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Comment Re:Cost? (Score 1) 191

The post I replied to claimed, "Fuel has to be shipped-in regularly, probably bi-weekly or monthly, while the batteries should be good for closer to a decade".

If the smallest tanker carries enough for 56 years of use on that island, then they certainly don't need a bi-weekly shipment.

Other posts quoted prices for the batteries based on real world numbers from recent Telsa installs. The were VERY expensive, and would need replaced within 10 years.
I don't know where the break-even is, but people comparing it to bi-weekly shipments of fuel are being silly on the other side of the equation. They'll need infrastructure either way, and maintenance either way, and regular (yearly) shipments of stuff either way. I like solar, but the battery prospect for nightly usage isn't quite competitive yet.

Comment Re:Cost? (Score 1) 191

This thread started as a sarcastic joke, but let's get some numbers in here.

Tanker capacity:
The smallest is 10000 - 25000 DWT (deadweight tonnage), and largest is 549,999 DWT.

How many barrels of oil can a 20,000 DWT tanker carry? https://onlineconversion.vbull...
About 147,980 barrels.

1 barrel = 42 US gallons.

300 gallons a day = 109500 gallons a year = 2607 barrels a year

So, a 20,000 DWT tanker can supply over 56 years worth of fuel to that island.
If those batteries should be good for close to a decade, they would have replaced them 5 times before they need another fuel shipment, and that's not counting maintenance and parts for that install.

FWIW, I support the move to solar, especially for this island, but the fuel doesn't HAVE to be shipped in regularly. They could build a large storage facility and ship it in in bulk once a decade or so.

Comment Re: Fold a shirt in 10 minutes? (Score 1) 139

FWIW, the WSJ article from last October (2015) is where it was noted that it takes 5-10 minutes a shirt. I don't see any quotes on its own site regarding that, and the article from the telegraph doesn't directly mention it, but does have a caption on a photo that says, "The Laundroid robot can fold and sort a pile of clothes in minutes", so *maybe* they've improved the speed?

Comment Re: Fold a shirt in 10 minutes? (Score 1) 139

I suspect this robot is aimed at commercial applications.

I figured the same at first, but this gen is a machine the size of a fridge that can do 1 shirt every 10 minutes. IMO, this model isn't aimed at commercial applications, cause my local laundrymat does drop off wash and fold at about $0.75/lb (including socks!) with one or two active employees doing lots of loads all day. You need to have an employee there, so you might as well have them wash and fold. Something this slow couldn't compete even if there were 10 of them - it'd be way more valuable to put in 5 more washer+dryers and, if needed, hire one more person.

If this was way faster, it'd be great for commercial stuff. You'd still have to separate the laundry (only put in shirts, pants, whatever it can handle). Heck, make it only do shirts, as long as it was A LOT faster, it'd be great.
If it was more versatile and cheaper, it'd be sufficient for home use. If you still have to do part of the load by hand, it's not worth it. Wrinkles also set while everything is sitting in a ball in the dryer (or in the drawer for this thing), so speed is still a concern, or you'll just end up with folded but wrinkled stuff.

Long term looks promising, but I don't see the market for the first gen :-(

Comment Re: Plenty of examples to go by (Score 1) 230

Yes, you'd have to leave it on all the time. Which for most people is impractical.

You mean just like all the IoT things themselves, and your modem and router and dvr boxes and your roku and echo etc etc etc.
A lot of connected home thingies have (optional?) central hubs which could serve the purpose of an always on computer for whatever purposes you needed that for.

The rest of the AC's rant isn't an argument at all. No desire to have an IoT thing is not a reason why others shouldn't use it. An always on computer is already solved though.

Comment Re:And to think they could have had it all (Score 2) 41

That all made perfect sense, as long as you ignore how the other big companies operate. I'm serious... that's the plan I'd say they should follow too, but that's not what the successful companies are doing.

... and that's why we're all so shocked that they're even bothering to release a new model rather than dropping out of the e-Book business entirely.

Who all is in the e-book business these days?
* amazon, obviously. They're probably #1
* apple ibooks. They have no e-ink reader, but their ibook users won't buy another device for reading cause they love their ithing so much. I consider this a niche market, because no other hardware/platform is really going to win those users.
* B&N. I'm 99% sure they are either #2 or #3, and I haven't looked at any stats.
* Kobo? Or free apps and 3rd party or pirated books? Or the other e-ink readers that are hard to even find?
Why would B&N exit a market where they're in the top 3? That's still a HUGE volume. Any of the others would LOVE to have that extra share. It's enough for them to manage a profit from it, and any bit that Amazon doesn't get makes them more competitive, so it's win-win to keep it.

B&N has been out of the hardware business for several years, with the possible exception of their E-ink model.

Good. IMO, they never should have made their own tablet. The e-ink reader is the book market, and they can make a nice app for any and all tablets (which they already have). The e-ink competition is amazon, and a bunch of also rans.

Heck, their latest E-ink hardware was behind by two major versions on the day that it shipped.

Amazon doesn't even run Android on their E-ink hardware.
On the Fire tablets, Amazon doesn't support the normal app ecosystem (no google play, no gmail, no chrome, no firefox, no hangouts, no chromecast support, etc). AFAICT, you can't even make a bookmark onto the home screen, so you can't make a shortcut to the web versions of things. I'm VERY upset about that, cause I tried to make that a drop in replacement for some elder family members (the live support and cheap price with decent specs sold me on them... these shortcomings were downplayed by everyone I talked to, but now the tablets are unused junk).

