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Comment Re:Herein lies the problem.... (Score 1) 180

Why wouldn't you just keeping using the old panels? They won't get any less useful. They'll still put out very nearly the same power level 25 years from now. No one leases a car for that long because you don't expect your car to still be in good working order that far in the future, and you'll want the newer improved safety features, better engine, better gas mileage, etc. But with the panels... it's just watts. So your neighbor's newer installation has 8 panels instead of 10 for the same power level or something. Who cares? It doesn't take space you're actually using, you're still getting the number of watts you purchased.

Comment Re:Herein lies the problem.... (Score 1) 180

What were you hoping for? If you buy out right, you can buy new stuff later. Besides, it's not like your cell phone where they go out of style; a 1kW system will still be a 1kW system. Improvements just mean the prices go down, not that your neighbors will laugh at your outdated panels.

Comment Re:Why would I run windows on the Rpi 2? (Score 1) 308

Why would I run windows on it? One of the main advantages of Windows is all the programs compiled for it, but those are all compiled for x86 windows, not Windows 10 on Arm. Apparently it won't even run office.

Note: I'm not trying to side with Microsoft here, as the name hints I'm an Apple guy, but I can see what direction Microsoft is trying to go in...

Microsoft is betting the future on the new "Universal" APIs that have .Net byte code, and run on Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Core, and Xbox. The course Microsoft is charting for themselves is architecture independent. As you've pointed out, they aren't there yet, but that's where they hope to go. Will they make it there? Will everyone transition to the new Universal APIs? I don't know, again, I'm an Apple guy, But at least where they think they are going, Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi is not totally crazy. And I'm sure Office will make it to the Universal APIs too. Cheap $70 boxes that run Office might not even be a bad idea.

Comment Don't block most, but annoying blocked at router (Score 1) 307

In general I don't block ads; but if some site, java script or the like annoys me enough I will block it at router. Currently I have some auto-play video scripts blocked, some scripts that randomly convert plain text into ad links, and for a while blocked a tracker that really slowed done the webpages. I've also blocked sites ocassionally if their ads or behavior was too annoying. For example I blocked Gizmodo a while back because of that stunt they pulled with TV remotes at some tech conference. In those cases if I end up following a link for some news to a blocked site I just searched for the news and read the story elsewhere. ( Very rare that only one place will talk about something. )

I also don't have flash installed ( and turned off a couple of video codecs that mostly just got used by autoplay videos ) in my main browser which ocassionally causes some sites to show a message accusing me of running an ad blocker where the flash ad would be. ( Surprised at how many sites just assume that a desktop browser must have flash or the like and don't check which codecs are installed. )

Comment Certificate revocation and time-release encryption (Score 2) 69

First option not on the list: revoking self-signed SSL certificates. Normally, it's hard to revoke a self-signed cert, because a potential attacker can just fail to send the user the revocation. But put the revocation on the blockchain, and timestamp the original cert, and it all gets a lot better.

Second: Time-release encryption. You can build a public key such that the private key can be computed from any future set of blockchain hashes. PDF paper. That makes it actually time-release, instead of a lot of schemes that release in response to a certain amount of work being done.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 148

electric company account (please break in and pay my bill for me!)

You might want to move electric company account up the list. Utilities bills are often used as proof of address when verifying identity.

Since the article is talking about the UK guidelines here, check out this list.

Comment Re:Like Tomato? (Score 1) 242

The primary reason as I see it for this is that the HW manufacturers want it - they want to sell you a new $200 device to get a security update.

The counter to this is hardware manufacturers generally hate this because anything they do is subject to FCC approval and approval times, even software updates.

This is why phone OS updates can take time.

Comment Re:Yes - known for years. (Score 1) 435

So now I'm doing some research, and finding issues:

The Y50-70 is a Haswell. The Macbook Pro is a Broadwell. So you're complaining a last gen PC with a current gen Mac. Maybe not a huge performance difference, but if you at least want to be fair, go find a fire sale previous gen Mac to compare with the fire sale pervious gen PC, or compare with the Y50-80 which is actually Broadwell.

When I jump to the Y50-80 (with SSD) the normal US price is $1,799. They're running a sale at $1,499. The sale price is somewhat competitive with the 15" Macbook Pro. The non-sale price really isn't.

The SSD it uses is pretty cheap, not PCI-E, not that fast. So they're trimming price because the SSD is about 1/3 of the speed of what the Macbook Pro ships, possibly 1/4 of the performance, and cheap SSDs are cheap. The GPU is fast, but the 860m is very hot. The CPU is a little beefier. The screen is higher res. The battery life sucks balls compared to the Macbook Pro.

So yeah, it's cheaper. But it's not really comparable. You're definitely making tangible sacrifices. 5 hours of battery life vs. 10 hours is a big issue. An SSD 30% the speed is an issue (and you can't even configure it with a 1 TB SSD).

The Y50-80 is clearly designed to be a gaming machine. The Macbook Pro can play games, but it's designed to be a work machine. If you're into just gaming the Y50-80 looks like an ok choice. But as a work machine? Please. It blows giant chunks. The battery life and I/O are unacceptable for pros working in big applications. It's not a work machine. If you're looking for a bunch of slow components tied to a giant power sucking GPU, a Mac isn't going to be for you.

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.