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Comment: Re:This will hugely backfire... (Score 2) 422

by Orne (#47233019) Attached to: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

Actually, no, they are not. Hispanic Christians are dominantly liberal, so a conversion of illegal immigrants to citizen status would increase the Democrat ranks, not the Republican ranks.

Immigration Reform is like asking Republicans to vote to lose every election forever. What is weird is that about 20% are saying yes to that.

Comment: Re: Amazon and Google... (Score 4, Insightful) 142

by Orne (#47127807) Attached to: Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

Amazon is not going after Apple, they are going after IBM. Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure are the leaders in this space, and are hitting reliability and scalability metrics that are pushing the old models out of business.

Bloomberg had a great article this month on how IBM is losing *government* contracts (its bread and butter) to AWS.

Comment: Re: Sure, why not? (Score 2, Informative) 410

by Orne (#46262335) Attached to: Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
Solyndra ($535 million)*
Beacon Power ($43 million)*
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
SunPower ($1.2 billion)
First Solar ($1.46 billion)
Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
EnerDelâ(TM)s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
Amonix ($5.9 million)
Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
Abound Solar ($400 million)*
A123 Systems ($279 million)*
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
Johnson Controls ($299 million)
Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
ECOtality ($126.2 million)
Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
Olsenâ(TM)s Crop Service and Olsenâ(TM)s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
Range Fuels ($80 million)*
Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
GreenVolts ($500,000)
Vestas ($50 million)
LG Chemâ(TM)s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
Navistar ($39 million)
Satcon ($3 million)*
Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.

Comment: Re: What the heck is RTO? (Score 5, Informative) 230

by Orne (#46068755) Attached to: New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

Regional Transsmission Organization. After the deregulation of the bulk electric system, these companies are given the responsibility of monitoring high voltage transmission reliability. They commonly are also Independent Service Organizations, which operate regional wholesale electric markets.

Comment: Never about search (Score -1, Troll) 205

by Orne (#46005083) Attached to: Actually, It's Google That's Eating the World

The Google search engine was a byproduct of their want to serve advertisements to web browsing users (customers), and to provide better metrics to their clients (advertisers) so they could command higher rates. Once you see that, things like home automation, tracking energy usage, travel choices, etc are all means to an end of understanding what the user wants/needs then putting the best advertisement in front of the viewer.

Comment: Vending Machines + Apps (Score 1) 371

by Orne (#45847957) Attached to: Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses

If you extrapolate, plus look at the hints Coke has been dropping...

Coke must be working on a phone app that allows you to configure your "preferred" drink at their multi-selection syrup dispensers. Yes, you can accomplish it with RFID, but If each individual machine is internet-aware, then it can geo-fence to know who is near the machine, report syrup levels for restocking, as well as more accurately track a customer rewards program. We can't rely on phones to have NFC/RFID, so they need to come up with some other way of communicating. If you can get the machine on the LAN of the restaurant, you can do all sorts of stuff... promotions, push notifications, preferences, etc.

Actually, just found that all Freestyle machines are already RFID enabled, since 2009.

Comment: Re:Prep and landing? (Score 2) 418

Apparently "Prep and Landing" is the name of a 2009 holiday short about Santa's elite "advance team" of elves that visits houses before Santa's arrival and makes sure that everything goes smoothly (Preparation for Santa's Landing).

Comment: What's the problem? (Score 1) 179

by Orne (#45317323) Attached to: Amazon Botches Sales Tax, Overcharges NJ

Isn't the real problem that NJ state's tax code is so expansive that its own citizens don't even know what they should or should not pay taxes on?

Tax law is one item that Amazon is paying extremely close attention to as of late. They are actually leading the discussion for the national sales tax, because it forces their competition (eBay) to play by the same rules. Amazon is a distribution system masquerading as an online retail store. They have physical nexus and are being required to collect taxes on behalf of customers in at least 16 states.

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