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Monthly net electricity use in my household:

kalalau_kane Re:173 kWh (327 comments)

Lowest month - August - 369kWh. Highest month - February - 4244kWh. Electric heat. Electrical efficiency of monitors, refrigerator, even light bulbs doesn't matter. No matter how I burn watts, in the end it becomes heat. The only difference in my electrical bill is if I use the electricity for light or entertainment prior to it becoming heat, I pay 9.5 cents per kWh. If I just use it for heat, I pay 5.5 cents per kWh for off-peak electricity.

about 10 months ago

Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

kalalau_kane Didn't the Health Insurance Industry Try This? (567 comments)

The car insurance folks are just trying to improve the granularity of their risk calculations. The eventual will be marginally lower rates for low risk drivers, and denied coverage for the worst. Soon as that happens, some "progressive" politician would start screaming about driving being a fundamental "right", and risk based insurance rates as an infringement on that "right". I see an "O`bama-care" version of car insurance coming within 5 years.

about 10 months ago

Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

kalalau_kane Re:Freedom? (662 comments)

I'll give it 10 years before some group of liberals manages to force a rule through congress that all new cars must be capable of autonomous navigation. Then 10 more before there's classes of roads (interstates, boulevards, school zones) where non-autonomous travel is banned. Then some entire cities will go driverless. All because a bunch of nanny staters feel "safer" if there's no independently controlled vehicular behemoths bearing down on them. They'll sell it as the cure for road rage, speeding and distracted driving. No Thank-you.

1 year,27 days

Home wireless security level?

kalalau_kane Re:high-velocity lead security (438 comments)

Most wireless devices would have to be on my land to access my router, so I've got an Alfred E. Neumann attitude toward wireless security. If you're visiting me, go ahead. I tested with a high wattage radio connected to first a 13Dbm Omni antenna, then a 25Dbm flat panel antenna. I could establish a reliable connection at over half a mile to the router on my desk, but after that things got a bit shakey. The Omni didn't have quite the range as the panel, but the alignment on the panel had to be spot on at distances of a mile. Considering my closest neighbor is over a mile away, I'm rather satisfied with distance as my best security option. Failing that, my Remmington 40x is accurate to minute of laptop at 1000 yards.

about a year ago

Door-to-Door Mail Delivery to End Under New Plan

kalalau_kane Oh My - Urbanites Might Have to Walk Outside (3 comments)

I've had my mailbox at the end of my driveway for years. Same place it was in the 1930's. Somewhere between 1/8 and 1/4 mile from the house where my driveway connects to the gravel township road. Buy some walking shoes, city dweller.

about a year ago

Most precise measuring tool I've used ...

kalalau_kane Re:Grains (328 comments)

Powder scale measures to .05 grains -- and I have a check weight set. Length -- measures to .0001 inch. Time -- chronometer accurate to .001 seconds. Weighs gunpowder, measures case diameter/length, times bullet speed.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

kalalau_kane Three letters -- BCI (307 comments)

Does that typing test require use of a mechanical interface? Learn how to use a direct Brain-Compuer Interface and bypass the fingers and the keyboard. (Makes the PS2/USB argument moot.)

about a year and a half ago

Flash Player Update Forces Installation of Google Toolbar

kalalau_kane Something Better than Blindly Accepting Defaults (4 comments)

Hate to say it, but the download screen for Flash (both 32-bit and 64-bit) both have a checkmark on the option to "Yes, install Chrome as my default browser and Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer â" optional."

about 2 years ago

Want to Change the Slashdot Logo? For 1 Day in October, You Can

kalalau_kane Logo - #! (128 comments)

Keep the geezer geeks happy. When you're going to rename the whole Slashdot shebang, what better than sh-bang.

about 2 years ago

ACLU Questions Privacy of License Plate Scanners

kalalau_kane "Simple" Solution (246 comments)

Just make the data publicly accessible. If the overlords want to create a database of what peons do, like, say, go, wear, .... Just put it online in a publicly accessible database and justify keeping the data to the Legislative and Judicial branches. Further -- no excepting anyone from being included in the database or from accessing it. Public pressure will serve to keep things honest.

more than 2 years ago

Of currently dead inventors, my favorite is ...

kalalau_kane Alfred Bernhard Nobel (542 comments)

... not because I hope to win a prize

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Bring Your Own Last Mile(s)

kalalau_kane Wireless Bridge (1 comments)

Parts: Two consumer grade Wireless Access Points, wireless bridge capable, POE capable, user replacable antenna. Two 10 Db flat pannel wireless antenna Two weatherproof equipment enclosures with 2 cable passthrough grommets each. Attach the antenna to the outside of the enclosure, WAP inside, ethernet cable connects to home router using a POE power injector. Mount the enclosures high enough for line-of-sight connectivity. Total expense: ~$300

more than 2 years ago

Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:

kalalau_kane Re:Bought or just acquired? (298 comments)

Thanks -- I've seen that results page far too many times. Too bad things aren't what they should be - library : "org", store : "com".

more than 2 years ago

Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:

kalalau_kane Re:Bought or just acquired? (298 comments)

Yes, thousands. I've cataloged my home collection at and I find that even though I've listed almost 2000 books, I'm still only the 4000th largest personal library on the site. I picked up 71 used books over the weekend from 2 thrift shops, and cataloged them to check whether any were duplicates of those I've already read. This puts me in the less than 10% voting group, but 71 is hardly a handful.

more than 2 years ago

What fellow slashdotters prefer to read

kalalau_kane Favorite Read??? (4 comments)

"Anything, just anything. Words in a row." -- "Glory Road", Robert A. Heinlein

more than 2 years ago

Google's 'Do a Barrel Roll' Used HTML5, CSS3 Techn

kalalau_kane Dangerous Link (1 comments)

The page this entry links to attempts to do BAAAADDDD things.

more than 2 years ago



World's Largest Quantum Network

kalalau_kane kalalau_kane writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kalalau_kane (1621021) writes "A group of European researchers has proposed the largest quantum network yet: Between Earth and the International Space Station. Such a network would see entangled photons transmitted over a distance of 250 miles — two or three times greater than previous quantum communication experiments. Not only will this be the first quantum experiment in space, but it will allow the scientists to see if entanglement really is instantaneous over long distances, and whether it’s affected by gravity."
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