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Comment: To hell with selling it to the electric companies (Score 1) 287

by kilodelta (#49506777) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power
Prices on solar have been dropping like the proverbial rock - and the panels are getting more and more efficient as time goes on.

When I buy a place I intend to sever the electric connection, generate my own power via solar and wind, and store what I don't use in a storage array. Problem solved and no need for the grid.

Comment: If there's on rap the teachers should take (Score 1) 493

It is that programming a computer requires advanced mathematical study. It doesn't. So long as you get through say 1 semester of Algebra 1 and know different base numbering systems like 8, 16 etc. you can program a computer.

Conditionals are one thing they'd have to learn and so too branching etc. But those are simple concepts that even a kid can pick up.

Comment: The reason for this is that (Score 1) 214

by kilodelta (#49005253) Attached to: Verizon Sells Off Wireline Operations, Blames Net Neutrality Plans
Verizon raped it's customer base pretty badly on the wireline side. And I do mean raped. You see back when they were all Ma Bell and a regulated monopoly partof the revenue had to be put back into upgrading OSP. Except once the regulatory clamps were released - they stopped doing that. In fact that is common among telecom, electric and natural gas providers who got deregulated too.

Public utilities should NEVER be unregulated.

Comment: Re:Not automatic (Score 3, Informative) 60

by kilodelta (#49005209) Attached to: How a Hardware Designer Was Saved By His Own Creation
No training involved. If you've ever seen an AED it's got the instructions printed right on it, with pictorials and everything. I note they're pretty much everywhere these days, even in office and public spaces.

Now the thing about AED's that interests me is who is going to put the pads on you and activate the machine? The whole bystander effect and all.

User hostile.