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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: If they wanted to boycott Firefox, where would they go?

I deleted Mozilla products from my computers due to the intolerance of the organization.

I believe an organization and individual may associate with whomever they chose, or not, for any reason. Including termination for any reason including race, sex, religion, or politics. And of course that applies in both directions.

Opera is OK so far. Haven't figured out how to make it open with a blank screen. Haven't figured out how to disable the damned tabs. Doesn't have the rough user interface edges of Firefox. Or the really awful Thunderbird.

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BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat

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What is the big deal?

When my phone was on T-Mobile (pre-iPhone) they routinely pitched Blackberry to me. And Android. Blackberry is simply proving their demise is well earned. Blackberry is afraid their customers might learn of better opportunities elsewhere.

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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Briefcase, Cane, and Hat

The sign only instructs those with briefcase, cane, and hat to walk this way. Without, one may not use the crosswalk. :-)

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What price justice? 73 CENTS in book price-gouging case

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So what is wrong with a "most favored nation" clause? Retailers do it all the time with "lowest price guarantee, we'll beat any advertised price". US Government often does the same on purchase contracts demanding refunds if the price drops. So this is a matter of "do what we say, not what we do."

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Seattle pops a cap in Uber and Lyft: Rideshare bizs get 150-driver limit

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The same-old same-old

Restrictions on Uber and Lyft are no different than allowing unions to control who is allowed to practice trades. No different than New Jersey preventing Tesla from selling direct.

Yes, it is just terrible that hotels have to collect taxes that informal B&B's do not. The problem is not that the B&B doesn't collect taxes but that the hotel does. Its the same with b&m stores vs Amazon with sales tax. The problem is not that Amazon does not collect sales tax but that the local brick & mortar stores are handicapped with the obligation.

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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Re: Suck it, Apple.

> If down the road Type-C is found to be so much better that it's worth updating the standard, then by all means the EU should do so -- they can do that you know -- but the future existence of Type-C is in itself in no way an argument against having a EU mandated standard.

How is that any sort of improvement? A government mandated standard restricts the future to the past. Then when government "upgrades" the standard it then creates the same mess it claimed to be fixing.

Apple's Lightning is a no-wrong-side-up solution right now. USB-C could be a right now thing too if only others had Apple's foresight. Let the market decide, thats how we got to micro-USB in the first place.

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YES, new Office for OS X is COMING, says German Microsoft bod

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Yawn.

The history of MS Office for Mac repeats itself. Microsoft doesn't want to provide an excuse for users to jump to MacOS.

Long time ago I got tired of new versions of Word not rendering the previous version's files the same. Word costs too much money, costs too much time. OpenOffice has its quirks and idiosyncrasies but it gets the job done.

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Would I Drive an iCar?

Guess I would. AAPL dividends are more than covering my Tesla Model S's monthly payments.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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CP/M Envy

Woz was quoted saying about 35 years ago that he wished he had used or could have used an 8080 or Z80 in the Apple ][.

He did a fantastic job on the Apple ][ and the later floppy disc controller, apparently bucking his own lust for compatibility and conformity.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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Move on, nothing to see here.

Jean Michel Jarre's comments are totally predictable from big-goverment progressives. They see someone is successful, they want a piece without contributing.

Musician's compensation has been set with the price of a CD or song from the iTunes Music Store. They deserve nothing additional.

Music industry has been hurting the past 20 years or so. Its not the fault of technology, its the fault of musicians and music industry for not producing anything anyone wants to buy. I buy about 1 CD every 2 or 3 years because there just isn't anything new worth having. Not even anything worth stealing.

Am getting more than my money's worth out of the first 3 Boston albums, Kansas, Electric Light Orchestra, Jimi Hendrix, Modern Jazz Quartet, Phish, ...

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US feds want cars conversing by 2017

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Backdoor To A Tax Increase

This is just what they need to tax by the mile, or tax by the route.

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Google, Netflix ready next weapon in net neutrality battle: The fury of millions

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The Twisted Minds of Progressive Leftists

"Net Neutrality" originated in the twisted minds of progressive leftists who believe everything originates from the benevolence of government and therefore everything is their's to regulate, and tax.

