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Power Outages in San Francisco, New York, and LA

April 22nd, 2017

Via: Inverse: A series of power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City on Friday left people across the country struggling to complete their morning commutes. There is currently no evidence to suggest that this is more than just a coincidence, despite worries about some sort of cyber attack. New York City […]

World’s Largest Solar+Battery Project Announced in South Australia

April 11th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. Via: Electrek: A new project put in motion in South Australia in order to help with the region’s energy problems is likely to become the largest solar plus battery project in the world. Lyon Group, an energy company backed by Mitsubishi, Blackstone and Magnetar Capital, has […]

A Simple Command Allows the CIA to Commandeer 318 Models of Cisco Switches

March 21st, 2017

Via: Ars Technica: Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches it sells contain a critical vulnerability that allows the CIA to use a simple command to remotely execute malicious code that takes full control of the devices. There currently is no fix. Cisco researchers said they discovered the vulnerability as they analyzed […]

NSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

March 15th, 2017

Are They building electronic dossiers on as many of us as they can? I don’t know, but it sure looks that way. —Cryptogon, 2007: NSA, AT&T and the NarusInsight Intercept Suite In Open Thread: Trump Wiretap Claims, I wrote: Where is the uproar over the spook’s data center in Utah? Man, if you think that […]

Musk on South Australia Grid Crisis: Tesla Will Install 100 MWh of Powerpacks Within 100 Days of Contract Signature or It’s Free

March 10th, 2017

“That serious enough for you?” Via: Reuters: Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk on Friday offered to save Australia’s most renewable-energy dependent state from blackouts by installing $25 million worth of battery storage within 100 days, and offering it for free if he missed the target. The offer follows a string of power outages in the […]

Aquion Energy Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

March 9th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Bummer. That’s the battery I wanted, albeit for less than half the price of what they were asking. *chortle* Maybe the chemistry will survive with whichever entity picks over the carcass… I doubt it’s a coincidence that this happened just as the Tesla Powerwall 2 […]

Hawaii: Another Large Tesla Powerpack Build

March 9th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — One of my off grid solar power customers just had her system installed yesterday. She and her husband built their small home 16 years ago and dreamed of someday having a solar power system. (It would cost about $100,000 to bring grid power to the […]

Electronic Energy Meters’ False Readings Almost Six Times Higher Than Actual Energy Consumption

March 4th, 2017

Via: Science Bulletin: Some electronic energy meters can give false readings that are up to 582% higher than actual energy consumption. This emerged from a study carried out by the University of Twente (UT), in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). Professor Frank Leferink of the UT estimates that potentially inaccurate meters […]

Why Amazon’s Data Centers Are Hidden in Spy Country

March 2nd, 2017

Yeah, I guess you’d be nuts to think that Amazon built out infrastructure in this area to be in close proximity to CIA. That’s just a coincidence, as usual: The fact that northern Virginia is home to major intelligence operations and to major nodes of network infrastructure isn’t exactly a sign of government conspiracy so […]

Cameras, Microphones and Sensors on 3,200 Street Lights in San Diego

February 27th, 2017

Via: Reuters: General Electric will put cameras, microphones and sensors on 3,200 street lights in San Diego this year, marking the first large-scale use of “smart city” tools GE says can help monitor traffic and pinpoint crime, but raising potential privacy concerns. Based on technology from GE’s Current division, Intel Corp and AT&T Inc, the […]

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