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Comment: Re:Realistic (Score 2) 364

by Darth Muffin (#49129549) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
The power companies may have to change from primarily power generation to more power storage (like pumping up to reservoirs) and peak-demand type systems.

But I absolutely think the power companies shouldn't have to buy back surplus at full price. It's their distribution network that's allowing this, they're entitled to a small profit on that to fund it's building and maintenance. Otherwise why would they build it?

Comment: Re:Never finish (Score 4, Interesting) 180

I was at a small convention where he was the guest of honor, got to hear a lot of him talking about this type of stuff.
Basically, he confirmed that the studio does have a folder sealed and locked in a safe somewhere with plot outlines to finish the rest of the series should something happen to him. Also was interesting to hear that he *does* have a plot outline, he knows how it will end, who lives and dies and who comes out on top, but doesn't know all of the details about how to get there. Some people say he's dug himself a pretty deep hole and is having trouble writing his way out to get to the ending he wants.

Comment: Observations from being a glass explorer. (Score 5, Informative) 324

by Darth Muffin (#48869421) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?
My wife was a glass "explorer" and bought one, so I've got to try it some and watched her use it. Problems that I see are:
- Poor battery life
- Slow processor (what people really want to do with this is like augmented reality, and it's not quite got the horsepower)
- Lack of any apps that do something useful to most people that you can't do with a standard android device (just a gimmick at this point).
- Small and low-res screen, can't fit much useful info on it.
- Fragile

Honestly, the dorky looks and people freaking out because of privacy issues weren't an issue that we saw.
Most of the "explorers" are pretty mad that they spent $1500 to be abandoned. Google should at least offer a seriously discounted trade-up to the release model for them, but there is no talk of that. I doubt most explorers will buy it again.

Comment: Re:YES !! (Score 5, Insightful) 241

by Darth Muffin (#48584271) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?
Consumer level devices and upline management that doesn't understand IT but has the power to say "make it so" are my problem.

These have happened to me:
"Why do you need that $700 enterprise-grade AP? Just use the $69 linksys one like I do at home!"
Monday: "Support my new iGadget. Now." Tuesday: "We need encryption/security/firewall/2FA to meet PCI/CJIS/SOX requirements".
"Cost saving measure by centralizing printers!" By next month everyone who has the authority to ask for a personal printer again has one.
"Make an SSID without a password so that we can use our Chromecast."

Comment: Breach of Contract (Score 3, Interesting) 120

They had a contract with the buyer and did not fulfill their half. Of course the buyer's recourse in this should probably be limited to the price of the machine, not any "missed opportunities".

Buyers should ask themselves why anyone would sell a money printing machine. If it was profitable they're going to use it for themselves, or use it until the bitcoin difficulty gets just to the point where it's marginal and sell it.

Comment: Re:I'm sure the NSA wants their fingers on it. (Score 1) 137

by Darth Muffin (#47272929) Attached to: Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones
First, I don't watch TV, except for Cosmos and it's over. The gov has no interest in you or I using our cell phone. There is no constitutional right to a cell phone, so no basis for a case. They would want to prevent further cell-activated devices from going off. They want to shut everything down so that only they have control of the situation. That's how SWAT teams, etc. work.

Comment: I'm sure the NSA wants their fingers on it. (Score 1) 137

by Darth Muffin (#47272573) Attached to: Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones
You can bet the NSA and other government agencies are drooling over the prospect of getting access to this.

If there's a Boston-type bombing, they would want to shut down cell phones in the area. That might even be a legitimate use, but next they'll want to use it preemptively around the President, then at the Superbowl.... and suddenly we've got tyranny.

Comment: You can bet NSA has the keys (Score 4, Interesting) 139

by Darth Muffin (#46774971) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality
The NSA is why this is a bad idea. Once this is in, I'll bet you'll start seeing this used by the govt. First at Boston Bombing type events, then later at demonstrations like Occupy Wallstreet, and then wherever the president happens to be touring at the moment.

What would the govt of some place like Egypt have given for a phone kill switch?

Comment: Re:It's crap (Score 3, Insightful) 1633

by Darth Muffin (#46767973) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
+1 to this! It makes us subjects, not citizens, since we would then have rights only when the government says so. That's not a right. This is the bill of rights, not the bill of benefits. "When serving in a militia" is pretty much all the time since all able-bodied men and women make up the militia.

Comment: A few reasons why it won't work: (Score 2) 273

by Darth Muffin (#46661561) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus
1. People frequently travel in groups. If your camp of 4 cars wants to travel together and leaves at the same time, who's plate do you go off of?
2. If you're in the 5am block and the rest of your camp is in the 4pm block, how are you going to break camp?
3. How are you going to enforce this? Needs people to do so.
4. What do you do with people who don't want to participate in the license plate lottery? Again, requires more people and a place to put them.
5. Still will have the problem of people who think they're special with exceptions as to why they need out now, why they missed their window, or why they should be allowed in a different time slot. This takes people and slows things down.

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