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Comment Re:Just (Score 1) 186

And when the federal ITC expires in January (should Congress do nothing, which is what they do best) it will still be break-even (or better) with grid power in 25 of 50 states. And with a huge manufacturing plant opening in New York next year that is mass-producing modular panels with 22% efficiency, the cost will dive further.

Sure, it's not the absolute most efficient panel out there, but the design is ready to manufacture, doesn't use stupidly expensive materials (GaAs), and isn't subject to stiff import tariffs.

Comment Re:Overrun (Score 2) 170

In the old days of pre-WiFi home networking, there used to be a scheme referred to as HPNA, or Home Phone Line Networking where it would carve holes in the frequencies it used on your phone wiring so as to not interrupt analog modems, regular phone calls, or DSL service.

Why do I have a feeling that our friendly telcos won't bother with such good-neighbor approaches to this technology?

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 4, Funny) 1163

And someone looking to shoot at people is not going to be deterred by a Class-C felony weapons charge.

"You know, I was going to shoot 25 people and get gunned down by police / incarcerated for the rest of my life, but that 15-day jail sentence for the weapons charge is just too much of a risk to take."

Comment Re:Call for mass-forking of Android (Score 2) 123

Probably market dynamics. Google doesn't have relationships directly with carriers except for with the Nexus devices. The carriers deal with the OEMs, and the OEMs deal with Google. Google has all the muscle, and none of the standing to get it done. The OEMs have none of the muscle, but all of the standing.

As Apple plays both the part of Google and OEM in their ecosystem, they have both the muscle and standing.

Comment Re:DNS redirect poisoning anyone? (Score 1) 208

Users editing host files?

If we're talking about security, that starts with making sure your users can't just edit system files as they please. This is true for all platforms, ever; and possible on all current platforms up to and including Windows.

If some shit website that a user clicks on can just patch a DLL because you gave them admin, why the hell are you arguing about the damn hosts file?

Comment Re:I use this to annihilate you (Score 2) 208

Even though it's wildly off-topic, I guess I'm wondering why you would bother with a host file on each machine versus something at your router - just null-route the shit you would usually put in your host file and be done with it for the whole network at once.

But I guess maintaining a hosts file on hundreds of machines gives you something to do besides AC stalk people on Slashdot?

Comment Re: What does the retailer need? (Score 1) 105

What's hilarious, is that I've seen the chip reader terminals everywhere, but I've only seen one where the chip reader was activated. Also: only have received a chipped card from Amex. Still haven't gotten one from Chase for either my debit card or my credit card, so I'm doubtful that deadline (two days from now) will be met without extension.

Comment Re:Boehner QA (Score 3, Insightful) 406

Great. So the new guy elected Speaker either does the same out of the necessity to keep the government functional at any level, or completely destroys the Republican brand with a new completely unnecessary shutdown which only ends when he capitulates anyway.

We've seen this before, and it won't work. Boehner was right to get out now.

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky