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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

multimediavt Re:No 9? (422 comments)

I'm guessing they skipped Windows 9 because they didn't want it to sound like "Windows Suffering" in parts of the world!

Yeah, because just running it at all isn't causing suffering all over the world?

4 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

multimediavt Re:Survival (444 comments)

P.S. You might want to refinance through a friendlier lender should you wish to pursue off-grid power. You're certainly not locked into that mortgage lender (legally) so that might not be a difficult thing to get around. Certainly easier than changing local occupancy code.

10 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

multimediavt Re:Survival (444 comments)

Ok, that example is not a single family home, it's a duplex. Multi dwelling structures have different code requirements, so that's a bad example.

10 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

multimediavt Re:Survival (444 comments)

Ok, I've spent hours looking through any info I can find on the relevant codes and there just isn't anything there that specifies "power from electric company" or even words to that effect. I have even found some codes that say that applications for power service "if requested" so some places seem to spell out that it doesn't have to come from a power company. I will keep looking, but it seems fighting any resistance in court would be possible given the verbiage in the existing codes in most locales. You have to meet building code, but there's no building code that specifies grid power. There may be occupancy code but I haven't found a single code that specifically says "power must be supplied by a power company" just that power has to be there. I am going to keep looking and thank you to those that did respond to me. I've asked for some more info from them if they would be so kind and I continue to research this.

10 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

multimediavt Re:Survival (444 comments)

What lender did you use? i.e., who did you get your mortgage through? That's the info that will help me. Thanks.

10 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

multimediavt Re:Survival (444 comments)

I don't want a news source, I want a legal code document or mortgage terms. I will look at that link to see the municipality info and dive deeper. Thanks

10 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

multimediavt Re:Amish (444 comments)

Have an Amish family live in your house for a year. Then that family can plead freedom of religion, as Amishism forbids connection to public utilities.

There's another good point that blows a hole in the code requirement assertion. I am not able to find any occupancy permit requirement that says "from a public utility" or "from a utility company". They all just say that to meet occupancy you need water, power and proper sewage.

yesterday
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

multimediavt Re:Survival (444 comments)

Show me an example of these codes please. I have been researching this for the past two hours and have looked at multiple occupancy permitting codes across the U.S. and there just isn't any such requirement that I've been able to find. Also, http://hardware.slashdot.org/c...

yesterday
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

multimediavt Re:Survival (444 comments)

The hard part of that is most home mortgages mandate that the house remain hooked up to public utilities.

Can you point me at an example of this verbiage somewhere? I've been doing a bit of refresher research on this since seeing some of these comments earlier this evening and I can't find any provisions online (across multiple locales) in occupancy permitting or code that says a residential (single family dwelling) has to be connected to a public utility at all. I even checked FHA rules and they all pretty much say the same thing, that water, sewage and power have to be there but not that they have to come from a public utility. If the public utility provision existed it would mean water wells, sewage tanks and drainage fields on premises wouldn't be valid (and we all know they are). I should point out that my degree is in architecture and I immediately went into the codes and there just isn't anything there saying that electricity has to come from a power company anywhere, just like it doesn't say that water and sewage have to come from a municipality. Power, water and proper sewage/drainage have to be there for inspection for occupancy, but no provisions for the source (other than they can't be shared from another property in some cases). So, if what folks are saying is true I'd like to see an example of where these provisions are spelled out. Most of the mortgage stuff I could find, again, just points to meeting code for occupancy in order to qualify for the loan. Nothing about power, water or sewage having to come from a utility company. Are folks making assumptions here or is there some info somewhere I can look at?

yesterday
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

multimediavt Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

To suggest that the government is a single entity which has a right to dispense with that which belongs to all of us is disingenuous at best.

