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Comment Re:Realistic (Score 2) 92

Aaawe, c'mon! I maintained my website* with my Palm devices, was able to store contacts that I still have records of just shy of 20 years later, and so much more...

*OK... so that was the most convoluted process I can imagine and did require manual PHP scripting with a folding keyboard and a whole lot of external workflow, but I was able to do it with a device that I could haul around in my backpack for two years and use in a sala looking out on the beach and ocean...

Maybe the Blackberry was an improvement after all...

Back OT though, when I read the summary it sounds more like FitBit bought Pebble out of bankruptcy. Shame; I think Pebble had more value than that, ESPECIALLY to FitBit. This is an opportunity for them to make their products support the next round of innovation with dedicated user base... and something that isn't as fugly as their current smart watch kind of thing...

Comment Let's hope they are 11kV input... (Score 1) 72

At low voltage (400VAC), that is a nightmare to deal with. I just got yelled at for having an "ugly" transformer 150' from a standard Class 2 charger. With four of these chargers in a single location you would need a substantial utility transformer. Hopefully they will go medium voltage to simplify the deployment...

Comment Re:Needs to be put in context (Score 1) 292

You can't really take the costs of all accidents worldwide and divide by all generation worldwide, as the costs don't flow through. At best, you can look at a per-country basis, and even then you should be factoring in risk somewhere as well-- is there higher risk as time goes on, and what is the (orderly) decommissioning for remaining plants.

That said, for Japan the total cost should be roughly $0.02-0.04/kWh for the accident, and another $0.01/kWh for decommissioning. The real problem though is that this $0.03-0.05 should be accumulated in an insurance fund over the project life out of reach of the operating companies. The fund also should be used for funding plans on how to deal with problems quickly and effectively when they happen.

Amazon Said to Plan Premium Alexa Speaker With Large Screen (bloomberg.com) 84

Amazon's Echo speakers have garnered a lot of interest over the past few months. Many people believe that they like Amazon Echo because of how easy it's to operate -- there is no display, you talk with Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, which is reasonably good at understanding your queries. But in what seems like a deviation from the idea that made Echos so popular, Amazon is reportedly working on an Echo-like speaker, only this time it is more premium and has a 7-inch display, too. From a report on Bloomberg: The new device will have a touchscreen measuring about seven inches, a major departure from Amazon's existing cylindrical home devices that are controlled and respond mostly through the company's voice-based Alexa digital assistant, according to two people familiar with the matter. This will make it easier to access content such as weather forecasts, calendar appointments, and news, the people said. The latest Amazon speaker will be larger and tilt upwards so the screen can be seen when it sits on a counter and the user is standing, one of the people said.

Comment Re:Coal to grow in the USA?? (Score 1) 275

SMRs aren't likely to be able to prove themselves before 2030 at the absolute earliest, and industrial ramp-up is likely to take another decade. That makes for a lot of time where things can change. Most specifically, what will the load profile of the grid look like compared to today?

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 313

I would guess it is more likely that he thought he had his own private DSL from the telco, but it was just provided from DoD infrastructure. They might have allowed him some leeway (there needs to be a way to deal with corner conditions in any organization), but they would be stupid to do it with a heavy hand.

As for the intelligence leaks... I assume there is more to the story on that one.

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