I pay for my internet connection specifically because it gives me access to Netflix, The Register, Amazon, Google, YouTube, etc. Progressives see those as evil capitalists who are fair game to tax because supposedly they are taking advantage of "the internet" which progressives are claiming the right to regulate.

The truth is just the opposite. Big providers are not burdening the internet with a free ride, big providers are the very reason the internet exists. The very reason I subscribe to an ISP. I pay for my connection and I expect my ISP to deliver the expected connectivity. If download is slow I blame my ISP, not Netflix.

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German frau reports for liver transplant clutching bottle of vodka

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Re: With that habit, the hospital could have arranged for her a special

If she can't stay off alcohol prior to the transplant then we have no reason to believe she won't kill her replacement liver the same way as the first. Is far better to give the liver to someone else, preferably to a non-alcoholic.

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Apple-aligned firm opens sapphire glass factory. iPhone 6 rumours, DEPLOY

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Not In California

Thankfully Apple is learning not to invest in such production in California.

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'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers

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Poor Design

The news here is that the Victorian Life Science Computation Initiative are such poor climate scientists that they didn't know enough to properly spec their own system.

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FreeBSD 10.0 lands, targets VMs and laptops

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Minimalization

I once built a FreeBSD 4.x into a 10 MB footprint to run on a Soekris SBC. Then the software developer bloated my work of beauty with 30 MB of Perl, Apache web server, databases, and XML. :-)

Built the whole thing from my Makefile into a chroot "virtual" space. After building binaries and ports optimized for the Soekris CPU I cross referenced library dependancies so as to copy only what was needed into the final image.

But hey! The whole thing ran beautifully on a 64MB CF card.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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The First? Really?

"Last month BMW rolled out the first cars to come with a fully integrated on-demand music-streaming service built in."

2012 Tesla Model S has Slacker internet radio.

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Meet the BlackBerry wizardry that created its 'better Android than Android'

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Blackberry has Android-envy

If Blackberry is going to expose themselves to all the faults and flaws in Android then they might as well ditch the excellent QNX and go Android-native.

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US watchdog snaps on thick gloves to probe Tesla's FIREBALL e-cars

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Re: Solution?

The Model S with air suspension option rides unusually low at highway speeds in attempt to minimize wind drag. Its already Cd=0.24.

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Apple releases previously SECRET OPERATING SYSTEM SOURCE CODE

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"Beneath Apple DOS"

"Beneath Apple DOS" was the definitive work on how to communicate with Apple DOS 3.3. iIRC it included complete disassembly with comments. Through the Apple //e one could buy a printed copy of the original source code for the monitor ROM (what people call BIOS these days). Was $10 for the //e. Was essential for understanding why characters were dropped at 1200 baud when the //e 80 column screen scrolled (bug in firmware disabled IRQ at the wrong time). Once I understood the problem I found it pretty easy to write work-alike routine which did not disable IRQ yet used the same working variables as the firmware so if something I had no control over wrote to the screen it wrote in the right place and my next write followed.

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

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Re: That's some battery

In the USA the traction battery is considered an emissions component which has a mandatory no-deductable non-prorated 8 year 100k mile warranty. In California and certain other heavy-handed states the warranty is 10 years or 150k miles on emissions equipment.

Tesla warrants their 85 kWh battery 8 years unlimited miles while the 60 kWh only gets the standard Federal warranty.

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Tesla battery fire pushes beleaguered firm's share price even lower

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Re: 3 of 30 would be bad. 3 of 300 000. But how many Tesla "S"s *are* out there?

Other sources have pointed out the average for internal combustion engined vehicle fires is one in 15 million miles traveled. That extrapolating current Tesla data they are having one fire in 40 million miles travelled. Darn those Model S's are dangerous!

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Microsoft buys all electricity from Texas wind farm

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Typical Microsoft

Rather than lead, Microsoft is following.

Rather than invent, Microsoft is buying the work of others, and only for appearances.

