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Comment: Re:Depends on what your goal is. (Score 1) 327

by pr100 (#48512745) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

If you're offgrid and storing excess power in batteries then point in the direction of most efficiency.
If you're connected to a meter and can run it backwards then point in the direction of most efficiency.
If you're only producing half your own power and pay a flat rate for electricity then point in the direction of most efficiency.

There are only a few specific situations where an individual would benefit from aligning solar panels with their usage patterns instead of maximum efficiency.
My guess is the majority of homeowners don't fall in that category.

I live in the UK and have solar panels. I get a payment from the state for the amount of energy that I generate with the panels. How the energy is used doesn't really matter - it makes a very small difference, but really the financial incentive is all around generation.

Comment: Re:Justice (Score 1) 68

by pr100 (#48239719) Attached to: EU Court Rules Embedding YouTube Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement

The courts are there to decide the cases that are brought before them. If someone chooses to bring an action for copyright infringement in a particular circumstance then it's the function of the courts to decide the case.

The wisdom of bringing, contesting or appealing cases is really a matter for litigants and their legal advisers; not for the court.

Comment: Re:They may still hire you (Score 1) 580

by pr100 (#48118493) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Quite. This is quite normal when you take a job in any government department here in the UK. You're asked about, for example, your criminal record. Fessing up to a conviction won't automatically exclude you from consideration (it depends of course on the job and the crime). But lying about it and then getting found out will always go badly for you.

Comment: Re:The luxury of money (Score 1) 155

by pr100 (#47982037) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Yeah. Colloquially also known as crying over spilt milk or sending good money after bad.

People who've been closely involved in a previous decision are much more likely to make this kind of error. Which is partly why in business it's good to have input from others - they won't have the same emotional involvement or concerns about being seen to have made a bad choice. Hence they are better able to abandon something when necessary.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.