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"It can fit on the wall in your garage—to power your Tesla, of course" - actually an entry-level Tesla (~US$70k) would need about 6-7 of the large versions of these to charge an empty battery, about US$25k. Assuming 5 full charges a month, about 350kWh, you'd need to add another 2.2kW (at least - that's for Arizona) of solar panels to your house to trickle charge that lot, which is about 7 6'x3' panels. But assuming you've got the roof space, that part's cheap: about $3000.

Then again, perhaps being able to do a full charge isn't important: a top-up for a daily commute would also be useful. So how many solar panels would you need to make sure you can drain the 10kWh completely every day before you leave? A bit less than 2kW.

That's an interesting figure: right now, for every $1 you spend on solar panels, if you spend another $1 on Tesla's batteries, you can smooth your power use for a day.
Tesla unveiled a new product line at its design studio in LA tonight. It’s called Tesla Energy and it’s a suite of batteries for homes and for businesses. The existence of the batteries has been one of the worst kept secrets of all time. But we are here at the announcement event and finally have some details. And they’re pretty damn cool.
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Ah, the joy of realizing after a long test debugging session that the reason the test is failing this time is because it hit that "if 0" you inserted, thinking "if this doesn't break the tests, the tests are broken"
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Today the internet and many other functions weren't working on my phone.  I tried to use a browser, but instead of the page I wanted, it downloaded a file called "NsIV6w0t.exe" (other pages would download differently named files).  I tried Firefox and Chrome: same thing.  Crap, I thought... this must be some kind of evil malware.  I certainly won't click on those files, even though I know that Android isn't shipping with EXE binary compatibility :-).

Finally, when I got to work... I transferred one of these EXE files from the phone to my computer and picked it apart.  It looks like the response AT&T sends you when your account has become persona non grata, like for instance your prepay data credit ran out.

I have no idea what response the browser received from AT&T to cause this redirect to be downloaded as a file.  Perhaps there were double headers.  But where did the filename come from?  Well, I restarted the phone and now the problem is gone.  All very odd.
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Oh hah I didn't spot those! Faulty pointer arithmetic, then. Good thing those were nulls and not some random noise left in memory.
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I don't want to go outside, the fake bokeh looks awful
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This article just saved me from the indignity of burning an install CD for an in-place Arch to Debian reinstall :-)
If your GRUB 2 bootloader gets borked, use these tricks to rescue your system.
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"The tubes sound Naiting sweet." -- I'll second that notion.  This is an impressive integrated DAC/tube amp.  The artifacts the pre-amp tube imparts on the sound leave it warm, with lots of power to really bang those bass lines into your eardrums without losing layers.  I recommend this to anyone who's spent more than this is worth on a pair of over-ear headphones. The only downside for me is that Google Music's MP3 encoding is just so bad that for many tracks, I can hear the errors in its psycho-acoustic model.  I guess they didn't license Fraunhofer.  Thankfully, for a lot of my music I can remain blissfully ignorant by never listening to the lossless version, and it might not have been produced with excellence in the first place.  I can't help but think, though, if they just sent me OGG streams or do some empirical refinement of the MP3 codec tunables, I'd not have to go and buy my favorite albums from bandcamp (which supports FLAC downloads).
shenzhenaudio.com: Only US$139.98 Buy RACOON SG300 24Bit / 96KHz USB Decoder Tube Headphone Amplifier
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Addendum: Google Play Music seems to send me 320kbps MP3 files using the downloader (which is for purchased tracks, anyway); I have yet to test with those.
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Just... wow. Actual live footage of the Tuvarvar Eruption in Papua New Guinea: http://youtu.be/BUREX8aFbMs
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One of my favorite brewing hacks: take a 1 Gallon (about 4L) glass bottle of pasteurized apple juice, drink about two cups' worth, add about 1 tsp of yeast nutrient (potassium phosphate crystals), and regular ale yeast.  Stop the bottle with an airlock, and a few weeks later, you've got (hard) apple cider ready to bottle!  (with bottling sugar/dextrose)
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We have a well-abused juicer, basically a shredder. While the filter is clean, the yield is high, but it clogs up quickly and the pulp contains more and more juice. A press would be welcome. We just clean often.

We've done about 250l of cider from apples to date and the juicer still works.
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Tonight I replaced my screen in my phone. It's new again! Saved something like 85% in getting the kit ($20) vs taking it to a third party ($150-ish). But it wasn't easy removing the old screen: it involved heating the phone with a hairdryer until the glue softens enough to pry open. Then you have to work a wire down between the glass and the LCD, keeping it warm as you go. For this stage I switched to a butane heat gun. Removing the remnants of the glue with alcohol was also tricky... a bit like removing remains of a sticky label. Finally there was double-sided sticky tape and the new screen was adhered. Took the guy in the video 18 minutes... and me about 2 hours. But it worked!
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Personally I just like having done it myself!
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<3 my new ISP!  :)
Most ISPs were quick to denounce President Obama's net neutrality plan in apocalyptic terms on Monday, which isn't too surprising considering they were really looking forward to being able to charg...
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This looks like the first Gource video to pass 1,000,000 views!  Love the subtitles and the refactoring phase (around 4min)
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Oh, great. Seems Chromecast only wants to talk to YouTube tonight. Netflix and Google Play Movies are out. No Cast icon, no playing content, no options.
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The other day I had the same problem and fixed it by rebooting the Chromecast. No idea why that worked, and it didn't happen again since. So there is that.
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Free software developer
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  • Hearsay Social
    Web Infrastructure Architect, 2013 - present
  • Say Media
    PaaS developer, 2011 - 2013
  • Open Parallel
    Research Developer, 2010 - 2011
  • Catalyst IT NZ
    Senior Perl Developer, 2005 - 2010
  • Marketview NZ
    Data Mining & Intranet Developer, 2004 - 2005
  • EasySpace UK
    Perl Developer, 2001 - 2003
  • Solnet NZ
    Solaris Specialist, 2000 - 2000
  • Unisys NZ
    Solutions Architect, 1997 - 1999
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London, UK - Wellington, NZ - Hamilton, NZ - Tallahassee, FL, USA - Thornton Heath, UK and Upper Hutt, NZ - Guildford, UK
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Computer Programmer and Occasional Freedom Evangelist
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I'm a British Kiwi (ie, born in England, raised in New Zealand) from Wellington, who now lives in San Francisco, California.
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Converted Perl to Git, Reformed Climate Change Skeptic, First to 168°E 47°S with 2 others, first ever Moose talk at a major Perl conference. Up to 4th Grade (red with Brown Tips) in Chan's Martial Arts Kung Fu style and graded 1st part of 42 form in Sing Ong Tai Chi. 3rd = in 5th Form NZ National Maths Contest at age 14.
Education
  • Ecclesbourne Infants, UK
  • Rudiger Road Runners, FL, USA
  • Winterbourne Primary School, UK
  • Fergusson Intermediate, NZ
  • Heretaunga College, NZ
  • Victoria University, NZ
  • NZ School of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
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House Kills SOPA
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World of Goo
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This restaurant has plenty of room and is my favorite spot to pick up a bread bowl of clam chowder. They have plenty of room, making it a quiet escape from the chaos of Fisherman's Wharf and have a good beers selection.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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