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Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

by vanyel (#49507095) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

In my case, I assume it takes a load off the local distribution - when I'm producing more than I'm using, I'm basically feeding my neighbors power and reducing the amount coming in on the neighborhood feed. If we all had solar, such that it started backfeeding upstream, I can see at a point that might be an issue, and is probably what Hawaii and a few other sunny areas are running into. Even so, I can see partly cloudy days with clouds abruptly changing the power flow being a real problem in cases where the cloud covers a large enough area. Fortunately, I think battery technology is soon going to make the issue moot, and we won't be feeding the grid at all.

Comment: Re:Removing the CNNIC ROOT on OSX (Score 2) 100

by vanyel (#49439943) Attached to: Apple Leaves Chinese CNNIC Root In OS X and iOS Trusted Stores

They apparently *really* don't want me to get rid of it:

+ grep SHA-1
+ security find-certificate -a -Z -c 'CNNIC ROOT' /System/Library/Keychains/SystemRootCertificates.keychain
SHA-1 hash: 8BAF4C9B1DF02A92F7DA128EB91BACF498604B6F
+ security delete-certificate -t -Z 8BAF4C9B1DF02A92F7DA128EB91BACF498604B6F /System/Library/Keychains/SystemRootCertificates.keychain
security: SecTrustSettingsRemoveTrustSettings (user): No Trust Settings were found.
+ security delete-certificate -t -c 'CNNIC ROOT' /System/Library/Keychains/SystemRootCertificates.keychain
x: line 5: 92884 Segmentation fault security delete-certificate -t -c "CNNIC ROOT" /System/Library/Keychains/SystemRootCertificates.keychain

Comment: Re:Sounds like good TV (Score 1) 104

by vanyel (#49237131) Attached to: Some of the Greatest Science Fiction Novels Are Fix-Ups

I think Grimm is doing it about the best of any of them: you have the "Wessen of the week", there's the small arcs of various things happening in Portland and then you have the larger arc of the Royals/Resistance/Keys (which they could devote a little more time to admittedly). Combined with interesting characters and it's no wonder it's one of my favorite shows at the moment.

Comment: Sounds like good TV (Score 2) 104

by vanyel (#49235041) Attached to: Some of the Greatest Science Fiction Novels Are Fix-Ups

Although this isn't news, it does make me realize that it is very similar to a style of TV show I rather like: episodes that can stand on their own, but with a strong story arc that plays out over a set of shows. Typically arcs run over a season or even several, though I would like to see them run over say a half dozen episodes so a given story arc is re-watchable in a reasonable amount of time.

Comment: Re:Uprising? (Score 1) 331

by vanyel (#49184603) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Not the same thing at all, though editors have been known to screw up authors' stories as well (they don't have the track record Hollywood does there though).

If you're planning on bringing a well known story to the screen, you want to make sure it's easily identifiable, which means keeping the title so people know what you're doing and what to expect. You don't distance yourself from it right at the start. At the very least, it's disrespectful to the author and the fans, and is a strong signal that you're not planning on being any more faithful to the rest of the story.

Comment: Myth of EV pollution (Score 1) 212

by vanyel (#49101845) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

It's all to often claimed that EVs just shift the pollution to the power plant, however even to the very limited extent that is true (EVs are much more efficient than ICE cars, and so are the power plants) that fails to account for the energy cost of producing the gas in the first place, which is comparable to what EVs consume on a per-mile basis: before an ICE has even burned the fuel, it's already used as much energy as the EV will just by filling the tank.

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