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Confirmed: Grid Tie Inverter Continues to Generate Electricity During Grid Failure with Powerwall 2

August 13th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Man, I’ve been waiting a long time to see this confirmed. Here it is! Tesla remains silent on generator backup options, but I have no doubt that people are going to start rolling their own if Tesla doesn’t address it. In any event, very special […]

“Is Alexa Spying On Us? We’re Too Busy to Care”

August 12th, 2017

Oblivion. Via: McClatchy: It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom is an “I agree” button. One click, and it’s gone. Most users have no clue what they’ve agreed to. That single action can […]

Audits Show Lax Oversight by Wisconsin Agency Counting Foxconn Jobs

August 11th, 2017

From, Taiwan’s Foxconn, Assembler of iPhones, Considering Wisconsin Plant: My guess is that the plant will be centered around robotic manufacturing and the thousands of workers thing is being thrown out there for political fodder to secure corporate welfare from the state. And now… Via: Reuters: The Wisconsin agency tasked with holding Foxconn accountable for […]

Tesla Is Looking to Test Self-Driving, Electric Trucks With No Driver On Board

August 10th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Tesla Inc is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and move in “platoons” that automatically follow a lead vehicle, and is getting closer to testing a prototype, according to an email discussion of potential road tests between the car company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), seen by […]

‘You Will Get Chipped – Eventually’

August 9th, 2017

Mmm hmm. Via: USA Today: You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time. … “It will happen to everybody,” says Noelle Chesley, 49, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.” Related: Cyborgs at […]

Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions

August 9th, 2017

#missionaccomplished Via: Bloomberg: Steady improvements in American life expectancy have stalled, and more Americans are dying at younger ages. But for companies straining under the burden of their pension obligations, the distressing trend could have a grim upside: If people don’t end up living as long as they were projected to just a few years […]

Americans Now Have the Highest Credit-Card Debt in U.S. History

August 7th, 2017

I had this open in another tab, I wonder if it’s related: In 2016, Drug Overdoses Likely Killed More Americans than Wars in Vietnam and Iraq #greenshoots Via: MarketWatch: American consumers just hit a scary milestone. They now collectively have the most outstanding revolving debt — often summarized as credit card debt — in U.S. […]

New Zealand: Solar Battery Packs May Have to Be Stored Outside in Fireproof Enclosure Under Proposed New Rules

August 7th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Behold, the batshit insane machinations of an out of control retail electricity cartel in its death throes. Via: Stuff: A new proposed battery safety standard would stop the installation of solar power systems’ battery packs, which have been described as the “future of energy”. Consultation […]

Toyota and Mazda Will Work on Electric Cars Together

August 4th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said on Friday it planned to take a 5 percent share of smaller Japanese rival Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T), as part of an alliance that will see the two build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant and work together on electric vehicles. The plant was a surprise for investors […]

‘Apple’s Silence in China Sets a Dangerous Precedent’

July 31st, 2017

Dangerous precedent? I think it’s more of a dangerous precedent du jour. Apple blocks apps for the Chinese regime. Yes, that’s bad. But Cisco built China’s god damned Great Firewall in the first place! In mentioning Apple’s, “Dangerous Precedent,” this New York Times article doesn’t mention Cisco at all. I’m definitely not defending Apple—their manufacturing […]

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