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Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 146

I got a better idea of what a good manager was from reading the book "The Soul of a New Machine".
The problem with good managers is they look like they are doing nothing.
A good manager fixes problems before they happen. You are going to need a logic analyzer next week and it shows up on your desk on Friday of this week.
It is just transparent.

Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 1) 212

"You can make up for that lack by looking at a weather map and trying to identify a day when there is no wind at all over a region large enough to be covered by a national grid - or pretty close to continental in the case of the USA"

So every site must have enough capacity to power the entire US to make up for the sites that get no wind?
It is also not a case of no wind but of not enough wind and or too much wind. Too much wind the they feather the turbines to keep them from over speeding BTW.
Also you will find very little wind in the US between the hours around 4am pst or 7am est.
No oversimplification of the problem just does not work not to mention that having on giant nation wide grid like you describe would be very complex and hard to eliminate the potential for a total collapse.
Wind is not reliable because to be reliable it must be always blowing at the right speed at enough sites to provide the needed power.
Wind is much better than solar as far as availability but just like solar you must think of it as an opportunistic source that must be backed by peaking plants.

Comment Re:Why do they need ANY info? (Score 1) 376

Actually gas is gas. All gas comes through a pipeline. ARCO and Shell are the same gas. After it leaves the pipeline the different companies add different additives but the gas it's self is the same.
Now a rundown station may have more crude in it's tank than a new or well maintained station so that is an issue.

Comment Re:Why do they need ANY info? (Score 4, Interesting) 376

1. Google says it is not true.
2. Adding things like current speed and wheel angle can really help with dead reckoning when GPS is having a problem getting a lock like going through a tunnel.
3. Knowing how much fuel you have left and your current mpg can help it find the cheapest gas along your route.

Comment Re:Proof that you don't want govt spending your mo (Score 1) 229

The idea is that if you get one company other will follow. It can work but frankly manned spaceflight is one of those not for profit endeavors that is best left to the government.
Rocket powered ballistic joy rides are just super rollercoaster for the rich.

Submission + - Woman slain after using Waze to go to the wrong address. (cnn.com)

LWATCDR writes: The couple followed their Waze GPS app, thinking it would lead them to a touristy avenue in Niteroi, a large city across the bay from Rio de Janeiro.
Instead, it led them to another street of the same name in Niteroi in one of the city's most notorious slum areas. The woman was shot and killed.

Crowd sourced maps like Waze and OSM, as well as commercially sourced maps like Google Maps, Bing, and Apple maps can tell you the traffic or what restaurants are worth going to but they do not include any risk or safety information.

Including crowd sourced risk information could cause issues. A person of one race may feel that a perfectly safe area is not safe because they feel uncomfortable. An area might be safe but poor and people might feel that it is at risk. An area maybe safe for a person of one race but risky for another.
The other big issue is someone goes to an area marked "low risk" but is a victim of a random crime they might blame the mapping provider.

Should risk be included in mapping software? Can it be included without racism real or imaginary being an issue? Would it actually create a form of segregation where well todo people can completely bypass improvised areas?

Personally I had this issue pop up when I went to a football game in Miami. My wife and I took TriRail to the game but had to walk 6 blocks to the stadium. When the game was over I asked the police officer for the best way to get back to the station and he told me that it was not safe to walk back at night so we took an Uber.

Comment Re:The first two launches will take place in 2017 (Score 1) 72

No you do not get it it.
The more weight they more fuel you have to carry which is more weight. To life more weight you must add more thrust which means more engines which means more weight and more fuel.
You can not just keep adding more tanks and fuel you must then add more engines because it takes more thrust to lift the fuel and tanks which means you burn more fuel and need more tanks and so and so on.
In the end you will have a Saturn V that puts 200Kg in LEO.

Comment Re:They *don't* want a better world for our kids (Score 1) 92

"which even the president of Greenpeace has stated is the best option, given our energy needs"
No he did not.
One of the former founders of Greenpeace said it not the current president of Greenpeace.
BTW I support nuclear power but when posting facts one should make sure that they are facts otherwise the entire post becomes suspect.

Comment Re:Cart before the Horse (Score 1) 206

"Which is more likely, Ockham: the first black Democratic president turns out to be more right-wing than Nixon, or just after the oath of office, he and his family are threatened by the Security-Intelligence empire that has more power than Hoover could have ever fantasized about?"

Simple President Obama found out that was not what he thought it was when he was running.
The idea that US security agencies threatened the family of the President of the US is bat crap crazy. Your razor is very dull.

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