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Comment: Re:Just disable it... (Score 1) 81

One thing that does help is virtualization and downsizing equipment. For example, moving from a desktop to a laptop, buying (or building) a decent server for virtualization, and even using low power devices for LAN services (I use an older Android phone to run a caching DNS service) can make a significant difference.

Especially with older hardware. Almost everyone has that old computer with sturdy hardware that works well. However, those older machines can eat a lot of power.

Comment: Re:The lack of debate (Score 1) 13

by smitty_one_each (#49363479) Attached to: Does #OccupyResoluteDesk Read Slashdot?

this is why laissez-faire capitalism is bad

Maybe. Capitalism is an abstract economic system. As such, it's no more evil than, say, Marxism.
Individuals have committed all manner of sin under every possible economic system.
However, Capitalism seems to have done a better job of minimizing misery than pretty much anything else tried.

Comment: Re: What Would be a Trivial Amount? (Score 2) 81

One idea I've found that works, provided this is possible (i.e. you own the property), and one has the electrical ability, is to have a dedicated circuit for the little devices that comes from an inverter [1] and a set of batteries that charge from a PV panel array.

This doesn't have to be expensive. A common setup winds up being two 6VDC golf cart batteries in series (12 volts total), 2-3 PV panels, a decent charge controller [2], and an inverter. This won't run your air conditioner unit, but it will be big enough to handle a number of low amperage devices, and one can build a decent setup for well under $1000.

In fact, I did a jerry rigged setup to light a shed on the far side of a friend's farm using a cast off extension cord (it had the proper gauge wires when stripped), a cast off 200 watt panel, a $8 PWM charge controller from eBay, an old deep cycle battery, and a DC-DC converter so I could use some 340 lumen SunJack LED bulbs (with built in switches) that run from a USB port. All of this cost well under $100. The SunJack LED bulbs would run 8-10 hours on a 1.2 amp (or 12,000 mAh as the packaging says), so a 200 amp-hour battery that only has 50-75 amp-hours left can run the bulbs for a very long time without solar.

Another added benefit of having all the devices on their own circuit is that they are essentially on a UPS, so if power fails, they will still keep running.

[1]: Don't skimp here... buy a reliable PSW (pure sine wave) inverter, and go for a 1500-2000 watt model even though running at full tilt will discharge the batteries quickly. This is so that if one plugs something in that has an inrush current (refrigerator compressor, microwave), the inverter can handle it.

[2]: You can go with a MPPT controller, which allows for higher voltage panels (as it converts the voltage higher than what the batteries use into a lower voltage with more amps), or have more panels to handle how a PWM controller "lops" off any voltage it doesn't need.

Comment: Re:The Canadian middle class is dying out. (Score 0) 132

by BarbaraHudson (#49363037) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

They will explain to you that an increase in population necessitates an increase in employment as the additional people require goods and services

The problem with that theory is that productivity gains have meant that we don't need twice as many people to produce twice as many goods.

The poorer are getting richer. The rich are getting richer as well. This isn't a zero sum game

Not true. Adjusted for inflation, the poor are less well-off than they were 30 years ago.

Comment: Re:"Women" have done no such thing (Score 1) 341

Did he file assault charges? Not discriminating means nobody gets a free pass for common assault.

SJWs see society as "us-vs-them." That will always end up badly. This lawsuit (Ellen Pao) was the same sort of shakedown her husband used to do, complaining about being discriminated against because he was black.

Well, if reddit fires her as CEO, she can always try DICE. :-(


Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision 55

Posted by Soulskill
from the cool-toys-with-no-off-switch dept.
rtoz writes: A group of scientists in California have successfully created eye drops that temporarily enable night vision. They use mixture of insulin and a chemical known as Chlorin e6 (Ce6) to enable the user to view objects clearly in darkness up to 50 meters away. Ce6 is found in some deep-sea fish and often used to treat night blindness. The solution starts to work within an hour of being applied to the user's eyes, and lasts for several hours afterward. The test subject's eyesight returned to normal the next day. The organization Science for the Masses has released a paper detailing the experiment on their website.

Comment: Re:The lack of debate (Score 1) 13

by smitty_one_each (#49362409) Attached to: Does #OccupyResoluteDesk Read Slashdot?

The interesting question to me is what the insurance companies are thinking.

It seemed a straightforward regulatory capture play. But keep in mind that decision makers at the top were lining their own (and the board's) wallets.
Apres moi, le deluge seems to have informed their attitude, more than capitalism.

The universe is an island, surrounded by whatever it is that surrounds universes.