I don't believe I suggested or implied any such thing. The government of the U.S. is elected by people from all over the U.S. and those representatives get together to decide on rules and regulations to govern the people and land the U.S. possesses. Just because you happen to be in the minority of people that think all land not private property should be used by the public any way they see fit doesn't make it so. The land does belong to all of us, but we don't get to individually decide what to do with it, and the people have spoken, the rules are in place. If you don't like them work through your government representatives to change those rules. Remember, you still have to convince the rest of us that what you want to do is correct otherwise the votes won't be there and your changes won't happen. That's how democracy works. You also seem to be describing the government as some giant profit center that's taking money from the people and doing nothing with it. Again, if you don't like what they do with the money or you don't like paying that money, see the steps above again for how to change that. Again, good luck. And where does it say in any government document that the land in question is "there for public use"? If that were true you could walk onto any military installation and do what you wanted because it's on Federal land! No, not how that works. There are rules and those rules are made by the people, for the people by people of the people, also known as our government.

yesterday
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

multimediavt Re:It's true (257 comments)

I wouldn't call Ferrari a "fringe brand" anymore. Not since the 1980s, anyway, and even then their racing pedigree made them a household name almost everywhere in the world. Koenigsegg, Pagani, Noble, and a few others are fringe brands that make one off vehicles or limited run vehicles that only car enthusiasts know much about. That's what makes them fringe, their obscurity. Tesla started off as a fringe brand hand making every Roadster six years ago, but once they started mass producing the Model S they stopped being a fringe brand in my mind.

yesterday
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

multimediavt Why use statistics? (122 comments)

Why use statistics? Couldn't you just read the books and find out what's going to happen? Idiot

yesterday
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

multimediavt Ballast and AC-DC conversion (595 comments)

CFLs have ballasts that are very susceptible to electrical transients. [PDF] Typically, the cheaper the bulb the cheaper the ballast electronics are. This makes them vulnerable to "dirty power" and will shorten their lifetime considerably. The more expensive bulbs have better ballasts, but without surge protection they are also prone to early ballast failure. I have CFLs in my apartment and the wiring in this place is more than 40 years old and power generation in the town I live in is pretty spike prone and browns out almost weekly. I lose a bulb about every three to five years (on average, some longer) from the bad wiring in the place (shorting switches, just bad wires, etc.) and most likely from the dirty power. Just yesterday I lost the one in the overhead hallway light when I turned it on via the wall switch. That bulb was about five years old and a mid-range priced one from GE.

LED "bulbs" have AC-DC power converters in them that are also susceptible to power transients, but not as much so as CFL ballasts as the converters tend to have moderate surge suppression circuits built into them making them a little more robust. I do have a few of those around that I am experimenting with to see if they last any longer in my environment. Jury is still out.

The gist is, if your bulbs are dying early the problem may not (just) be the bulb itself but the quality of AC power being supplied to it, quality that may be affected by the wiring in your dwelling, the equipment between the dwelling and the generator, natural or external to the power system causes (CME, lightning, downed tree, car accident, damn squirrel!) and/or the power generation process itself. Remember they test these things and do quality assurance on them in a lab, with clean power and very controlled conditions. YMMV I should also note that incandescent bulbs failed at a much higher rate, replacing the same bulbs every two to three years and sometimes sooner depending on use case. The CFLs and LED bulbs are also prone to failure due to heat buildup so the ones I have in closed fixtures, e.g., overhead fixtures, do fail more often than the ones I have in open ones, e.g., table lamps.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

multimediavt Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

Sorry, ignorant not "Insightful".

1. Citation or some info to back your assertion
2. All lands west of the Mississippi were bought by the Federal Govt starting with the Louisiana Purchase
3. Those lands were opened up for homesteading under the Homestead acts starting in 1862 and homesteading on those lands (most given to people for free, up to 160 acres, growing in size with subsequent legislation) continued up through the New Deal
4. Bureau of Land Management then managed any land not acquired during those acts and continues to manage Federally owned and paid for (centuries ago in some cases) land

To say that the government doesn't have the right to do with the land as it pleases (land the government can show deed to) is disingenuous at best and subverting our government's rightful authority at worst.

4 days ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

multimediavt Re:Meanwhile (275 comments)

America has it's own problems and poor and suffering, we need to take care of our own FIRST.

