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  • Commented on Excuses
    "people certainly do get their energy supplies cut off for non-payment. It is a particular concern for elderly, infirm and otherwise vulnerable people. " Ever met one? Trying to figure out how to cut off your power with a couple...
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    This kind of thing is a bit outside my direct experience. The state of play in 2014 when I last had customers with smart meters was that the smart meters were able to advertise demand response information, but that feature...
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    Oh 1) d. "Welcome to Evil Corporate Overlords, this is Jason, how can I help?" "Hi, John here from Rich People's False Sense of Security here, we've got a back to base alarm reporting power out at 10 Wallaby Way,...
  • Commented on Excuses
    1. Well, yeah, if they're a criminal mastermind and their hacker fu is strong. Otherwise they can knock on the front door. If anyone answers they ask if this is where Alice Green lives and then say 'sorry to bother...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "How is the bill calculated with your dumb meter? Or is it the honor system?" I can reply to this because I have both ToU and a dumb meter. So second question first, the UK surprisingly does run to a...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Interestingly the webcomic Freefall has just started a sub plot involving Chlorine Trifluoride. http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3100/fc03030.htm...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    The other goal of ICBM design is a fuel that's stable sitting in the tanks of the missile for years on end, that lights up reliably when you light the blue touch paper and stand well clear. Super cryogenic oxygen...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    "make their exterior walls strong and light by machining out the walls to leave behind trusses for strength" I saw an interview with Musk many years ago. He basically said the same thing. Existing rocket manufacture takes huge amounts of...
  • Commented on Excuses
    They look like great roads. Wish I was there. One of the things about AI driving (by which I mean Tesla, because everyone else is so far behind) is that it's a hive mind. First Tesla down the road says...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Oh, I've now read further down in the comments to find someone else explained what I was trying to say, but more clearly. (again)...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I said, "I've looked at the UK press and they're spinning the idea that ToU requires a smart meter. Utter Tosh." You said, "It's neither tosh nor spin, it's true." I'm going by what I read on the british websites....
  • Commented on Excuses
    "I have little faith in the former" Well it's easier to check the software in a single type of meter than it is to check the software in all the equipment in a whole network. Even if it's not 'carefully'...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Yeah, I used to work for a water provider as well. You couldn't disconnect, but you could restrict. So you wouldn't die of thirst, but you couldn't have much of a shower. Even restriction of the water was a slow...
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    Well, long read of how the UK electrical system works and it's bloody weird. There must be some 'interesting' legislation behind it. Apparently if you move out, they don't cut off the power. Ever. I could be wrong but that's...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "In the UK a "smart meter" is (among other things) one which allows the charging rate to be altered" You mean like this dumb as a box of hammers meter? This is the exact meter that was installed on my...
  • Commented on Excuses
    So assuming the logical option b, what happens. The lights go out. The householder (not Greg) grumbles. He goes to the meterbox. Everything looks in order, he flips the switches off and back on again. Power stays off. There are...
  • Commented on Excuses
    So I'm some 'mad hacker' like you see on TV. When I look at my computer green text is projected on my face instead of the screen, I'm so totally mad hacker. I press a few random keys and yell...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I wish I could be that clear. Thanks....
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    "only any sort of "smart grid" project seems to be primarily designed to let software bugs crash your municiptality" The house meter is basically the *ONLY* bit of the entire network that's not computer controlled at this point. There are...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "What I'm waiting to see is the retrofit option for classic cars" Oh god, you're going to love this then. A battery/motor unit the same size, and shape as an XK6 engine/gearbox. With the same mounts! It becomes a drop...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "free charging points only exist because not many people want to use them" That's exactly backwards. The more people who want to use them, the more businesses will see the value of attracting customers by installing them. What do you...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "A kettle is about 3kw for 3 /4 min which is a lot less than charging an eclectic car for several hours." 'Kettle' (and the following reference to TV) in this case refers to the UK and the story of...
  • Commented on Excuses
    First card of any colour. I thought after I hit submit 'ooh shouldn't have done that, I'm being a prick'. I didn't expect that it would be my limited command of English that would get me into trouble. A lesson...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "That's not the "South", that's Reaganomics." Wow, look at the inflection point in 1980 on the graph of US incarceration. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/77/US_incarceration_timeline-clean.gif...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "Of course, I killed a man in 2023" Beats me. All I've managed is minor arson in an alternate timeline....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Hey Polly, I was starting to worry about you. I actually just turned on the computer to ask if anyone had heard from you. Good to see you're ok enough to post....
  • Commented on Excuses
    I thought of it as 'central' when I was there but had no good reason for that thought. I guess I thought of Talahassee as north FL, but for no good reason either. So if I was 'right' it was...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "Please stop bullshitting FFS. You only damage your cause...unless you can afford to absorb that cost" Well then either read what the fuck I've said or fuck off. My suggestion was to buy a car with a hired battery. (Post...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "Central and South Florida are very northern in culture." Does Fort White count as Central Florida? https://www.google.com.au/maps/@29.9235966,-82.7317756,14z I lived just out of FW for a few months (it's a Cave Diving mecca). The teacher I stayed with told me that...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "Bought a 2008 truck in May 2018 and my loan rate was 1.49%" Wow, really?...
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