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Comment: Re:Keynote speaker (Score 1) 442

by JeffAtl (#47692369) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

You're confusing Electrical Engineers with Electricians. If you knew anything about Electrical Engineering, you'd know that. I don't mean to be mean, but that's just the truth.

Electrical Engineering is hard - it's not something that you can pick up by just pick up on your own by reading some wikipedia articles.

Just curious, why do you think that being a software engineer qualifies you as an electrical engineering expert?

Comment: Re:Expert?? (Score 1) 442

by JeffAtl (#47692175) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Not all areas have the geological or topographical features necessary to feasibly create a pumped storage setup.

Remember, the "renewables only" crowd rule out nuclear power which provides much of the base capacity - that's the only reason gas turbines and pumped storage release are only able to meet the peak demand.

To be clear, I realize that some areas are able to do this via hydroelectic - those areas are the exception and not the norm. Also, hydroelectric facilities are very hard to get approval for due to environmental concerns.

Comment: Re:you must not have done well in math class (Score 1) 214

by JeffAtl (#47690985) Attached to: Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

I find Atlanta much safer than the smaller town that I grew up in that is full of yokels that are just looking for a reason to show that they're armed.

At least in cities, you know where the good and bad neighborhoods are and can act accordingly. In smaller towns, there is just no escaping yokels.

Comment: Re:American car companies... (Score 1) 426

The major problem that I've heard reported is that the ignition would go to the "accessory" selection and would lock the steering wheel. If true, almost no one wold be able to recover from that.

The other problem (for many) would be the loss of power steering and power brakes. The power brakes might have some hydraulic pressure left initially, but that would go quickly.

Comment: Re:American car companies... (Score 2) 426

That's not easy to do if you're rounding a curve though.

To be clear, I agree that the "pound of flesh" crowd is out in full force, but this is a pretty major screw up. When the engine suddenly shuts off, most people are not going to know what to do in a split second.

Comment: Re:She probably wants kids (Score 1) 186

by JeffAtl (#47675175) Attached to: Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

That's because stating that person doesn't want kids is something that is still considered somewhat culturally taboo in the US. On a dating site where profiles are quickly browsed, it's just too risky of a box to check.

It's like a person stating that they're an atheist. It's just safer to state something vague.

Comment: Re:Who has the market share? (Score 1) 336

by JeffAtl (#47596047) Attached to: Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

I had 3 laptops during the last 3 years and they all fit the same docking station. Not sure why you think that every laptop needs a new docking station.

The point is that sales data of windows laptops is meaningless when you're trying to determine if the "desktop setup" (external monitor, mouse & keyboard) is "legacy".

Why you are being so obtuse and stubborn about this is not clear. Go to some offices and see if people doing their daily work with a touchscreen is anywhere close to being the typical setup.

Comment: Re:Who has the market share? (Score 3, Informative) 336

by JeffAtl (#47593635) Attached to: Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Yes it is. The massive conversion to laptops show that [the desktop is a legacy platform]. The sales data for 6 years clearly show that. You may not like that it is a legacy platform, Microsoft doesn't but it is.

Sorry, but that is nonsense. Companies have increasingly moved to laptops, that is certainly true, but that doesn't mean what you think it does. Everyone in my office has a multi-monitor setup with a mouse and keyboard - powered by a laptop that is connected to docking station. This has pretty much become the typical setup.

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