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Comment: Skynet? (Score 0) 234

by Traze (#46466431) Attached to: How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware
Is there any way to avoid such a thing short of cutting my net connection?

Generally I am not too worried about the NSA. I think it is BS what they do as far as invasion of privacy. But I personally have nothing to hide.

But this has completely changed the small amount of reluctance I had in becoming a "ZOMG da sky iz fallinz!" type.

Burn these fuckers.

Comment: Re:Protect Our Monopolies! (Score 2) 111

by Traze (#46168361) Attached to: Utah Bill Would Prevent Regional Fiber Networks From Growing
Except that UTOPIA is basically publicly owned. They only build out when they get a contract with a city, and so far the cities more or less own the networks when they are finished.

Citation: I am a UTOPIA user, and have been an avid follower of their plans for over 10 years.

Comment: Re:ignores reality (Score 1) 734

by Traze (#46049357) Attached to: Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?
Assuming my townhouse has a roof that is optimal to get full coverage from an optimally angled 100% efficient photovoltaic cell that is 16 square meters in size, on a clear day my solar array would produce on December 21st a bit over 10.6 kWh on average. So 254.4 kW per day on the worst day of the year.

The Tesla S uses 85 kW/h. I could drive 3 hours a day, assuming no household use and perfect transference/storage.

Or more realistically, 1 hour a day, and that leaves 269.4 kW for household use. Since the average household in the US of 1500 sq.ft. uses 864 kWh per month, I'd have an excess part way through the third day to "sell" to others.

So even at 50% efficiency, I'd have plenty of power, assuming clear skies, and the worst day of the year to gather every day.
Christmas Cheer

Gift Idea: Custom Photomosaics With AndreaMosaic and PhotoGrabber 61

Posted by timothy
from the use-the-nice-ones-not-naughty dept.
Bennettt Haselton has a gift idea for this year that needn't necessarily cost you any money (if you have a color printer available), though as he points out there are ways to invest in a higher-quality result. The gift? A unique picture created with a few pieces of free software and a bit of your time. Bennett writes: "You can use these little-known free programs to create a photomosaic of a friend's wedding photo or other favorite photograph, for a uniquely personal gift that doesn't cost much but can still delight. Follow these steps to use the programs most effectively and get the best results." Read on for the rest.

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