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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

cyber-vandal Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (488 comments)

What the fuck are you talking about? Our system has six major players and is still shit with double digit price increases every year and poor customer service. It's like a government utility except any profits made leave the country.

3 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

cyber-vandal Re:Which PROVES they are making excess profits? (488 comments)

Cheaper relative to economies that are serious about tackling pollution problems perhaps but when bills go up by 15% a year and profits rocket for you to then say that there is no gouging going on is naive to say the least. I'm also not keen on subsidising French and German energy customers either. Any profits gained from a system that was paid for by British taxpayers should be used for the benefit of British taxpayers.

3 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

cyber-vandal Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (488 comments)

They are regulated heavily because when they were first privatised they hiked prices enormously and the government of the time had to take action to stop them screwing their captive market.

3 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

cyber-vandal Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (488 comments)

Pre-privatisation they didn't charge VAT on fuel or for environmental and social obligations and the network was also owned by the state rather than by the Germans so you can remove all those from your calculation. What costs were hidden and subsidised? From what I remember the utilities made quite a lot of money for the state and should not have been sold off at all, or at least for a great deal more money than they were.

3 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

cyber-vandal Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

I don't see the full source for OS X on there funnily enough which was my point. Point me to the full source of Windows or Office or SQL Server.

3 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

cyber-vandal Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

Huge collections? Where's the source for Windows, Office or OS X. I know they have open source projects but their main products are exactly as the FSF has stated.

3 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

cyber-vandal Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (488 comments)

All the utilities have been privatised in the UK. One thing that didn't happen was prices going down. In fact they've been rising way beyond the rate of inflation ever since.

3 days ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

cyber-vandal Re: No US Contractors (200 comments)

India is well known for its lack of corruption.

5 days ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

cyber-vandal Re:For today, yes; in the future, mostly no. (252 comments)

Fair enough. I live in Birmingham so Virgin Cable at 152Mbps is available in most of the city and LTE isn't going to be matching that any time soon.

about a week ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

cyber-vandal Re:For today, yes; in the future, mostly no. (252 comments)

Really? In what country? My current ISP gives me 38Mbps down and 10Mbps up and there are far faster options than that here in the UK. My HSPA+ connection on the other hand just about hits 2 down 0.5 up. I'm getting a 4G phone next week but I'm not expecting a vast difference.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

cyber-vandal Re:Credit cards? (80 comments)

Thank you Judge Death for your insightful contribution to this article.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

cyber-vandal Re:WTF (335 comments)

Do Apple have the majority of the market in smartphones and exert an undue influence on that market? Nope, they're not even the biggest player in that market. Not at all the same as Microsoft having 95% of the desktop market and Google having over 70% of the internet search market and using their market position to keep out competitors. I don't like what Apple do but if people don't like Apple's behaviour there are half a dozen other manufacturers happy to take their money instead.

about two weeks ago
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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

cyber-vandal Re:We ran out of IPv4. #1 OS is Android (85 comments)

In the consumer space yes. In the corporate world no-one's manipulating huge spreadsheets or writing 500 page legal documents on an iPad.

about two weeks ago
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Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors

cyber-vandal Linux version first? (33 comments)

Surely the Android version would be the more appropriate.

about two weeks ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

cyber-vandal Re: Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (198 comments)

You mean the banking industry that had to be bailed out not that long ago, bankrupting several nations in the process? The one that bundled up bad debt with good debt and pretended it was all good debt? That banking industry?

about three weeks ago

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