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Comment: Re:What?!? (Score 1) 875

Yes, it's legal. But, Southwest's Contract of Carriage lists 13 reasons that boarding can be denied. "We disagree with you" isn't on the list. So, they violated their own contract and they owe the passenger between 200 and 400 percent of the fare, depending on how late he gets to his destination.

Comment: Re:The lesson here isn't to be quiet, but... (Score 1) 875

Tweet after you land and your family and friends read it. Tweet before you take off and it gets on the front page of Slashdot. I'd say he played it exactly the right way to both get to where he was going and to make as much bad Southwest publicity as possible.

Comment: Re:Stephen Elop (Score 3, Interesting) 383

by Jaime2 (#47475355) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go
KMart was run into bankruptcy 13 years ago by it's CEO and COO. I don't mean they happened to be there while something bad happened, I mean that business strategy that was chosen directly caused the bankruptcy. The COO was the one making most of the calls and his previous two jobs got rid of him when they went bankrupt (Hechinger, Big V Supermarkets). Yes, he bankrupted three companies in a row. He's still an executive. Also, when he left KMart, he wasn't really fired - he "left voluntarily" and on the way out he was given a 3 million dollar loan and a document that said he would never have to pay back that loan. They did that because they weren't allowed to give him a bonus due the whole Chapter 11 thing and they felt so bad that he was going to be out of a job and needing to live on his meager eight figure investment portfolio.

Comment: Re:It'll come down to an opinion (Score 1) 255

by Jaime2 (#47379637) Attached to: Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

Isn't this just another form of the "illegal to be black" line of thinking? Just because you have a certain skin color or live in a certain neighborhood doesn't automatically mean you should be treated like a criminal. Sure it's expedient for cops to make these generalizations, but it's wrong.

Comment: Re:You Already Know It (Score 2) 254

by Jaime2 (#47286401) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?
Visual Basic went to .Net five versions ago. It was acceptable to take VB to mean classic VB in 2003, but in 2014, you have to say so if you mean the old stuff. The VB6 development environment doesn't even run on any supported operating system. VBA is still around, but it's always been incorrect to refer to VBA as VB.

Comment: You Already Know It (Score 1) 254

by Jaime2 (#47286051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?
I think it's interesting that you know Visual Basic, but want to get into C#. My first question would be "Why?". Both run on the same framework and both are equally capable. All you're doing is learning new syntax to do things you already know how to do. After that question is the comment "You pretty much already know C#". Sure, it's a different language from VB, but that's the easy part. It uses the same tools and libraries, so you know 95% of it already.

Comment: Re:Why Silevo didn't aim to be biggest? (Score 1) 262

by Jaime2 (#47266239) Attached to: Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

You are absolutely 100 percent technically correct. But whoever gets their power at hydro rates is the consumer of hydro power. If Robert Moses was shut down, the customers paying the lower rate would either have to pay more or stop receiving power (or the person who wrote the contract would lose money). The people paying coal rates would be easy to serve by bringing power from coal plant at other points on the grid. So, for all intents and purposes, they are getting the power from Robert Moses.

We could extend this process to things like carbon credits and any future non-renewable tax. The providers would only be able to sell a certain quantity of "penalty-exempt" power. That would drive the market for that power, even thought the customer may not receive exactly the electron they paid for. So, there is some value to speaking about power as if the whole grid concept didn't exist.

Comment: Re:Why Silevo didn't aim to be biggest? (Score 1) 262

by Jaime2 (#47264581) Attached to: Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

The factory will be 30 miles from one of the largest hydroelectric power plants on the planet. Unfortunately, it's more "economically advantageous" to transport that power to the New York City area and backfill Western New York with local power. Most of the local power comes from the Huntley Generating Station, which is a gas turbine plant that has been converted to coal. To add to the CO2 concerns, the way to use coal in a gas turbine plant is to crush the coal up so fine that it can be injected into the turbines using nozzles that were designed for methane. That makes Huntley one of the dirtiest places on earth.

As for nuclear, it will be more than 100 miles from the nearest nuclear power plant and that's only a small 600MW plant - the smallest in New York.

So, the biggest solar panel factory in the world is almost certain to be powered entirely by coal.

Comment: Re:Why Silevo didn't aim to be biggest? (Score 4, Informative) 262

by Jaime2 (#47261909) Attached to: Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production
They didn't have enough cash. The reason they are building the plant in Buffalo is because New York State as paying for most of the up front capital. Before Musk, they had to find creative ways to grow the company and were likely to get trampled in the market by a competitor with the money to make market moves that Silevo couldn't afford to do. With Musk behind them, they can grow at whatever pace they can convince Musk they can be profitable at.

Comment: Re:Average SD article containing TM unclear ABR in (Score 1) 293

by Jaime2 (#47248067) Attached to: Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

He's mostly right in practice. If you take an entire semester worth of AP credits and graduate early, then you save money. However, most schools have a full-time rate that applies for any amount of credit hours over twelve. Going from 21 hours down to 13 your freshman year isn't going to save you anything. Going from 21 to 5 will save money by allowing you to register as a part-time student, but that my effect room and board arrangements. Trying to graduate a semester early is a possibility, but some classes are very difficult to take in the other semester from the one their "supposed" to be taken in, plus you'll have to make up the remained of the credits that you didn't AP out of to add up to an entire semester. If you only took one AP, that's almost the same work as just doing a four year degree in three and a half, so the savings is mostly attributed to your hard work, not the AP.

I took AP calc when I was in high school and I got a four an the exam. I just took it again in college for the easy A, that was a bigger benefit for me than skipping it since it wouldn't have saved any money. An A thrown into my GPA was worth more to me than a few hours of down time in the middle of the day.

Comment: Article/Summary (Score 1) 186

by Jaime2 (#47212811) Attached to: Toyota Investigating Hovercars

Article: The car won't so much be hovering in free space as "a little bit away" from the road. This is more likely to mean microns than inches...

Summary: We aren't talking Jetson's flying car, more like a car that merely hovers "a little bit away" from the road. Probably a few inches...

To me hovering a few microns sounds like hydroplaning on purpose. Sounds like a great idea if you never want to turn or stop.

Comment: Re:hard-wired can be a computer (Score 1) 56

by Jaime2 (#47129993) Attached to: ISEE-3 Satellite Is Back Under Control

It doesn't really matter. I was responding to a statement that said that if something receives signals and fires thrusters, then it must be a computer. Any definition that broad would be indistinguishable from "circuit" and would make the word "computer" redundant. I hate it when language evolves to a point where it's hard to express thoughts accurately.

This is the same problem I have with people accepting the phrase "I could care less" as meaning "I don't care". It makes language much harder to use. Imagine trying to explain the meaning of that phrase to someone learning English, they would come away thinking that each collection of words has some fungible meaning that is totally separate from the meanings of the individual word and the rules or grammar.

Comment: Re:hard-wired can be a computer (Score 1) 56

by Jaime2 (#47129365) Attached to: ISEE-3 Satellite Is Back Under Control

Right. It has no integrated circuits. There's no way it doesn't have a computer. It couldn't receive signals and fire its thrusters otherwise.

A collection of discreet electronic components hardly qualifies as a computer. Receiving radio signals was something done long before the first computer was invented.

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