* Posts by Eddy Ito

3193 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Oil & gas? Pah. We’ve got a MASSIVE 3D printer, beams Dubai

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Re: First??

Looking at the WinSun links it appears to be a concrete extruder similar to the one shown in this TEDx talk. It does sound like they are, at the moment, just making large custom concrete blocks and sticking it all together at the end which is no doubt easier and more practical than dragging a huge precision squirter out to the job site. If they can get it all into an ISO shipping container and it's easily set up/broken down then maybe they'll be able to "print" something. To me it looks a bit like precision shotcrete/gunite.

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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And how well did El Reg's system make out? It seems like some posts were disappearing into the ether yesterday only to appear several hours later.

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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Re: Welcome to the 19th century

... as being 303 million km from Earth last week, and not 303 Gm?

Because the public would say one of two things, either "what's a Gm?" or "which model GM, a Suburban?" You have to put on the dumb it down cap that the PR person wears.

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'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

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Meh

$450 million

So that's what, a long weekend?

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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... a pencil the size of a rocket.

One minor point, it's actually easier to do with longer objects. Sure balancing a pencil on your finger is difficult but balancing a broomstick is rather easy. Remember, it's basically an inverted pendulum, just like you are.

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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Re: What a horrible paint job

I don't know, I rather like it. It has some nice benefits like hiding the occasional nick or dent and when it appears to be a solid color you know it's time for a wash. I've only one question, do you think they'll have it in black and orange for Halloween?

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Beyond the Grave: US Navy pays peanuts for Windows XP support

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I'm sure there are plenty of other XP systems in the other branches of the DOD. I wonder if they all pay a similar rate considering the DOD is the largest employer in the world.

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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Overseeing thousands of servers is of course quite another level of complexity – but one you will soon be able to do while stuck in a traffic jam.

If you're stuck in a traffic jam wouldn't it mean the thousands of servers are already screwed up?

Sorry, but this shift in paradigm from the current vision of autonomous to a data center is starting to look a bit too much like smart meters to me. Hell, the current data centers can't keep the billing straight and they expect me to allow myself to be stranded somewhere until I pay up - I'll pass.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Re: Winkle-heavy list

It seems rather easy, do a quick head count of each gender of the characters in most movies. Typically there are few females who play the romantic interest of select male characters. Hell even when the lead character is female (Tomb Raider, Alien, Snow White) there aren't many females in the movie. No, extras like 'waitress number 2' don't count.

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

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Re: 2.2 meelion dollars

Actually one man was awarded $250,000 and the other $225,000 for 'hurt feelings'. The rest was a $1.75 million penalty for violating "the Plaintiffs' federally protected rights".

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

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Re: Pedantic Grammar Nazi Compromise?

why .amazon.com shouldn't suffice, I do not understand.

I can only guess that this is a defensive measure on the part of Bezos and friends. They don't want people to be able to register names such as igotscrewedby.amazon or bitemyshineymetalass.amazon to name a couple of the more polite domains.

If that's the case, is there be some middle ground where the two sides could meet? For instance if Amazon.com offered non-profits in the Amazonas region a free .amazon domain or something in exchange for the TLD.

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They don't need a public reason. The letter is signed by J. Randy Forbes of Virginia and Suzan DelBene of Washington. The same Washington that serves as home base to Amazon and the same Virginia that houses some of Amazon's biggest cloudy data centers. Reason one, there's a lot of potential voters who are employed by Amazon in each state. Reason two, these two congress critters want to make sure Amazon has no reason to expand their operations elsewhere.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Re: Use Large Fonts.

Genre is a very important factor. If they only went strictly by character/word count then folks who write comic books graphic novels would get about two and a half page views regardless of the actual length of the book/magazine. Is a picture really worth a thousand (Amazon counted) words?

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Re: So....

This applies to two of Amazon's programs, Kindle Unlimited which is a monthly subscription and Kindle Owners Lending Library which appears to be part of the Amazon Prime package. It also seems to only apply to folks who self publish on Amazon and we can assume that people under a major publisher will be paid the same as before this change so essentially they are screwing the independent writers.

