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Comment: Actually, things SHOULD be changed (Score 1) 268

by WindBourne (#49505923) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power
The idea of pushing for OLD homes to have solar added is a mistake. In addition, paying subsidies for it, is just plain wrong since it is causing solar companies to focus on just those locations.

Instead, at a US national level, we should put in place several regs and 1 new subsidy, while removing all of the other subsidies for Solar:
1) require that ALL utilities to buy up to 10% of a buildings excess electricity that is generated via on-site AE. IOW, if a building is expected to USE 1MW / month, then .1MW / month can be sold to the utility. In addition, it needs to be bought at the top that the utilitity pays for that time, to any other provider, including buying it from other providers.
2) require that ALL new buildings of 5 stories and less to have enough on-site AE to equal the HVAC energy needs (and require heating and cooling). Note that such a building with only enough on-site to equal the HVAC will likely not be selling much if any to the utility. However, if they decide to increase it, to the point that they equal 110% of their energy needs, then the utility must buy the extra 10%. Note that the smart developers will focus on lower energy costs buildings with better insulation and hopefully geo-thermal HVAC, since all forms of AE is actually expensive.
3) provide a TIME-LIMITED subsidy for energy storage. It should be in terms of max amount and must be able to hook up to the utility, company, or resident and provide the power. In particular, Utilities should be encouraged to move from 1 big grid, into small grids in which a storage is sitting there between the local grid and the big power grid.

With this approach, it will help utilities convert to storage, and lower their costs of energy production. In addition, it will stop new buildings from adding draw to the grid. Basically, it will help lower the real energy costs for all.

Comment: Long past time to stop large mergers (Score 1) 73

by WindBourne (#49504897) Attached to: DOJ Could Nix Comcast-Time Warner Merger
Seriously, these are removing competition, not improving it.
What is needed is to encourage companies to compete against each other, not just turn themselves into companies for takeovers so that the executives walk away with large golden parachutes.

WRT data comm, with comcast-TW merger, it will remove real competition. As such, if this is to be allowed to happen, we need to require that all laws that reward monopolies in data comm, to be removed. Cities should be allowed to put in their own network as long private can come in. Likewise, just because comcast-tw is in a place, does not mean that google should be prevented from coming in.

Comment: Re:yeah, not too surprising (Score 1) 160

You fool.
When he spoke about the spying on Americans, he was doing the right thing.
When he spoke about the NSA spying on other nations and terrorists, he became a traitor.
The reason is that the NSA was set up to SPECIFICALLY to spy on other nations, terrorists, foreigners, etc.
And consider that just about every nation in this world attempts to do the SAME THING, and regards it as legal, means that it is legal for NSA TO DO THE SAME.

Comment: Re:Isn't Cheaper, the American Dream? (Score 1) 292

by WindBourne (#49491135) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination
LOL. Obviously, you are being sarcastic, and these companies deserve it.
I had been offered jobs from multiple Indian contracting houses. In each case, they offered me less than 1/2 (and once, less than 1/3) of what the job paid. And the Indians that got the jobs, with less experience, education, etc, were literally paid more than double what I was offered.

Tata and others are full of shit.

Comment: Re:Please (Score 1) 105

Good posting.

What most ppl miss is that the 5-eyes and others actually do not spy on many at all.
I suspect that they have unique capabilities to listen in, but not with humans, but with computers. As it is, there was far too many connections just in the cell world, let alone land lines, voip, etc. And that does not include all of the e-mail, IM, etc.
Most likely NSA and others check things with computers, but only items which have a high probability of terrorism, criminal connections to ppl outside of America, etc. will be flagged.

Now, with that said, I am shocked that we actually spied on Germany's gov. I certainly never expected that. And it sounds like we were up to other actions that I am NOT happy about, but it was legal for the NSA to do.

Comment: Re:Please (Score 1) 212

who do you want spying on you? If you buy a commercial product that was produced in China, I guarantee that it has a backdoor. That is why the DOD insists that Cisco manufacture their network equipment here in America (and they do).

Our best bet for staying off radars is to not trust ANY commercial product, and go with OSS. FreeBSD is good. So is Linux. Using Commercial OSs from any nation will get you spied on, simple as that.

But in the end, for those of us in the west, it is better to have European govs, or the 5-eyes (now bigger, though I am not certain how big), spy on us, rather than Chinese and Russian.

Comment: Re:Please (Score 1) 212

So, what exactly was 9/11 if not a terrorist act?
And I did not say that NSA had to ask for backdoors. They are everywhere. BUT, when data is encrypted, it makes it harder for ANY government to get around.

Oh, yes, ALL of the european govs are involved in spying on their citizens as well.

Comment: Re:Right up until... (Score 1) 212

No, NSA passes information up the ladder and then ppl inside of DOJ, along with president and others decide what filters down to the FBI.
You will find that no information about citizens is making it to FBI, unless it involves acts of terrorism, or criminal issues from outside of America.

In 2005-2006, the GOP pretty much removed the oversight of NSA. I know. I was working on PAT act then and was very aware of what was going on.

Comment: There is a LOT more than just this (Score 2) 342

by WindBourne (#49473345) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket
Go look at the Powerball PRIOR to the new group bring awarded managing it.
You will see that over and over, the winners were on the east coast. Keep in mind that CA was one of the largest states to be part of Powerball, and had one of the most buyers of tickets, and yet, states on the east coast overwhelmingly won more than CA, esp. on the big ones.
Technically, it is possible. Statistically, it was theft that was going on.

Comment: Re: Right up until... (Score 1) 212

Had I not replied elsewhere, I would have modded you up. NSA getting this tech is NOT about taking our citizen's rights. However, the more that they push to have open access to ENCRYPTED DATA, the more that America will see destruction of our real strength; economic.

Do note that China already said that all businesses must give access to encrypted data. Russia has always insisted on it. And France is saying that they want access to encrypted data (they, like ALL GOVs., access public comm). Shortly, all of the western govs. will be insisting on access to ENCRYPTED data.

Comment: Re:Right up until... (Score 2) 212

terrorists? Spies? Foreign gov. interventions? Yes, that is what the NSA and the intel world is concerned with.
Child Molesters? Nope. NSA does not do civilian issues.

However, there are ppl that want to kill the NSA, and turn over this kind of technology to FBI.
THAT IS WHAT YOU SHOULD FEAR. If the FBI, or groups like DEA, WHO HAVE REAL POWER, should get this kind of power, then you should fear.
And what is needed with this, is to not allow congress to ever again remove the oversight, like the GOP did in 2005.

Dynamically binding, you realize the magic. Statically binding, you see only the hierarchy.