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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

stabiesoft Re:People (481 comments)

You are restricting your viewpoint to limited countries. Certain asian countries still eat dogs and even transport it like we would livestock. If I remember right Thailand exports live dogs to Vietnam for consumption. In the US, most smart animal shelters carefully review who is adopting to make sure the adopter is not using the shelter as a meat supplier. I happen to be a dog lover and find it offensive, but I understand it is cultural. Much like I find Japan's slaughtering of dolphin to be cruel, but I don't care if people kill sharks. What we eat is based on local cultural norms. Think about how India feels about us eating cows for example.

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

stabiesoft Re:Net metering (517 comments)

Nope, in austin it is fairly easy to end up paying for energy you produce. When monthly usage exceeds 1000kwh, you pay 12.9c/kwh but you only received 10.7c/kwh for the energy produced by your panels. You stilll pay such wonderful extra tariffs like community benefit charges on total kwh used as well making the 12.9c go even higher. At the 500-1000 usage level it is more equal with the utility charging 11.7c/kwh. So the computation is not total usage - solar generation = charged usage. It is total usage x normal tariff - solar generation x solar rate = your bill. I was rather pissed when they changed to the new model. Previously it was net metered. And to add to the insult, they reserve the right to change the solar rate paid to you at whim. Previously they paid 12.7c/kwh which worked out to about even after you factor in all the other taxes etc they charge. I have to say, when I moved here, I put austin energy at the top of the heap for utilities and thought city run power was a good idea. After the baffoons wasted 60 mil on the new billing system that does not work, restructured the solar rates, and hoover cash from the utility to pay city shortfalls, I'd rank them as the absolute worst utility in history.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

stabiesoft Re:Sure, but... (502 comments)

They effectively already do this in austin. The latest solar rate structure pays 10.5c/kwh but they charge 12.5c/kwh for users using over 1000kwh/mo. So even when I don't use the network I pay 2.5c/kwh for solar power I generate. Unfortunately they do not meter push/pull to/from network, they charge based on total solar generation and total usage. And of course they reserve the right to adjust how much they pay me at will. Last year solar power pay'ed 12.5c so it was a wash.

about 2 months ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

stabiesoft Re:Texas? (172 comments)

I think it is more like Elon saying to texas, change the law and I will come to texas. Elon is just being Elon. Whichever state offers Elon the biggest basket of goodies is going to get the factory. It is bribery and corruption at its best here in capitalist usa.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

stabiesoft Re:Joe (359 comments)

Or a reason to use a modified version of the old NED editor from rand. My homebrew version is 176K, and is more efficient at large files than vi. I built it after needing it for linux and giving up trying to update the original code about 5 years ago. Up until then I used the Rand code. The other handy thing about having your own editor is you can make it work exactly like you want. And since I've used it since college, it is like the back of my hand. I use it for everything from scripts to million line C projects.

about 4 months ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

stabiesoft Simple solution (220 comments)

He keeps his bitcoins and is charged 150K as any other customer would be. He is also fired.

about 4 months ago
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Decommissioning Nuclear Plants Costing Far More Than Expected

stabiesoft Re:First.... (288 comments)

Hydro may start getting some adds. The "other" problem of our overpopulated planet is water. TX just announced plans to build a new dam and I suspect may add more than one before it is over. Those dam's usually come with generators alost free.

about 6 months ago
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Decommissioning Nuclear Plants Costing Far More Than Expected

stabiesoft Re:First.... (288 comments)

Not at all. I am assuming as the lower priced shale approach runs out, the next lowest cost alternative will be used. It will not go to zero supply overnight. As nat gas supply starts running out, prices increase, and the next lowest cost alternatives will replace the not so cheap anymore nat gas. If nothing new is available at that time, it will be coal, renewables, nukes, hydro, and whatever else is currently used to make juice.

about 6 months ago
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Decommissioning Nuclear Plants Costing Far More Than Expected

stabiesoft Re:First.... (288 comments)

