Instead they went for bluetooth and the damn thing says "enter 0000 in the device" and the damned device is buried 3 cm under the subcutaneous layer of the Gluteus maximus. How am I going to do that?
Obamacare is taking tax dollars and giving it to these private companies that have absolutely no compunctions about denying coverage, shifting responsibility and shirking responsibility. This is the system Republicans want. Left to the Democrats we would have simply expanded the medicare, paid for it with taxes.
Americans with employer provided health insurance pay oodles and oodles of money to the private healthcare companies till they are 65. They pocket all the case, once they are no longer young, no longer as healthy, they are all passed on to Medicare with we the tax payers holding the bag. Remember this folks, more than 50% of the healthcare you are going to receive in your lifetime, comes from the government. All the premium you are paying when you are younger and healthier goes to private companies. "Privatize the premium collection, Socialize the benefit payments", systematically. Bank bailout is nothing compared this bail out given to the healthcare companies. And they are somehow the paragons of virtue and the government is the personification of evil. Once they have their rank and file drink this cool-aid, nothing is impossible for them.
Anyway the license plate scanners are not going to work. There was this news report about some precocious teens, taking a picture of the license plate of a teacher they did not like, printing it, pasting it over their own number plates and went through several red-light cameras and triggered a number of tickets for that poor teacher. So it ain't gonna work. Criminals are two steps ahead of the cops, they will easy mark some sap and pass the blame on them, use these cameras to create iron-clad alibi etc. Glad it is gone.
The technique here is a marginal improvement for practical purposes. There is a light in the room, still you can't see the object, objects that could be as much as 8 wavelengths of that monochromatic light, placed at the correct location. If there is any other source of light, the objects would be plainly visible due to scattering of that light. So it would be impractical to make an invisibility cloak out of it. You need to make the object disappear from all sources of light from all directions.
Though the technique is not going to lead to invisibility cloak, it is probably a great achievement to hide an object when there is one light source. Though people would think is 1 is pretty close to zero, in reality, there is a huge difference between 1 light source and no light source. It is a good great achievement, collect your brownie points scientists.
For others, please move on there is nothing to see here.
Boss: What is the spec on the site?
Code Monkey: 7 million users, spending about 6000$ each of their own money or governments subsidy. About 42 billion dollars in transactions. That is not counting people directed to other programs. About 70 million window shoppers.
Boss: Hide the window shopping. Don't want them to get sticker shock. No one should see the price without subsidy.
Code Monkey: We are just six weeks from going live. Simply no time to test... The load estimate itself...
Boss: I have taught myself coding in just one hour. Turn in the admin password, and security will let you in this weeked for you to collect your personal effects from your office.
We know people waiting for 9pm to make long distance calls don't we? There were times we would yack on and on during weekends but be curt and to the point during week days before 9 PM. So yes peak load pricing would work. If you make it worthwhile. And what is not worthwhile to someone above 400% of FPL would be very much in demand by someone below 133% of FPL.
If one can make ice in the basement at nights and use it to cool the house in the summer day, 10$ a month savings would be worth it to someone, cutting the bill by half would be worth to someone else.
Homes and smaller offices can do this too, but it would require dual pricing of electricity. The thing that stops these technologies from coming to homes is the single flat rate we all pay for electricity. If we price it like the old phone systems, peak/off peak, people would adapt and they will invest in load balancing appliances. Doing the laundry and the dishwasher at nights, cooling and storing cold water overnight to blunt the peak energy demand,... People will do all these things, if we make it worthwhile for them to do it.