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Give us your software BlackBerry, we love it. The phones? Meh

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Re: Great company, great products...

Advertising doesn't do enough.

Especially since I can't recall when the last time I saw or heard a Blackberry advertisement in any medium. I hear iPhone ads all the time on the radio and see iPhone & Samsung ads everywhere. Perhaps that's why so many people think Blackberry disappeared. Whatever they do, they are going to have to start getting the word out that they are still around and making good stuff.

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

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Re: These are primarily products for the US - not the UK

Radiant heat is common in the northeast and particularly in more rural areas where there is no natural gas line you'll find that oil fired boilers are quite common. In small homes all the radiators are tied in series but larger multilevel homes have the system zoned so it's possible to keep different temps in different areas. Also most don't have central AC as it's not particularly needed as it's only hot (>90 °F / 32 °C) and humid a few weeks out of the year.

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Re: Does it really save that much?

a miser who only has the system on when in the house

Bah! A true miser simply puts on another shirt and when it's finally cold enough he unplugs the fridge.

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Re: 35,000-40,000 BCE (Before Common Era, or AD).

Speaking personally, I'll be part of this rock by then. Unless of course some star traveling, bone bothering boffin comes along and finds my hiding place.

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Cupertino GIVES IN to Taylor Swift, will pay Apple Music royalties

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What really happened

Tim Cook: Ok, this could potentially be bad if all the artists "pull a Swift". What can we do about it?

Accountants: Meh, just pay them. Give us five minutes of creative accounting and we'll actually turn a profit on this whole thing. Look here, I've already offset half the iPhone 6 sales for last quarter on the tax sheet. By tomorrow we'll have sucked them all dry and we can retire to the island volcano. Muahahahahaha!

Tim Cook: That's ok, you've already done enough. We'll take it from here.

Accountants: Yes Master.

Eddy Cue: Uhh, cool. We'll spin up the PR machine now. [aside to Tim]You know, there are days when they just creep me out.

Tim Cook: Don't sweat it it's a common problem with accountants, they always take the short view. Besides, we've got to keep the volcano a secret until Bird One is finished.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Stop smiling – the PC's not even plugged in

Clearly she is victorious in her struggle against the silicon overlords. We should all be so lucky.

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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WTF?

Re: What a load of crap posted here

It's pretty simple. Risk to the company with the highest corporate valuation? Zero (actually a little electricity and some bandwidth they were already going to pay for anyway but is undoubtedly offset by the huge full quarters operating loss tax deduction). Risk to starving artist? Starvation since they won't have any income to offset by the loss.

I'm sure Apple is crying all the way to the bank on this one. Time to start a bonfire and toss in the few remaining iPods.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: Ha! - but in the end the pope adds nothing of value to the debate

... some of the US politicians are now cancelled out by their other patriarchal authority source, perhaps they might actually start thinking.

If you look at who this speaks to you'll notice that historically Catholics have been largely Democrats where the religious right are mostly Protestant and often evangelical. While the Catholic vote has evened out in the last few decades to a more 60/40 split it still favors Democrats. A quick look at the current congress shows 25 Catholics in the Senate, 16 are Democrats and of the House's 134 Catholics you'll find just over half are Democrats. What does this mean politically in the US? Mostly nothing since while it may be the largest religious denomination in the US it's still pretty small since all Catholics go into one bucket while Protestants get divided into their own particular flavors.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: Now it becomes clear.

Oh bugger! I said it now.

Nothing left to do but wait for the other shoe to drop.

The one with a single loafer in the pocket.

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Hating on 'Like Farms': boffins trawl for Facebook fakes

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Are you saying that of the roughly 1 1/4 billion users many are involved in a big circle jerk like?

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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--->

D'OH! Just fucking D'OH!

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: That's not the point

Not to mention those "verify your identity" questions like high school, street I grew up on, mother's maiden name, etc.

