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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

onepoint Re:Wait, these are for real? (72 comments)

Just the way they write about it, it's like we can watch the entire process from almost start to finish in less than 10 lifetimes. Seems rather fast.

about a week ago
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Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

onepoint Re:Don't point that thing at me! (143 comments)

The sad thing is, if it did happen, and it was not state sanctioned, they would end up dead. Even the Chinese have learned this ( blowing things up in higher orbits, then finding out a few years later they could not launch like they wanted to ) and are most likely careful never to do it in such a high orbit again.

about two weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onepoint Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

problem with something like your asking it cost a lot to drill. figure 100 to 200 a drilling. so 900 for a test ... Now I can see why no one want to test

about three weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onepoint Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

ok, I get the idea of pick 3 spot's random, and dowse for 3. But what about depth to find water. Last time it was just 3 hours and boom I had water.

about three weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onepoint Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

There was no control group, I just 'felt' those locations were correct.
Now, I would love to be in the same situation again and test it out. I can afford to spend some cash and see the results if I need to do this again.
It was lucky guessing the first time, but again, my question is how the heck do you set something like this up for an honest review.

about three weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onepoint Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

While I cannot account for anyone else. I once owned some land, and tried my hand at dowsing. Found 3 spots that felt just right, drilled the first, and found water at 70 feet. I still call it luck. If I ever need to look for water again, I'll try my hand at it again and mark 3 spots.

While it's not science, I would be interested in how do you set up a test for a peer review of this. Seems to me that if I really think about it. It's just a lot of pot luck.

about three weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onepoint Re:realtor. (266 comments)

the question is ... did the realtor find it ?

about three weeks ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

onepoint refreshing (182 comments)

I find it refreshing that "dirty tricks" are still used in this day an age.
I don't welcome it, but it's good to know that this is still used, Now you ask why? Simple really, what they are doing (which I don't think is illegal, but I wish it was), is abusing the competitions, making them waste resources (time and gas). Right now the only person suffering is the driver. I would think that if this game was played on taxi companies, someone would be visiting with a bat.

It's fun and games until someone figures out how to counter, then the consumer will get screwed.

I kinda see this as a weird form of a DOSS attack, but seems viable.

about a month ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

onepoint Re:Really there's no excuse (98 comments)

I am not sure of this, but about 10 years ago I saw a show about Toronto, all buildings over 100 feet tall have to have some sort of wind test on a scale model showing what happens to the surrounding area.

about a month ago
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Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

onepoint Re:Why can't it just be one mass? (74 comments)

That thought was the very first thing that crossed my mind.
I mean the only super dense stuff that I've read about is ultra-dense deuterium
( It's in the range of 100+ tons/ cm3 ) but it's only produced in really small quantities

I would really enjoy knowing if something ultra dense is produced, and how does it effect gravity. I think that would be a fun project

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

onepoint Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

All your points are valid, but I wanted to clear a few things
a) rainwater
You have the right to it as a landlord/owner, but maybe not the tenant
Also
You pay in most counties in Florida for water in (water bill), and water out (sewer tax), so rainwater systems have no cost to the system since rainwater cannot be piped into a home without it being taxed as a home improvement. Most places in the USA, the gray water installation for the home, not the garden, has to be inspected and your taxes are adjusted accordingly, if you are subject to the sewer tax is another thing IDK

b) Growing your own food
That's completely off topic, since you are not responsible to the producer

c) Leases
If the leases are in your own home without any feed to the system, then you can install, but you cannot get any tax benefit (state wide) since you are not the owner of the system.

Having access to over 100000 sqft of usable sun facing roof space spread over multiple clients' homes, I spent a while researching this, and ran into the same problem. Leasing platform or having some 3rd party agreement with a producer will not provide a return of any sort on the invested capital. So the only solution I found was to tell my clients to get them installed, make sure they have net metering and talk to the accountant and get whatever tax break they could find. No real money is being made, but since they are snowbirds, they have a huge credit for the winter.

The problem is that the energy created, is fed into the power lines at retail, which the truth, it should be fed into the system at 50% or less than retail. and what the leasing people are trying to do is force the producers (power companies) to buy retail...

