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Comment: $13K is the Only Obstacle (Score 0) 244

by bill_mcgonigle (#49550645) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

I'm poised to install a $4K backup generator in the next few months. I don't live in a region where I can force my neighbors to pay for my tech goodies, and the $9K difference doesn't get paid for on any kind of time horizon that outpaces even a basic interest rate.

The generator also has a near-infinite runtime, in the case of a bad storm. However, it needs more maintenance, so if there were price-parity I might opt for the battery.

Give it another five years and that just might be feasible - good for Musk for getting this ball rolling, and kudos to the early adopters who take it in the pocket to promote the technology.

Comment: Re:Public Shaming the Red Chinese ? (Score 2) 48

by bill_mcgonigle (#49549111) Attached to: Github DDoS Attack As Seen By Google

And even with the 'cannon' in China, do we know who lit the fuse?

Almost certainly the same people who arranged for NXDOMAIN on github.com a few weeks back. They really hate that there are open source anti-censorship tools on there.

They had to stop breaking DNS for github since most of China's Internet developers couldn't get any work done anymore.

That Chinese developers are freely using a California hosting service which has benefits to everybody in the world, and everybody recognizes that the "damage" here is government, it actually gives me a bit of hope. People do prefer to cooperate on all things, until a few sociopaths get a set of keys.

Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 1) 405

by jcr (#49545867) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Apple are merging OS X into IOS, albeit very slowly.

Nope. I've been there, and nobody at Apple has any such intention. Features will get passed back and forth between them, but they're very aware of the reasons that Tablet PCs failed, and they're not going to copy MS's mistakes.

-jcr

Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 2) 405

by jcr (#49541895) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

There is absolutely nothing stopping them from selling their hardware manufacturing arm to someone like ACER and then releasing OSX to the market.

Been there, done that, and NeXT nearly went out of business. Not to mention, how much of a pain in the ass it was to configure Dells or other generic PCs to run NeXTSTEP.

-jcr

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