Apple builds their own solar installations and started many years ago. IIRC Apple uses hydrogen generators and hydrogen fuel cells to fill the valleys between peaks. Without such storage someone has to keep peakers on line for service at a moment's notice, and that mostly negates any advantage from undependable "green" sources.

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Whoops! Apple drops kimono, flashes 'FREE' GarageBand for iOS7

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Waiting for Aperture 4.0

Its great for Aperture 3 owners that Apple has kept the app updated for so long but just as the author recently purchased now-free apps I am not going to buy Aperture 3, waiting on 4.

And shouldn't Mavericks be released soon?

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Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

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Re: Facts and figures?

A big problem with capacitors is the relatively high self-discharge rate.

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Re: That slight "ding" in the door

I'm not so worried about the cost to repair the ding in the door so much as I'm worried about the cost of replacing the vehicle after a ding in the door shorts and starts a fire.

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

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Its the Electric Boat Division which makes submarines. Even nuclear submarines.

So an electric underwater car is *conventional* and not the exemption. Other than for being a car.

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Netflix: OK, cable giants, who wants our PIPE stuffed in their BOX?

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Distributed Servers?

Curious if Netflix offers distributed servers to ISPs the way Akamai does? Could do same for CATV.

My Samsung UN46C8000 has a Netflix client which hasn't been updated in a long time but sorely lacks closed captioning or language control. Lately Netflix has changed the defaults on most Anime to Japanese, and I don't understand Japanese well enough to watch on my Samsung. Oppo BDP-103 does much better.

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

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Re: Firefighters

But the lithium battery is not near the center of that fire.

What fuels the fire on the OUTSIDE of the car? Metal body panels and dry paint don't burn like that. Neither does the road. I say the vehicle had to be doused with something flammable.

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Lewis Page, I expected better of you

Trivial research would show the Tesla Model S battery is *not* in the front of the car as this article claims. Its under the floorboard behind the front tires and in front of the rear tires.

Now look at the video. The top of the hood (front bonnet) is on fire. The front fenders are on fire. The road under the car is on fire. How could that be? How could batteries ignite the road? Something spilled over the car and ran off under the car.

Initial reports state the car hit something large and metal. Then the onboard systems told the occupants to stop and run.

Looks to me as if they hit a 5 gallon gas can in the middle of the road. No other vehicle would have fared differently.

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Re: Thermal runaway

*SOME* lithium chemistries are prone to thermal runaway.

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You put up with CRAPPY iOS 7. You can put up with Obamacare too, says prez

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Re: Palm Pilot with BMW prices

And with ACA we will get a Classic Bell rotary-dial POTS for BMW prices. But it will be government subsidized.

The problem is when the consumer and the payer are not one and the same then the provider loses motivation to please the consumer or hold down prices. The provider is motivated to increase prices and not fix the consumer's problem so the consumer has to keep coming back time and time again.

What we need is to ban mandatory healthcare insurance, just the opposite of what ACA attempts to do. Ban employer-provided healthcare insurance, just the opposite of what ACA attempts to do. Those who desire healthcare insurance should have to shop for it, and pay for it, out of their own unsubsidized pocket.

Employers who are no longer paying for healthcare insurance can make those payments direct to their employees instead.

Look what has happened to the cost of lasik, rarely covered by insurance. Look what has happened to the cost of eyeglasses, rarely covered by insurance. Look what has happened to the cost of dental care, not covered as often by insurance. All have gone down almost as much as AAPL has gone up.

What about The Poor? Open free clinics. Limit the care, no heart bypasses, no liver or kidney transplants.

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

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"Probabilistic estimates of quantified measures of uncertainty in a finding are based on statistical analysis of observations or model results, or both, and expert judgment".

Statistical analysis of faulty computer models somehow yields superior results?

Its like trying to teach capitalism to a socialist. No matter socialism has never raised the poor, only profits those in power, and that capitalism and free markets is the only means any society has ever risen out of poverty. The socialist's superior brain power has analyzed the situation and reached an error free conclusion no matter one has never worked for a living outside academia. Just as with the IPCC.

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Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH

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I wish the US D.O.T. was this smart!

I believe roads are managed in the USA to maximize the time to arrive.

