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Comment Already possible (Score 4, Informative) 206 206

There already exist devices which allow you to monitor your energy consumption by monitoring the dials in your meter box. For instance the dutch http://www.enymate.nl/artikelen/enymate_lite.

Because this measures consumption by looking at the dial it is also possible to monitor gas and water consumption, and the measurements relate directly to the upcoming bill(s).

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the linked company.

Comment Re:Correlation/causation (Score 1) 378 378

No, that article states for *some* countries how many percent of the total downloads come from the ballot screen (Poland 77%, Spain, Italy, Denmark over 60%)

In other words, this looks a lot like marketing with some selective data. Not that that's surprising or weird, but still.

Comment Correlation/causation (Score 3, Informative) 378 378

These numbers don't mean too much, because at the time the ballot screen was introduced Opera introduced a new version of their browser as well. Probably at least part of the increase is caused by this new version, and not by the ballot screen.

However, still nice to see people trying something different.

It's great to be smart 'cause then you know stuff.