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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

presidenteloco Re:Who pays for the infrastructure costs? (494 comments)

FYI demand in summer in many states is highest with mid-day air conditioning, same time as solar peaks.

The grid as a whole needs to add much more storage, and long distance HVDC transmission lines, to balance intermittent power sources.

My general position is maybe start reducing the incentives for solar, EVs etc once we are at say 50% of where we need to get to in the level of penetration of these technologies. Until then, get any additional needed infrastructure revenue from gradually increasing carbon taxes.

Make sure there are both carbon taxes and affordable alternatives to burning fossil fuels.
That's the recipe for a successful transition of the energy system.

3 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

presidenteloco don't tax alternative energy and transportation (494 comments)

"fees proposed by utilities on customers who install solar and take advantage of net metering, or the ability to sell excess power back to utilities"

this reminds me of the states that are passing taxes on electric vehicles because they don't pay gas tax.

There is a monumental, staggering level of myopia in those who propose and enact measures like these.

We have to transition to ~ 90% of the transport and energy in the economy to non-fossil, in a damn hurry (e.g. 2050), and we are way less than 1% of the way to where we need to get, so why the H3LLLLLL! would anyone be trying to put the brakes on the change already. Insanity, or stupidity of the highest order.

3 days ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

presidenteloco Re:Ill go further Process is a bad term here (91 comments)

I disagree. One needs the right to use the word "process" in its general but still technical sense: A series of causally related events and states. Often but not always an "organized and constrained" series of causally related events and states. Often but not always achieving or configured/designed/arranged to achieve some particular purpose or end result.

If conventional, present-day computing has borrowed this common English term and specialized it further, fine, but that shouldn't prevent someone correctly using a more general version of the term in a discussion of an alternate information processing architecture, such as the brain's.

about two weeks ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

presidenteloco Re:Oh Please Edge Detection and Motion Detection (91 comments)

The nature of the computational problems being solved by the brain suggests that a good processing architecture would be a hierarchy of processing (with feedback of course) in which parallel processing and serial processing take place at many levels in the hierarchy, with the leaf nodes of processing being massively parallel search/matching/associative traversal, but with serial decision / aggregation of result mixed in there. Map reduce anyone?

But that sort of mixed parallel serial computing should happen at different granularities up and down various hierarchies of functional processing organization, and it would not be surprising if at one of those many levels, there were about 50 concurrent instances of computing processes running. Further down toward primitive feature recognition and primitive feature associative inference there would almost certainly be many many more parallel computations going on, feeding up into the higher-level model formation and higher-level concept formation and inference processes.

about two weeks ago
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Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

presidenteloco Offtopic: What is with the egregious clickbait (102 comments)

at the bottom of the classic slashdot homepage.

9.5 out of 10 on the annoying and intelligence-insulting scale.

Dice please exterminate this local outbreak of this putrid Internet fungal growth.

about two weeks ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

presidenteloco Secure tokens? You mean like Bitcoin (130 comments)

Hey, maybe we don't even need those credit card companies in the mix at all.

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

presidenteloco Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (332 comments)

Or, you could use grid-scale energy storage, combined with low-loss HVDC long-distance transmission. HDVC lines can be over 2000km long, bigger than an individual weather system, so a network of them can redistribute intermittent wind and solar output effectively.

about three weeks ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

presidenteloco Puts the rest of us to shame (332 comments)

Our governments, and, oops, those who elected them.

The kind of target they are going for (especially the 2050 one) is in the ballpark of the kind of target we would all have to hit to avoid a complete screw-up on this file.

Are you a betting person?

I think it's great what Denmark's doing, but it saddens me to realize that political will in the rest of the world is so far far off the mark.

about three weeks ago
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Study: New Jersey e-Vote Experiment After Sandy a Disaster

presidenteloco Re:millions of internet elections (77 comments)

> None of those have a requirement for anonymous voting.

Wrong. Organization executive elections require anonymous voting. And there have definitely been 100s of thousands of those conducted over the last 8 or 9 years.

about a month ago
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Study: New Jersey e-Vote Experiment After Sandy a Disaster

presidenteloco millions of internet elections (77 comments)

for organization executives, policy approvals, and stockholder proxy votes have been conducted without incident so far.

A handful of problem cases are to be expected amidst this flood.

I would doubt that the relative incidence of rigging paper-ballot elections is smaller.

about a month ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

presidenteloco This will be wildly successful (165 comments)

in our narcissistic society.

Really, it puts "selfie-sticks" to shame.

Now, if you'll excuse me I need to search for my recent slashdot posts to admire them again.

about a month ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

presidenteloco What's needed is convenient proxy addresses (256 comments)

I mean virtual "physical home" addresses that you can rent, along with the suitable internet proxy server to make you appear to be from that state. Combine this with a "we will deliver your purchased goods to your real address for a nominal fee" service, wrap that all up in a bow, and voila: shiny new car !

about a month ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

presidenteloco Re:Global Warming (201 comments)

Yeah. You know it's almost as if the Russians didn't get a copy of the memo that says we are only permitted to use about 1/3 of the current known reserves.
You know, the memo that notes that if we don't leave the other 2/3 in the ground, we are COMPLETELY SCREWING OURSELVES and our little dogs too, on the climate front.

You know, sooner or later, our current "leaders" are going to be held liable for this criminally insane path they are steering us down with a greed-twisted grin on their faces. I can only hope it is sooner.

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

presidenteloco Awful awful timing of launch (189 comments)

Trying to launch one week into the shadow of the massive iPhone 6 launch?

Guaranteed burial and gross embarassment by comparison.

Execution matters, and now we'll see an execution.

about 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

presidenteloco The article says science = experimental science (795 comments)

Whereas science needs both hypothesis generation and experimental validation/repudiation of hypotheses.

Hypothesis generation sometimes has to go out there, and invent new concepts that have so far only been thought about, not yet tested.

So to summarize, science needs both creative conceptualization (ontology formation) and experimentation (validation or repudiation of the ontology and/or hypothesis).
These need to go on in circular reinforcement. (Spiral development model).

Experimentation without re-conceptualization will eventually run dry, because it will get stuck in a local-maximum paradigm, and people won't know what new things/aspects to test any more.

Remember, relativity was discovered in a thought experiment by Einstein. Is a thought experiment a real experiment in the article author's view? I doubt it.
Einstein, from the outside, was doing "magic". Speculating about the larger truth.
Relativity was an example of theory creating a completely new set of concepts that were way ahead of the ability to carry out experiments that could validate or repudiate them. It was a well-formed theory, in that it clearly suggested new kinds of experiments that could test it, but it was pure non-experimental theorizing nonetheless.

Darwin also, most likely, happened on his key theoretical insight about natural selection (the simple core of it), by thinking about the generalization of many observations, and having a theoretical insight.

Experimentation has its essential place in science, no doubt (keeps the theorists honest and humble), but it is only half of the game. The other half is innovative philosophy, carefully practiced, in the mind.

Exper

about a month ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

presidenteloco Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Look, there's nothing stopping anyone from studying the evidence from which the consensus arose.
Them saying there's a consensus so believe it is just their way of saying "I don't have time to explain all the myriad details to you until such time as you indicate sufficient interest and cognitive capability of grokking the general area of scientific inquiry, say, by getting an M.Sc. in it, then we'll talk about/debate the finer points."

Ok, I lied. There's scientific journal paywalls stopping you from studying the evidence in detail, but that's a whole other egregiously unacceptable story.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

presidenteloco Re:Did I miss an upgrade? (81 comments)

Just creating links to your image is not copying it.
Deep linking is legal or the entire WWW is illegal. Can't have it both ways.

Just organizing links to your images with my own text surrounding the links is not copying it.
Creating a program to programmatically present a sequence of links to your images over time to a web-browser-image-copying-program is not copying it.

Some else's web browser may indeed copy your image onto their computer, but you were definitely allowing that anyway by publishing the image on the open worldwide web.

about 2 months ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

presidenteloco Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

People are innately wired for a tendency to social agreement, it's true. So all groups of people who share commonalities may tend to come to general consensus on many issues. But scientists, of any group, are likely to diverge from the group consensus if they can prove their case, because they will become leaders of a new consensus group. And their reasons for daring to promote a divergent theory or scientific conclusion, by and large, would be rational and because of strong evidence, because otherwise, they'd be shot down rapidly.
Scientists are more likely than other types of groups to be individually convinced to switch teams if the evidence starts leaning strongly the other way. They are governed by a process (scientific method, use of logic and mathematics, and peer review) which facilitates that.

So the presence of a PERSISTENT near total scientific consensus on an issue does tend to suggest that no strong opposing evidence has made it through the ringer of scientific peer scrutiny.

about 2 months ago

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software for home energy conservation

presidenteloco presidenteloco writes  |  more than 3 years ago

presidenteloco (659168) writes "We have some development resources to prototype smart energy grid innovations. What would you like to see? How could people interact over the Internet to help conserve energy? What about a smartphone app tied to your smart home. Any ideas?"
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Looking for smartgrid software design ideas

presidenteloco presidenteloco writes  |  more than 3 years ago

presidenteloco (659168) writes "I work for a polytechnic university applied research group working on a smartgrid testbed project. That is, we are implementing R&D versions of electrical power grid technologies. My team does the software side of the work. One thing we are building is energy management system web applications for residential energy consumers to look at their consumption and set profiles for their consumption depending on energy price. What features should that have? What pricing models would you like to see? Can you think of any social energy management apps? We have some resources to implement prototypes, and are looking for ideas. This is for research purposes and innovation of the grid for environmental and economic and security reasons. Someone might try to commercialize some of it. Do you have any smartgrid software ideas you are willing to share?"
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presidenteloco presidenteloco writes  |  more than 7 years ago

presidenteloco (659168) writes "I have developed a web application that I plan to offer on a subscription or service-fee basis.
Should I make the source code behind it free and open source?

What are the factors I should consider? If I FOSS it, I'll receive possibly some assistance
with refining and extending the software, and some good Karma, but on the other hand,
It will be trivial for anyone else to replicate my business model, or to set up their own in-house
version of my service, with no remuneration for me. Also, the value of the "asset" from an
investment or acquisition perspective would likely fall. Ideally, I'd like to earn a humble living or a
portion thereof from operating web applications that I develop. What would Slashdotters do?"

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