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  • ‘Dozens’ Of Broadband Providers Ripped Off Low Income COVID Relief Program, FCC Says

    egftechman ( profile ), 19 Sep, 2022 @ 08:36am

    You don't say

    Offer lots of money with very little oversight and greedy people will abuse it? Could have never predicted that.

  • Colorado Residents Lose Control Of Their ‘Smart’ Thermostats, Swelter In 88 Degree Heat

    egftechman ( profile ), 14 Sep, 2022 @ 12:01pm

    Things would have to be pretty dire to drop frequency by a detectable amount on a consumer electronics device (to get that accuracy you need test equipment with TCXOs, etc.), and the idea would be to control devices BEFORE that the frequency starts dropping.

  • Colorado Residents Lose Control Of Their ‘Smart’ Thermostats, Swelter In 88 Degree Heat

    egftechman ( profile ), 14 Sep, 2022 @ 11:57am

    Do you have a citation for that?

    I say that first hand as a electric distribution utility operator. Everyone cooling their house down in late afternoon (16:00 was just an arbitrary time I picked, around the time people start coming home from work/school and the thermostat senses there are people in the home) add to the late afternoon peak that already "organically" occurs, from the overlap of people doing things at home and businesses still running. When peak generation needs to be dispatched quickly, it comes from thing like gas turbines and diesel engines, which add to emissions produces by electricity generation.

  • Colorado Residents Lose Control Of Their ‘Smart’ Thermostats, Swelter In 88 Degree Heat

    egftechman ( profile ), 14 Sep, 2022 @ 08:04am

    People who use the phrase “back in the day” should be punched.
    As my high school social studies teach would say..Those who fail to study and learn from history will be repeating it.

  • Colorado Residents Lose Control Of Their ‘Smart’ Thermostats, Swelter In 88 Degree Heat

    egftechman ( profile ), 14 Sep, 2022 @ 08:02am

    RE: This isn't new

    Rural electric coops in North Dakota and Minnesota have been doing this since the 1970s as a way to manage demand peaks to save wholesale costs and also encourage electric appliances so they can pay for the miles of lines between customers. In fact, the municipal electric utility I work for used to install time clocks on certain loads in exchange for bill credits in the 1970s. That moved to remotely controlled relays (via power line carrier messages) in the 1980s and now is part of the meter mesh network.

  • Colorado Residents Lose Control Of Their ‘Smart’ Thermostats, Swelter In 88 Degree Heat

    egftechman ( profile ), 14 Sep, 2022 @ 07:55am

    EXACTLY

    In fact, smart thermostats without utility directives actually add emissions and grid instability. If everyone has their smart thermostats cool down their house before they come home from work, all of a sudden there is a large number of air conditioners (or electric heat in winter time) at 4:00 PM, which is coincident with the "natural" daily peak demand period, causing more "dirty" peak generation to be used and stressing transmission systems.

  • Colorado Residents Lose Control Of Their ‘Smart’ Thermostats, Swelter In 88 Degree Heat

    egftechman ( profile ), 14 Sep, 2022 @ 07:15am

    They didn't lose control of their thermostats

    They signed up for a program with their utility where they get an incentive to allow the utility to control their AC during peak demand periods. It's called Demand Side Management (DSM), Load Management (LM), or Demand Response (DR) depending on utility. Essentially instead of dispatching x watts of gas turbines or diesel engines (i.e. generation that can be quickly turned on/off) to meet the peak demand, x watts of load is shed to meet current generation capability. They did not have their air conditioners turned off, but rather they were set to 78-80 degrees F for the few hours. This was the first time they had this level of control in 6 years. Not as dire as they are making it out to be. I implement, operate, and maintain such systems for an electric utility. We don't currently have a smart thermostat program but do offer air conditioning and water heating programs where install a remotely controlled relay and we cycle the load during high demand periods (so only like 25% of them are active at any one moment), and our customers seldom notice we are even controlling. I wonder how many of Xcel's customers would have noticed if there wasn't a message on their thermostat.

  • U.S. Appeals Court Affirms Disney Win Against Evel Knievel Estate Over Toy Story Character

    egftechman ( profile ), 24 Aug, 2022 @ 08:51am

    Hate to say it...

    I hate to say it, but I have to be on Disney's side on this one. How may fictional characters are developed taking traits from real people? Pretty secure to say most of them. If the set precedent that anyone can sue for being an "inspiration" for all or part of a fictional character, it will stop creation of new literature, screenplays, etc.. There are 7 billion people on this earth, to create a truly original character that has zero likeness to any of them would be an impossible feat.

  • HBO Max And Sesame Street Highlight The Stupidity Of Mindless Media Megamergers

    egftechman ( profile ), 24 Aug, 2022 @ 08:39am

    They do realize those are the products they are selling?

    The whole idea of services like HBO+ is to sell access to shows and episodes they own rights to, correct? So if they cut out access to shows and episodes, they've just cut a selling point to consumers. Next quarter, they'll be confused as to why subscriptions are dropping...

  • HBO Max And Sesame Street Highlight The Stupidity Of Mindless Media Megamergers

    egftechman ( profile ), 24 Aug, 2022 @ 08:31am

    Exactly...

    yea..the whole electronic communications infrastructure thing that made the original AT&T is going the way of the buggy whip...oh wait...You mean they could have stuck to that and still been one of the largest, most profitable companies in the world? They've actually lost money trying to broaden their business beyond their core? Has to be a team of MBAs behind that...