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LOHAN doomsday box dubbed BRASTRAP

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Register Missed a Gag

Fully expected the WARRANTY VOID IF BROKEN sticker of the RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms unit Steve Davis won to be broken.

That might have been in the proper low-budget spirit of the project to give used/broken/reverse-engineered prizes. Even if the prize was new in the box, show a picture of a used/damaged item. :-)

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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Re: He's right. (Not)

Once software has read an ID off the SOC then how much more "discoverable" do you have to be? Once you know its an Acme RoadRunner Special mkIII you should know everything there is to know about the hardware.

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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

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Don't Tell Jeremy Clarkson!

Clarkson will be in apoplectic shock for a week!

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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

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Re: MILEY

Every LOHAN needs a MILEY!

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'World's worst director' plans Snowden-inspired movie comedy

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Re: Or one like that for M. Night Shymalan

How about a collaboration between Shymalan and Boll? I'd call it M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction).

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Taiwanese spill on Zuck's racks: Servers powering Facebook REVEALED

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FCC?

Clearly the greenies at Facebook are not worried about polluting the electromagnetic spectrum if they don't bother putting covers over their servers.

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Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

When will Progressive Leftists ever learn the Law of Unintended Consequences has priority over every law and regulation you enact?

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Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom

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Re: Not passing through walls is the major advantage of 5GHz

Once documented it is no longer a bug but a feature.

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

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Termination of Operations?

How does termination of operation of his business in any way terminate his obligations under the court order he was served?

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

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Pervy?

The Doctor is over 900 years old. 20 or 120, either is just as pervy as the other.

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Intel's homage to Raspberry Pi: The much pricier Minnowboard

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Underwhelmed

I must say I'm underwhelmed. The brilliance of Raspberry Pi isn't performance so much as its the ability to throw a huge codebase at relatively simple tasks with very little development effort. Networking, big displays via HDMI, perl, html, etc, cheap and easy.

Many years ago I was involved in a project which used FreeBSD on a Soekris board. 486 compatible at 133 MHz or so running off compact flash card. Needed a sound card and had trouble finding one that ran off 3.3V PCI. A Raspberry Pi would have been just the thing.

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Australia threatens Adobe, Apple, with geo-blocking ban

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Duh!

A heavy-handed high-tax regulate-everything government doesn't understand why things cost more under their jurisdiction?

Well, "Duh!"

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Do you really want tech companies to pay more tax?

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Corporations Pay Taxes, But are not Taxed

All taxes are pass-through items. Cost of business. Passed on to consumers. Passed on to stock holders.

The problem with government debt is not that someone or something is not paying enough tax, but that government is spending too much.

If government received the tax revenues of today, 10 years ago, government would be rolling in excess. But the didn't, and kept raising expenditures anyway. Proof that government can not be trusted with tax revenues equal to current expenditures.

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

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Utility companies, Public Service Commissions, and free range lawyers are very sensitive to the accuracy of electric power meters. For this very reason when I worked for a "smart meter" company we declined the opportunity to design our own meter. We connected to "dumb" electronic meters via diagnostic port provided on the back by their manufacturers.

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David Kelly 2

Thats ignorant F.U.D.

Dumb electronic meters have a port in the back and and IR port in the front for automated reading. It makes no difference whether you have a "smart" adapter behind it or not as to the meter's fundamental ability to meter.

I worked for a "smart meter" company and designed two different adapters which fit behind conventional meters. One used a cellphone relay, the other used ethernet for FIOS systems.

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Telly bigwigs try to close down Aereo streaming service - again

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Re: money

I think "anger" got it mostly right. Broadcasters have to pay for programming based partially on the number of viewers. They sell advertising based on the number of viewers. But advertisers don't want to pay for channel-skipping DVR viewers while content providers do expect to be paid for those.

Plus we have the socialist redistributionist tradition of letting broadcast sources charge CATV systems for use of their signal. So broadcasters have come to expect the privilege of putting their hand in everyone's pocket. Sadly the early days of CATV didn't have a Charlie Ergen who was willing to say "NO" to broadcasters.

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