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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

Slashdot - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 12:13pm
MarkWhittington writes: Elon Musk is well known as a private space flight entrepreneur, thanks to his space launch company SpaceX. He is also a purveyor of high end electric cars manufactured by his other company, Tesla Motors. But many people do not know that Musk has a third business, Solar City, which is a manufacturer of solar panels. On Tuesday that company announced a major play to increase the output of solar panels suitable for home solar units. Solar City has acquired a company called Silevo, which is said to have a line of solar panels that have demonstrated high electricity output and low cost. Silevo claims that its panels have achieved a 22 percent efficiency and are well on their way to achieving 24 percent efficiency. It suggests that 10 cents per watt is saved for every point of efficiency gained. Solar City, using the technology it has acquired from Silevo, intends to build a manufacturing plant in upstate New York with a one gigawatt per year capacity. This will only be the beginning as it intends to build future manufacturing plants with orders of magnitude capacity. The goal appears to be for the company to become the biggest manufacturer of solar panels in the world.

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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

Slashdot - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 12:13pm
MarkWhittington writes: Elon Musk is well known as a private space flight entrepreneur, thanks to his space launch company SpaceX. He is also a purveyor of high end electric cars manufactured by his other company, Tesla Motors. But many people do not know that Musk has a third business, Solar City, which is a manufacturer of solar panels. On Tuesday that company announced a major play to increase the output of solar panels suitable for home solar units. Solar City has acquired a company called Silevo, which is said to have a line of solar panels that have demonstrated high electricity output and low cost. Silevo claims that its panels have achieved a 22 percent efficiency and are well on their way to achieving 24 percent efficiency. It suggests that 10 cents per watt is saved for every point of efficiency gained. Solar City, using the technology it has acquired from Silevo, intends to build a manufacturing plant in upstate New York with a one gigawatt per year capacity. This will only be the beginning as it intends to build future manufacturing plants with orders of magnitude capacity. The goal appears to be for the company to become the biggest manufacturer of solar panels in the world.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

El Reg - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 12:07pm
Meanwhile, mobe devs will be coining it in '$30bn' market

The mobile games sector will swell in value by more than a third over the next two years, a new report from Juniper Research has claimed.…

Security: Sweet brief for rare man Roche, new boss of Fujitsu TS

El Reg - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 11:28am
Tech Solutions coming to eat securobods' lunch?

Fujitsu company veteran Tom Roche has grabbed the chieftain's chair at the Technology Solutions unit with a specific brief to boost security sales.…

Mikko Hypponen says John Kerry should 'shut the f*** up' about Snowden

L'Inq - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 11:27am

Security expert defends the NSA whistleblower


Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A rivals LG’s G3 with QHD display, Snapdragon 805 chip

L'Inq - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 11:03am

Also debuts new red and pink colour options


Speaking in Tech: Electronic data and the law – how compelling is an email as proof?

El Reg - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 10:58am
If you want 'to be destructive, there are a lot of ways to do that'

Bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox finds a friend to fend off out-of-pocket investors

El Reg - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 10:39am
Court awards protection from pitch-fork-waving alt-coiners

Tokyo-based Bitcoin blunder exchange MtGox is officially under US bankruptcy protection, after a Texas court granted approval to start Chapter 15 proceedings for the failed marketplace.…

Bank of England CIO urges businesses to assess cloud computing security issues

L'Inq - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 10:38am

Says cyber security is 'a worry'


SCSI Multi-Queue Performance Appears Great For Linux 3.17

Phoronix - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 10:22am
Building upon the major blk-mq work for the multi-queue block layer, the SCSI multi-queue code is now in good shape according to its developers, is delivering very promising performance results, and should be merged into the Linux 3.17 kernel cycle...

Facebook launches Snapchat rival Slingshot as a US exclusive

L'Inq - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 10:12am

Can't say we're bothered


Will SanDisk move into enterprise kit after its Fusion-io slurp?

El Reg - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 10:06am
They might be onto something if they can sweet-talk HP into a deal

Storagebod  Can SanDisk make a go of moving into the enterprise with its $1.1bn purchase of Fusion-io?

GTA Online 'I am not a hipster' update adds skinny jeans and animal masks

L'Inq - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 9:46am

Also brings gameplay enhancements and more vehicles


You know what they say: What happens in Vegas, goes on the internet – right, HP 3PAR guys?

El Reg - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 9:35am
Rumours trickling into our aural organs

Blocks and Files  Hush there, 3PAR fans, and know of the rumours whispered into my ear following HP's Discover confab in Las Vegas this month.…

NetApp gives its FAS range a 4 MILLION IOPS dose of spit'n'polish

El Reg - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 9:25am
We make that a full range makeover in just five months

As we foretold in May, NetApp has completed the revamp of its unified storage FAS arrays with FAS2500s at the low-end and a monster FAS8080 EX at the top.…

Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

Slashdot - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 9:16am
An anonymous reader writes Jake Wharton, Android Engineer at Square, has written an article about one of the big problems with building apps for Android: developers need a simulator for testing their software, rather than an emulator. He provides an interesting, technical explanation of the difference between them, and why the status quo is not working. Here are the basics of his article: "A simulator is a shim that sits between the Android operating system runtime and the computer's running operating system. It bridges the two into a single unit which behaves closely to how a real device or full emulator would at a fraction of the overhead. The most well known simulator to any Android developer is probably (and ironically) the one that iOS developers use from Apple. The iPhone and iPad simulators allow quick, easy, and lightweight execution of in-development apps. ... There always will be a need for a proper emulator for acceptance testing your application in an environment that behaves exactly like a device. For day-to-day development this is simply not needed. Developer productivity will rise dramatically and the simplicity through which testing can now be done will encourage their use and with any luck improve overall app quality. Android actually already has two simulators which are each powerful in different ways, but nowhere near powerful enough."

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F-Secure: Malware-riddled Windows XP needs to 'hurry up and die'

L'Inq - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 9:14am

The firm can't believe 'the beast' hasn't died, and urges users to upgrade


Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

El Reg - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 9:02am
It's about time someone did it properly

Worstall on Wednesday  Here's a great get-rich-quick idea: Go build a bank. No, really, it's an industry that's ripe for the plucking at present.…

Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

El Reg - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 8:31am
Inside the mathematics of supply chain logistics

Nokia paid software blackmail demand in 2008 to prevent Symbian leak

L'Inq - Wed, 18/06/2014 - 8:26am

Paid millions, according to reports


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