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Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 395

Please don't call me without IM'ing me first.

We use skype at work, and that's what most do. They see you're available (not in a meeting) and then IM and "time to talk?" and you can then respond with options from there (sure, and hit the dial button) or else say you're on deadline, ask if it can wait, etc.

overall, i'd like it if nobody called me, ever.

i like to communicate, but hate talking ont he phone

Comment Re:Do what you can to support this (Score 1) 188

Done, both my congressperson and BOTH of my senators.

In your message, your asking your congressperson to support the bill. You're asking your senators to introduce similar legislation in the senate.

I'm encouraged that this his a sponsor from each side the aisle.

Now write respectful emails (or better, CALL) and ask your rep to support and your senator to introduce similar legislation.

Comment Re:Its a cost decision (Score 1) 840


Water heater won't stay lit.... If it was a vessel issue, I would replace the heater (myself for $400 and 4-5 hours including selecting and getting the heater to the house).

However, it's just the resistor in the thermocouple assembly. $50, with shipping, will yield me a part that I can swap in 10 minutes with a screwdriver.

This is knowing "when" to fix something.

Comment Re:cost/price per kW hour comparison is nonsense (Score 1) 516

There's actually a site for this. Seattle "averages" across the year 3.5 hours of sunshine equivalent per day.

In december it's a little over an hour, but it's longer due to the long days we have in the summer (I'm in seattle too), but it averages to 3.5 hours/day.

So, if you buy a 10kW system, you'd see 3.5kW/h/D on average over the whole year. Of course, in december, you'd get 1.2kW/h/D and in July you might get 5-6kW/h/D

Submission + - Top Antivirus for Android Smartphone (

Livepcexpert writes: ‘Which is the top antivirus for Android smartphone’ is a common question by the users of the most used mobile operating system. Android is the most used operating system for the portable devices, though Apple’s iOS offers a strong challenge in count of number of users. However, the same is not true when it comes to the security levels of the operating systems. Androids lags miles behind on security grounds among the two.

Open source operating system, Android has regularly been targeted by the cyber criminals and a survey even states that almost 99 per cent of mobile malware target Android, agreeing that malware (or virus) does not generate itself in Android. But there is no denying to the fact even common uses of Android phone, such as: browsing internet, installing some apps (even from trustable store), and transferring data from other devices, etc. can invite countless number of virus threats. Do you still question if Android smartphone really needs antivirus protection? Well! Yes. And therefore, we list you the top antivirus for antivirus smartphone.

1. 360 Security
360 Security is one of the most used antivirus for Android devices and among the best protection providers as well. Its performance on AV-Test (antivirus test) is very impressive and some additional powerful features makes it more in-demand.
Call and SMS blocker, phone cleaner, App management, etc. are some of the most important features that bring 360 Security into the list of top antivirus for Android smartphones.

2. CM Security
CM Security is also one of the top rated antivirus on AV-Test, which ensures its ability to protect against malware to a good extend. As an Android user, you can enjoy many functions of CM Security, more than just antivirus protection. It offers an App lock feature that protects the access to specific apps with password. To make it even better, ‘Intruder Selfie’ feature will grab a photo if someone enter a wrong password. The captured selfie will appear when the you open the app with correct password. The catch is ‘you gotta have front camera on the smartphone’.

3. Avira Antivirus Security
Avira is counted among the trusted and reliable antivirus even before the inception of Android. It has always earned the name of being a ‘light on storage’ antivirus software and for Android, it has been able to maintain its legacy.
The antivirus security of this app is one of the best, but the biggest USP for it lies in it’s anti-theft features. In case of phone loss, location tracking, wiping, special message display on screen, emitting sound, etc. can help you get your device back or at least keep the data away from the thief’s reach.

4. Avast Free Mobile Security
Avast is a well-known and reputed name in PC and mobile securities. Along with secure protection against virus, specific app lock and call & SMS blocking are tools that can come in handy very often. To add more on protection scale, you can lock and wipe the lost Android Smartphone remotely.

5. Kaspersky Internet Security for Android
If you can ignore the pricing part of Kaspersky Internet Security for Android, rest is almost perfect for security and protection for your smartphone. It can protect against malware attacks and provide real-time protection for web usage. Anti-theft and privacy protection features are very strong and trusted part of this evergreen Antivirus manufacturer.

Free Tips-
This list of antivirus mentioned in this blog does not aim to rank them, as we understand that the utility and protection of these antivirus applications may vary according to the user and type of attack. Important thing as a user is to keep your antivirus updated and keep an active eye on the permissions that you allow to any installed app. Any mistaken permission to a fake app can disable the authority of antivirus of it and hence puts your smartphone on threat.

**Note- The content in the blog is aimed only for the information of the readers. Live PC Expert does not advertise, promote, or sell any particular software directly or indirectly. We only provide remote technical support for installation and other related issues with software for PCs.

Submission + - Most planets in the Universe are homeless

StartsWithABang writes: We like to think of our Solar System as typical: a central star with a number of planets — some gas giants and some rocky worlds — in orbit around it. Yes, there's some variety, with binary or trinary star systems and huge variance in the masses of the central star being common ones, but from a planetary point of view, our Solar System is a rarity. Even though there are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy for planets to orbit, there are most likely around a quadrillion planets in our galaxy, total, with only a few trillion of them orbiting stars at most. Now that we've finally detected the first of these, we have an excellent idea that this picture is the correct one: most planets in the Universe are homeless. Now, thank your lucky star!

Submission + - France investigating mysterious drone activity on 7 nuclear power plant sites (

thygate writes: In France, an investigation has been launched into the appearance of "drones" on 7 different nuclear power plant sites across the country in the last month. Some of the plants involved are Creys-Malville en Bugey in the southeast, Blayais in the southwest, Cattenom en Chooz in the northeast, Gravelines in the north, and Nogent-sur-Seine, close to Paris. On each occasion "drones" were seen on the domain somewhere from late in the evening to early in the morning, while it is forbidden to fly over these sites on altitudes less than 1 km in a 5 km radius. According to a spokesman of the state electric company that runs the facilities (EDF), there was no danger to the security and production of the plants. However these incidents will likely bring nuclear safety concerns back into the spotlight. France is number one country in the world when it comes to dependency on nuclear power, with a total of 58 centrals spread over 19 sites across the country.

Greenpeace's head of its anti-nuclear power campaign has already denied involvement. Their spokesman added that these events are very troubling, and also mentions they have learned about more "drone" activity above the French Center for nuclear research (CEA) close to Paris.

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