Let the African nations start acting responsibly and pulling their act together first.

Nice how you're an even bigger asshole, so free with everyone else's money....

I won't argue that we should be taking care of our own problems, but to turn a blind eye to the suffering of others and to ignore a disease that has the potential to spread across the world and decimate the world's population (including the U.S.) is not only un-American it's just downright immoral. And btw, it's OUR money and we all get a say in how it's spent, whether you like it or not! Now, I'm done with you. Go back to your selfish interests and myopic nationalism.

4 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

multimediavt Re:Book Bans (402 comments)

I can't name a single atheist who is a parent that is threatened by any book or would call them "dangerous",

I can name many that think that the 10 commandments are dangerous, much more the book that encompasses them. Many of them would push to make sure I couldn't teach MY kids from the bible, because in their gnarled, depraved brains they think that giving children moral structure through religion is some form of harmful brainwashing.

I completely disagree with most of what you just said and challenge you to produce one true atheist that has any problem with The Bible as a piece of literature; beyond the places where it contradicts itself or is totally weird like Adam, Eve, Cain and Able being the only four people on Earth and Cain and Able somehow go off to cities to get married, etc. ??? It's a book of parables. And who says you can't teach your child from The Bible? When has anyone said that?

It's what people do with information that is dangerous, not the information itself. I will agree that a lot of people think that religion is bad, but more for the reasons that most religious people have not read and interpreted their tome of choice (The Bible for Christians) on their own. This especially irks me of Protestants as the whole point of The Reformation was to take the power from the church and give it to the people, by not relying on priests to tell you what The Bible means but to read it yourself and come to your own conclusions and relationship with your deity. My head just starts to spin when a non-Catholic Christian speaks of the church, what the priest told them, etc. Not knowing the history of their own religion and why they believe what they supposedly believe is just mind boggling. And it's not so much brainwashing but the guilt trips and rituals that are all based on control of people, what they think and how they act. There are plenty of other ways to get a moral grounding (know right from wrong) without religion. Try the military, for instance. Most (not all) of the "religious" people I know are the biggest hypocrites as well, and a subset of those are just downright criminal, so the whole religion provides a moral grounding meme just doesn't pan out when you look at the behavior of a large number of religious people today and across history, even and especially their religious leaders (priests, deacons, ministers, etc.).

Again, if you think an atheist is threatened by a book, then I think you are projecting something in you onto someone else that just isn't there. Now, if you're talking about atheists (like myself) defending the separation of church and state whereby state property and employees should not endorse one religion or another by displaying say, the Ten Commandments, then yeah, that's spot on. To say that I'm threatened is not true at all, I am saying that it's not right for a publicly funded office, school or other civic entity to endorse a religion by putting it's dogma in front of everyone. There is freedom of religion and that means all of them, and none (atheism).

Your private beliefs are your business. It's not your business to flaunt your beliefs in front of everyone else but to be tolerant of all beliefs in deities, or the belief that there are none. As a matter of fact the only organized religion I have a problem with is Christianity as the Christians seem to be the only ones trying to shove their religion down everyone else's throat. I don't have Buddhists, Muslims or Jews knocking on my door trying to convert me. I don't have folks with non-Christian beliefs trying to put their religious sayings or symbols on my public school, courthouse or legislative building, just the Christians. And they talk about how they're being marginalized and persecuted because tolerant people won't let them marginalize others. Now, if you want to bring up Islamic fundamentalists, I'll just say that they aren't Muslim, haven't read the Quran for themselves and are most likely being used by someone corrupting Islam for their own purposes. Christianity has these whack jobs, too, and there seems to be a growing number of them coming out of the woodwork lately, but that's a completely different discussion.

I could keep going but I'm tired and you're an Anonymous Coward.

4 days ago
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Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015

multimediavt Re:Denial of service (42 comments)

Start looking for denial of service attacks that constitute an army of comandeered drones swarming around its intended target. Just imagine what pwning the Amazon drone fleet would net you...