Those questions are worse than useless since most of it is public information. You graduate high school - it's in the paper, your address was recorded by the registrar of deeds, your parents marriage license is recorded somewhere and their proud parents (your grandparents) undoubtedly had an announcement in the paper. Sure, it's a bit of work but it's all there and when you consider a good number of people still live in the town they grew up in it's quite a bit easier. Kids of career military might be a little harder to pin down if they moved several times but not too much since there are very detailed records of that too.

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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

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Re: Not a terrible idea

@DougS

As you say they've already baked in Android compatibility so what's the point of moving to full on Android? I'd say add iOS compatibility too but I don't see Apple letting anyone into the Apple/iTunes app store without an Apple device.

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Re: Dual Boot - like duh...

we're probably close to the point where they could run an emulator.

Uh, you're aware that BB10 is currently able to run most Android apps, no? Basically it's just a java-ish runtime, no real need for a weighty emulator.

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Re: Ah!

Exactly, even Samsung is watching it's smartphone profit slip gracefully under the waves and I expect that Apple will soon be following once the big screen models soak in for a bit. In the end all smartphones are just expensive razors and it's going to be the ever increasing streaming services that are the blades. I think even Apple sees that, why else would they work so hard to spark interest their latest music and video services?

If BB does this we'll have Androids with a keyboard. Meh, if they're going to follow the pack at least they won't have to worry about software updates anymore.

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

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Re: @Oddlegs

@Lee D

Sure, the average meth head on the prowl for a quick buck walks up to the door knocks but it's clear you've never met a professional thief. Professionals plan ahead and if it takes a week to case a juicy target it isn't really an issue because they're going in to take everything. Professionals watch and look for trends and it's that much easier when you can get easy data directly from the electric company. Sure a professional isn't going to waste a bunch of time on a target that isn't worth it so many homes will likely be left for the smash and grab meth heads. Also, ringing the home phone means you need the number which may be unlisted (assuming a land line is even there) and with lots of folks now on packaged voip lines it's easy enough to have it ring through to a mobile so that's largely useless information.

Perhaps you haven't noticed but SoCal tends to be a rather warm place and because air conditioning is expensive I don't know anyone who leaves it run all day when they are out. Instead they have it set to kick in about 30 minutes before they expect to get home or those with indoor pets set a max temperature while they are out and drop it for their arrival. That change is a bit more than flipping on a few led bulbs and far in excess of 0.1 kWh. Consider when you're looking at a 2.5 ton unit you're talking 8.8 kW of output. Run that for 30 minutes and it's a giant change and quite obvious when looking at the hourly power usage trace.

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@Oddlegs

We already have these in SoCal. You can go to Edison's website, create an account for an address and view your usage history. You'll soon notice certain daily patterns when the electrical usage spikes and they helpfully have the temperature of each day so you can see the spike from the air conditioning. You can also make arrangements to have the power turned on or off. You can pay the bill right there online. It's all very convenient. They even allow multiple accounts for a given address so your spouse could check it as well. Unfortunately a nefarious person might be able to use this information to determine when nobody is at home and decide a visit regarding acquisitions is in order. Likewise I'm sure it comforts the FBI to have a good estimate of how much time they have to plant evidence lawfully execute some sort of warrant on the property. All your electrical usage down to the hour online, what could go wrong?

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Nude celeb iCloud hack: Feds seize Chicago man's computers

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"this IS the 21st century!"

Which is exactly why you don't use iPhones, they're too easy to locate. You want the dumbest phones you can get your hands on, preferably ones without gps and on two different carriers.

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US Congress oils up, jumps over ropes into DNS wrestling match

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Re: Thought so

jllik<Esc>:x<Ret>

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Thought so

“Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters Act of 2015”

I new it had to be some silly overly contrived backronym in there somewhere.

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All right, who guessed 'street mapping' for those mystery Apple vans? Congratulations

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Re: Bah humbug

Don't forget that all those pictures have to be updated so they can keep track of where you park, whether you moved and to check your wifi. Someone has to keep track of which car and house goes with which wireless router and iPhone. I mean what if you moved to a nicer place, bought a new Mercedes or just visited a friend? How else would they know you had money you're not giving them?

