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  • General Electric's Game-Changing Fuel Cell May Spark A Revolution [View article]
    You are still avoiding my question. If they are lower cost and good ROI, then why do they need subsidies at all? The FACT is they are not lower cost or good ROI w/o the subsidies. At least not yet. All of the proposals I have seen contain projections of increases in the utility costs to justify the higher up front costs of alternative power.
    Aug 12 03:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric's Game-Changing Fuel Cell May Spark A Revolution [View article]
    You didn't answer my first question. I live in So.Calif. and have looked at costs of solar power. Even with the tax incentives, solar isn't cost effective for my home, whether leased, purchased outright, or purchased with a loan.

    You don't understand the concept of backup power at all. We don't live in a 3rd world country where people don't expect to have power 24 hrs. a day. Peak demand has almost nothing to do backup, except in rare instances. You are confusing excess or safety margin capacity with backup capacity. Peak demand can cause the occasional brown-out or even rarer black-out.

    Utilities are worried about decreased growth because of alternative power options, but they will evolve into distribution and backup brokers. They will likely also form partnerships with alternative power developers.

    GE's FC uses nat.gas, so it's just another variation of our current FF power production sources. Are you going to make and transport your own NG too? What happens when your factory's GE FC goes on the fritz or needs service? Do you shut your plant down or do you tap into utility power?

    Yup, times are changing
    Aug 11 11:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric's Game-Changing Fuel Cell May Spark A Revolution [View article]
    If clean power is truly lower cost, giving 20-40% ROI/yr then why does it need ANY subsidy at all? I think you're the one on the river in Egypt. The technology has been around in various forms for many, many years now and still isn't cost competitive. It's getting better, but still not there yet.

    Again, I'm for "all of the above" when it comes to energy, but clean power just isn't cost competitive yet. There's also the factor of "not in my backyard" when it comes to windmills and large scale solar installations. The most efficient use would seem to be solar panels on every rooftop, with energy produced right where it is used, not produced in a far away mountain pass or desert installation. The problem with clean power also is, you have to have 100% duplicative, backup energy sources for when the sun isn't shining (night) or when the wind isn't blowing. Storage capacity hasn't even come close to matching clean power output so you can't save it and use it later.

    Please don't rant about my taxes being 20% higher. That's pure speculation and/or hyperbole by the anti-FF crowd to try to justify the subsidies given to various clean power schemes.
    Aug 10 03:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric's Game-Changing Fuel Cell May Spark A Revolution [View article]
    So your $600B/yr "govt. subsidy" isn't really a subsidy at all. It is merely every possible external cost you can think of whether directly related to FF or not. Military cost? There's very little, if any, oil to be had in NATO countries or Japan or Korea yet we have major military presence there. Afghanistan has no oil for us.

    You want to try to equate external costs of FF usage with DIRECT TAX SUBSIDIES to all of the alternative energy producers and users. That's apples and oranges. Global warming? That's a hoax perpetrated by politicians and the beneficiaries of research grant money and the media and intended to foster a worldwide wealth transfer from advanced developed nations to developing nations. Climate change? Yes, the climate changes over time. Always has, always will.

    I'm not against alternative fuels and energy usage, except for the stupid ones like ethanol, which takes largely food stock and uses it for fuel. I'm more of an "all of the above" type that favors energy usage and production from all cost effective sources.
    Aug 9 06:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric's Game-Changing Fuel Cell May Spark A Revolution [View article]
    Exactly where do you get your oft-repeated $600B/yr FF corporate welfare number? You constantly throw that out there like it's gospel and it just isn't so. Sounds like something you got from Jon Stewart or MSNBC.
    Aug 8 11:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric's Game-Changing Fuel Cell May Spark A Revolution [View article]
    Exactly! Even in the fuel cell's purest form, they still rely on fossil fuel to produce the H2. I keep waiting to hear about an energy efficient way to produce H2 w/o using natgas as a feedstock. Maybe nuclear powered electrolysis?
    Jul 30 11:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric's Game-Changing Fuel Cell May Spark A Revolution [View article]
    I can't help but get the impression that this technology is just another way to burn natural gas fuel and GE is trying to make burning fossil fuels palatable by calling it a "fuel cell" technology. Not that I'm against burning natural gas, and the more efficiently the better, but when most people think about fuel cells they think of combining hydrogen and oxygen chemically with H2O as the only byproduct.
    Jul 29 11:17 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Mobile Profitability: The Illusion Of Advantage [View article]
    Yes, you are correct. The author seems to confuse revenue with profit.
    Jul 29 10:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple, IBM in far-reaching enterprise partnership [View news story]
    "16 out of 20 G20 governments use BlackBerry and 7 out of 8 G8 governments. "

    Yes, and yet the NSA has still monitored all of their communications!
    Jul 16 04:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Hits New 52-Week High - Price Target Raised To $110 [View article]
    I agree that Apple stuff "just works." Yesterday I needed to scan a picture. I have an AIO Epson wireless printer that my Macbook pro automatically logged into when I needed to print some time ago but I never set it up to scan. I was thinking that I would have to download some software to scan but silly me, the Macbook had already installed the drivers last year when it found the wireless printer. I just had to click on "scan" and voila!
    Jul 15 11:11 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple roundup: iWatch, Chinese media, iPhone sales [View news story]
    iPhone owners like phones that WORK as advertised! Incremental improvements and faster processors are welcome but don't make wholesale changes just to make changes just for marketing's sake.

    Jul 11 06:31 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: Too Hot To Handle? [View article]
    Schwab rates Apple a C now, with a D Fundamentals rating, B for Valuation, B for Momentum and D for Risk. In the peer group, Schwab rates HPQ an A!
    Apple has outperformed HPQ for many years now.
    Jun 20 09:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pay-TV eye the future as video subscribers decline [View news story]
    I'm sure that the antenna link provided by 9895461 or a commercially available digital antenna work well, but we have been using the old antenna that was already on the roof of our home when we bought it 30 yrs. ago and it works perfectly fine for broadcast HDTV channels. Now granted we live in a high signal strength area of suburban Los Angeles, but many people will find that they don't need a new fancy antenna to get free HDTV.
    Mar 20 03:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tech giants enjoy tax-free interest on offshore Treasury holdings [View news story]
    That really sounds like a great idea! I do like it, however your proposal would add another couple thousand pages to the US Tax Code and open up yet more opportunities to avoid taxes ("loopholes" depending on your perspective).
    Mar 13 04:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Tanking - On Its Way To $650? [View article]
    You aren't really comparing the "smart phones" that were around before 2007 with an iPhone are you? LOL. Apple may not have invented the touch screen but they weren't the primary means of interacting with a phone prior to the iPhone and they certainly perfected it. Likewise, there were NO tablets that compared to the iPad prior to 2010. Yeah, there were tablet type computers but they were big and clunky and definitely not very popular. And Apple doesn't have to turn back into a computer company, computer companies are trying to turn into Apple!
    Jan 30 11:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment