..until Musk uses this as a reason to not complete his purchase of Twitter...
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That seems a bit disingenuous though, a home solar installation is going to have a very different cost to a solar farm as it's a few panels over a small space so higher per household charge for the time spent vs number of panels.
But, that said, I'm completely talking out my arse as I have no idea how much power you could generate with $5.5m, but I feel it would be more than that.
If you need a new cable, what's the benefit of keeping the same connector, that just seems asking for confusion with people plugging 3.2 cables in to 4.0 slots and not getting enough power / starting fires..
(before people think I'm being literal with starting fires, I appreciate the systems tests for ability and does not proceed where it can't)
For the handful of occasions where you have your old cable and you don't need to worry about the bandwidth it seems odd to retain the socket given the trouble it can bring.
there is also value in partial containment, such as automating the identification of a customer's name, policy number and reason for calling. Capturing this information using AI could reduce up to a third of the interaction time that would typically be supported by a human agent,"
Most banks I use already have automated systems (without having to throw around a trendy term like AI - maybe once that's flogged to death they could use the "AI" to store the details in a "blockchain") to collect these details, which are then rendered utterly pointless by the agent asking me the exact same details again, so even if they could collect them by AI, I'd rather they spend the time in getting one system to pipe information to the next....
One could posit they're devaluing the notification of "police here" as to frustrate drivers in to ignoring it.
When a notification is always wrong, you soon grow to ignore said notification, only for the one time it's right and you get a fine.
The police misusing the system are also the ones benefitting as they are the recipients of said fine, ergo revenue raising.
I mean, this would definitely be a court case in the US but as it's ol' blighty I guess it'll be joked off..
I would like to see one day Simon meet is own Moriarty. A seemingly standard bureaucrat but underneath we find like sees like, culminating in an attempt to introduce him to an open window with a skip of glass shards below only for him to make an enigmatic escape to battle another day.
The start of this felt like it could be building in this direction, and although ends well (as always) it would be nice to get a recurring provocateur of similar standard to Simon, to truly challenge him.
Oh, I'm not buying from a service, if it's on a streaming service I already have (like Prime or Netflix) then I'll stream it, but no way would I hand over the same price (or, more often) more than the price of disc to "own" a digital copy.
I don't condone piracy, there's a lot of things fighting for my free time and, having watched far too many movies to start with, I doubt watching a movie will change my life, so if I can't watch a particular film, oh well..
What also doesn't help is anti-consumer behaviour.
Unskippable "you wouldn't steal a policeman's hat" ads before the menu loads means those who pirate the movie get a better deal than those who bought it, as they aren't forced to sit through that shit every time they want to watch it (along with the side benefit of not having to get off their arse to find the disc on the shelf as it's running on their own network).
The absolute worst for this though is 4k blu-ray. Now, a bit on me for buying without checking, but foolish me though buying a 4k blu-ray USB drive gave me the benefit of plugging it in to my HTPC to watch a hi-res disc when I was in the mood, or move it to the computer upstairs if needs be.
But not, because to watch a 4k blu-ray you need baked in to the chip security that's only available on Intel (in this day and age) and even then, a modern intel, so the i5 in my HTPC is no good, the AMD chips in my PC's upstairs are no good, the i7 in my mobile workstation's out too - out of nine pc's and laptops in the house, only one device actually supported the content protection, my nas, running an i3 and integrated graphics (because, it's a nas, it's headless).
So now I've got legally purchased movies that I can't play without re-arranging my set-up or getting a very long HDMI cable and running it halfway around the house (which will probably fail HDCP or some crap because it's too long and fuck you). If I'd've downloaded them it would've been a lot less hassle.
I no longer buy media now because of this, I'll watch it on a service if it's on one, if not, tough.
This is coming from a lifelong media buyer, my dvd collection was in the triple digits, my cd collection triple that - I was an early adopted of dvd and blu-ray, but, this all day suckers down to the soggy white stick and the fear of someone stealing a movie has made me so fed up I'm not buying them any more as they've absolutely ruined the customer experience in their greed.
5G's remarkedly pointless from an average user perspective. My airtime provider wanted to up my contract by 20% using the current financial pressures as an excuse.
I gave them the option to not, they declined, so whilst I was on the support chat I found an alternative supplier (who uses their network, ironically) that for the same price as my old sim only contract gave me 50% more data allowance (that I won't use, just like I didn't use three quarters of my old data allowance) and the only caveat is they're 4g not 5g and ... didn't notice a difference.
Been on this network for a couple of weeks, websites load as fast, apps operate as they did, even streaming 4k video, not a problem.
Actually, that's a lie, whenever I got to a busy train station where the network's oversubscribed it used to drop out, doesn't anymore... what was 5g supposed to fix again?
Same problem with phones, my Note 20 wasn't all that much a change from my Note 8 (in fact, the camera worked better on the 8 imho) but I begrudgingly upgraded because the 8 wouldn't go a whole day without charging anymore.
Now the 20's in the same boat and, there's nothing to buy. All the phones are worse than my current one for astronomical prices - the S22 Ultra (which they might've well called the Note 22 given not only does it look like more like the Note 20 then it does a regular S22, they even have "A Note-worthy new look" as a tagline on their website) is no better in any reasonable metric than the phone I have, worse given they've removed the SD card slot.
Chips may be faster and ram higher, but that's all rather moot given the Note 8's perfectly cromulent at any task I may through at a mobile phone.
It's a stagnating market way before people's monetary pressures were factored in, now they're just being forced to make a decision rather than picking up the new shiny shiny out of habit.
Love it, just installed it off the back of this article and it's all I've been missing on these pointlessly feature reduced taskbar, I love having a desktop shortcut and right-click taskmanager rather than ctrl+shift+escape seems to be my muscle memory (probably because it's right handed than left).
Now if I could just get rid of that giant "Recommend" section on the new start menu, as, even when disabled, it still just sits there taking up the same amount of space = \
I recorded a meeting with HR when I was at a couple of companies back, where they outright offered, with no initiation, to lie to the immigration department about my termination date to give me more time to find another visa sponsor.
When I queried if that was illegal, never mind unethical, their response was well, yes, but it'd only affect you.. and they were just being nice to give me more time to find another job...
(I'd already found another job a week before this meeting, took me about three hours from being given the notice I was on the chopping block to shaking my new employers hand, there are benefits to being good at what you do, and having a network that knows it)
I did get a good severance package though..
I like how the article doesn't seem to address the big problem going to work in VR, and that's the very high number of people who feel sick after even a short period of time with a headset on, never mind an eight hour work day..
There's a fair bit of "innovation" required before you'll have everyone happily sat a virtual desk all day with a screen strapped cm's from their eyeballs..
I think that's still to much, asking the question, just mid-conversation throw in "banana" or something equally irrelevant and see how it responds.
"I'm sorry Dave, could you please rephase the question" - you've got a bot
"Haha, could test, but as you can see I understand where you were going with that" - you've got a good excuse to change your underwear..
I'd like to see a module you could plug the mainboard in to make it in to a desktop terminal, meaning old removed boards don't have to sit on a shelf or die, but be given a new lease of life in the office to workers who don't need a laptop or much desktop grunt (we could fill our call centre with these for instance, execs get an upgrade, call centre gets a new "desktop").
I've been using a basic free gmail account and then adding my domain addresses as alias's.
Initially that meant an account on my webhost that gmail slurps from (deleting as it goes) but with cloudflares new (free) email routing that's no longer required and I can treat the gmail account as if it were a custom domain one (simply setting the custom domain account as default send).
Can also manage multiple accounts under the one gmail, so I have the benefits of reliable storage, spam filtering and simple mobile app with push notifications, all for free, with very little set-up.
