Certainly makes the case for people being able to generate their own power with a choice of utilities as a back up.
It makes the case, but that is hardly an overwhelming counter-argument. Huge numbers of electricity customers, possibly even a majority, cannot avail themselves to this. For instance: renters cannot typically put solar panels on the roof of their landlord's structure; the electrical demand for a large building is much larger than the available renewables can provide. The capital costs of self-generation - such as diesel generators or natural gas fuel cells - is quite high, and most folks simply are not cut out to manage that kind of machinery.
It's an option for some - and an increasing number of folks are availing themselves to it. This ought to be a concern for utilities generally, and for anyone who utilizes the grid (and pays for it) in any fashion.
Many corporations have policies that ban employees from looking at patents. If you look at the patent, you can later be found liable for intentional infringement. It is better to just ignore existing patents, and document your research, so you can latter show it was independently developed
Which is unfortunate, since the theory behind patents is that they should be read by others, and used as a springboard for further innovation and development. The reality is far from this ideal, alas. Most patents make for difficult reading, even if you are in the field. and, as you point out, you expose yourself to an infringement liability if you outwardly try to develop something new beyond someone else's patent.
My read on it is they mean the vendor has zero knowledge of how to break the encryption to gain access to a user's data
Oh, the vendor has plenty of knowledge on how to break the encryption - they developed it, after all - it's just that the knowledge of how the encryption works doesn't lead to any feasible way to break it in any reasonable timeframe. The knowledge the vendor has about breaking the encryption is "brute force is your only recourse, and we hope you can wait a loooong time."
In other words, the most complicated way yet devised of sending an electrical signal about 10cm.
Perhaps, although this method has some advantages to it:
Considering that the developer is not an engineer by training, and has done most of this on his own, I applaud what he has been able to pull off.
I know pumpkins come in a lot of different shapes, but I've never seen one that was shaped like that.
Looks more like a spaghetti squash to me.
Life would be so much easier if we could just look at the source code. -- Dave Olson