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Apple Creates Energy Company, Looks To Sell Excess Power Into The Grid ( 107

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, 'Apple Energy' LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company has seemingly formed to allow it to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the U.S. But a set of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filings suggests that Apple could have bigger ambitions in the power field. Currently, when private companies sell their excess power, they can only do so to energy companies -- and they often (varies by state) have to sell at wholesale rates. What Apple seemingly could to do, however, is sell directly to end-users at market rates. In other words, get paid retail prices for its excess power. Currently companies like Green Mountain Power can sell green renewable energy to homeowners all over the U.S. It wouldn't be a stretch to see Apple do this as a product in the future. Apple has told the FERC that it meets the legal criteria for selling electricity at market rates because it is not a major player in the energy business and thus has no power to influence electricity prices. It has requested permission begin within 60 days of its filing on 6th June.

Comment Re:What I think? (Score 1) 1052

Isn't it the robots who will produce the useful stuff? Maybe the robots should be taxed. That is, tax the owners of robots who have lower labor costs because they don't hire workers. Seems fair to me that the owners of robots should give up part of the increased profits they realize by replacing workers with robots.

Comment Re:The solution is cookie editing (Score 1) 406

Oh, I see. You want to modify the cookie not just delete it. I'm running Firefox. I can see a cookies.sqlite file in %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\. Perhaps an sqlite editor like the one at would allow you to edit values. Sorry, I'm not very familiar with sqlite files.

Comment Re:That's not the problem (Score 1) 474

>First problem is where does the money come from?

Part of the money comes from reduced cost of administration compared to welfare, unemployment, etc. For some of the rest, why not tax those who cause the problem and benefit from it? That is, tax the robots (actually the owners of the robots). The robot owners realize an enhanced profit from reduced employee expenses. Maybe a fraction of the increased profit due to each robot could go toward funding a basic income for all. The robot owner would still get a larger profit compared to hiring a person but not all the benefit accrues to him. The robot owner must pay some part of the social cost of replacing workers with machines. Does that seem fair?

I think you're saying almost the same thing as I am but a general increase in corporate taxes penalizes some who aren't really causing the problem.

Comment Re: My big hope (Score 5, Informative) 321

I'm not sure how well known it is but there is "God Mode" for Win 7, 8, and 10. To get God Mode you create a folder on the desktop and rename it as described below:

1. Go to the Desktop
2. Right-click and select New Folder.
3. Right-click on the New Folder and select Rename.
4. Change the name of the folder [just copy & paste the following string]: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
5. Open the folder and you will find every setting/utility under the sun organized into a sensible menu that you can browse through without knowing what name to type into a search bar.

Comment Is this true? (Score 1) 172

I don't want to spread bad information about the free Win 10 installation but some posts that I've read say that once you convert from Win 7 to 10, you get a new key and your original Win 7 license is invalidated. That is, once you convert to Win 10, if you don't like it you can't reinstall Win 7. Is this true? I hope not.

Comment 1970's Pron Grabber (Score 1) 258

I was in my 20's and living in Boston in the 1970's where a few UHF broadcast stations were transmitting on-air scrambled pron. They scrambled the signal by reducing the amplitude of the horizontal sync signal. I built a circuit using a 4046 CMOS phase locked loop that re-injected the missing sync signal at the proper time. Lots of trouble for some early mild videos. Sad material compared to today. Little did I realize how much technology would advance in this important area in subsequent years.

Comment Like math (Score 1) 425

If programming is like math (and I think it is in some ways) then the distribution of talent may very well be U shaped. There seems to be a few extremely talented mathematicians like Gauss, Euler, Cantor, Godel, Ramanujan, etc. and then everyone else. That doesn't mean that those like me near the bottom of the U can't appreciate and follow what those at the top accomplish but I think the nervous systems of those who can think so clearly about math are wired in a different way. Maybe so with programmers too.


Windows 10 Enables Switching Between Desktop and Tablet Modes 240

jones_supa writes: In Windows 8, you were trapped in either the Modern UI or using the desktop, and going back and forth between the two worlds was cumbersome. Windows 10 takes a hybrid approach, allowing the user to choose between a classic desktop and a full-screen mobile experience. The feature, which has been developed under the name "Continuum," is now simply called "Tablet mode". In the build 9926 of Windows 10 Technical Preview, switching between the modes can finally be tried out. The leaked build 10036 shows that eventually you will also have the option to automate the process for dockable devices. Since Windows 10 is being positioned as the one OS for all of Microsoft's devices, being able to control the desktop and tablet experiences like this is critical to appeasing the consumer.

Comment No sticker from Dell (Score 1) 132

I bought a new machine with Win 8.1 (ugh) on it from Dell last week with plans to put OEM Win 7 on it. Dell said I could do that if I was willing to give up support and that was ok with me. To my surprise, when the machine arrived it had no license key sticker on it at all so I couldn't use a general OEM install program like the ones from Digital River. Luckily I had a Dell OEM Win 7 install disc from another machine and that installed and activated ok using the key stored in the bios. Is this a new trend that machines now come without a key sticker? Should I call Dell and insist on a Microsoft key?

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