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World's cheapest electricity is Mexican solar power

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Electricity here in Los Angeles is 17.8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). Not far away, Mexicans get solar electric for one-tenth the price. And by 2019, the price could drop to 1¢/kWh.

From Electrek:

Soon we’re going to have to confront new questions as solar power costs less than anything seriously considered before, and will offer new opportunities never thought of before. What will we do with all of this cheap energy? How do we move from fossil systems toward solar sources without destroying the social fabric of those dependent on revenue from gas and coal? How will our post scarcity society continue to advance? It’s going to be more difficult to live up to the potentials of solar and ‘free energy’ than we think.

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TechShop Goes Bankrupt

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The for-profit makerspace company closes its doors for good
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tedder
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I lost my $XX,XXX investment in my local techshop about 5 years ago.. got a check for $7 after the bankruptcy.
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texnessa: mediamattersforamerica: WOW. Watch these 3 minutes...

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WOW. Watch these 3 minutes from Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen talking about what Trump doesn’t understand about the national anthem and the right to protest. Compare this to any right-wing media whining and that’s why this is one to remember.

Dale Hansen is a fucking treasure.  He admitted he was a childhood victim of sexual abuse in the hopes that it would encourage others to come forward and seek help. He has been an ardent supporter of scholar-athletes and of gay players in the NFL and of trans athletes.

“I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he is gay; I don’t understand his world. But I do understand that he is part of mine.”

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tedder
25 days ago
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Didn't see this until it popped up in "The People Have Spoken" Bumping again because more need to see.
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torrentprime
41 days ago
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Didn't see this until it popped up in "The People Have Spoken" Bumping again because more need to see.
San Jose, CA
davelevy
51 days ago
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Didn't see this until it popped up in "The People Have Spoken" Bumping again because more need to see.
ÜT: 41.995898,-72.5841
ChrisDL
51 days ago
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this.
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darastar
52 days ago
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Things that people need to hear. Not that those people are reading my blurblog...

Changes in Password Best Practices

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NIST recently published their four-volume SP800-63-3 Digital Identity Guidelines. Among other things, they make three important suggestions when it comes to passwords:

  1. Stop it with the annoying password complexity rules. They make passwords harder to remember. They increase errors because artificially complex passwords are harder to type in. And they don't help that much. It's better to allow people to use pass phrases.

  2. Stop it with password expiration. That was an old idea for an old way we used computers. Today, don't make people change their passwords unless there's indication of compromise.

  3. Let people use password managers. This is how we deal with all the passwords we need.

These password rules were failed attempts to fix the user. Better we fix the security systems.

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CallMeWilliam
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A meeting recently:
Developer Team: Our passwords require special characters, and max out at 30 characters.
Me: Why on EARTH did you do any of that? Why do you have a max?
Devs: Because ... it's hard to remember something long? How long do you want it to be?
Me: ... Get rid of the max. Get rid of the special characters.
CIO: Wait. Why do we have passwords at all? Can we link to google/linkedin/facebook and make it their problem? We are not in the security business.
Devs: Yes!
acdha
39 days ago
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I’ve been happy watching such sensible guidelines make it through the review process
Washington, DC

The NYT Thinks Portland's a Top-Four City for Amazon's New HQ

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by Dirk VanderHart

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Growth-wary factions of Portland began their practiced grumbling last week, when retail monolith Amazon announced it's looking to build a second headquarters, and Portland officials promptly decided to put in for consideration.

Any Portlander who's watched the transformations in Seattle in recent years has a personal sense of how life might change—or change more rapidly—were hordes of employees to suddenly flock to a campus that would offer thousands of high paying jobs. Tenant activists immediately sent out alarm bells.

Well guess what, Portland! The NYT thinks we're more qualified than most.

In an article published over the weekend, the paper analyzed the chances of major and not-so-major metro areas around the country to net this considerably huge fish—and Portland's in the top four. The paper based our chances on strong job growth, a growing labor pool, high quality of life, and reasonable transportation options.

In fact, the reason Portland was eliminated from the paper's consideration—Denver ultimately won out—is that it's too close to Seattle. Which sort of makes sense, but a larger reason Portland might fall short is the reason the NYT believes Denver could shine: We probably won't offer up enough.

As the O noted last week: "Oregon, with a relatively small economy, can't match the corporate incentives large states like New York and Texas routinely dispense."

That sentiment was bolstered by Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who posted the following to Facebook.

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tedder
66 days ago
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why would AMZN want to locate in PDX? They prob want geographic distribution, at a minimum.
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Supervillain Plan

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Someday, some big historical event will happen during the DST changeover, and all the tick-tock articles chronicling how it unfolded will have to include a really annoying explanation next to their timelines.
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tedder
75 days ago
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I worked for a company that was naively saving timestamps into a DB in the user's local time, which (of course) varied. No TZ info was kept with it. I rocked myself in a corner.
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mrobold
79 days ago
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This speaks to me on a deeply personal level.
Orange County, California
diannemharris
79 days ago
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So true.
skorgu
79 days ago
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Horrifyingly accurate.
duerig
79 days ago
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I was once part of a meeting where a great idea for simplifying the UI of a reservation system was slowly but surely sunk by the dawning realization that there were bizarre time zones that were half an hour or 15 minutes away from other time zones.
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79 days ago
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Someday, some big historical event will happen during the DST changeover, and all the tick-tock articles chronicling how it unfolded will have to include a really annoying explanation next to their timelines.
Snake756
79 days ago
In writing software, I've often asked 'Do we have customers in that stupid timezone'? Only one? Screw them. They can deal with this bug for their stupid timezone.
cjhubbs
79 days ago
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Pretty much, yeah.
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