Severe jail time?

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

multimediavt Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

Just a quick follow up:

The total cost of the Mariner 4 mission is estimated at $83.2 million. Total research, development, launch, and support costs for the Mariner series of spacecraft (Mariners 1 through 10) was approximately $554 million.

From http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc...

If you divide the cost up between the missions it averages under $60 million per probe. Cheaper than the Indian probe! That's a much more realistic comparison of scientific programs. Folks, the U.S. did the sub $100 million probes to Mars in the 1970s. India didn't even have a rocket to reach Low Earth Orbit during that decade and only got there in the last fifteen years! Baby steps, and they've got a lot of catching up to do and have the benefit of some of our experience as they are our allies.

5 days ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

multimediavt Re:Static lighting only (131 comments)

Cool tech of course with their compression for voxel data, but until they have real time dynamic lighting and global illumination ... *yawn*.

Yup, wake me when it runs something non-static and real-time immersive. Until then get off my lawn and let me go back to sleep.

5 days ago

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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Personal Data?

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

multimediavt writes "Ok, here's my problem. I have A LOT of personal data!

And, no, it's not pr0n, warez, or anything the MPAA or RIAA would be concerned about.

I am realizing that I need to keep at least one spare drive the same size as my largest drive around in case of failure, or the need to reformat a drive due to corrupt file system issues. In my particular case I have a few external drives ranging in size from 200 GB to 2 TB (none with any more than 15 available), and the 2 TB drive is giving me fits at the moment so I need to move the data off and reformat the drive to see if it's just a file system issue or a component issue. I don't have 1.6 TB of free space anywhere and came to the above realization that an empty spare drive the size of my largest drive was needed. If I had a RAID I would have the same needs should a drive fail for some reason and the file system needed rebuilding. I am hitting a wall, and I am guessing that I am not the only one reaching this conclusion. This is my personal data and it is starting to become unbelievably unruly to deal with as far as data integrity and security are concerned. This problem is only going to get worse, and I'm sorry "The Cloud" is not an acceptable nor practical solution.

Tape for an individual as a backup mechanism is economically not feasible. Blu-ray Disc only holds 50 GB at best case and takes forever to backup any large amount of data, along with a great deal of human intervention in the process. So, as an individual with a large data collection and not a large budget, what do you see as options for now (other than keeping a spare blank drive around), and what do you see down the road that might help us deal with issues like this?"
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Can SSD Electronics Be Replaced & Retain Data?

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

multimediavt (965608) writes "I know that because of the delicate calibration between electronics and read/write heads in standard hard drives, that even with matching electronics it is next to impossible for those not fortunate enough to work for a data recovery lab to retain the data stored on the platters after replacing the onboard controller electronics should they fail. I am curious if that is true of SSD drives as well? I would assume not, but wondered if any /. folks had any insight on whether this was true or not? Beyond the speed increases and not having to worry about head crashes due to traumatic, sudden deceleration, the ability to replace faulty controller electronics (or even to upgrade them down the road) would be yet another huge advantage of the technology."
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Apple: Consumer Reports Antenna Testing Flawed

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

multimediavt (965608) writes "Many seem to be jumping down Apple's throat about the iPhone 4 antenna issue, but there still has not been any independent, credible, scientific diagnosis of the problem. Bob Egan, an electrical engineer, has posted a blog explaining how Consumer Report's testing was flawed and simply reinforces anecdotal evidence of a problem, but does not give any credible scientific diagnosis as to the cause.

From TFA:

"Consumer reports '½ÂoeRF'½Â engineers should know better than to think they can run an engineering grade test for an issue like this in a shielded room. And certainly not one with people in it.

To even reasonably run a scientific test, the iPhone should have been sitting on a non-metallic pedestal inside an anechoic chamber. The base station simulator should have been also sitting outside the chamber and had a calibrated antenna plumbed to it from inside the chamber."

Ok, there's a problem, but let's not overreact until we know the real cause and how it can be fixed. A recall may be needed, but it could really be a simple software fix."

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