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Comment: Lies & Damn Lies (Score 3, Insightful) 208

by Orne (#48666379) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

A wise politician one said, "Never let a crisis go to waste". If the public isn't agitated, they won't give up their liberties and control to the government.

Crime rates are down, yet cops are more militarized than ever. Police shootings are rare. Gun violence is down. College campus sexual assault rates are actually 0.61%. The earth is not warming in 20 years. There is no missing heat in the oceans. Hurricanes and tornado count are at a historical low. Unemployment counting those not looking for work is at a 40 year high. Inflation in food (not counted) is huge, yet commodities (gold / oil) are deflating. College debt is crippling high, but so is general credit card debt.

If you dig into the numbers behind the "official" numbers, everything is topsy turvy. That's why the public sees doom and gloom - everything they experience is counter to what we are being told, including articles saying "Don't panic".

Comment: Re:why would I write to that? (Score 1) 187

by Orne (#48534503) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

TimeZoneInfo.ConvertTimeToUtc( local ) and ConvertTimeFromUtc( utcDate, TimeZoneInfo.Local ) seem to do the trick, introduced in the framework in .Net 3.5. And you can use a stock name from GetSystemTimeZones to convert to any standard time zone, or roll your own with CreateCustomTimeZone

And more importantly they are all backward compatible for dates before 2007 when the US congress mucked with the daylight saving rules.

Comment: Not surprising (Score 2, Insightful) 72

by Orne (#48416555) Attached to: How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

After the results if this midterm election, it's not surprising Facebook is ending their get out the vote program?

Why? Because Millenials are increasingly voting Republican and Libertarian after decades of lip service from the Democrats. Jobs, college debt, and personal liberty are extremely important issues to this generation.

Facebook, with its left leaning executives, would see no reason to mobilize their opposition's base.

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

by Orne (#47233019) Attached to: FWD.us: 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.

  http://mobile.businessweek.com...

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

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

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/...

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.
http://www.rfidjournal.com/articles/view?4967

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