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Comment: Re:They will move to a different charging model (Score 1) 488

by emj (#48025655) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

The utilities model is based on the notion that you can recover your capital costs (and more) over the lifetime of the plant. The rapid rise of solar in particular is putting that at risk, and utilities are caught between a rock and a hard place. They can fight by keeping power costs low, and lose, or they can fight by raising their power costs--however they want to do the accounting--and also lose.

Utilities are infrastructure, it is possible to seperate the big plants from the network, it's already done in many places. The question is how much of the network should the customer pay for and how much should the generator pay for. Solar is putting that to a test.

55% of my electric costs is network related, for some houses it's 90% of the cost..


MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board 88

Posted by timothy
from the do-what-thou-will dept.
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "In a bid to harness the energy and enthusiasm swirling around today's open, hackable single board computers, Imagination Technologies, licensor of the MIPS ISA, has unveiled the Creator C120 development board, the ISA's counter to ARM's popular Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black SBCs. The MIPS dev board is based on a 1.2GHz dual-core MIPS32 system-on-chip and has 1GB RAM and 8GB flash, and there's also an SD card slot for expansion. Ports include video, audio, Ethernet, both WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and a bunch more. OS images are already available for Debian 7, Gentoo, Yocto, and Arch Linux, and Android v4.4 is expected to be available soon. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the board is that there's no pricing listed yet, because the company is starting out by giving the boards away free to developers who submit the most interesting projects."

Comment: Re:perhaps men and women are different? (Score 1) 579

by emj (#47783235) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Perhaps you could expand on how Facebook emulates what you see in the yard with girls? It really has never occurred to me. Please remember that your own experience is a very small sample, and your opinions will rule over your experiences (some kind of personal conditioning, the exact term in english alludes me atm).

Comment: Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (Score 1) 461

by emj (#47317579) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

before or after you add int he cost from illness caused by pollution? Before or after CO2 impacts?

After. And the costs get worse when you start factoring in capital costs, opportunity costs, etc.

I've heard that in a few years solar will be cheaper than coal in China. So....

Comment: Re:Great job David! (Score 1, Flamebait) 86

by emj (#47133353) Attached to: A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)

I do expect my investment in an onboard camera to pay off, unfortunately, when one of these bumbling fools gets too darn close for comfort. Sorry, but stupidity should pay a price in real life. Why should I get stuck with the bill because I drive carefully and you do not?

Well you are driving around in a massively dangerous thing that destroys the lives of so many people, that's why you should pay when you hit a person. Because when cars are driven too fast, anything above 30 km/h, they kill people.

Comment: Re:Familiarity (Score 1) 589

by emj (#46926337) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

I've never understood what exchange+óutlook actually gives you, please enlighten me. I supported a couple of houndred people using exchange in grad school, the most complicated question I got was how to make your address book sync properly. It might be all those extension that people write for Exchange, which sync to strange places.

Comment: Re:No way I could trust a self-driving car (Score 1) 98

by emj (#46906925) Attached to: Volvo Testing Autonomous Cars On Public Roads

Once self-driving cars hit the road in any numbers, it will become really, really expensive to try to be a jerk in traffic. No speeding. No lane cutting. No tailgating. No weaving. No nothing - just follow the traffic flow and the law to the letter and spirit or you will get reported. And of course your insurance rate will like go up, simply by being a human driver.

It's not clear that they will be allowed to record all that, at least not in Sweden, which this story is about. Privacy problems and all that.

This is a good time to punt work.