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mschmit replied to the Peak Oil Party board. 5:18 PM

Re: Oil below $60 per barrel

The real questions that we don't have answers to is, for each type of oil field, what is the cost to explore, drill test wells etc vs the cost for ongoing production...and the typical duration of pumping.
Without knowing all these things it is [more]

Mon Dec 1

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mschmit replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 8:19 PM

Re: WiFi wanted


Did you read the whole article?


Yes. And the point stands that just because you have two of something it doesn't automatically mean you have higher reliability.

Yes, there are lots of subtleties with aircraft that may [more]

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mschmit replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:07 PM

Re: OT: Wife's hospital bill

So.... nobody is allowed to play sports where the possibility of any injury exists? Nobody can ride a bike, play football, baseball, soccer, ski. This is a silly argument. Can you quote a study, anywhere, that compares the cost of elderly [more]

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mschmit replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:53 PM

Re: OT: Wife's hospital bill

So what do you do about the min wage job person that has a little in the HSA, but falls and breaks their hip or gets cancer or something?

My company introduced a plan with HSA this year. You can choose a regular health plan or choose [more]

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mschmit replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:33 PM

Re: Netflix CEO: Broadcast TV Dead By 2030

“The age of broadcast TV will probably last until 2030.”

... As soon as those dominoes fall, out come the scissors.


With broadcast TV you get your signal over the air. So you are going to cut the cable from your [more]

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mschmit replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 4:29 PM

Re: WiFi wanted

>>It is sort of like an airplane with two props being less safe than a plane with just one prop.

This make no (common) sense! It's always better to have redundancy.


The problem it that common sense isn't what is at [more]

Sun Nov 30

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mschmit replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:17 PM

Re: The Perilous Posture of Petroleum Production

I would say that #3 makes the least sense to me,

I vote for a combination of #2 and #5, with ...


But, as you say, I know nothing.


Those 3 points are what I would say as well.

Going back to the 70s [more]

Sat Nov 29

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mschmit replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:45 PM

Re: OT: Wife's hospital bill

Something like "Do you have any idea how much that would add to the cost?", I didn't and she had a good point

It only seems like it would cost a lot when your systems are ancient. When I book a flight they ask if I want a [more]

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mschmit replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 6:59 PM

Re: Netflix CEO: Broadcast TV Dead By 2030

What is silly is how Nielson is going about measuring. They use a box that IDs the sound from the show. All this effort, when Netflix already knows exactly what people are watching.

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mschmit replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 3:35 PM

Re: WiFi wanted

And I see this as putting all your eggs in one basket. I'm not for this.

Generally electronic devices (the hw not the sw) are quite reliable once they have run ok for a few months.
Having two possible points of failure instead of [more]

Tue Nov 25

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 6:29 PM

Re: Peak Driving - Not Yet?

A lot of this is dependent on the statistical methods they use to collect the data. When most everyone drove a low to medium mpg car they could use gasoline sales combined with counting cars along strategic highways and come up with a number. As long [more]

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mschmit replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 2:10 PM

Re: Smoke Detector Batteries

Most fire departments have a big campaign to check/change the batteries with daylight savings time changes. You didn't notice it ?

I hear these announcements...and ignore them. I've found that the batteries in my 7 smoke alarms last [more]

Mon Nov 24

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mschmit replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 5:22 PM

Re: Behold the "Mirai" (Future)

Your concerns do need to be studied. But the problem is that almost any such study will cost a lot and most likely be funded by one side or the other. But my opinions:

1.) What is the environmental impact of making all the batteries? The [more]

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mschmit replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 3:12 PM

Re: Ice maker problem--leak (long)

Update:

I was able to get a video of the leak.
Wow!

Most of the leak (maybe 75%) is a tiny stream that shoots 3-4" away. It is leaking from the tubing connector on the output side of the valve. And...totally by luck... the [more]

Thu Nov 20

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mschmit replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 9:48 PM

Re: Behold the "Mirai" (Future)

A few answers

2. How much does it cost to build out a world wide infrastructure of ways to fuel the fuel cells?

At least $1M per station that can refuel ~25-50 cars per day. Maybe if 1000 were built the costs might start to [more]

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mschmit replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 5:59 PM

Re: Ice maker problem--leak (long)

More background below. But its not the drip pan. The repairman specifically checked this...but I already knew this wasn't the problem.

The leak started a month ago or so. I immediately rolled out the fridge and checked all the obvious stuff [more]

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mschmit replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:28 PM

Re: Birds? We don't gotta show no stinkin' birds

I'm a thinkin' Darwin will win in the end

Did anyone ever consider this...

In a population of millions of birds if you take the weakest 1% (either by genetics, minor injuries or old age) and apply a very mild environmental [more]

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mschmit replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 4:45 PM

Re: Behold the "Mirai" (Future)

10c/kwh? My marginal cost is more like 20c/kwh here in California, and it would be higher if I used more electricity than I do, my marginal cost used to be more like 35c/kwh. At 20 c/kwh, $4/gallon gasoline and $4/kg hydrogen, the Tesla, FCV, and [more]

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mschmit replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 2:51 PM

Re: Ice maker problem--leak (long)

All...thanks for all the suggestions. Just to clear up any confusion...

The water is leaking on the floor of the house underneath the fridge. NOT inside the fridge at all. The cubes that do get made are half size, fully frozen.
This ice [more]

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mschmit replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 2:36 PM

Re: Ice maker problem--leak (long)

Do you have access to a GoPro

Yes...I've already been planning to set it up to record on Sat morning. I need to have the fridge moved out, get lighting setup right, etc then sit and read the newspaper of something so I can hear when [more]

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