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Comment Re:So essentially they want people to pay (Score 1) 463

Next thing you know, the RIAA will tax the ASCAP for a license to sell performances, and the ASCAP will try to tax the RIAA for every performance contained within every license sold....

Two black-holes formed from the dead-soulless-gravity-sink groups that kill the performers and rob them of their souls, money and livelihoods.

Comment Re:Antitrust avoidance (Score 4, Insightful) 348

The real kicker is what can the company try and coax/cajole/force other companies / people to do based on their desire/want/need to get their product.

In the case of M$ Winbloze, they had the gall (and it worked) to demand that computer manufacturers buy 1 license of their product for every computer they sold, regardless of the O.S. it was distributed with.

They did this with a plethora of other currently existing and now extinct computer manufacturers.

They then continued to grab anything that they thought could entice users, and bundle it into the operating system. gui text editors, word processors, games, disk degragmentation, disk compression, networking, to name just a few...

They buddied up to software houses, talking about improving their products, only to release their own competition of said products within a fairly short development cycle.

They stole websites and product names from other companies, by threatening lawsuits, just so they could use the name. (A quick search can find at least one - look for a product with M$ main OS name, and defender in it)

They embedded their own borked web browser, then made the automatic update/patch processes only work with theirs, disallowing any 3rd party browser from being used to simplify fixing/patching their OS.

They took international standards and bastardized them, and released them as their own, under their own lock and key product names / tools - usually breaking them utterly.

They ran roughshod over the international standards boards across the world to force (in any way they could) their standard down everyone's throats, without it even really working, or having a truly definitive definition of said standard.

Those and literally thousands of other examples are the reason that a company like M$ can be considered to be monopolistic regardless of the number of competitors they have.

Comment Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (Score 1) 367

No, the power company paid to have it run to the house.

No, the construction company paid to get power run to the development, or the home-owner pays to get it run to an area if they are the only one out that way - the power company doesn't do anything for free.
(I worked with RECs and Municipals for 14 years, and I helped write software for their operations.)

Are you suggesting the first guy on the block should pay for the transformers and the wires, and maintenance and everyone else gets it free since it doesn't cost more for 2 than 1 or 99 than 1?

No, I'm not saying that, are you?

The point is that those costs were factored into the bill before, but because there is a change in the demographics of the users, that cost is no longer being covered.

The cost was covered at the installation. They have insurance to cover line damage due to storms. Damage due to man is covered by the liability insurance of the person who damaged the line. There aren't any *costs* to the power company.

And again, why should the 99% or 50% be subsidizing the 1% or 50%? They shouldn't necessarily, especially in areas in which there may be large amounts of people with alternative power sources that could be straining power companies finances.

No one is being *subsidised* here, if the line needs to be repaired, it is. Either insurance covers it, or the people paying their bills cover it. The costs are built into the rates, and the lower usage you have, the higher your rate per KWH. Solar users in general don't generate the equivelent to 100% of their usage, and even if they did, their minimum usage charge covers that (it's the same as someone who's on the line and turns off the power at the meter - the lines are still there, still need to be maintained, but no usage or draw is done.) This is done for idle rental properties, farmers who turn off power to grain bins during the spring/summer, barns when they aren't in use, etc... There are tons of users who have lines that aren't drawing power, and aren't being charged for not drawing power. Solar users aren't any different.

It's neither pure, nor simple. Whether it's greed or not depends on whether you think that the power companies should be forced to maintain lines to solar users for free and recoup the losses from users who aren't, or if the cost should be paid by those who are incurring the costs.

Yes it's greed, and it's simple. They aren't getting anything for free, there aren't any losses, or no more than the thousands of other users who turn off power to lots, farms, summer-cottages at the lake, etc... This isn't anything new here, it's just the power companies wanting *more* profit.

Comment Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (Score 1) 367

Okay - let's go with that option...

If the power line is underground, the construction company paid to have it run to the house - unless animals, or man with equipment dig into it, it won't be damaged (unless the shielding is faulty and degrades underground).

In any case, the company already got paid to run the wire. They get paid by all the other users on the grid to keep it going.

