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Comment: Re: Quality? (Score 2) 195

by LamboAlpha (#45923861) Attached to: Tesla Sending New Wall-Charger Adapters After Garage Fire
In the USA, NFPA 70 code (NFPA 70 NEC 2014 Table 210.21(B)(3)) allows for a 15A outlets on a 20A breaker. The parallel prong outlets are rated at 15A (e.g. NEMA 5-15R), but there are 20A outlets, which have both regular (straight) prong and a T or perpendicular pong, which is rated at 20A (NEMA 5-20R).

Comment: What about the KEYS? (Score 1) 867

by LamboAlpha (#44377441) Attached to: Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan
You are the only one that mentioned it. What about the KEYS? If the USPS uses clustered mail boxes, who administers the keys. Does the HOA? What if you live in a subdivision without a HOA or property administrator? Who will maintain the boxes? What about owners/renters losing the keys? What if the house goes though foreclosure and the bank does not have the keys (can someone say locksmith)?

No keys, now it is easy to steal someone else's mail. Where will the boxes be located, in the common area, what if there is no common area. Will it be in someone's front yard? Will it cause a traffic issues with existing neighborhoods?

This could apply to almost anyone could end up costing people large amounts of money (but not the USPS, I am sure of that, since the Postmaster makes the rules).

Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican who has spearheaded Postal Service reforms, has introduced a bill that would also require cluster boxes for existing residences with an exemption for people with disabilities.

Comment: Re:Beats was a big loss maker (Score 1) 146

HTC bought a 50.1% share (controlling interest in the company) for 309 million dollars, then sold back 25% for 150 million dollars. HTC only lost ~4.5 million dollars plus the cost of the acquisition. Not a great business move, but they could have done far worse. However, they still have some control of Beats Electronics because of it (the 25% in stock).

Comment: Bandwidth... (Score 1) 115

by LamboAlpha (#32603650) Attached to: Cloud Gaming Service OnLive Set For Launch
This is what I see...
1920 x 1200 (Resolution) x 32 bit (4 Bytes Color Depth) x 60 Hz (Refresh) = 4423680000 bit/s = 4423.680 mbit/s or 527 Mbytes/sec

Therefore, they must compress the video stream. So with this I get lag, bad video quality and compression artifacts.
This assumes that I have a high speed internet connection that is not capped... At 2mbit stream rate (but they required a 5mbit connection, therefore you would have some spare capacity for overhead and network issues), you would only get about ~22 hours (~45min/day) per month with a 150GB cap (assuming no overhead, other traffic or other users). I also know people that could push 22 hours in one weekend.

Comment: Re:Value for money vs FanboiGasms (Score 1) 361

by LamboAlpha (#32120598) Attached to: AMD Undercuts Intel With Six-Core Phenom IIs
I will start this by saying that I have built four AMD desktop computers over the years and currently use three AMD systems (a single and quad core desktop and one dual core laptop). The quad core desktop was built as a server (video processing/storage/backup).

But, it is now time to upgrade my primary single core desktop computer (gaming and general use). I would prefer it if I could get an AMD system, however after doing the research, I am currently planning on building an Intel Core i7-930 based system. I completely agree that I could get an AMD system at a better price, but the performance would be worse than the Intel system. The point of this system is good performance at a decent price.

I had already planned to get the Intel based system before reading this review, but the Phenom II X6 review by Tom’s Hardware just reinforced my original decision.,2613-14.html

Comment: Re:Cold war is over! (Score 1) 526

by LamboAlpha (#31754996) Attached to: Obama Unveils New Nuclear Doctrine
1) It is a liquid.

2) It was the British. Information on the substance was passed to Porton Down in 1954 and research there led to VX within a year. This was traded to the United States as the British passed over VX in favor of continuing with sarin as the UK chemical weapon of choice,...

3) The US is destroying their stockpile.

The Project Manager – Chemical Stockpile Elimination manages the safe treatment and disposal of chemical agents and weapons using incineration and neutralization technologies.

Incineration technology is being used at Anniston Army Depot, AL; Pine Bluff Arsenal, AR; Umatilla Chemical Depot, OR; and Deseret Chemical Depot, UT.

Disposal operations using neutralization technology were completed in February 2006 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, facility - eliminating more than five percent of the nation’s chemical agent inventory. The disposal facility is now closed. The Newport Chemical Depot, IN, facility completed chemical stockpile disposal operations in August 2008 – eliminating four percent of the nation’s chemical agent inventory. Closure operations at the site are now underway.

Comment: Re:No "Cowboy Neal" option? (Score 1) 491

by LamboAlpha (#28229257) Attached to: Best kind of engineering:
Here, I fixed it for you...

I am appalled at the absence of ChemE's. Time to "accidentally" shut down some refineries and raise the price of gas. Then "accidentally" shutdown some power plants, water treatment plants, pharmaceutic sites, specialty chemical plants and then finish it off with a few semiconductor fabrication labs.

Comment: Re:Voodoo Science: But what is the RAC for it? (Score 1) 684

by LamboAlpha (#26649493) Attached to: Miscalculation Invalidates LHC Safety Assurances
I going to assume the hazard type/severity of "Catastrophic/I" (death may occur), but without a good probability, I can't calculate a RAC for it.

Risk Assessment Code
....A B C D
I... 1 1 2 3
II.. 1 2 3 4
III. 2 3 4 4
IV. 3 4 4 4

1. Imminent Danger
2. Serious
3. Moderate
4. Minor

Comment: You wanted change, and you got it. (Score 2, Funny) 589

by LamboAlpha (#26381249) Attached to: Obama Recommends Delay In Digital TV Switch
Obama is not even in office and he had made changes, changed his mind. You wanted change and you got it. If he was all about change (hopefully for the better), we would not be talking about this.

It is an old standard, better technology now exists. Sorry, it is not backwards compatible. I have seen people get completely enraged about this change. People look at it like, "If it's not broken, don't fix it." The change is a good thing, but people get defensive about the government breaking their stuff (vs. preparing for the future). Since when has watching TV been a RIGHT, not a PRIVILEGE?

PS: I don't care how I get modded. I am happy just because you used/wasted your mod points on me.

Comment: Re:Numbers don't quite add up! (Score 1) 287

by LamboAlpha (#25064799) Attached to: Intel Shows Data Centers Can Get By (Mostly) With Little AC
The industrial chillers I have worked with (200-460 KW units) have about a 2.5KW of heat removal per 1KW of electrical power used by the chillers.

Quick Calculation: I would guess that a maximum of 30% of the electric bill is for AC. In other works a 10MW data center would need up to 4MW of cooling and have a total electric usage of up to14MW.

1 Sagan = Billions & Billions