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Comment: Re:The bigger Problem is their "updates" (Score 1) 473

by Luckyo (#48044551) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

When it can be properly reproduced by other people, and not just one person shitting up their PC with malware and then whining about "slow downs", you can start calling it a bug.

A good example was XP update overflow bug, that caused update process to become cripplingly slow right before the end of support.

Another is a known issue with XP SP2, which is more of a feature than a bug - it added several complex features to the OS, which upped system requirements.

Comment: Re: now that its not $700 (Score 1) 181

by Luckyo (#48037293) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

I find that most people nowadays already hibernate. Could be because I show people once that "you only need to reboot when you see a problem, otherwise look at this much faster way to shut down your machine which actually saves all your progress".

They never want to go back. And besides, the "faster boot time" on eight is absolutely marginal compared to 7, and slower than XP on comparable hardware once you count time until machine is usable rather than the artificial "time until you can sign in" that windows shills pass as a benchmark.

Comment: Re:Screens too small for Windows (Score 1) 181

by Luckyo (#48029957) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

There are phones with resistive screens for people like you. Those work fine with any object that can exert pressure on the screen, gloves or not.

You just have to look out for one.

Full disclosure: I still use an old Nokia with resistive screen myself, one of the reasons being that I like being able to use it outside in winter without having my fingers freeze from taking off gloves and without having to use special gloves with capacitive coating on fingertips. Other being that like most older Nokias, it's a fucking tank that still work well, about 5 years after purchase date.

Comment: Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 498

by Luckyo (#48021847) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

I'm now convinced that you're "electricity comes from the socket" kind of a person, that genuinely neither appreciates, nor is willing to listen to people that ensure that electricity does in fact come from the socket when needed.

After all, if it works now, why wouldn't it work in the future? Who cares if this new technology is utterly incompatible with what we have? They managed to make it work so far, so surely, they'll keep making it work, no matter how much the strain increases.

And of course, my payment for their services should not increase. They are making due with the current one, surely they'll do with it in the future.

Comment: Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 498

by Luckyo (#48021269) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

No. They use extremely complex algorithms developed specifically for the task of predicting spikes based on detailed historic usage.

Back in the day before this, they used to do this by hand. Back then, it was indeed something of a cross of engineering skill, technology and black magic with tarot cards.

That's one of the main reasons why blackouts were far more common back in the day.

In the end, you seem to assume that "well, it seems they're doing okay so far, so everything is fine". That is exactly what a person driving on worn out tyres says. Until the next time it rains and he hydroplanes into the nearest tree.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 498

by Luckyo (#48018775) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Because the older plants are not designed for this, and such a design adds significant level of complexity to the system.

Older plants essentially use the same path for both flow directions, which provides significant cost savings in building and maintenance and is completely sufficient for what they were designed for - selling night time produced electricity during the day.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 498

by Luckyo (#48018195) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Right, because as you claimed in another part of this thread, "wind power generation is reduced at peak times to compensate" when your ridiculous claims were hit by hard numbers and you tried to deny them. So there's no need for "instant direction change" mechanisms like batteries and supercapacitors to back up wind and solar, and all that research into it is just ignorant and misplaced.

In case you already "forgot":
http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

It was yet another hilarious example of your utter ignorance of the subject.

Comment: Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 498

by Luckyo (#48018183) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

They do actually. For all those things. That's why there are so few shorts that take out more than a single circuit in first world countries, and why in many cases, if car hits a major transmission line and severs it, they can usually reroute power through another route very quickly.

I'm addressing your points. There's no "strawman" here. You are making l those points, and I'm pointing out flaws in YOUR points. Not in some random invented ones.

Comment: Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 498

by Luckyo (#48016851) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

1. As in relation to solar power, as of writing this, none that I know of that would provide the necessary cushioning.

2. You still ignore the fact that grid is essentially a single circuit, which means that AC that isn't perfectly in sync with on/off cycle across the neighbourhood (random switching you talk about) isn't going to stress it much. It's the "all at once" that does, like solar power. