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  1. Safing the Wind Generator with the LiFePO4s

    ^^^ Nice. Better layout than mine. The diode looks like a good solution.
  2. Safing the Wind Generator with the LiFePO4s

    ^^^ I'm not sure that circuit will work as drawn. At the moment the start button is pressed there's a short to ground. There's certainly a better way. I just don't know it... A current limiting resistor would probably "fix" the basic problem. Maybe use a relay / contactor that can switch the ground out of the battery circuit as well as the pos (eg. dpdt). With 3 switches you could also switch the run side of the coil circuit. Or if the neg needs to be connect to batt you could use a dpdt with the second switch for the run circuit. ??? Added R1 and the second switch to the drawing. I don't think R1 is required if the neg is switched out. No clue if it's okay to put the resistor into the wind gen circuit.
  3. Safing the Wind Generator with the LiFePO4s

    Not that! I come here to waste time, but a man has to know his limits. Besides, I know enough about anchoring to get myself into a reliable amount of trouble. I don't know what I don't know about electrical stuff. Threads like this let me toss out my ignorance and hope to get some free school from wiser folks. Along those lines, I still don't quite know why BJ is concerned about running the relay off the same circuit as the generator. I have a vague feeling it has something to do with the start up condition? So, I wonder if setting up the relay as an NVR would help? So, in the wildly unlike chance that I thought this out correctly, you get a momentary on and momentary off switch (or switches) and after power out you need to re-arm the gen by pushing the on switch... Or something
  4. Front Page: Big Problem Big Solution and Fail

    I think this is more a case of "the road to hell is paved with good intentions". They'd have to not believe in their idea for it to be dishonest. The whole thing feels more like naive exuberance than get rich quick to me.
  5. BITCOIN,,, anyone playing that game?

    The market can stay irrational for longer than you can stay solvent.
  6. Front Page: Big Problem Big Solution and Fail

    Yep, if you're watching TEDx you'll be wanting your skeptics glasses. Honestly Vice and HBO going hook, line and sinker for this without even bothering to google it says a lot about the current state of journalism.
  7. Safing the Wind Generator with the LiFePO4s

    I don't see that. When the relay is off the breaker is not in the same circuit as the wind gen. When you turn the breaker on it energizes the relay and switches the breaker into the wind gen circuit. No current should be flowing when the relay switches as the wind gen will be stopped. No?
  8. Front Page: Big Problem Big Solution and Fail

    This. I fly half way around the world for a visit. The flights and driving likely cause more warming than several Fijian villages do in a year. But, you know, the planes fly anyway, I'd probably drive the car someplace anyway and I really want to see that person. I suspect many of us feel a bit guilty about damage our choices or the happenstances of our place in the world cause. It's tempting to buy a little indulgence (in the Catholic sense) and maybe signal a bit of virtuousness by supporting one of the many miracle cures on offer (solar roads anyone?). It may even be good value for money. A good night's rest is worth a lot. Still, if you're into the scheme for the cure to the big problem rather than just the good feeling then I suggest looking at it as an engineering problem. Can it work, is it likely to work, does it make efficient use of resources, what are the risks and costs? I'm getting no, no, no and a lot of dead sea animals for using a massive net to collect enough plastic from the Pacific to clean it in five years. That's not an analysis. It's a guess. But, I'd want good answers to those questions before I'd support that scheme.
  9. Front Page: Big Problem Big Solution and Fail

    When someone asks for lots of money for a "simple scheme to solve a big problem in a way you can feel good about but that doesn't require anything of you but your money" I think it's at least worth considering the merits of the scheme. " One of the most disheartening things about the response to those scientific second thoughts is a common public response along the lines of "at least Slat is doing something about the problem, unlike these scientists who can't do anything but tear down his good idea instead of helping." That's being said about people who have, in some cases, been sounding the alarm about plastic pollution since before Slat was born. " http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/critics-say-plan-drifting-ocean-trash-collectors-unmoored Since The Ocean Cleanup started, the organization has raised $31.5 million USD in donations from entrepreneurs in Europe and in Silicon Valley, including Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.[16][17] By developing new designs, Boyan Slat estimates that half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be gone within 5 years, at minimal costs
  10. Front Page: Big Problem Big Solution and Fail

    Well the cool thing about it is that it is taking advantage of the natural movement and concentration. So over time it coud bery well be highly effectlvb No doubt it would collect a lot of trash. I've collected trash just sailing through that mess. Unfortunately, there is a lot of trash out there and a lot of trash is being added to it all the time. ~~My feeling~~ is that the volume of the existing detritus plus the rate of new junk is vastly greater than something of the proposed scale could do much about in percentage terms. There are already many, many miles of trash collecting beaches in the Pacific. They don't make a dent in the problem. The video says "top" engineers have been working on this project for years. So, I presume they've done the numbers and my BS detector is just overactive. Moving a few cubic miles of plastic from the middle of the Pacific to someplace, separating it, melting it and extruding it into something valuable seems wildly problematic in many ways to me. I suppose that's just a failure of imagination on my part. It wouldn't be the first. Still, for the moment, I'm not buying it.
  11. Front Page: Big Problem Big Solution and Fail

    I dunno, the Pacific is BIG. It's well over two miles deep where they're planing on putting up pilings for their collector. Maybe it's just the way it is presented in the video but their "simple" solution doens't seem to be anywhere near the scale it'd need to be to make a significant difference.
  12. Google Phone plan

    ^^^Thanks!
  13. Google Phone plan

    This one? https://www.amazon.com/Spigen-Rugged-Resilient-Absorption-Carbon/dp/B072N3WT4J/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1518552242&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=spigen+moto+x4&psc=1 Did you put screen protector on it?
  14. Google Phone plan

    Yes, that is very nice. It's a good looking phone, IMO. The glass back isn't very practical. I'm not sure if I'll put a skin on it or put the whole thing in a case. Even with dry hands the grip feels tenuous. The software experience is fine. 8.0 versus 8.1 on the 5X. The shutter on the camera feels quite slow. I'd like to have a barometer. All in all my first impression is that it's a perfectly adequate phone for the money.
  15. Google Phone plan

    The replacement 5X died a few days after arrival. I suppose they're mostly gone but I would steer clear of any surviving 5X's. Bought an X4 to replace the replacement. I'm just getting to know the X4. So far, meh, it's okay.