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Comment Re:I don't understand the legal system (Score 1) 155

They can file an appeal.

Unless they have a new argument or case law to refer to, the court will simply tell them no and could possibly impose sanctions.

SCOTUS has already told Oracle no so there is nothing to be gained there.

As was seen in the film, A Few Good Men, "I vigorously protest!" is treated as contempt of the court. Granted, it's just a movie.

Submission + - Nanorods Emit and Detect Light, Could Lead to Displays That Communicate via Li-F (

schwit1 writes: Ever since 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, quantum dots have been in a market struggle to displace light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as a backlight source for liquid crystal displays (LCDs).

Now an advance by a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute in South Korea and Dow Chemical may turn the display market on its head by eliminating the need for backlights in LCD devices. They have produced a LED pixel out of nanorods capable of both emitting and detecting light.

Comment Here's the deal about grid connect (Score 4, Informative) 280

The grid operator/utility doesn't actually do business with the home owner. Home owners are too small for the effort involved. What the grid operator does business with is called an aggregation entity (Solar City etc). This is why the home owner still buys power at silly low rates.

The aggregation entity does all the accounting and sells the energy the homeowner doesn't use or store to the grid operator at rates mandated by regulatory agencies. The sell rate to the home owner NOT regulated in any way, only the sell to the grid.

That same entity is also involved in what are called rate up/rate down events. This is where the entity get's paid for being able to supply energy during peak loads OR more importantly absorbing and storing energy during excess generation periods. This is why the system having storage is important. Also of note, the home owner does NOT participate is revenues derived from rate up/rate down events.

Comment Re:On the surface (Score 1) 80

What he said!

At one time (design time of LTE network protocols) conceiving of a "rogue" base station was unthinkable... Tens of thousands just to start. Now, SDR allows almost any kind of radio transmitter for next to nothing and the unthinkable become thinkable.

As the good Dr Oppenheimer had to say "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.".

Thanks "disruptive" technologists... Another instance of "just because you can doesn't mean you should"

Submission + - Build your own Stingray (

bferrell writes: Why let the law enforcement operate be the only operators of stingrays? Here's an article on how to build one for yourself.

Comment Better agencies to address this (Score 1) 160

would be the FTC (Fereral Trade commission) and ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission). They were both set up to deal with the same issue decades ago... Fair pricing for carriage of "goods". In this case the good are packets and then it was beef and grain on the railroads, but the ISPs (carriers of goods) are acting not, like the railroad did then. Similar issues should be solvable by similar means

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