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Comment Re:Central planning failure (Score 1) 231

El Paso Electric for one, which while being situated in one of the sunniest places in the United States and claims to be a leader in moving to solar, just managed to push a fee through the state regulatory board that allows them to collect a penalty charge from people who have solar on their homes because they are not paying for enough of the energy that that "should be".

Comment Re:April fool's day? (Score 1) 168

Estimates put drone gifts for Christmas this year at somewhere around a million for North America. I'm not worried about the guy that's been doing all of the great things that you reference. I'm worried about the not insignificant portion of those million untrained people (including unsupervised children that are not know for making great decisions) that get their drone and suddenly think it's a great idea to go out and see how close they can get to the aircraft landing at their local airport.

Comment Re:Am I the only one? (Score 2) 120

Over a 10 year period from 1990 - 2000 only 175 people were killed by airbags while over 28,000 saved lives can be attributed to the addition of the airbag to the seatbelt. There are also a huge amount of people who still think that seatbelts don't apply to them, and an airbag might actually save them. While we could argue for the cleansing of the gene pool, I'll still take those odds.

Submission + - Did Apple Just End the Era of Paid Operating Systems? (

chrisautrey writes: Apple has announced that OS X 10.9 will be free, breaking the model that they have used for years.

But is it really free? Can you just go get it? With Linux for example, You don't have to go out and buy a "Linux company" hardware box to run it. You can get the OS and install it on your generic hardware. Apple has vigorously fought against installing their OS on non-Apple hardware. If they truly open up Mavericks to all, that will be the true revolution from Apple in this announcement.

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