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Fri Aug 28

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 12:39 PM

Re: Long term nuclear power economics

You are off topic!

You are off physics!

If I could produce power at 1% efficiency (in whatever process it used) and it was cost competitive (in dollars, land use, etc.) who would care what the efficiency was compared to [more]

Thu Aug 27

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 4:43 PM

Re: Long term nuclear power economics

They all use cooling water.

So what? No where in any thermodynamic cycle that I've heard of (Carnot, Rankine, Sterling, Otto, etc.) is there anything that requires water for cooling. It just happens that water is cheaply available in [more]

Wed Aug 26

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 9:39 PM

Re: Long term nuclear power economics

Natural gas fired plants are twice as efficient as nuclear and coal plants.

False argument.

Why does the thermal efficiency numerical value of a nuclear power plant matter, assuming the cost per kwh is acceptable? It is only [more]

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mschmit replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 4:53 PM

Re: 10 Worst States for Property Taxes

May be... but here in California the people wanted it.
The people proposed it. And the people voted for it.
That's about as democratic as you are going to get.


Yes, but there was one major issue the people probably wouldn't [more]

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mschmit replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 3:21 PM

Re: What are the 10 best states for ...

So, what does it cost to get solar panels?

About 3 months ago I got a system installed that is 3.1 KW AC. This is estimated (on my west facing roof) to generate 4300 kw-hr per year here in Silicon Valley area. The cost was about $12K [more]

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mschmit replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 3:05 PM

Re: 10 Worst States for Property Taxes

To be "fair" the list should show the property tax rate multiplied by the median (or some other metric) home price or the price of a 2000 sq ft home, for example.

Mike

Mon Aug 24

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mschmit replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:09 PM

Re: Sell your Yellow Cab stock.

I still can't understand why the yellow cab companies in NYC haven't come up with a yellowCab app that does the same thing essentially.

Inertia.
NIH.
Arrogance.
They see the other cab companies as competition, not [more]

Mon Aug 17

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 3:03 PM

Re: ‘Electric highway’

But the crackpots of the low Carbon economy, propose to do this at highway speeds - 60 to 70 mph.

The idea is probably quite dumb, but the speeds of 60-70 mph have nothing to do with it. Last time I checked electricity traveled at [more]

Tue Aug 11

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mschmit replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 1:34 AM

Re: Never buy ink again?

The point of the ink bottles vs ink cartridges is that the bottles hold ~20 times as much ink per container at much less than 20 times the price.

Mike

Thu Aug 6

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 5:08 PM

Re: Electricity cost & renewable capacity

In the US, Mining in general, not just coal, has a lot less fatalities per year than: Construction, Transportation, Agriculture, Government, Manufacturing, Retail etc etc. I don't see you getting excited about all these other much more severe [more]

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 2:23 PM

Re: Electricity cost & renewable capacity


They are still imaginary deaths without real bodies and without real death certificates.


You probably also don't think that smoking causes lung cancer.

Just imaginary deaths...tell that to the families.


And [more]

Wed Aug 5

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 2:24 PM

Re: Electricity cost & renewable capacity

Your reference, The Rocky Mountain Institute, says that these are imaginary deaths and not real deaths.

You don't like that reference?
How about the American Lung Association? They say 13000 deaths per year in the US.

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 1:57 PM

Re: Electricity cost & renewable capacity

1. Your reference, The Rocky Mountain Institute, says that these are imaginary deaths and not real deaths.

So you think that there are no health risks for the people in the coal mines?

How about you just go and setup an [more]

Tue Aug 4

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 5:14 PM

Re: Electricity cost & renewable capacity

Can you substantiate this nonsense you just wrote, that coal is killing thousands of us every year?

In the US...over 10K deaths per year (2010 stats), plus many thousands more in illness:

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Thu Jul 30

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mschmit replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:54 PM

Re: Trend: Decline of motor fuels

>>You can still drive your gas car for long road trips.

So now we're down to "some families with two cars can have one that's an electric", which by my calculator puts the number well under 50% - a far cry from "in 20
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Wed Jul 29

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mschmit replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 6:46 PM

Re: Trend: Decline of motor fuels

I think you missed one significant potential market: commuters.

A realistic range for electric vehicles at the moment is around 100 miles.


Here is the one-way commuting distance from [more]

Mon Jul 27

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mschmit replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 3:04 PM

Re: Mammoth Lakes & Yosemite

my brother is hiking the John Muir Trail and he begins in Yosemite.
...
I've research this area and there are several day hikes within Mammoth Lakes, some even on the JMT.


Yosemite Valley and Mammoth are not close to each [more]

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mschmit replied to the Climate Change board. 2:41 PM

Re: Big problems for hydrogen refueling stations

the future of hydrogen will depend on the development of economical hydrolysis

Therefore, IMO, it will never happen. Using electricity to charge a battery is vastly more efficient than making hydrogen. The only advantage hydrogen has [more]

Thu Jul 23

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mschmit replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 2:29 PM

Re: ibm revenue collapse

It all just boils down to writing code. ...

IBM have the people to write code and they will benefit from the opportunity to write better code in the future.


But then EVERYBODY has people that can write code.

The [more]

Tue Jul 21

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mschmit replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 7:16 PM

Re: When will they ever learn???

The vulnerability, IMO, is not some specs of a automotive chip, but rather a software architecture that even allows anything like a take-over of the brakes or engine control from a wireless connection.

I suppose it is great for testing and [more]

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