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Comment: Re:Wha? (Score 1) 177

by gtall (#47439457) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

One time I was watching Gen. Patraeus give a press conference by first giving a brief involving a lot of slides. One slide particularly stood out because it was so incomprehensible. It had arrows flying every which way, some pointing indistinctly at nothing in particular. Different kinds of arrows, blobs in clouds, starbursts, etc. The general was stumbling a bit in his words and he looks up, eyeballs the audience, and thanks the help he got from Microsoft employees in constructing that slide. That answers why it was incomprehensible but not why MS employees were helping him.

Pooperpoint slides encourage a sort of mindless creativity that has no real purpose. This has stupefied many an organization via flows of information that start down in the trenches as being real information. By the time it reaches bullet points for the generals, it has been morphed into disinformation. It actually makes the organization dumber by encouraging the sort of people who demand bullet pointed idiocy to rise to a position they should never hold. At that point, they are merely bullet point consumers and producers, a sort of mutual recursive backscratching moron class that do their best job when they do nothing.

Comment: Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (Score 1) 208

by gtall (#47439337) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System we are to attribute some sort of ethereal "values" to encouraging your kids to whacked on the basis that someone wrote down in a book over 1000 years ago that they'd go to Heaven for it? Sooooo...what's the point of the kiddies being here in the first place. How come Allah doesn't just whack their asses at birth and cut right to the chase?

Comment: Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (Score 1) 208

by gtall (#47439323) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

I think at this point the Palestinians are rather like the Black Knight of Monty Python. There's nothing you can do short of killing every last one that won't result in the remainders claiming "we was robbed" and declaring Holy Jihad in the name of Muhammed and Allah.

This Allah character is a weird dude in Islam. He is supposed to be so other that he only communicates to humans through angels and them mostly in dreams...which of course is only tailor made for every two-bit Imam and Mullah to declare a visitation in a dream in which all the Jews were seen to be dead by the hand of...yadda, yadda, yadda.

Personally, I think if Allah had any balls he write in clear Arabic over the entire sky what the hell he's after. Short of that, he's just a figment of imagination.

Comment: Re:That said... (Score 3, Interesting) 55

by swillden (#47437985) Attached to: Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

Some EVs also let you limit the max that your pack charges up to to further extend lifespan (it's usually destructive both to use the very top end and the bottom end of the discharge range).

That is the theory, but real-world experience with the world's most successful EV (Nissan LEAF) isn't bearing it out. There doesn't appear to be any significant benefit to limiting charging to the 80% level. What is proving to matter, a lot, is temperature. The risks of very cold temperatures are so extreme that the cars have built-in battery heaters (powered by the batteries, obviously) to protect against them, so in practice cold just reduces range, but hot temperatures seriously impact battery longevity.

Another theoretically-predicted battery-killer that is not showing real-world degradation is quick charging. I believe Nissan has even stopped telling people they should limit the amount of level 3 charging they do.

Excellent points about larger capacity batteries needing to survive fewer cycles, though.

Comment: Re:Manager (Score 3, Insightful) 177

by swillden (#47437931) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

Their goal has unswervingly been lock-in from top to bottom, while trying to nickel and dime you the whole way.

This is exactly the corporate culture shake-up that's required.

Microsoft has a lot of really smart people, and the financial and other assets needed to put them to work doing great things that can compete and win on their own, actually serving customers rather than trying to lock them in and then exploit them.

MS could be great. But they need a radically different internal dynamic to get there. Will this guy be able to do that? I'm skeptical, but I really hope he can.

Comment: Re:Murphy says no. (Score 1) 247

by Vellmont (#47432433) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

  say the patch unexpectedly breaks another critical function of the server. It happens, if you have been in IT any time you have seen it happen

Yes, this happens all the time. And really it's a case for doing the upgrade when people are actually using the system. If the patch happens at 2am (chosen because nobody is using it at 2am), nobody is going to notice it until the morning. The morning, when the guy who put in the patch is still trying to recover from having to work at 2am. At the very least groggy, and not performing at his/her best.

Comment: Re:why new balls (Score 1) 143

It looks like every world cup but perhaps a couple has had a different stitch pattern on the ball.

No, it doesn't. They were all somewhat different up until the Telstar introduced the 32-panel, pentagon-and-hexagon stitching pattern, but it appears to me that remained unchanged for almost 40 years, from 1970 to 2006. The balls in between appear to have the same stitching pattern, just different printed designs.

Comment: Re:Void warranty (Score 1) 77

by swillden (#47428297) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

I dunno.. my LEAF's maintenance schedule for the first 150K miles is pretty much "rotate tires, every 7500 miles, check brakes every 15,000". Checking the brakes, of course, involves checking the brake fluid levels, so there is a fluid. At 150K miles you do have to replace the oil used to cool the battery charger.

But, in general, EVs are very close to maintenance-free.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)