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Comment Netflix can push back, we can't (Score 1) 213

And anyway, how useful is that subscription if you're living outside the US? Content providers have to wise up and realize this is now a global audience and you can't just target one nation anymore, we communicate on a global level and disjointed experiences don't work anymore. You want to talk to your friends about a video and if they can't see the same thing as you they're going to obtain it some other way and just keep getting frustrated with these antiquated policies


Target Passes Walmart As Top US Corporate Installer of Solar Power (electrek.co) 57

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Target is the top corporate installer of solar power in the USA with 147MW installed on 300 stores. Walmart is close behind with 140MW, while Ikea has installed solar on 90% of its retail locations. The Solar Energy Institute of America (SEIA) report shows over 1,000MW of solar installed in almost 2,000 unique installations by the largest corporate entities in the country. Additionally these groups have more than doubled their installation volume year on year, with 2015 seeing a total of 130MW, while 2016 is projected to be closer to 280MW. Big box retail locations offer some of the best potential spaces for solar power to be installed -- on top of square, flat structures and in previously built parking lots. The average size of an installation by a company in this group is about 500kW -- 75X the size of an average residential solar installation. The RE100 organization has signed up 81 global corporations (many on the SEIA list) who have pledged 100% renewable energy. "We're incredibly proud of the progress we've made in improving building efficiencies and reducing environmental impact. Our commitment to installing solar panels on 500 stores and distribution centers by 2020 is evidence of that progress" -- said John Leisen, vice president of property management at Target. The geographic breakdown of solar installations is based upon three main drivers -- good sunlight, expensive electricity and state level renewable mandates, with Southern California having all three. The northeast USA, with its expensive electricity and aggressive clean energy push, has been on par with California (50% of total solar) for commercial installations. A report put together by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) breaks down the various state level laws that support corporations going green -- and, without surprise, it becomes clear that the legal support of renewable energy is a definite driver.

Comment Embarrassing (Score 1) 394

"they're voting for her because of Trump or voting for Trump because of her."

I'm embarrassed for my country that it has come to this. And yet people still won't vote for candidates other than these two clowns. At presidential debates we only see the clowns, none of the other candidates. Just ridiculous.

Comment Morphing (Score 1) 313

Increasing the text limit, adding videos and images, they've strayed from the original vision of mandatory quick updates and have introduced more time consuming/bandwidth-heavy elements that make it more like a traditional blog than just a series of status updates that can be rapidly consumed. Also adding verified accounts has created a disparity in the feature set that has created a different tier of users, perhaps adding an illusion of a schism in communication.

Comment Maybe (Score 5, Interesting) 84

When I'm around my kid I just don't use these things, including video game consoles or watching TV. Even if my kid is playing well enough by himself I've got stuff to do anyway like clean or make his meal, only time I really have to pay attention to anything personally for myself is nap time or when he's gone to bed, or off with mom just the two of them.

Even before he was born I found that going online for too long was causing me stress and I'm not sure for what, I mean, at one point I was just refreshing favorite sites, making comments, soaking up any news item or just following trends like memes etc. My wife got pissed off because she wasn't into that and demanded I make time for her, and it got to the point where I had to do that or something in the relationship was going to go real bad. So I just cut back, and found I had a lot more space in my head to think, be creative, and enjoy what I already had. It only took about a couple weeks before I didn't even remember what I was doing all that time. It seems like a waste now.

But then my wife got a smartphone and Facebook was a thing and suddenly the script has flipped! Now I really see why she was annoyed. :)

Comment Re:Microsoft... (Score 1) 292

Why isn't this rated troll? Honestly I love Linux and have no Windows boxes because I personally don't like their software but it doesn't automatically discount them from being useful somewhere. On any other site this would be considered a troll. Instead it's rated funny, but is very pandering and not really a nuanced joke in any way. Disappointed in Slashdot here.

Comment Bean counters have always existed (Score 1) 64

And their numbers have always been abstracted. The numbers "big data" has come from somewhere, studies, manual input, algorithms written by humans to turn analog input into digital output, all are prone to error, as they have been in the past. When all these numbers are compiled and they are presented in a particular context by an interested party, a human decision / consultation will probably ensue, also not infallible.

I don't really see what changes here...

Comment So many things wrong (Score 1) 96

NYC doesn't need to test facial recognition cameras, the companies that make the cameras should be responsible for testing them, and then certify them for NYC. Why is NYC doing QA for another company?

Why would NYC need facial recognition cameras ever?

Will data be retained or only statistics?

In TFA they offer no answers and aren't willing to share any plans with the public, which is very damning after publicly announcing they will be spending a ton of taxpayer money installing these at bridges and tunnels. Only at the bottom are we offered the clue that Gov. Cuomo is basically chasing the bogeyman with the taxpayer's money: “In this age of terrorist activity and lone wolves, if you look at points of vulnerability you’ll go to our tunnels and to our bridges. So really they have to be reimagined for a new reality,”

  One recalls the song Riot by Wyclef Jean featuring Serj Tankian of System of a Down: "From the train to the plane, security check, From the bridge to the tunnel, security check"

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