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Comment Re:As somebody who moved Toronto to London recentl (Score 1) 1095

TFL: Tube for London, aka the subway.

Actually Transport for London, which includes bus, bike, foot, boat, and other options for getting around the London area. The TFL Journey Planner is a fantastic resource.

It has been mentioned elsewhere, but I'll repeat the advice: get an Oyster card when you arrive. It's faster and cheaper than other ways to pay.

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

If you opt for time of day metering, the kWh you sell during the day is priced higher than the kWh you buy in the evening, at least here in Southern California.

Taking advantage of that difference is a big part of how solar installers make a financial case for installing photovoltaics. Of course that trick doesn't work as well for those of us who work at home during the day.

Southern California Edison breaks the bill for each kWh into two components, generation and delivery. In the case of a house that is generating during sunlight hours and consuming during dark hours, it seems only fair that delivery charges should reflect the power carried in either direction.

Comment Support for vents and pipes? (Score 5, Interesting) 187

Big sheets of PV are wonderful when you have big open expanses, but real world roof surfaces have vents, pipes, drains and the like. Rather than play tetris with rigid panels, or even with flexible panels, I'd love to be able to cut an opening in the PV material for each opening and get maximal use of the roof surface.

Is anyone working on that?

Submission + - Ticket tracking and customer management solutions?

An anonymous reader writes: Like many Slashdot readers, I'm sure, I run a small side business doing IT consulting in addition to my day job. I'm looking for a good open-source ticket tracking system that I can run under Linux, preferably one that also has some customer management features. I'd like to be able to maintain a separate record for each job, along with time tracking, work logs, and information about the customer. Much of what I see on Sourceforge is, as usual, pre-pre-pre-alpha with no actual code. Does anyone have any suggestions for a project that might fit my needs?

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