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So for the average consumer, is Tesla’s system the way to go?

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2 points · 4 days ago

I'd say so. They have 4 options: pay per kwh, lease, finance, or buy outright. You save the most by buying outright but not everyone has that much cash laying around. The lease option is a monthly payment that adjusts with inflation annually. For reference, mine hasn't changed since 2016. Naturally financing is better than leasing but I plan on selling my house in the next 5 years.

Thanks for info. I came to this sub to see what kind of options are available and was kind of figuring my use case was ‘average joe’ so this is really good info. I’m a DIY’er so I may just do a little rigging up of broken panels or something for fun and if I get serious look into the solar city/Tesla options.

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2 points · 2 days ago

I’m a DIY’er so I may just do a little rigging up of broken panels or something for fun

If you wanted to setup a separate circuit, that works. Most local governments won't allow you to connect it to the grid yourself.

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Recessions on average start every ~8 years.

In fact I'd say the recession has already started in many places such as Turkey, Argentine, Egypt, Iran, China. It's only a matter of time before their financial problems spread to western institutions through contagion.

Remember though, that the 2008 recession was the 2nd worst recession in history. The coming one will be nothing like it and barely feel like a recession at all since people now conflate 2008 crisis with every recession.

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The coming one will be nothing like it and barely feel like a recession at all since people now conflate 2008 crisis with every recession.

Depends. There's a belief that Obama's stimulus only delayed the inevitable and that Trump is making the situation worse.
One thing is for sure though, China's leveraging to escape the pain won't work this time. They're already past 300% GDP.

276 points · 4 days ago

If more uses come about for VR by then, I might actually have a headset to be able to watch it on.

Oculus is holding their annual “Oculus Connect” conference in a few days where they’re expected to announce the release date for their new fully standalone 6DOF headset (no PC required). It’ll be the first high end VR system truly accessible to the non-PC gamer. Great time to jump in if you’re interested!

i dont work for oculus im just a huge vr nerd

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I'd be interested if they weren't owned by Facebook. I've been looking at the Vive but don't really have justification for buying one yet.

The top developers—China’s top energy firms (149 GW of planned capacity) and India’s National Thermal Power Corporation (38 GW)—are heavily invested in coal.

There is still a lot of work left and while I know China at least says it will take action, idk what India plans to do since they have less money to invest.

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149GW is about half the existing coal plants in the US. That is more than enough to completely offset any green projects China takes on.

1 point · 4 days ago · edited 4 days ago

Really...CNN is now trying to rewrite history?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_quantum_computing

China is actually quite far behind in the field of quantum computing, but that doesn't make for good (bullshit) headlines.

This line is enough to make anyone in the computing field want to punch the author in the face:

They have a quantum satellite no one else has done, a communications network no one else has done, and workforce development program to bring new Chinese quantum engineers online

They pulled off quantum teleportation, NOT quantum computing. It's something that other countries had been working on for years beforehand.

Edit: No wonder the article is complete trash, here's the guy's credentials:
https://money.cnn.com/author/matt-mcfarland/index.html

Before joining CNN, he served as the editor of the Washington Post's Innovations blog... McFarland is a graduate of Dickinson College, where he studied psychology and political science.

He's not qualified to talk about the latest gadgets, let alone the bleeding edge of computer science.

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-3 points · 4 days ago

Cashiers? yes. Waiters/waitresses? No. Any task that people count on for a "human touch" will continue to be done by humans.
As for the minimum wage argument: no amount of screwing the poor will save the unskilled from robotic takeover.

A side note: You're right that no one needs $15/hr in the Middle of Nowhere, KS. Cities are a very different story.

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4 points · 4 days ago

Prostitutes are getting competition from sex dolls......

You're going to have to put some evidence forth for that.

Voting democrat is why wages in the city is crap. Taxes and welfare jacks up the prices of the cost of living

"Higher taxes mean lower wages"
What? On average people in the city are paid more. Higher housing prices come from population density (limited resource in high demand). Of course that "more" isn't enough to put monthly rent/mortgage costs under 33% of one's income.

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-6 points · 6 days ago · edited 5 days ago

Hurray for Tiananmen square..../s

Edit: Wow so authoritarian dictatorships are ok, as long as they promise to clean up their own mess. holy f-ing sh-t. There are really dumb people here.

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There are really dumb people here.

Welcome to most of reddit. There's plenty of circle-jerking around China while completely ignoring the fact that it's an authoritarian shithole. There's a reason the rich in China are constantly looking for ways to move money out of the country.

the 'world's factory'

That won't last. Funny thing about automation - you get all the benefits regardless of where the robots are. There's no reason to keep manufacturing overseas when you can build your own robots to do it. Especially when you factor in shipping.

