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Old 2021-06-11, 18:05   #56
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IMO, this mass-purchasing by private individuals needs to be stopped cold. Only large commercial and industrial interests having business licenses should have access to bulk purchasing.
IMO, that would be bad policy.

You want to remove friction from all economies. Not increase them. How else do they come to proper equilibrium?

Having said that, I do agree with the idea of a "carbon tax". What part of the fouling of the commons isn't clear?
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Old 2021-06-11, 22:36   #57
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IMO, this mass-purchasing by private individuals needs to be stopped cold. Only large commercial and industrial interests having business licenses should have access to bulk purchasing.
You talk of absolute lunacy then say this...

As if 20 HDDs was even a lot anyway.
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Old 2021-06-12, 01:43   #58
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IMO, that would be bad policy.

You want to remove friction from all economies. Not increase them. How else do they come to proper equilibrium?

Having said that, I do agree with the idea of a "carbon tax". What part of the fouling of the commons isn't clear?
Would a "carbon tax" not be included in a persons monthly utility fees? It is in mine, though not directly stated as such. I believe it falls under "fuel adjustment."

Fouling the commons: A year ago, people were hoarding certain items because of COVID-19. Then the signs when up, "One per customer." One individual having 20 could possibly lead to others having nothing.

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."

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...As if 20 HDDs was even a lot anyway.
Chump-change for some is a fortune for others.
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Old 2021-06-12, 15:07   #59
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Would a "carbon tax" not be included in a persons monthly utility fees? It is in mine, though not directly stated as such. I believe it falls under "fuel adjustment."
You would have to tell us what "fuel adjustment" is defined as by your provider.

Here in Barbados Fuel Adjustment is a way of passing on the cost of fuel to the consumer. It means Barbados Light and Power don't have to take on the risk of unexpectedly high fuel costs.

Coming back to the carbon tax, I would argue that just about *everyone* is paying way less for carbon-based fuels than they should if the full costs were included in the calculus.

Fortunately, PV is becoming so incredibly inexpensive that it is now competitive standing alone against (effectively) subsidized alternatives.
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Old 2021-06-13, 05:08   #60
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Fortunately, PV is becoming so incredibly inexpensive that it is now competitive standing alone against (effectively) subsidized alternatives.
In the USA more jobs for solar installers and related are being added that the huge losses in the coal sector.
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Old 2021-06-15, 15:19   #61
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You would have to tell us what "fuel adjustment" is defined as by your provider.

Here in Barbados Fuel Adjustment is a way of passing on the cost of fuel to the consumer. It means Barbados Light and Power don't have to take on the risk of unexpectedly high fuel costs.

Coming back to the carbon tax, I would argue that just about *everyone* is paying way less for carbon-based fuels than they should if the full costs were included in the calculus.

Fortunately, PV is becoming so incredibly inexpensive that it is now competitive standing alone against (effectively) subsidized alternatives.
Below in the image is a breakdown. Fuel Adjustment is the 2nd item. It is a negative number.

There is something strange about the figures. This is the 2nd consecutive month I have seen 833. I think Duke Energy is using a totally different way to calculate their rates. It used to be shown on the statement as a fraction number. $0.13187, or something similar. Not now.

I think we have gone off-topic with this.
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Old 2021-08-05, 12:56   #63
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What I see is money. Those drives are either helping to crunch crypto, which makes or loses money, or they are serving the needs of a business, which makes or loses money.
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What I see is money. Those drives are either helping to crunch crypto, which makes or loses money, or they are serving the needs of a business, which makes or loses money.
These are the property of one individual to run Chia crypto. Proof-of-Space, they call it. Supposedly, there is 544 TB there. Anyone can experiment with it using a few old drives they may have around. I did, past tense. It is an interesting process, but not something I would want to do large scale. Those guys want the really big drives. 8 TB and higher, so it seems. Smaller drives, like those used for an OS, should remain plentiful.

I read a while back that Seagate is planning to build a 20 TB "economy" drive specifically for this purpose. I imagine their definition of economy versus that of the real world are far different.
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Supposedly, there is 544 TB there.
I assure you it is more than that. I have 200 TiB plotted myself, but I am less than 1/160,000 of the network which has an estimated 32.538 EiB plotted at present.
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Note: All of the "Back in my day we programmed with..." comments have been given their own thread to flourish in. Back in my day we programmed with a stick and clay, and liked it.
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