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Comment: You haven't seen an explosion (Score 1) 213

by kilodelta (#49658079) Attached to: Transformer Explosion Closes Nuclear Plant Unit North of NYC
Until you've seen a pole pig aka power transformer explode on a pole. All I saw was this huge flash of light and then could see the transformer itself launched through the sky.

That was immediately followed by watching the connections arc until the circuit breakers kicked in.

Comment: Re:Enterprise Turnover? (Score 1) 199

I wonder that too. I can recall the heady days of Windows where smart admins would test updates on a system with all their software to see what it broke and how to fix it.
But the versioning can't be an worse than Ubuntu lately. Constant updates. I understand it's to correct functional and security issues. But perhaps once every couple weeks?

Comment: This is really odd (Score 1) 395

by kilodelta (#49645983) Attached to: 25 Percent of Cars Cause 90 Percent of Air Pollution
Because every state pretty much requires and emissions test annually or bi-annually. It involves plugging a reader into the OBD-II port and downloading any condition codes, and then the standard tailpipe sniff.

What makes it so gross polluters are still out there is because after failing said emissions check, a waiver can be obtained.

Comment: If the upgrade path is anything like (Score 1) 300

by kilodelta (#49612807) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community
12.04LTE to 14.04LTE no thank you. I had a Dell laptop with 12.04LTE on it and one day it asked if I wanted to go to 14.04. So it downloaded everything and when it came back up it was command line only, no gui whatsoever. I had to download and install Gnome manually. That has soured me a bit on Ubuntu.

Comment: Re:AT&T Autopay - Ha! (Score 1) 234

I guess we've found the one guy who didn't embrace broadband. Were I the guy I'd go after AOL for switching the dialup site.

That said, how much time did he spend online to rack up that much of a charge. From what I can find during peak hours it's 42 cents a minute, off peak 36.5 cents a minute which I still find extortion.

If we average the two we get 39.25 cents a minute we get 61906 minutes - 1031 hours - or 42 days of constant online activity.

Comment: Well - since the price of battery packs decline (Score 1) 334

by kilodelta (#49568717) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage
Just buy your own battery pack and cut off the grid connection completely. Problem solved. That's what I plan to do because National Grid is mostly bandits now - with double digit rate increases annually lately. They claim it's a natural gas shortage because there are only two pipelines in the state. I call bullshit because I know regular LNG shipments come in via big boats.

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