Do they go back to the original owners?
Do they get kept by the govt.?
Are they just "cancelled", like one could burn paper notes?
Just thinking throwing $5.6b (or whatever the current astronomical value is) back in to the system has got to have a fair bit of an affect on the valuation?
I did a fresh install on my old Toshiba Tecra mobile workstation which has an i7-4600U (iirc) in it, a 4 series, well below the 8 series cut off.
It's installed fine, and runs perfectly fine (the unit has 32gb ram and a quadro with a few gb of vram, so it's still a good spec for a 2013 machine) BUT it won't stay that way, I got a warning that I won't get any more updates now the testing is done as the machine doesn't meet the requirements to run the OS it's perfectly running and I should instead re-install another OS.
Bit annoyed as I'll have to re-install apps and reconfigure for the "downgrade" to win10, but I guess that's what you get for beta running OS's, would've been nice to have an auto downgrade to win10 (or, not even have to bother at all as the machine runs the OS perfectly fine and I'd happily leave it that way if I were getting updates).
End of the day, it's more the same, things are moved around (for no real reason) and there's a new lick of paint, but it's still the same core than was in 10 (that was in 8, that was in 7...) by the feel of it, there's no real push to rush out and pay for it, I'll take a free update as that means longer support, but I'm not buying a licence and certainly not a new machine for it.
Not that I think any machine in the house could meet the requirements anyway, my four desktops (and the bucket of spare parts I could probably build an entire system out of) are all ITX so not sure they have TPM modules (usually cut for space - the Asus ROG Strix B550-I I'm writing this on shows nothing when I run "tpm.msc", though I guess I'd have to check bios incase it's disabled - , it is listed under Asus's compatible boards, so maybe off in bios), my Intel NUC under the telly is almost as old as the Tecra mobile workstation so the i5 in that won't make the grade, I have a new laptop on order but again don't recall the mention of a TPM module (its also a rather compact design, so they may not have to save the space, like the ITX boards) and neither of my other two laptops have new enough CPU's.
But they're all perfectly functional systems and not getting upgraded any time soon given they're all perfectly fine at the jobs they do, so I guess I've got five years of win10 and just jump to 12 by the time I get around to upgrading.
I installed it tonight on a seven year old mobile workstation, which surprised me it would accept the older gear after hearing the stories, even if it was top of the line for the time.
I'd only gone to the left corner three times to hit start before I decided to hunt through the menu's and found there's an option to center (default) or left align the taskbar, so now it's back in the right (left) place.
Hopefully that option stays in to the final version.
Some weird bugs, most notably when the pop-up for admin actions comes through the options are to "remember me" (left side, greyed) or "C" (right side, default selected, highlighted blue).
"C" cancel's the action, "remember me" allows the application that was requesting admin privileges to continue (such as installing an app).
But I mean, final versions are bug ridden, I'm surprised the beta's actually run at all to be honest.
-posted from the aforementioned Windows 11 machine.
I remember back when I was cool *cough* young I would spin up the decks at a mates house and make record ideas of mixes I'd like to try at the next set we had live. Often a few tinnies would go down and one night I made this awesome tape and we were like "we should take this to a record label, it's awesome", listened back to it the next day and, yeah, it got taped over..
The street it drove off of an crashed on? I mean, I'm not saying that was the cause, but, it's not like it successfully drove down the street?
I like the idea of eye tracking to ensure the driver is paying attention, presuming they can successfully monitor the eye tracking (unlike my old tablet that keeps warning I've looked away when I get towards the bottom of the page), would resolve a lot of these autopilot crash reports you read on the reg where the drivers having a nap.
I used to be the same, but shift+windows flag key+s to grab a screenshot of your desired cropping is now easier (as it's auto loaded in to your clipboard ready for pasting).
Though, I still tend to use alt+printscreen to just get the application window a lot more..
What I'm really confused about is, what updates?
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