17472) writes "http://www.gizmag.com/go/6416/ A team of highly creative Volkswagen designers based in California have unveiled their own unique take on the future of modern transportation. The result is the Volkswagen Nanospyder. Futuristic nanotechnology supported by hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, wheel-mounted electric motors and inflatable organic body panels combine to form the unusual shape of the two-seater concept. http://www.businessweek.com/autos/content/nov2006/ bw20061106_548484.htm?campaign_id=rss_daily For other VW concept cars, see here: http://www.vw.com/models_overview/conceptcars.html "

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