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Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

Orne Re: Sure, why not? (410 comments)


Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
Solyndra ($535 million)*
Beacon Power ($43 million)*
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
SunPower ($1.2 billion)
First Solar ($1.46 billion)
Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
EnerDelâ(TM)s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
Amonix ($5.9 million)
Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
Abound Solar ($400 million)*
A123 Systems ($279 million)*
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
Johnson Controls ($299 million)
Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
ECOtality ($126.2 million)
Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
Olsenâ(TM)s Crop Service and Olsenâ(TM)s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
Range Fuels ($80 million)*
Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
GreenVolts ($500,000)
Vestas ($50 million)
LG Chemâ(TM)s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
Navistar ($39 million)
Satcon ($3 million)*
Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.

about 2 months ago

New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

Orne Re: What the heck is RTO? (230 comments)

Regional Transsmission Organization. After the deregulation of the bulk electric system, these companies are given the responsibility of monitoring high voltage transmission reliability. They commonly are also Independent Service Organizations, which operate regional wholesale electric markets.

about 3 months ago

Actually, It's Google That's Eating the World

Orne Never about search (205 comments)

The Google search engine was a byproduct of their want to serve advertisements to web browsing users (customers), and to provide better metrics to their clients (advertisers) so they could command higher rates. Once you see that, things like home automation, tracking energy usage, travel choices, etc are all means to an end of understanding what the user wants/needs then putting the best advertisement in front of the viewer.

about 2 months ago

Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses

Orne Vending Machines + Apps (371 comments)

If you extrapolate, plus look at the hints Coke has been dropping...

Coke must be working on a phone app that allows you to configure your "preferred" drink at their multi-selection syrup dispensers. Yes, you can accomplish it with RFID, but If each individual machine is internet-aware, then it can geo-fence to know who is near the machine, report syrup levels for restocking, as well as more accurately track a customer rewards program. We can't rely on phones to have NFC/RFID, so they need to come up with some other way of communicating. If you can get the machine on the LAN of the restaurant, you can do all sorts of stuff... promotions, push notifications, preferences, etc.

Actually, just found that all Freestyle machines are already RFID enabled, since 2009.

about 4 months ago

Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

Orne Re: Do it (489 comments)

So you are actually arguing in favor of the Republican voters in the current state to never be represented, and instead add to the counts of Democrat electoral votes, so it always goes to the presidential candidate that they never want? The current situation sounds totally fair.

about 4 months ago

Astronomers Discover When Galaxies Got Their Spirals

Orne Re:Seems like a small sample (56 comments)

That never happens, this is Science we're talking about here!

about 4 months ago

Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

Orne Re:Prep and landing? (418 comments)

Apparently "Prep and Landing" is the name of a 2009 holiday short about Santa's elite "advance team" of elves that visits houses before Santa's arrival and makes sure that everything goes smoothly (Preparation for Santa's Landing).


about 4 months ago

Physicists Smash Record For Wave-Particle Duality

Orne Re:Whatever (95 comments)

Picoturtles or it didn't happen.

about 5 months ago

Amazon Botches Sales Tax, Overcharges NJ

Orne What's the problem? (179 comments)

Isn't the real problem that NJ state's tax code is so expansive that its own citizens don't even know what they should or should not pay taxes on?

Tax law is one item that Amazon is paying extremely close attention to as of late. They are actually leading the discussion for the national sales tax, because it forces their competition (eBay) to play by the same rules. Amazon is a distribution system masquerading as an online retail store. They have physical nexus and are being required to collect taxes on behalf of customers in at least 16 states.

about 5 months ago

France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon

Orne Re: Typical (264 comments)

Exactly ... as the price of books go down, the demand for books increase. This is basic Econ 101. By setting a price floor, you are limiting the ability to reach customers who would otherwise want to buy more books. If I have â100 in my pocket how many books am I going to walk out the store with?

about 6 months ago

8 US States Pushing For 3.3 Million Electric Cars

Orne Re: Really doesn't compute (327 comments)

Good idea. But now the problem is securing the transaction and getting a data connection into the plug (socket standardization).

about 6 months ago

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

Orne Re:I suspect he's right. (580 comments)

Exactly. Private enterprise won't get us a city on Mars, it will get us thousands of tiny habitats on asteroids in the belt, to hold the mechanics/repair staff for robotic mining operations. It won't be glorious, but it will make money.

This is the same reason we don't have all of the crazy stuff that classic sci-fi says we should have by now, like habitats at the bottom of the ocean or a city at the north pole. Instead we do have floating oil rigs, mining operations, mountaintop windfarms, desert solar arrays... because that's what is actually profitable.

about 8 months ago

The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

Orne Re:Moon colonies... (352 comments)

Good point. Thanks to the Dot Com Bust, fiber optics had become so commonplace that the bottom fell out of the market, which has impacted companies like Owens Corning.

about 8 months ago

Famed ATM Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies Days Before Black Hat Conference

Orne Re:Myes, myes... (110 comments)

But it was awesome nonsense . . .

about 9 months ago

Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

Orne Re:Tesla is good... (452 comments)

Electricity is most commonly produced by giant furnaces burning fuel, which boils water into steam, which turns a turbine, which spins a magnet, which produces an electric field, which transfers electrons along miles of conducting bundles of wires at some loss to where they are consumed by a motor to produce work, or stored by a battery at some loss at the final destination.

about 9 months ago

Megatokyo Gets a Visual Novel Game

Orne Re:Is that still being updated? (88 comments)

> With two months in between strips for a web comic ...

Having a heart operation will do that to a person.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Bypass Gov't Spying On Cellphones?

Orne Re:Disposable cell phone (364 comments)

... but as soon as you called your family/doctor/S.O. with that new number, that phone got added to the searchable list. If you made more than one call, or call the same people all of the time even with different phones, that disposable phone is now linked via the metadata. Network effect, indeed.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

Orne You are about to drop a table . . . (397 comments)

The obvious answer is to add "Are You Sure?" popups to the UI . . . Users love those.

about a year ago

LLNL/RPI Supercomputer Smashes Simulation Speed Record

Orne Re:rPi is different from RPI (79 comments)

I guess you have a different definition of old-timers, since it was founded in 1824 and became an official Institute in 1832.

about a year ago

Sequester Grounds Blue Angels

Orne Re:Washington monument gambit, again. (341 comments)

The hidden truth is we could not afford the Blue Angels last year either; the country spent $1.1 trillion more than it took in in fiscal year 2012. What the US is doing is issuing debt in the form of bonds to keep itself solvent. Some day that debt will have to be repaid, which means not only balancing the budget, but becoming cash flow positive. That will require true cuts beyond anything any politician is willing to stomach.

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