Now imagine 100000 sqft should generate about 800 to 1200 KW at peak, that's got to help cut down on carbon, which I am happy to say I've done a little bit too help.

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

onepoint Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

yep, correct, the lease business model states that they sell at full consumer rates to the electric company, not at the producers rate ( which is cheaper )

so then I have to ask you...

I own 100K sqft of usable, full sunshine roofs
I lease that out and sell it at full market
I get YOU and everyone around me to buy at full market rate (via the power company)
I just profited off of you and the electric company
How happy are you going to be that I did not have to pay for
Maintenance of the line carrying my charge, the people that work for the power company
When the hurricanes hit, my house is lit not yours....

Problem is, the lease calls for selling back at consumer rates, not producer rates. That's what is unfair. That simple spread of maybe 3 cents, but those that don't self produce are paying your subsidy.

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

onepoint Re:Try a TRILLION DOLLARS, for starters. (306 comments)

Very interesting overall...
I wonder if it's possible at all to just retrofit in a modular way.
for example, take 1 power line that goes down a few city blocks and touches 10 stepdown transformers
Could that entire line be taken down along with the transformers and replaced???

I can just see an entire roll out over 15 years and ton of employment if something like that was possible

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

onepoint Re:maybe it's the reality of the business (306 comments)

did you read it?
most likely not, but the source of information is valid,
and I happen not to like him.

I want cheap solar, and it makes lots of sense that the rich can have it, and full credit for it.

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

onepoint maybe it's the reality of the business (306 comments)

Note: I live in Florida
I am not aware that there is a law (federal, state or city) that states, Power companies have to provide Net-metering to an installation.
Electric companies need to make money, they need to service the power lines...

Florida (southern Florida FPL) does welcome net-metering, they credit on a 12 month basis, any overage is a gift to the electric company.
With the above stated, Power companies need to modify the tariff showing that if you want to generate power in excess, you have to pay for line service.

The leasing deals that the writer was talking about is a nifty trick to take advantage of the system, and it's a good trick. But at the end of the day, it's a subsidy that the power companies pay out.

here is a good write up about this issue http://articles.sun-sentinel.c...

about a month and a half ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

onepoint Re:Over paid (442 comments)

good actors are hard to find consistently, and a blend of actors whom work decently well together is rarer yet.
That's why Mash, Happydays (until Ron Howard left), dukes of hazard, loveboat, and many other shows lived season after season ( Chico and the man were my favorite )

I can not even think of how many shows per year fail just after the pilot, or even after first broadcast.

about a month and a half ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

onepoint Re:Over paid (442 comments)

Using this source https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_pub...
We can guess that there must be between 400 to 500 broadcasting stations
Now the quoted figure 326K for 30 seconds, should be for the nationwide broadcast of ads that the local and regional broadcaster cannot use (BB's own time).

So thinking that about 200 stations buy BB, and they give up the 30 second, that would 200 x 326 that's about 65 million gross income per episode.
I think that the number 326K is the NYC, CHI, LA top rates. I would guess that the nationwide average of the rates is much lower.

I'm entirely guessing, please correct me and fix the numbers where applicable

about a month and a half ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

onepoint Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

In reading this dialog, E-Rock points out the facts; if a person is happy, causing no harm to himself or others, then why should we change that person to our own liking.

What I think frightens most people about the Character Sheldon is his bluntness, his desire to be as perfect as possible, and I think, his ability to like himself entirely without shame (I think that ability is the hardest for most people to achieve).

And don't forget that Sheldon is very selfish in a very perfect way, a good example of this is in the episode where rocket fuel explodes, he did it so as not to get killed and secured a qualified paying renter and in case it's needed, he can rat out the other for blowing up the elevator.

about a month and a half ago

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onepoint onepoint writes  |  more than 11 years ago

just wanted to say that my life is the most interesting thing. failure and success are common at the extreems and I have nothing in the middle. just plain wierd. wondering if there is anyone else having just an extreem life

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just learned about this

onepoint onepoint writes  |  more than 11 years ago

this is an interesting feature. I wonder if over the long term people will respond with Ideas that will improve the quality of my response to the posting I do.

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