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Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 3, Informative) 261

by Richard_at_work (#48026963) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

From Windows 98 onward you had the shortcut bars which you could create on the task bar - thats where the majority of my most often used applications were started from.

That morphed into pinning applications to the task bar in Windows 7, and became much more useful as pinning an application and running that same application took up no more room on the task bar, so you could have more.

These days I pretty much have all my applications pinned to the task bar, and I hit the start menu probably once or twice a week, if that. I can lock the computer, minimise all windows, start applications, open task manager, get to the control panel and lots of other things via either interaction with the task bar itself or via keyboard shortcuts, where as before I had to use the start menu for a lot of that.

Comment: Re:I always read these stories as (Score 1) 470

by Richard_at_work (#48025719) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

The problem with these style of arguments (including the buggy whip one) is that blacksmiths etc saw their products stopped being in demand, while in most of the discussions where those arguments are used here on Slashdot the product is still in demand, people just don't want the producers...

People do not want the electricity grid to go away, because then they couldn't use it as a cheap and easy "storage" mechanism for when they aren't generating their own electricity.

Comment: Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 491

by Richard_at_work (#48017773) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Why can we remove network costs and VAT from calculations? Removing them only supports my argument - they both become representative of costs which were hidden from the end price charged to the consumer.

And other costs subsidised includes the UK coal and natural gas industry, which was costing the Treasury billions in subsidisation as coal and natural gas purchased from abroad was cheaper and easier - but then we get into the thorny topic of Thatcher...

Comment: Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 491

by Richard_at_work (#48009719) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Inflated wholesale? You mean the market that Ofgem has said there is plenty of competition in and is working fine?

Network costs are pretty much the same for every energy company, since both the gas and electricity networks are independent of the generation and consumption side of the business, so no energy company can inflate their costs there...

Comment: Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 2) 491

by Richard_at_work (#48009701) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

What you seem to have missed from my original point is that I specifically said "on residential business". EDF made money last year from its commercial business (selling to high consumption businesses) and selling power from its generation side to the grid.

If they lose money in the residential market, why shouldn't residential rates go up? That was the point of the post I replied to - rates going up.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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