If a line goes down, does it cost more if 99 out of 100 people use the electricity than if 100 of 100 use it?

What about lines run out to a single house, who isn't using solar. Do they charge him more because he's the only one on the line? (Beyond the footing the bill to get it to his/her house that is)

If 99% of the users are drawing power, hell, even if there's 50% of the users drawing power constantly, there's more than enough to cover repairs.

This is greed - pure and simple.

Comment Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (Score 1, Insightful) 367

A connection fee is a one time, at the time of *connecting the account to the grid* fee.

You aren't re-connecting every month, so there's no way to charge for "connecting" again and again...

I'm betting they already pay a *minimum charge* as well since that's been a common REC and Municipality charge for 20 years.

Comment Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (Score 4, Insightful) 367

They've already paid that - it's called a connection fee...

They're also already getting charged more for the power they do use, since their usage is lower, they get onto a higher cost per KWH rate.

It's more than double dipping if they try to charge more, and too damned bad if their connection fee didn't cover future (I'm not using much of your power anymore).

Comment Re:So what happens (Score 1) 388

I tried multiple *paper* style filters, ran for 2-3 months, then tried the next - checking mileage over time, none of them gave the improvement that the K&N did - with the K&N only costing about $10.00 more than the paper filters (shopping around).

Iridium plugs, and expensive wires only showed marginal improvements overall (2% to 3% total over stock plugs with 70k miles on them). Trading out to the pulstar plugs not only improved the mileage over time, but also keeps the emissions down.

Going from an average to around 173 to 215 miles per 13 gallon fill-up for in-town, traffic to between 260 and 300 miles per fill-up doing the same drive day in and day out.

Granted, I made the changes when gas was upwards of 3.75 a gallon, but they've more than paid for themselves with the improved mileage.

You can call them snake-oil if you'd like, but the results I've had speak for themselves.

oh - and if you want a quick fix - check your MAF - if it hasn't been cleaned in a while, clean it - the wires in the MAF will build up a coating that requires higher voltage to heat the wire and keep it at the required temp, which tells the engine that more air is flowing through the MAF than there really is, which causes your engine to push more fuel into the mix. cleaning the MAF clears that coating and returns the flow detection to a more accurate read, improving economy again.

Comment Re:So what happens (Score 1) 388

Give a look at the pulse plug, from Pulstar - www.pulstar.com

That'll set your fuel-mixture on fire...

I use them, and between the pulse plugs and a simple K&N air filter replacing the stock filter, my car has gained close to a 16% increase in fuel economy...

Also - using a $3.00 can of MAF Sensor cleaner to clean your mass air flow sensor, every oil-change will help your fuel economy as well.

Comment Re:Don't believe it.... (Score 1) 205

There's no mis-interpretation.

If you would care to read, and get an understanding, please try the following link..

http://whacked.net/2005/06/21/confused-so-was-i/

Solaris 11, will continue to be the development cycle, Solaris 10 is (as put by one of the developers) *THE LAST VERSION of SOLARIS EVER*... They may achieve Solaris 10, Update 535 in time, but as of this moment, Solaris 10 is the highest production version we'll see.

So Nevada 5.11 build xxx are all development releases.

Comment Don't believe it.... (Score 3, Interesting) 205

opensolaris - the regular SXCE builds are Sun's testbed for new updates, patches, fixes and technology updates...

It's noted as 5.11 for the version, codenamed Nevada.

It's very similar to the way the unix kernel builds happened at one time (to be honest I haven't looked lately to know if they still do this or not) - in that the even number release is production and the odd numbered release is development...

Unless Oracle intends to kill off Solaris altogether, I don't see them killing OpenSolaris.

Comment Re:May I be the first to say ... (Score 3, Informative) 396

There was something of a renaissance in the early 2000s...

They were called Alternators in the US, and their die-cast brethren were called Binaltech.

http://www.transformerland.com/transformers-alternators.html

They are very detailed, look very nice displayed in a sealed case (2 of each of them, one in robot mode (or animal - Ravage), one in vehicle mode.

I have the complete set of Alternators... couldn't afford the full set of Binaltechs...

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