Original Poster2 points · 4 days ago

This sub is a bit of an echo chamber. It's important we throw a little cold water on the hype. I think it's clear AI has reached a point where it's economically viable and profitable, so I don't think it will disappear in the night like decades past. However, expect a major correction to this unchecked hype within a couple years.

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2 points · 4 days ago

A dose of skepticism is warranted but we're finally hitting the point of marketable products using AI whereas the past has consisted of research.

Original Poster1 point · 4 days ago

So far we've just seen AI hitting the low hanging fruit. Lots of optimization on the back end of things.

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2 points · 4 days ago

I wouldn't consider translation and basic speech recognition low-hanging fruit. Google's translate AI is actually quite impressive.

What is more cost effective and long lasting ? Hydrogen fuel cells or Electric vehicle engines ?

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3 points · 4 days ago

A more accurate comparison would be between lithium batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. Currently batteries have an advantage in efficiency but hydrogen has an advantage in refuel time and weight.

Air resistance becomes a problem? Wow. So next step... we'll just suck all the air out and build shit in a vacuum, or in space.

That's absolutely amazing. However, if air resistance is a problem, gravity can't be far behind.

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gravity can't be far behind.

You'd have to balance the factory's motions. Otherwise you'd have a giant vibrating structure in orbit that would eventually destroy itself.

22 points · 5 days ago

The year is 2358 humanitiy is immune to cocain overdoses since 2034 and everyone is on the biggest collective trip in human history. The last 300+ years where one massive coceparty

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Everything is done far more quickly.

Precisely. Like if a tesla was affordable and i could charge it for about what i fuel my car with id own one instead. Butttttttt

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8 points · 4 days ago

i could charge it for about what i fuel my car with

It's cheaper to charge, the problem is how long it takes.

This Roger is everywhere

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-4 points · 5 days ago · edited 4 days ago

He has been involved with Bitcoin for some time. After getting butthurt over the majority refusing to stick to on-chain scaling, he made a ripoff coin called "Bitcoin Cash" and then tried to attack the Bitcoin network (by spamming it with transactions).

Edit: I find it odd that there are so many Ver supporters on an Eth subreddit. You're free to look this information up yourself, Ver is a scam artist.

U serius?

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1 point · 4 days ago · edited 4 days ago

Yea.
https://thebitcoin.pub/t/roger-ver-deposits-25-000-btc-to-bitfinex-to-manipulate-the-market/13979
https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-unlimited-vs-segwit-debate-heats-up-roger-ver-accusations-trigger-responses

What do you expect from someone who ended up with a felony for selling fireworks on ebay?

If you're interested, BitPico found that 98% of BCH nodes are in the same datacenter in China:
https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-cash-test-node-centralization/

Don't know how it works in Canada but in the US anyone can start paying taxes on the plot and lay claim to it. If it's not contested, they get to keep it. Specifics vary by state.

Buy why would you want to own an alley?

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To be able to have it fixed up. An alternative would be to setup a company that exists solely to own the alley and setup a board comprising of the residents nearby. It also might be possible to sell the land back to the local government.

Sorry, I assumed you meant essential nutrients.

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Some can live without but not everyone can.

Do you have a source so I can know what you’re talking about?

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The theory goes that due to genetic differences, people require different diets. Some actually need meat. I know this first-hand as my fiance tried it and was consistently more irritable while vegan. She tried multiple supplements but nothing improved the situation.

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I agree with you on that but let's be honestly the greed of the rich supercedes the needs of all. This is an extinction level threat and the mega rich think they'll survive with their accounts in tact.

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0 points · 10 days ago · edited 10 days ago

My original statement was my counter to the article. I have no idea what the fuck you are talking about and apparently nether do you. Like is said "we are not doing shit about clement change".

All this crap being posted is like applying a band-aid to a wound of a dismembered body decimated by an RPG explosion. Like i said and like you reprinted "You comprehension has going south on the china thing".

Look i know you are online looking for somebody you think is wrong so you can fight with them and pass sometime but when i said, "when you get done trying to flame war against the reality of China and climate change", it was not a positive conformation of China's "anti clement change policy" but was it was the opposite you retard.

My entire argument hinges on the fact that we are not doing shit about clement change because none of the major economies and super nations (population and land mass) are doing anything serious about it and its not affecting enough rich people to promote a change.

as follow you ass:

Russia: is not doing damn thing other than pumping more oil and tho it's population is dying they are instigating more warfare which leads to more fossil fuel consumption.

Brazil: only thing they are doing is destroying the rain forest an pumping more oil.

The United states: pumping more oil than any other nation while buying more of that shit from Canada and waging non declared world war in attempt to control more oil in the middle east (but unlike most nations on the federal level they are no longer lying about doing something about it anymore)

Canada: pumping more oil, Fracking their asses off. Selling that shit to the US. While lying to you about doing something against clement change.

