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Comment: Already possible (Score 4, Informative) 206

by TSchut (#31608866) Attached to: Google Wants To Be Your Electricity Meter
There already exist devices which allow you to monitor your energy consumption by monitoring the dials in your meter box. For instance the dutch

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: Correlation/causation (Score 3, Informative) 378

by TSchut (#31535912) Attached to: Opera Sees "Dramatic" Rise From Microsoft's Ballot
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.

Those who do things in a noble spirit of self-sacrifice are to be avoided at all costs. -- N. Alexander.