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Comment This doesn't scale (Score 1) 296

All this does at scale is move "peak" time to be all the time, same goes for just with batteries. The more power you take out of the grid "off hours" is simply skewing those off hours to become peak hours eventually with batteries deploying at scale you'll simply move the peak time and or flatten demand across the entire day/night which while beneficial in the short term doesn't do much long term.

Comment Screenshots - I had this problem! (Score 1) 314

I've got one of these notebooks. They've replaced my motherboard twice as well as all the cooling system (fan/heat pipe/etc). I'm confident it's a BIOS level issue, that said, after my third (including orig) motherboard the problem went away. I can play 10+ YouTube videos simultaneously now with no issues, before I couldn't get through a single video. I posted this on my blog including a screen shot of the throttle taking place in Windows Resource Monitor. Nice to hear I wasn't alone.

Comment Telemarketing Guard (Score 1) 162

First I have to say that I work for the company that I'm talking about. Ok, now that's out of the way. Primus Canada recently launched a new service where we give the customer the ability to control telemarketing calls. Think of it like spam filtering but on telemarketing calls. This has reduced inbound Telemarketing VERY substantially for our customer base. Do not call lists are all fine and dandy but they aren't that reliable. You can learn about the feature here:

The best call treatment is the "press 1 jail." If the number is identified as a telemarketer the telemarketer needs to "press 1" in order to reach the customer, since 99% of Telemarketers can't send any digits this effectively blackholes them. Works a charm.

Media (Apple)

Submission + - Asterisk ported to iPhone

Syn Ack writes: "One of the engineers that works in my office spent his weekend porting Asterisk for running on the iPhone. It was done in one weekend. His webpage can be found here with all the details. For obvious reasons Asterisk can't interact with the GSM phone, but he does have it working with SIP phones. A wireless PBX in your pocket! We're not sure what value this has other than showing people just how far you can take an iPhone. If only Apple would open the environment up to development. So if you want a "PBX in your pocket" go grab Matt's code and give it a try."

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