China: .... Fuck the world, we have over 1 billion people and we are the only people who might survive clement change so buy Africa.

India: ... Brown people are the low end of our religious cast system and make up most the worlds poor so fuck'em.

Mexico: What ??

Japan: Dying population but trying to free our plant from the tyranny of whales.

Im done here. Get your shit together and stop coming online trying to pretend anybody is really serious about clement change because in order to be so we have to hurt the pocket of the worlds wealthiest people, therefore, we have to wait until clement change directly affects their bottom line before it becomes profitable for the worlds richest people to do something about it.

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the only people who might survive clement change so buy Africa.

Entertaining but they're more fucked than most countries. Southeast Asia is at the greatest risk from rising seas and famine.

My point was that there are people working toward preventing climate change but it ultimately won't be enough to actually get away from 3c warming by 2100.

if you think other countries don't intend to use AI for surveillance and control, you might wanna read up on some of the secret laws Obama passed (I mean you can't, they're secret, but you get the point)

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Surveillance - yes. Control - depends on the country.

surveillance is information, information is power, power is control. maintaining control is the first priority for any government

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It's the first priority for any authoritarian government. The first priority for democracies tends to be not pissing off voters. (If your vote didn't matter, the GOP wouldn't be trying so hard to invalidate it)

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I'm looking into whether it's worth it to attach a chiller to a swamp cooler (with an insulated reservoir). Unfortunately, I have no clue how to calculate what size chiller would be required to maintain 40 degree Fahrenheit water.

Assuming 13gph flow (worst-case), and using a 12 gallon cooler (as the reservoir) during a 100 degree F day, how big a chiller would I need to maintain 40 degrees in the cooler?
If any additional information is needed, I'm happy to provide.

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Also should’ve asked this from the start - what is the intent of this? Personal comfort?

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Original Poster1 point · 9 days ago

I currently have a couple of swamp coolers keeping my house cool during the summer, the objective is to reduce the indoor temperature further. The 40F is a personal estimate, I have a cooler I used in a previous house that has an ice tray. It made a huge difference in terms of cooling effectiveness.

Here's an important question - where are you putting the chiller? If it's inside the house, you'll just be pumping the heat out of the water and back into the room.

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Original Poster2 points · 9 days ago

It'll be outside in a custom enclosure to protect it from the elements.

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2 points · 9 days ago

It was not going to cost the Malaysian government that tho. Any city is going to be expensive.

The real fear is that of loss of sovereignty. Ultimately, Mahatir is 93 years old so it is only really on hold until he dies. Malaysia is around 50% Chinese and 50% Malay so it is not so outlandish to have a Chinese city built. It is just xenophobia and politics.

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Considering China's other projects, the concerns over loss of sovereignty are justified.

I don't see how allocating resources toward this benefits humanity as a whole more than, say, a Moon base or development towards a more efficient, less resource-intensive, less expensive rocket launch system for payloads of various masses or to direct the funding towards future Mars missions.

It's still cool though...

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4 points · 9 days ago

It's a stepping stone. We know more about space habitats than we do setting up colonies on other planets. This will actually fit into getting to Mars - it will serve as a supply depot without having to land and overcome gravity again.

Hmm, I guess that's true too. But seeing as we're already somewhat experienced with space habitats, the a moon base could act as our first step to learning how to set up a colony on Mars. Of course, Mars and the Moon have quite different environments, but vital research toward our progress in becoming a permanently multiplanetary species could be done with greater ease of access to space through the Moon's lower gravity and immediate vacuum (E.g. easier liftoff from the Moon's surface, lunar mining, even as an astronaut training ground?) I guess it's nice to speculate about these things.

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2 points · 9 days ago

There's definitely sufficient reason for an actual moon colony. The moon is believed to have quite a bit of He3:
https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Preparing_for_the_Future/Space_for_Earth/Energy/Helium-3_mining_on_the_lunar_surface

The idea of bring that tied to legacy code does not inspire confidence in me.

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The vast majority of banking institutions are running on ancient COBOL code. There's a current modernization effort but thanks to IBM, the only driver is a lack of qualified employees.

7 points · 9 days ago

This is exactly what cryptocurrency is designed to solve.

In a cashless world, banks could simply prevent you from funding your cryptocurrency account via bank transfer, just the way that some have done already with credit cards.

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5 points · 9 days ago

Blocking cryptocurrencies would just remove them from part of the economy. China, for example, has banned Bitcoin but people still trade it.

9 points · 9 days ago · edited 9 days ago

share of global publications

Their measure is quantity, not quality.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/world/asia/china-science-fraud-scandals.html

Oh, and this little tidbit

Chinese scholars could become the global leaders in the near future

Directly opposing your own headline?

Bloomberg Opinion

Ah, that's why. This is some journalist's personal view.

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