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Industrial Wi-Fi kit has hard-coded credentials

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Re: How about this...

If they eat their own dog food perhaps someone could find a way in and issue an RMA to every customer. Free shipping included of course.

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Corporate cuddle: USTR linked arms with industry in TPP negotiations

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Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

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Go

Oh come on AC; don't hold back; tell us how you really feel.

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Seems like this government is dead set on killing off any sort of American competition in the technology industry and driving us back to the days of encryption as munitions. We know Barry, it's down right un-american to use strong encryption it's just that I'm not sure ROT-13 actually counts as encryption any more. In a way this administration is a perfect parallel to ISIS, they both want to shift society back a few hundred years.

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Au-mazing! Cornwall sold GOLD to Ireland back in the Bronze Age

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Re: Neanderthal

... supposedly only 0.12% DNA difference.

Horizontal gene transfer, it's a bitch.

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Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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Re: So we cant trust HTTPS then.

You could take the NSA's approach where the reason for communication is to spread disinformation but everyone listening to that communication knows that it's disinformation. Fortunately we know that they know it's disinformation so we know the truth won't be believed. Of course, they know that we know that they know so would expect the truth and we can't have that. But if we know they know we know that they know would they know that too? Hmm, this leaves us with two options, say nothing or say everything with a sly smile so they think you're up to something.

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Did you almost prang a 737 jet with a drone over Dallas? The FAA would like a word

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Re: Flying *Car* .NE. "light sport aircraft"

My point was more toward the training requirements that differentiate a driver's license from a flying car "driver's" license. Perhaps when the robot car is in every driveway will the robotic flying car become a real possibility only because the average idiot will think playing with drones will count as "driving" experience for his flying car.

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And to think folks had dreams of flying cars only to find out they already exist. They're called light sport aircraft here in the US.

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Dre-stic measures: Apple Beats retreat from iTunes brand – report

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Re: @ DJV

In the US it gets worse because they then give you a recipe where everything is measured by volume.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: @ Pointless golden record

And the chance of this planet being run by chimps, gorillas and orangutans in 10,000 years?

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New US bill aims to zap patent trolls with transparency demands

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Re: I'd hate to see some trolling venture capitalist lose his claim for "imaging technology"

I think any troll should need to put up a large sum of money (10 times demanded?) and be ready to forfeit if they lose the suit.

That won't work because it gives an unfair advantage to the megacorps - effectively saying Apple can sue me but I can't sue Apple because I can't afford the price of admission.

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Busy BlackBerry wheels out BB10 and QNX updates

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Re: But wait!

The easy way around that is to remove the sim card and update over wi-fi. When I tried to update my Passport over T-Mob it told me that 10.3.1.1779 was the latest but after pulling the sim I was able to get this update.

That said, I'm not really keen on not being able to remove the new Amazon app and with the permissions it wants I'm not about to try it.

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Network negotiations nix 2015 Apple TV streaming

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Re: Market Suicide Or Murder?

I think part of it is that it seems to me that people are starting to change their preferences and it goes way beyond entertainment. People are moving away from the passive approach and have a desire to do things and TV in general doesn't really fit as well as it did. The days of the TV being on for hours at a time are fading fast since the internet and games have taken its place and I don't see it coming back regardless of the programming. Maybe the networks will try another hospital or mystery show since the cop shows and rom coms have dominated for a while. Oh, I know a mashup of Columbo and ER.

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Chlorine gas horror leak at Apple data center puts five in hospital

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Re: Quart in a pint pot

From Google's skynet pics it looks like the solar array is actually across the street. At the moment it looks like the images are being updated because the landscape changes radically depending on zoom level. Bing maps knows nothing about it.

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I'll guess it was chlorine dioxide that decomposed. It's a pretty common treatment for keeping cooling towers clean and for drinking water. The downside is that once out of solution it doesn't take much for it to decompose so it's likely it was a relatively concentrated store as the it only takes a very little to be effective.

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