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Comment: Re:How do the "poorest residents" own homes (Score 1) 261

by Reziac (#49792315) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

Per the last stats I saw, home ownership in CA is actually higher than average. A great many hovels are owner-occupied, especially in the rural areas. And there's an astonishing lot of CA that still doesn't have electric service, including well-populated canyons -- some within 15 miles of Los Angeles.

Comment: Re:Will This Fight Ever End? (Score 4, Interesting) 335

by TWX (#49791315) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

You'd think the fight between Edison and Tesla would have ended long after their deaths. Clearly not. It is a good thing their graves aren't near each other, if they were, there would surely be lighting bolts going back and forth.

I have that Thinkgeek t-shirt actually...

It is mildly amusing that DC, Edison's favorite, might be better suited to an application named after the major proponent of AC, Tesla...

Comment: Re: Java is done (Score 1) 170

So you're not privvy to what goes on upstairs. Go find somebody in the know, get them drunk, and ask them about massive scaling and Google's patents on map/reduce.

In the meantime this seems like a good idiological fit. The surveillance-funded corporations will be taken care of while the USG destroys the software industry, which is too wildly successful for a completely unregulated market. Nimble big-name companies have already fled or are in the process of fleeing the jurisdiction, leaving work-a-day programmers to manage the leavings or find a different line of work.

Comment: Re:100 degree plus temp and dryness (Score 1) 152

by TWX (#49782879) Attached to: Heat Wave Kills More Than 1,100 In India
Or if people are outdoors, they actually try to drink enough cool water to survive.

One thing that the Israeli army has right is they require their soldiers to take regular water breaks if conditions are safe to do so, and they enforce that enough water is drunk each break. It's amazing how high the temps can be and still be survivable if one isn't dehydrated.

Comment: Re:Someone Please Provide a Better Explanation (Score 1) 372

What if my dishwasher is old and not as good at washing dishes as new ones, and if due to a lack of volume of dishes generated on a daily basis, dirty dishes loaded into the dishwasher might sit for a few days before being run? I don't want to attract bugs or have a stinky kitchen...

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Paul Erlich