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Smart meters can overbill by 582%

A team from the University of Twente and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences have published a paper demonstrating gross overbillings by smart energy meters, ranging from -32% to +582% of actual power consumption. (more…) Powered by WPeMatico

Home Cooking is Killing Restaurants and other delightful tees

The perfect complement for your Techdirt I Invented E-Mail tee: a Home Cooking Is Killing Restaurants tee from Techdirt, $20 and up. Powered by WPeMatico

Uber-driving lawyer explains to cop why he doesn't have to stop video recording him

Jesse Bright is a lawyer who also drives Uber; when Wilmington, North Carolina police Sgt. Kenneth Becker stopped him and insisted that he stop recording the stop because of a “new law,” Bright kept on recording and kept on insisting…..

Your old CD-ROMs are probably rotting

In 2009, the Library of Congress commissioned a research report into the degradation ofCD-ROMs in storage as a way of assessing the integrity of the media in its collection: the news isn’t pretty. (more…) Powered by WPeMatico

Do not burn old flashlight batteries

Popular Science once recommended throwing old batteries in the fire because “the burning zinc may help prevent soot formation, and the metals and chemicals make colorful flames.” The November 1951 tip was bad advice, writes Snopes, but not so bad…..

Orange County's Seal Beach jail offers posh, $100/day accommodations to rich crooks

If you’re convicted of a crime in Orange County, you can shell out thousands of dollars to be housed in Seal Beach’s fancy “pay to stay” jail, which made $365,000 in the last fiscal year by aggressively marketing its “work…..

A compassionate way to entertain claims of paranormal activity

Carrie Poppy is one half of the Oh No Ross and Carrie podcast (previously), a skeptical look at fringe science and paranormal claims whose hosts distinguish themselves by their compassionate, open-minded approach to their subjects, fuelled in part by their…..

Spoiler: the watermelon explodes when you run 20,000 volts through it

“What happens when you pump 20,000 joules into a watermelon?” rhetorically asks The Backyard Scientist. “Two words. Pink Mist.” Powered by WPeMatico

Charming animated short on The Power of Privacy

The Power of Privacy is a brisk animated jaunt through the legal development of privacy, starting with the fireplace chimney. (more…) Powered by WPeMatico

Frst exact model for diffusion in magnesium alloys

In order to develop new materials, material engineers need to be able to predict how fast impurity atoms diffuse, or spread, in a crystal over a range of temperatures. Using new computational techniques, researchers have constructed the first exact model…..