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Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release

pianoben Re:Cannonical is just trolling us (984 comments)

"Ease of mental calculation" is a poor reason for deviating from accepted standards. Isn't such arithmetic precisely what we use computers for?

more than 4 years ago

How Vulnerable Is Our Power Grid?

pianoben Re:This raises hope... (359 comments)

I write software for a company that deals in building controls middleware that recently branched out in to end-user power management software for buildings. Not so long ago, we engineers had a rather fierce battle with the CTO over precisely this point. He insisted that a critical feature of the software had to be the ability to control arbitrary building controls via an unsecured, public-facing web service. The fact was lost on him that, should all of a medium-sized building's controls be cycled simultaneously, the local grid could very well collapse. Eventually he was overridden, but barely. Rest assured that the engineers are not, in fact, complete morons. Just the executives.

more than 5 years ago

Hydrocarbon Rain Swells Titan's Lakes

pianoben They've got WMDs! (110 comments)

...they've got to be around there somewhere, I just know it! Send in the troops!

more than 5 years ago

Saving Energy Via Webcam-Based Meter Reading?

pianoben Re:Do what the meter supoorts? (215 comments)

Perhaps there is an OPC driver available for your meters? Then you can use your skills as a dev to read the meter's binary output directly!

more than 6 years ago


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