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Comment: Re:Not sure how well it will work (Score 1) 74

Look, it's stupid. You're stupid. Everyone is stupid.

Buy this. It has two HDMI inputs on the back. Hook your computer to one--your sound will even come out of the speakers, and stop coming out when you switch the TV off--and an HDMI switch to the other. Plug your Wii U, PS3 (bluray player), etc., into the HDMI switch. Plug your legacy systems (NES, PS2) into an Audio-Stereo-Component switcher, with composite systems routed properly (the same pins are used for AVC as AVRGB, with the Red pin reused for Composite; just switch to Composite input when using your SNES).

Now you can fullscreen RWBY right on RoosterTeeth's site from your computer, onto 1080p HDTV. You can switch to the Wii U or PS3 and watch your Netflix and Amazon Instant Video right there, or even a BluRay or DVD--assuming you're not just using the computer to play Amazon Prime Video straight on screen.

You put a TV somewhere, you plug a computer into it. In the extreme case, you can plug a $50 Roku into it instead of a computer or game console, and pull Hulu and Netflux and Amazon up that way. You know, instead of plugging in a $35 ChromeCast and spanning a Web browser tab in from another room. Most likely, you have a friggin' laptop or another PC in that room.

I have 6 ways to watch an Amazon, Netflix, or YouTube video just as a matter of course, on a ginormous HDTV.

Comment: Re:CloudFlare is a nightmare for anonymity (Score 1) 65

by IamTheRealMike (#48027061) Attached to: CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

Occams Razor says ...... networks like Tor which are incapable of handling abuse by design ...... get a lot of abuse! So not surprisingly networks that have advanced anti-abuse controls in place throttle it a lot. Otherwise you're just asking to get crawled by SQL injector searchers and so on. This is not CloudFlare's problem, it's inherent in how Tor works and what it's trying to achieve. Solving it means finding a way to trade off anonymity against accountability using user reputation systems or the like, but the Tor project has shown little interest in implementing such a thing, so all Tor users get treated as a whole.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 419

by mrchaotica (#48026289) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Take away the government subsidies on solar purchase & installation and this problem doesn't even exist. Our government has backed an expensive and inefficient renewable energy tech - that's the only reason we're even having this conversation.

Sure, we can do that... as long as we also stop letting expensive and inefficient fossil fuel energy externalize their costs!

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 1) 190

Machines, on the other hand, could be employed to do the same job more effectively and reliably. It doesn't even need to be particularly high-tech: a simple one-way turnstile (perhaps augmented with a video camera to sound an alarm if the turnstile is tampered with or somehow bypassed) would do a more reliable job, and as a side benefit would not need to be paid a salary.

No kidding. I've seen neighborhood swimming pools* with better security than this airport!

(* I'm not even exaggerating: the pool in question had a 6-foot-high turnstile with multiple bars to thwart jumping.)

Comment: Re:They will move to a different charging model (Score 3) 419

by radtea (#48024551) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

If the amount of money made from the actual electricity falls too far then the cost will be transferred to a network connection costs.

It doesn't really matter how the accounting is done, utilities are going to have to charge more for power as they sell less of it, because their fixed costs are such a large proportion of their total costs. Fixed costs account for anywhere from 75 to 100% of plant costs: (the data in table 1 appear to mean "fuel cost" when they say "variable cost").

The utilities model is based on the notion that you can recover your capital costs (and more) over the lifetime of the plant. The rapid rise of solar in particular is putting that at risk, and utilities are caught between a rock and a hard place. They can fight by keeping power costs low, and lose, or they can fight by raising their power costs--however they want to do the accounting--and also lose.

Personally, I hope they raise the costs. It will make low-carbon alternatives like wind and solar more attractive.

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.