Ma Bell is only one acquisition away from being fully reconstituted. You may not have to include the "vile progeny" part much longer.
Might be a girl. Might be a gay guy. And someone who calls themselves SatanLover in reverse is probably into pain, too. I don't think you managed to dissuade them, whoever they are.
... why aren't we doing the same at home?
The same reason as every other "why aren't we" question: money. Yes, all in-home electrical distribution should be low voltage DC (probably 48 volts), including major appliances. Not only is it more efficient, it's much safer. (Edison was right, though killing an elephant was an asshole thing to do.) You can get DC motors and refrigerators that use them. Of course, they're stupidly expensive because they're made for RVs in low volumes, but there's no cost-driven reason for the expense.
Why don't we? A whole-house AC-DC converter is expensive. Right now the AC-AC converter that steps line voltage down to house voltage is provided for you by the power company. It's expensive too. Convincing the power company to salvage all those existing transformers and replace them is next to impossible. But unless you do a major changeover of every one of them, you're stuck with high priced everything, for the same reason RV electrical systems are high priced—lack of demand and a captive audience.
On top of that, low voltage DC requires heavier wiring than higher voltage AC, to avoid heating up the wires under the same load. Retrofitting your whole house with new wiring is fairly ridiculously expensive, by most people's standards, but it's not really optional. Otherwise the safety gain of low voltage DC is offset by the safety loss of a fire hazard every time you use your vacuum cleaner.
I see one possible but very low-probability migration path. When you install solar panels, you most often buy a grid-tie inverter and stay connected to the AC grid. But now one of your sources of power is native DC. I could see installing a grid-tie rectifier, rather than an inverter, and using DC throughout the house. That still leaves all the problems of replacement appliances and wiring and low volumes, so it doesn't seem likely. Just not impossible.
That varies by location. In Texas, no, the bulbs are not covered by the security deposit.
I pay $0.0945 per kWh during the day and $0.0715 at night.
Of course, I'm a member of an electric cooperative, a nonprofit organization where all the subscribers are also automatically co-owners. My electric bill does not involve some fat cat getting fatter. It's practically communist it's so evil.
That $0.18 per kWh price is more profit-driven than cost-driven.
Laws like this fix a specific failure of the free market. LEDs are not preferred, therefore no one buys LEDs despite the benefits, therefore LEDs remain expensive because the manufactures aren't able to make use of economies of scale, therefore LEDs are not preferred (because they're too expensive). Consumers go from an inertial reason ("because it's not what I've always bought) to a legitimate economic reason ("they're freakin' expensive).
A good many things specifically to do with electrical power suffer from this problem. Heat pumps are still rare, despite demonstrated benefits. Whole-house uninterruptible power supplies are unheard of, despite the technology being extremely well understood by businesses everywhere. Solar panels are still rare. I could go on.
Worse, for lack of scale, quality is a real problem. I bought a conventional air conditioner myself when I had to replace mine, because my parents had an air source heat pump that was so bad it required not one but two complete replacements of its electronics board and it ran with so much vibration that it wore a hole through its own coolant line and leaked all of its coolant away. And it shut down while the air was still above freezing. And the funky non-standard thermostat that went with it never worked right. I've read about the marvels of heat pumps in Popular Mechanics since the late '80s, but actual experience with one convinced me to pass on them.
particularly if you're liable to move in 1-5 years, leaving your lightbulb "investment" behind before it has paid off
When you're so poor that the cost of CFLs is a noticeable burden, when you move out, you take the bulbs with you. I've seen it with my own eyes. It's gotten to the point that when you move in, you can expect that there will be no bulbs whatsoever. America's poor made that adjustment very quickly.
1958 -- LISP -- McCarthy
Wait, I thought this list was supposed to be of things that changed the world in a good way.
2000 -- Zipcar -- Danielson, Chase
And I'm sure I'm not the first to say, wtf is a zipcar? The world-changing... not so much, in that case.
They intentionally landed quite a long way from any of the Apollo sites, in case something went wrong during descent. They didn't want to effectively bomb one of those sites, even by accident.
