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+ - Barclays Downgrades Electric Utility Bonds Due to Solar Competition->

Submitted by hawkeyeMI
hawkeyeMI (412577) writes "Barclays this week downgrades the entire electric sector of the U.S. high-grade corporate bond market to underweight, saying it sees long-term challenges to electric utilities from solar energy, and that the electric sector of the bond market isn’t pricing in these challenges right now. It’s a noteworthy downgrade since electric utilities which make up nearly 7.5% of Barclays’ U.S. Corporate Index by market value."
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Comment: As if the downloads are DRM-free (Score 1) 477

by hawkeyeMI (#46924885) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected
I still buy DVDs and Blu-Rays rather than streaming media because I can always rip them (despite the DRM) and play them on any of my devices, vs paying the same price and only playing on Amazon/Google/whatever-compatible devices (read: not all of the devices I own that can play the video).

Comment: These people kept me employed for years (Score 2) 306

by hawkeyeMI (#46815605) Attached to: Our Education System Is Failing IT
It's a very long story, but I basically worked as a fixer for an HPC company on contract for a few years. I'd log in remotely or (occasionally) fly out and fix messes made by people who didn't know how to solve problems with Linux servers using critical thinking. I'd watch them sometimes and they'd try the only thing they knew how to do, over and over again, without realizing that it wasn't fixing the problem. Instead of narrowing down what could be causing the issue and then doing some research/googling/RTFM and bothering to understand the issue, they'd just reboot the machine over and over, progressively screw up config files worse and worse, and then eventually I'd get called in to fix it. I don't know if it's possible to teach critical thinking skills, or if they're just developed over a lot of self-directed experiments, or if it's an issue of intelligence, but it's got to be costing companies untold millions of dollars every year in the US alone.

Comment: Re:Is there a way to generate value besides mining (Score 1, Interesting) 256

by hawkeyeMI (#45331643) Attached to: Bitcoin Protocol Vulnerability Could Lead To a Collapse
You can't establish value in a distributed fashion any better than with proof of work (that we know of right now). For a stupid alternative, look at ppcoin, which plans to eventually rely on "proof of stake" but currently relies primarily on proof of work.

Comment: NBD (Score 5, Interesting) 256

by hawkeyeMI (#45331589) Attached to: Bitcoin Protocol Vulnerability Could Lead To a Collapse
This attack would be very, very difficult to achieve. Doesn't seem very worrying and I'm sure it'll be fixed well before it becomes an issue. There are already some pretty good discussions on /r/Bitcoin/ covering why it's not as big a deal as the sensational headline here makes it out to be.

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