  • HBO Max And Sesame Street Highlight The Stupidity Of Mindless Media Megamergers

    egftechman ( profile ), 24 Aug, 2022 @ 08:24am

    "growth for growth’s sake"

    "growth for growth’s sake" That has killed more companies than anything. Instead of sticking to their core business and doing it well, after MBAs (who usually are clueless to the core business, even though they'll say they are "experts" in that sector) take over it all becomes about quarter over quarter gains and making news on the financial pages, especially after a company becomes publicly traded in our automated, daytrading era..

  • Biden Broadband Event Showcases Why U.S. Telecom Policy, Press Coverage Is So Broken

    egftechman ( profile ), 13 May, 2022 @ 06:44am

    No mention of...

    No mention of the billions of taxpayer money essentially given to the major telecoms on the promise to build out fiber to the premise going back to the 1990s, and the telecoms not following through...rolling out things like DSL instead and pocketing the remainder of the cash for C-suite bonuses and not replacing aging infrastructure. - cable in the ground or on a pole has a lifespan of about 50 years, by the 1990s, a good portion of that was well beyond that at that time and still hasn't been replaced today. One of our business partners has a T-1 line coming into our operations center, and the last time it went down, it took the CenturyLink tech over a day to find two good pairs back to the CO, about a mile away (partner still won't do a VPN off our redundant fiber connection to a CLEC, with a WISP and cable backups).

  • OAN Throws A Hissy Fit After Being Axed By AT&T, DirecTV

    egftechman ( profile ), 25 Jan, 2022 @ 07:05am

    Why does OAN care?

    They keep picking on the "main stream media", isn't ATT, etal. part of what they are against?
    Pretty much every TV sold today is a "smart" TV, why don't they throw all their eggs into direct streaming and encourage people to dump traditional media distribution entirely?

  • Google, NBC Bring Dumb Cable TV Blackout Feuds To Streaming

    egftechman ( profile ), 01 Oct, 2021 @ 09:38am

    Local NBC Station

    Would all NBC affiliates be removed from YTTV or just the owned and operated ones?

  • FCC's Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On 'Big Tech'

    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2021 @ 02:40pm

    Re: Re: 'Free' means 'not paid for THREE times' aparently, who k

    or put another way...ATT customers losing access to Youtube will hurt ATT more than it will Youtube.

  • FCC's Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On 'Big Tech'

    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2021 @ 02:38pm

    Re: 'Free' means 'not paid for THREE times' aparently, who knew?

    When you make a unicast IP connection across the Internet, both endpoints are paying bandwidth at their end. No one is getting free bandwidth. Like I pointed out before, when you get electricity (or gas or water), you only pay the company making your connection, it is their responsibility to pay for the generation and transmission along the way. You don't hear electric transmission utilities complain that large users are getting a free ride on their wires.... If AT&T thinks they are getting unfair deal, they need to renegotiate their peering agreements with the other carriers - but they know that the other carriers will then want more for AT&T traffic carried on their networks also.

  • FCC's Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On 'Big Tech'

    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2021 @ 02:21pm

    Re: Lets hold the telcos accountable for all tax money given to

    Retrospect...
    I remember in the early 2000's I help a couple of people setup a wireless link so a farmer could get Internet from a friend in the City who had "fast" DSL at the time (the 750kbps throughput wireless link was much faster than the 28.8K or 14.4K the rural phone line could do at that time for dialup) .... Now we're at the point I want to build the system for the reverse reason. I want to get the connectivity the rural farmers are getting.

  • FCC's Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On 'Big Tech'

    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2021 @ 02:08pm

    Lets hold the telcos accountable for all tax money given to them

    The telcos have been getting government handouts since the 1990s to bring broadband everywhere. First they were supposed to migrate to ISDN (late 1980s), but that never happened. Then they got money to migrate from copper to fiber in the 1990s, but decided instead of do DSL on top of 50+ year old copper instead. They have received numerous "broadband expansion" program dollars since, and really no significant improvements.

    The telco coops and small ma/pa operations in small towns around us used their grant dollars to actually replace their systems and all have had fiber to the premise for a decade now, most have retired their copper plants. They also have built dedicated facilities to major peering points like micemn.net , so their service is good throughout. People in farms miles outside of town get 1G/1G service for less than $100 a month. Here in the "hub" city of the area (largest city in the county), CenturyLink can only deliver 1.5Mbs DSL (for $40/month! - and their copper plant is literally rotting away, take a tech a good day to find good pairs to the CO now) and Midco can only do Docsis at like 200M/20M (like $150/month) to typical residential customers. What did CentruyLink (and its predecessors Qwest and USWest) do with all the tax money they've received over the decades to expand/improve their service?

  • FCC's Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On 'Big Tech'

    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2021 @ 08:49am

    Who's getting a free ride?

    I really don't think anyone is getting a free ride. Even large companies that don't have their own infrastructure are paying for their bandwidth at their interconnection points. Smaller businesses and individuals are paying service fees to access the Internet. ..

    What happens behind the connection is the carrier's responsibility, not the end customer's..I pay my electric utility a connection fee plus the cost of energy used (sometimes demand, based on customer class). I don't need to make agreements with the all the electric transmission and generation providers, my local distribution utility does that with the fees I pay them. (Yes I know VERY large customers play the power market themselves)..

  • AT&T CFO Wants A Cookie For Screwing Up The Time Warner, DirecTV Mergers

    egftechman ( profile ), 12 Aug, 2021 @ 11:26am

    Re: Re: Re: Fastest way to wreak a business....

    But I am sick of top executives getting over the top pay because of the "risk and responsibilities" of their positions, but also get a golden parachute if they are fired, which basically nullifies the reason they supposedly get over the top pay to begin with....

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