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Comment: Re:It's 2014 now (Score 1) 345

by Blrfl (#47284497) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

The range problem has vanished if your benchmark is bikes with tanks so small they have a range of about 150 km. I ride further than that before my first stop most days. The benchmarks for range are touring and sport-touring bikes with large tanks that are capable of 350-450 km between stops.

When an electric finishes the Iron Butt Rally, I'll say the range and charge time problems are licked.

Comment: Re:Doppler effect (Score 1) 345

by Blrfl (#47284341) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

More likely, you live in a place where there are surfaces behind the riders for the noise to reflect and bounce back in your direction.

Go to a wide open area sometime and have anything with an audible exhaust drive by you. You'll hear a lot more if it as heads away than when it's coming toward you.

Comment: Re:Dead on arrival (not) (Score 1) 345

by Blrfl (#47280593) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle electric bike that is faster and better performing than any gas bike could ever be...

I'm as excited about electrics as the next guy, but there's a fistful of gassers that will run rings around the current crop of electrics on performance measures alone and an armload if you factor range into it. That will change, but I'm not holding my breath for something that fits my needs (fast, comfortable and capable of 500-mile days without gaps in the middle) in the next 5-7 years.

The Livewire has marginally better torque- and power-to-weight ratios than HD's Sportster 883, which isn't a stellar performer by any measure. What it does have is full torque available from zero, and that makes it a good (but not fantastic) stoplight racer.

Comment: Re:Middlemen (Score 1) 342

by Blrfl (#46462679) Attached to: New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

That's a red herring. Why would patients all of a sudden have to understand the ICDs? Will doctors start telling them they have severe cases of 681.02 instead of hangnails?

The insurance industry makes medical billing complex because there's a financial benefit in doing it. The ICDs are just a classification shorthand developed by the World Health Organization for statistical purposes. The insurance industry uses them for its own benefit, which is just fine; if there's a standard, it should be used.

Comment: Re:Have you ever built something that worked ... (Score 1) 305

by Blrfl (#44080017) Attached to: Google Respins Its Hiring Process For World Class Employees

What I tell people about hobby projects is that I tend to do them only if I'm not getting my software ya-yas out at work. Keep me busy with interesting work and almost 100% of my development energy will be yours.

That said, I do write a bit of software outside of work even when work is good. Those cases are the little things that pop up when I have a need I can't easily find something to satisfy.

Comment: Re:Reading these comments about Agile... (Score 1) 349

by Blrfl (#43822723) Attached to: World's Biggest 'Agile' Software Project Close To Failure

Hee hee. I worked for Jack in the early 1980s when he had a teeny little company called Softaid. He had a very down-to-earth take on things, and I suppose that extended to today, he'd advocate picking the tools that make sense. The zealots seem to be the ones that adopt things blindly and hope they'll work, all while declaring those who don't adhere to the "one, true way" as apostates.

Comment: Re:Solved! (Score 1) 316

by Blrfl (#43357821) Attached to: WA State Bill Would Allow Bosses To Seek Facebook Passwords

When you sign up for a Facebook account, you enter into a legally-binding contract that says you'll abide by the terms of service. The terms of service say you won't allow others access. Washington would, essentially, be making it legal for employers to ask employees to breach a contract with a third party, putting themselves at risk of being sued.

Thanks, I'll pass.

Comment: Re:in-house data centers: we have one (Score 1) 180

by Blrfl (#43314499) Attached to: The Twighlight of Small In-House Data Centers

But you figure that the uptime is going to be identical between an internet based system and an internal system? ...

Me? I don't figure anything. I do a cost-benefit analysis for the situation at hand. Then I use the results to make a decision about which way would be better for my business. There's a term for a CBA that doesn't take the potential for outages and the time to resolve them into account: "incomplete."

I can think of a half-dozen situations where it might be a better thing to put your business systems out in "the cloud" and another half-dozen where it would be better to keep them in-house. Being able to argue both sides of the argument is usually a good qualifier for participating in a debate. full of 7 figure people twiddling their thumbs because the computers "aren't working", they want to know exactly WHY!

If you think for a minute the same situation doesn't crop up when your systems are in-house and your IT staff is trying like mad to figure out the problem, please think again. Your seven-figure people will still be twiddling their thumbs. If you've outsourced to someone else and you didn't write the contract so it gives you the uptime you need and people to yell at when you don't get it, you failed.

You need to stay in your jobs...

Thanks, but people who use exclamation points in the middle of sentences and make a lot of generalizations probably need to keep their career advice to themselves. I've already put in scads of time doing critical systems in shops where downtime can be measured in dollars or lives, so I already have a good appreciation for what it costs when things don't work and how to avoid those situations.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981