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Comment: Re:Batteries? Seriously? (Score 1) 486

by havana9 (#47870975) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars
Normally the friends of friends that make buses make also trolleybuses, with the added benefit for trolleybuses that you can make a gift for the friends of friends that make overhead wires. The advantage with buses it that is easier to externalize the bus services to other friends of friends, and get rid of those nasty problem with unionized bus drivers that refuse to work unpaid overtime or drive a bus with worn tires.

Comment: Re:They used to be called UHF TV tuners (Score 1) 237

by havana9 (#47815719) Attached to: Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

I was told it was illegal. Whether that was just FCC strong-arming or not, I don't know. I was a teenager when I did that and I figured correctly that there was no harm or consequence to be had. Most of the TV sets, even in the 1980s could not do it.

I think because most TV sets to save components and making alignment easier used a so called intercarrier circuit, where if no video signal carries was present, no audio signal could be demodulated. Newer tv sets had also a mute cicuit that engaged when poor TV signal was present.

Comment: Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 137

by havana9 (#47763467) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard
THe cable manufacturer got a spec, then passed the order to a subcontractor. The subcontractor tried to shave costs buying cheaper cables. Cheaper cable while sold as on spec, actually were made under spec, say with tinned aluminium instead of tinned copper.
The cables pass quality checks, because maybe are lax, and then you have a low quality cable that will work most of the time. Sometimes doesn't work, in other word the last quality inspection is made unknowingly by the buyer...

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 1) 531

by havana9 (#47755773) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Because the FCC has done such a FABULOUS job regulating teh airwaves, we just HAVE to get them involved in the Internet!

You coul come in Italy in the '80, that due a loophole in the law was possible to broadcast thelevision without license. The end result was a total chaos on TV reception with mandated complex antenna receving systems like this: and still have reception problems. Even when a CATV system was in use problem arose as high power transmitter were placed to overcome the signals of other tv stations. The problem born in that small chaos window are still affecting tv reception today after the digital switchover.

Comment: Re:My Anecdotal Evidence (Score 1) 455

by havana9 (#47269987) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

You are looking at this from the wrong point of view. The way you should be looking at is, if you ALSO had the option of calling up Ford or GM or whoever your car maker was directly, and asking THEM if they could beat the dealer's price

If you want a Fiat and are in Turin the number to call is 011-004-2000. The price they make are a bit lower in respect of other car dealer, especially on cars in the park lot, but they're not the market killers you could think: i suppose that the mak up goes in the Fiat shareholders pockets instead of the car dealers pocket.

Comment: Re:We should have a choice (Score 1) 455

by havana9 (#47269951) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

And where exactly do you live that you are buying your VCR directly from Sony or Toshiba

I actually bought Philips TV sets, VCR, lamps, fridges, dishwashes and hairdryers directly from Philips. I only had to drive to their facory outlet near thei warehouse. The price were lower than the special offer in supermarket, and sometimes you could buy refurbished products at very low prices. Unfortunately they closed the warehouse and the outled a couple of year ago.

Comment: Re:What About Electricity? (Score 3, Informative) 337

by havana9 (#47210027) Attached to: Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

Does the electric company get to decide which devices will be shut down first? Can they shut down your devices before they shut down your neighbor's, because ?

Actually yes. For industrial uses there are there are different categories of avaliability: high availability, standard and interruptible. An interruprible contract means that the electic company could disconnect the transformer serving your factory if the power demand is too high. Conversely high availability contracts will be disconnected last: normally they have also ne transformaer in stand by in the case the main one fails. By the way if yuo have a 100 kW contract you'll get more power than a 10 kW contract...

Comment: Re:Here's the Scoop (Score 1) 340

by havana9 (#46947467) Attached to: Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17
I think that some content provider will goo in a free to air mode. This in obvious on terrestrial television and also on satellite TV: if you're getting money from advertising being FTA will make tour channel more interesting for advertisers than ona in a pay tv bundle because more people will watch it. Maybe for CATV the dynamics are different, or the fact that in USA there's not TV licensing is limiting the number of FTA or FTV channels.
Italy,France, Austria have a choice of free to view/free to air channels, not to mention UK and Germany that transmit a lot o free to air channels on satellites.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln