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2020-09-24 Facebook User Supervising Game “Democratos”

I’m optimistic that humans are basically good, and given the opportunity, can make rational decisions. Humans also want to have fun and be entertained. So a game with some forms of rewards is a good choice. I found the article about Facebook and it gave me an idea that I think is a solution to

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2020-09-10 Model Of Least Cost All Renewables Grid

This is supposed to be a least cost model. Solar reaching up to 4.3 times capacity. I would expect that much of the curtailment would be replaced by “flexible loads” controlled by the grid, most of which would be hydrogen generation. The hydrogen could be stored and used for longer term storage/generation and/or transportation fuel.

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2020-08-13 Tesla Plans Revealed by “Now You Know”

A 40 minute YouTube video that talks about what Tesla and Elon Musk is planning. Also (skip ahead to the 30 minute point) they talk about the financial aspects of Tesla and that Tesla will be on the S & P 500. The important point they make is about the V2G (vehicle to grid) and

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2020-07-26 Facebook Content Moderation

I’m reading “Facebook” by Steven Levy. In ‘The Ugly’ chapter he explains how FB hires or contracts for thousands of moderators to take down content that violates their standards. These moderators may be psychologically harmed by all the nasty stuff that’s posted. And some things are borderline, they have a difficult time deciding if it

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2020-06-15 Windows Apps On Chrome OS

We already can run Windows Apps on Wine on Linux. Maybe one day we’ll be able to get rid of Windows. https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2020/6/16/21293180/google-chrome-os-microsoft-office-windows-desktop-apps-support-parallels

2018-08-31 An Old Software Saying

From FB group Bell Telephone… 2018-08-31 Gary Stoutenburg I love that comparison. 👍 There’s an old IT adage: “The first 90% of the software takes 10% of the time. The last 10% of the software takes 90% of the time.” The user interface is a big time and money sink, so a lot of corner

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2018-06-20 Don’t Ask To Share Software!

From FB group Arduino Projects Marcos Tulio Junior I think it is unethical for others to expect the coder to reveal his IP (intellectual property). There is nothing wrong with asking the coder for a link to open source software. But you are out of line when you expect others to do for you what

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2017-12-15  Royal 500 Capacitors Replaced

From FB group Electronics Hobbyists, regarding the Zenith Royal 500 radios. Clyde Hendrickson  There are two 50 uF, 10V electrolytic capacitors under the battery holder.  Replace them with 47 uF, 10 or 16 volts. There is also a smaller capacitor next to the other, it might be a 3 uF, or a 16 uF, 10V.

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2017-08-27 A 555 Is Easier And Cheaper Than a PIC

From a FB group post. “primitive transistors” I think that’s ironic.  The 555 makes the design easier for the builder.  It has all the parts so the builder doesn’t have to build from scratch.  Like making a cake using Betty Crocker’s cake mix instead of flour, eggs, etc, and no need for a recipe.  It’s

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2017-07-12 It Worked!  Arduino Pro Mini Programmed

This homemade PS is smaller than an ATX PS, but the best thing is it’s quieter, because no fan is runningThis homemade PS is smaller than an ATX PS, but the best thing is it’s quieter, because no fan is running.

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