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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.

4 days ago

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 week ago

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
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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

onepoint Re:Over paid (442 comments)

Using this source
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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

onepoint Re:Hire More Devs (209 comments)

I cannot believe the guy is spending a boat load. Try this
Should have been your first resource.

Compiere would have been my second choice.

both are open source and I bet the module you need is avalible.

good luck and save a buck !!!

about three weeks ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

onepoint Re:SWA Terms of Carriage... (928 comments)

What people seem to forget is ... airline employees have contract rights ( based on that ticket you bought ) that states something like this... " if you make me feel uncomfortable, I will do my best to boot you off the flight "

While 99% of these are violence related (drunks, people taking a piss in flight on the floor ... ) A steward for any reason they see fit, if they feel uncomfortable will boot you. Seen it more than once with those passengers that say "I'm calling the cop's" and the steward say's "please do, and everyone else please keep boarding", and "you whom are calling the cop's, I'll wait right here as the plane leaves". I get a laugh every time.

about three weeks ago

Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

onepoint Re:Fast Forward (69 comments)

I do recall that episode and was going to write about it. It was late 80's. I will say that I don't recall it being 2 feet long and I don't recall it being connected to anything. But you are exactly correct about the test. they disabled it somehow, and over the course of 5 minutes it was walking again and running some sort of search pattern.
But now I don't recall if they disabled a leg or not.

This brings on a side point:
I do recall a study about repetitive science and lab work (also coding): their study showed that about 5% to 10% of all lab work has already been done within the same firm (or university) and about 15% of all lab work is duplicated and publicly documented. My take... do a good search and most of it should be online LOL

about a month ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

onepoint Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

With Comcast, you get some sort of boost... But they are rather correct on the service contract. You get internet access.
Here is the catch
The other side (in this case net flicks) has flooded the lines and won't pay to carry the transmission.
The consumer still gets the internet access and the transmission, but not at the fault of the Comcast.

about a month ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

onepoint Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

Your UPS analogy is slightly off...
The better analogy is ... You buy a house near a bridge
The bridge has 2 lanes
When you see the bridge at 4am there is nobody
But at 7am it's packed with delays towards your office and the other lane empty (empty lane has a toll booth)
You bought the house based on thinking it was going to be a simple ride to the office and free 1 way
What you discovered is huge delays.

Now you're asked to build another bridge lane, but the town won't help foot the bill unless it get's to build a toll booth and raise
the rates. Taxpayers don't want to foot the bill.

about a month ago

Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

onepoint Re:detroit vs SV? (236 comments)

That's part of the entire issue. Who's to blame when 2 auto's go bump.
While 2 compatible communication systems should not crash or even bumps, what do you do when you got a chunk of metal barreling down the road in the left lane and the driver falls asleep. While it's obvious to us that sleepy head should bear all the blame, the dispute will be fought in court.

Not only that, I would think that this would force all the manufactures of auto's to open new companies to avoid the legal liability to the main brand. IE: ford auto drive group, licensed to use the designs...

about 1 month ago

Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

onepoint Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

While I respect and understand your point. I have to have some hope that this current generation, will invest in making the energy cheaper and cleaner. Overall, I think that the rich countries have done a decent job, I know that there is a ton of toxic companies, but I think there are more cleaner thinking companies too.

Look at the project in Spain that cost 300 Million euro's. I think that proved that solar storage works, and once someone knows it works, investors line up to fund it. So, in the future, we might see Spain, Greece, and Italy, providing the long term solar energy to most of Europe for daylight base loads. Got the same idea for Florida, Texas and Mississippi are doing the same for west of the Rockies daylight baseload.

about 2 months ago




onepoint onepoint writes  |  about 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


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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