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Comment: "essentially invisible to us," says Ching...BS (Score 1) 533

by Cornwallis (#49507693) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

But the rooftop systems are "essentially invisible to us," says Ching, "because they sit behind a customer's meter and we don't have a means to directly measure them."

Bullshit. My home PV system has a utility-supplied meter that allows them to measure exactly what my system is doing.

Comment: Siteground (Score 1) 295

by Cornwallis (#49281629) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

Great for hosting - excellent support - and not bad for domain stuff. (They actually resell Tucows domain services.) I've never had a problem with them. They also are the official host for the Joomla i believe and excel in Joomla/Drupal/WordPress services.

I also use namecheap for domains but avoid their hosting. Kinda flaky.

And GoDaddy is to be avoided at all costs - not just for their service and upselling but for their support of SOPA.

Comment: Re:How do I refill it? (Score 4, Funny) 194

by Cornwallis (#48405801) Attached to: Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

This car is going to have a major problem with most people because

The first time there's' a catastrophic failure the 24 hour news stations are going to be showing old films of the Heisenberg. Hydrogen will become the really scary new (again) bogyman. "Oh, the humanity"

But no one will think of all of the gasoline powered cars that came equipped with exploding gas tanks. Chrysler Jeeps being the most recent I can think of.

Why would they show films of the Uncertainty Principle?

Comment: Well.... (Score 0) 320

by Cornwallis (#48241743) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

First you'll have to get rid of all those pesky poor people - which increasingly means everyone - since they/we won't be able to afford them.

(The Cash for Clunkers program was another move in that direction since it removed perfectly good automobiles from the market that would typically be used in a few years by people lower on the food chain.)

And yes, I'm serious.

Comment: Re:Will this internet of things die already? (Score 1) 103

by Cornwallis (#47981637) Attached to: Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

An Internet-connected thermostat isn't needed for this. 20 years ago our suburban Maryland home had its heat pump on a utility-controlled program - Kilowatchers - that did the same thing without the Internet. The utility was able to switch the heat pump on and off over the power lines offering the same type of discount thanks to a switch they hung on the outside compressor. It worked great. I see they have discontinued it and started this Internet crap.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo. - Andy Finkel, computer guy