GP mentioned B&N being a threat to both Microsoft and Amazon. If you look at microsofts competition in this market, it's essentially non-existant. I don't think they ever even had an e-ink reader, and if they had a book store, it was so insignificant that no one knows about it. Their updates and maintenance on their product lines has been pretty awful, with the exception of windows itself, where they went with the other extreme.

My point is, using the others as a model, B&N doesn't need to be a good company and provide lots of great support. It's sad.

Comment Re:phrased questionably (Score 1) 68

... law ... explicitly states that data on Russian people must be housed inside of Russia

Where did I say otherwise? The law does not say that the data must not leave Russia. You can house it there and continue to pass it on to your external systems. Ask your lawyers for confirmation on that, but that's the word I got.

You then flat out lie...

Come on... stop it with the accusations, especially when you're wrong :-)

...the EU law which absolutely applies to companies outside of the EU. US Companies must house data inside the EU and all data handling must be compliant with both EU and local laws regarding data handling.

The law is more complex than that, of course, and your statement is only true with a bunch of other conditionals. If you have a US company, physically located in the US, and all employees in the US, and servers in the US, you don't have to do jack shit for the EU. In our "global market", and when we refer to these large sites like Linkedin, Facebook, Google, etc, they have enough parts that touch the EU that they have to comply at least partially.

Comment Re:It's hard to get over 25 years of habit (Score 1) 280

Then just type in 'cmd' and you are set. They aren't removing the application.

From the fucking summary, "Typing cmd in the run dialog will launch PowerShell as well".
It'll still be fairly trivial to launch it, but not via any of the readily available and used methods.

Comment Re:I'll wait for a third party review... (Score 1) 428

Snow and ice tend to melt off due to solar heating. My roof is often exposed and bare when my yard is covered in snow, and I have light colored shingles and good insulation.

I don't know your situation either way, but for those wondering... look around your neighborhood** when there's snow out and see if any others have snow on their roofs. If other people have snow on their roof but yours has melted off, your insulation sucks. There are other reasons, but that's the main one.

** if you live in a housing plan, look at other neighborhoods, especially those with a variety of home builders.

Comment Re:phrased questionably (Score 2) 68

IANARL, but AFAIK the Russian law regarding hosting data within the country has nothing to do with the privacy of its citizens data. As part of that law, companies are allowed to export any and all data to systems residing in any other country in the world. The limitation the law imposes requires a store of that data, or a log of it, to exist within Russia's borders, and for it to flow through a system within Russia before it leaves the country (or not). In this particular case (linkedin), they could probably get away with putting some frontend web servers in Russia, force all Russian users to go through those servers, and have those servers do a double-write of data - once to a system in Russia, and once to their normal systems.

The EU laws, on the other hand, help to protect PII data of their citizens. That data is not allowed to be stored on systems outside the EU at all (unless there are other agreements in place, or it's not PII, etc etc lots of fine print). In short, EU privacy law has more to do with protecting the data from external eyes, and the Russian law has more to do with Russia being able to subpoena (or the RU equivalent) the data of their citizens.

Another significant difference, perhaps the biggest one, is that the EU law does not apply to companies that are not located within the EU. However, Linkedin is getting blocked BECAUSE they are not located in RU.

Comment Re:News at 11 (Score 1) 172

Indeed. Boot the pc on a USB Linux, mount the computer disk, enjoy.

... and risk getting stuck at bios password. Get around that and get stuck at disk encryption password (usb boot not enabled). Re-enable usb boot in bios and unable to mount encrypted disks. Or, stick this thing in a usb port for a bit and get access to everything remotely thereafter. Never reboot a box if you can avoid it.

Comment Re:This is the year (Score 4, Insightful) 89

While this news isn't great, the encrypted image remains encrypted. If you allow your computer to boot to anything other than your main secure and encrypted setup, then someone with physical access at boot that has made it to that point in the boot process could simply boot to a rescue disk (usb/cd/network/etc), and then do even more damage. Also, since they have physical access, they could just pop out the drive and mirror it via any other system, or reset the bios (to clear bios password) and allow boot by other media. And if you had a bios password, how did they get past that to get to the exploit step?

This isn't good, but it doesn't seem to be a big deal either.

Comment Re:Yes, because banning books totally works. (Score 1) 108

In case anyone was wondering, these are also readily available on (the US site), and they're cheap and prime eligible. I'm sure there available elsewhere, but amazon was mentioned in TFS, so I was wondering if they had previously been globally banned on amazon or something, and just recently "leaked" in the UK, but no, there is almost no story here at all. Brexit my lawn!

Comment Re:Razorblade defeats it. (Score 1) 552

I've been looking for a comment like this through a LONG list of shitty reactionary comments.
This is just a neoprene bag with what appears to be a lock like they put on clothes to prevent them from getting stolen. Since I don't get two shits about their bag, why wouldn't I just cut it open and throw it out? Walk out at the end with my phone and, if they ask, say they missed it when I went in. If they're holding something hostage in return for the bag (my credit card, or just the number so they can charge me), then that's a separate and, IMO, bigger problem. I don't want to be responsible for their bag.

That said, I'm REALLY missing the comments about how one can circumvent these bags. In the slashdot of old, that would have been in the first couple comments, if not a link to a page documenting it in the summary.

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