It remains to be seen what the longevity of the rover will be. It is solar powered, so if they're patient and it was constructed very very well to keep the lunar dust out of moving parts, in theory they could drive that far. They would set a roving distance record if they did. Possibly a very LONG record, since there are no roads and the crater rims make for very rough terrain. Even finding a navigable route that far would be tough.
Shit. It's 1:00AM and now I want Doritos. You bastard. Couldn't you have had the decency to use a car analogy?
But when you get right down to it, a search is required to find a particular paper letter in a mass of other paper letters while it's in the post office system. To find it in a mailbox after delivery, the mailbox must be opened. Or in other words, searched. Email is even less accessible. A server hard drive must be searched, either at the originating end or the receiving end, and one message extracted from potentially millions of others. The contents of those hard drives are not public. If yahoo.com's hard drives were public, David Kernell would not have committed any infraction at all for reading Sarah Palin's email. So tell me why is he doing a year in prison on a felony conviction? Want to bet he would have been convicted even if he had only read the headers of her email and not the contents? Or how about this. Why can't I access amazon.com's hard drives and find out the dates and weights of all your orders, and your address? It's "only metadata." It isn't the contents of the box. It's not even a description of the contents of the box. It's just routing information. Maybe because that data isn't public?
Public data means your neighbors can read it at will. Real estate ownership information is public. Felony convictions are public. Probated wills are public. Judgements are public.
Telephone call routing information is not public. Letter routing information is not public. Packet routing information is not public. Email routing information is not public. Package routing information is not public. Metadata is not public.
Access by an third party is not necessarily the same as public, and in the case of all shipping and communications mediated by a private third party it's definitely not, and the Supreme Court should be ashamed of themselves for ever claiming it is, in any of these contexts. The Supreme Court was wrong and should reverse themselves.
I dunno about the Coward, but I think it's a good guess that the mass market won't pay much more than the price of a standard LCD panel. And by that, I mean the gamer mass market. It's a kind of display, so it falls into that category in people's minds, despite the additional complexity and capabilities. Maybe at the high end of the range, but only of the mainstream range, not the full range that includes Ultra HD.
Did Gabe Newell invest in Oculus? We know Valve has been messing with HMDs, and they had one of the prototype Rifts at one time, but I'm not sure we ever heard whether or not Gabe invested. He was definitely giving Palmer Luckey free advice, so he might have.
Given the features of the prototype SteamBoxes, and specifically their selection of video connectors, it really does sounds like they're keeping their options open as far as supporting an HMD of some kind, if not the Rift specifically.
Excuse? I dunno, having production runs spoken for by other companies and until recently having an order of magnitude less cash to work with are pretty good excuses. High DPI displays haven't been around very long yet, and it took Apple to kick the display manufacturers in the ass to make it happen. They were perfectly happy making low res displays with really nice yields. Apple demanded higher res and you can bet the yield on them is noticeably lower. So they're harder to make, and meanwhile Apple wants millions of them, while Oculus wants thousands. Guess who gets the contract.
$75 million means Oculus moves up in line and starts being a real contender for getting the new pixel densities.
Of course this wouldn't be such a problem if there hadn't been so much consolidation in manufacturing. There's, what, 4 display manufacturers left in the world? Not as bad as hard drives yet, but getting there.
Lack of demand, mostly. Unless and until there are enough structures trying to generate all of their own power with solar or wind power, power storage at that specific scale has basically no demand. For really huge storage, demand is fulfilled with pumped storage of water. For all the portable things, there's lithium and alkaline batteries. Powering your house for a day or two or three is the odd man out in terms of scale.
There are a few people who have built custom house-powering battery banks with nickel-iron batteries. At least one I've seen even uses original Edison Cells, some of them over 100 years old, that still provide 50% of their originally rated capacity. But to attract the expertise to create a whole new charge controller and start fabricating nice whole-house backups the size of a refrigerator, you need demand, and it just hasn't materialized yet. Here's hoping it does, one day.