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Comment: Re:Ah - an American speaks (Score 1) 120

by MachineShedFred (#49611241) Attached to: I've had my current ISP (disregarding mergers) for ...

Unfortunately because of distances involved and having phone companies that like to pocket money rather than reinvesting it, the vast majority of true residential high-speed service uses wire that doesn't belong to phone companies. Cable television, predominantly.

What you describe exists in the US on the telephone system - if you go with DSL, you can choose ISPs and they can deal with the phone company that actually owns the wire and provision a circuit. But the cable companies aren't regulated the same way, so they get to run the whole show. This is why you saw such dread about a Comcast / Time Warner merger - two cable companies getting together to try and screw everyone they can by not only being an ISP juggernaut big enough to push around Netflix and the like, but by also being a content producer (NBC Universal) that has an automatic distribution to 1/3 of the country without having to play with anyone else, and that 1/3 really can't choose anyone else.

Comment: Re:Gamechanger (Score 2) 514

by MachineShedFred (#49593065) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Yeah - I'd love to have the geothermal heat pump, but I just have a regular one that exchanges heat with outside air.

There's not a lot of heat to be pulled from the air when it's 5F outside. My electric bills were atrocious this winter from using what is effectively a giant toaster inside my air handler to heat the house. I'll be having someone coming by to "weatherproof" the house this summer in order to try to increase efficiency, but I'd love to put a nice whack of PV panels on the roof, and one of these batteries on the wall next to the electrical panel and water heater in my utility area.

Comment: Re:Straitlaced Engineers (Score 1) 401

by MachineShedFred (#49589251) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

And as noted by others in reply to your note from others, your own fucking wayback machine link states:

"Even under ideal conditions, Apple Watch may not be able to get a reliable heart rate reading every time for everybody. And for a small percentage of users, various factors may make it impossible to get any heart rate reading at all."

Clearly, having a tattoo counts as one of the "various factors"

Comment: Re:Waitasecondhere... (Score 1) 401

by MachineShedFred (#49589183) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

From your own god damn wayback machine link:

Even under ideal conditions, Apple Watch may not be able to get a reliable heart rate reading every time for everybody. And for a small percentage of users, various factors may make it impossible to get any heart rate reading at all.

So they just added another point of detail. It clearly says that it won't work for some people, and apparently people with wrist tattoos are included in that set. Try again, yourself.

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