But you are assuming that no replacement other than nuke will be available when shale runs out. Who would have predicted cheap shale 10 years ago?

about 6 months ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

stabiesoft Re:Switching from Mercedes to Tesla after $12K bil (360 comments)

I took a snippet from the log below. Note, it needed a tow truck, they replaced the battery & drive unit which requires the rear subframe removal. Now either the battery is not easily replaced contrary to reports of battery quick change from tesla, or the "drive unit" is more than a simple motor controller. In any case, even if it is just the dealer cannot fix a water leak, lemon laws apply. Here it has left them stranded, which certainly qualifies for lemon law. While I agree the tesla is a hoot to drive (a friend did test drive one) I don't know if I would run to buy a tesla because my mercedes is unreliable. It appears the tesla could be more unreliable. The drive unit is only one of many problems they are having. From Edmund's... When we last left our 2013 Tesla Model S, it was on the back of a flat-bed tow truck, having died on my colleague, Matt Jones. It spent the night in a tow yard and was delivered to the Tesla service department in West Los Angeles the following morning. ... He called back about an hour later and said they would be replacing the drive unit and the high-voltage battery assembly. I asked Vince what caused the problems, but he said they don't open up the batteries at the service center. Like most warranty issues on new cars, the parts are replaced at the dealer and the old ones are sent to corporate headquarters for the engineers to study and see what went wrong. The service invoice didn't give me much more to go on, "During vehicle logs review, found fault related to internal drive unit failure. Replaced complete drive unit assembly per TDS case #9571." If you're keeping score, our Model S is now on its third drive unit: the one that came with the car, the one that was replaced in November, and this latest one. And that wasn't the only thing that was replaced on this service visit. After the power unit was replaced, the Model S needed a four-wheel alignment. That's because the rear subframe must be removed to extract the power unit.

about 6 months ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

stabiesoft Re:Switching from Mercedes to Tesla after $12K bil (360 comments)

You might want to take a look at edmund's long term road test of their tesla. Its on its third battery/drive train at 30K miles. One joke was that maybe a 10K service requirement is a new drivetrain/battery. It is eating tires because of misalignment. You can tell edmund's really wants to love all aspects of the car and granted it is a nice driving car, but reliable it aint. Several commenters at edmunds wonder why they have not lemon lawed their unit it is so bad.

about 6 months ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

stabiesoft Re:Not easy? (323 comments)

This outsourcing of everything may get interesting very soon. Apparently, we buy engines for the rockets we use to launch military satelites from russia. The country we just stuck sanctions on. I think the article said they had a 2 year stockpile. Now that we outsource materials for that grand military of ours, it could get interesting. I was expecting the first issue to be with asian made chips and disk drives. Who would have guessed it would be a big ticket rocket engine. I wonder if we have any ISS personal up there now and if they are getting anxious too.

about 7 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

stabiesoft Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

I've often wondered about drastically modifying the prison system. Some offences, such as the recent sxsw killings would get the death penalty immediately, as there is no question as to who did it and definitely not an accident. Under those conditions (murder+in the act), death penalty is punishment. For other serious crimes, (armed robbery, kidnapping, or murder and we did not catch you in the act) you get a trial, and if convicted, you go to rehab. And I mean a concerted effort at rehab. After rehab, you have one demerit. You get out, help is given to get a job, like halfway houses etc. Again, real help. You get caught again, trial etc, rehab, demerit number 2. Get caught again, trial, convicted, no more rehab. Death penalty. This system provides real effort to make you a member of society, and allows for mistakes in the trial system. And if you really don't want to be part of society, society does what most pack animal societies do, eliminate members that can't play nice.

about 6 months ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

stabiesoft Re:Don't they have to fly that thing around? (330 comments)

I guess we will just have to agree to disagree. I feel both bush and obama have a poor work ethic. Bush sr was much better as was clinton. I think the fundamental problem in politics now is that the prize/reward is the job and the work is the campaign. This is true for almost all politicians now, more so as the position elevates.

about 7 months ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

stabiesoft Re:Don't they have to fly that thing around? (330 comments)

I am afraid I'll disagree. While it may have cost less to fly bush to crawford, I don't agree he was working (well for us anyway). I live in TX so probably more aware of his activities in crawford. Mainly he worked his ranch, drove his ATV's around with friends, rode mountain bikes with people like armstrong and generally had a good time. He did host a couple of dignitaries one of which was putin if I remember right. I think these two provided/provide less than adequate effort to their job. Frankly I think part of the job description of prez should be no more than 2wks of vacation/yr. You want more time off, find another job. Need a break, they can always hang in the facilities in DC for weekends/short breaks. Obama plays bball, bush could have ridden around the whitehouse lawn on his bike. These people are the most powerful in the world. Take the job if your ready to man up, not use it for your ego.

about 7 months ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

stabiesoft Re:Don't they have to fly that thing around? (330 comments)

Ding ding ding, we have a winner. One of the things I hated about bush was his constant vacationing, and frankly obama has not been any better. I long for a president that actually takes the job seriously like clinton did. I want my prez to be like a startup, working his/her ass off. I had one vacation in 4 years at the startup I was at. Most holidays and weekends were at the plant too.

about 7 months ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

stabiesoft Re:Many members of Congress own car dealerships (342 comments)

You peeked my interest so I went to a mouser catalog. single quantity SMD's were around 3c each while leaded ran about 10-15c. In quantity the SMD's dropped to .3c each while leaded ran 1 to 1.5c, so for vanilla resistors (5%) SMD's were cheaper. Even the 1% vanilla looked cheaper in SMD. I did not check out power resistors, which would not surprise me if more for SMD. I think you can get even cheaper if you go SMD resistor arrays on a per item basis but that constrains design to the matrix values.

about 7 months ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

stabiesoft Re:Many members of Congress own car dealerships (342 comments)

I know this is slashdot, but really, cars are not semiconductors. Do you really want a car that's the size of a tonka toy? That is how electronics are getting cheaper. They are getting smaller (well the die, no everything, have you seen the size of a smd resistor versus a old leaded one)? Shouldn't food be cheaper? Furniture? Airplanes? Each type of product is governed by the raw materials used to make it. Cars are a little lighter, but that is because they are using even more expensive raw materials like hi-strength steels, aluminum... instead of cheap steel.

about 7 months ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

stabiesoft Re:Tell me again... (538 comments)

I seriously doubt it is used for anything except real games. The UT stadium is not even used for practice. They have a separate climate controlled facility for that. And as I understand it, A&M's program is not profitable even with the book cookin universities use for their precious athletic programs. Only Ohio state and UT are profitable on the books. And that profitability is tied to compulsory "fees" charged to all students. All this loses my main point though. If you are a student getting thru school on loans, which most students are, then the school should be trying to maximize the student's education while minimizing costs. A better dorm or football team is not going to make for better english majors, doctors, lawyers etc.

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

stabiesoft Re:Tell me again... (538 comments)

I think much of the increase cost is chaff. I hear TX A&M is planning a 1/2BELLION dollar football stadium. It will be used what 6 times a year? Dorm's used to be cinder block barracks. Now they have luxo condo's. I wonder if the jello salad has been replace with caviar. If the money was spent on education and not fluff, I suspect college would be about as expensive as it was 30 years ago. No one should be surprised though. When real housewives, kim k, and any other number of nobodies are heroes, why should we be surprised that education is now a vacation spa with sports entertainment.

about 8 months ago

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How can open source compete with paradise?

stabiesoft stabiesoft writes  |  more than 7 years ago

stabiesoft (733417) writes "While vacationing in Wolfeboro, NH on the estate owned by former Microsoft Corp. executive Michael Appe,
French President Sarkozy had a tantrum with photographers. Hmm, first, birds of a feather comes to mind. But more importantly,
do you think having a little holiday in paradise may cloud Mr Sarkzy's view of Linux V Microsoft?
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/06/sarkozy.holiday.a p/index.html"

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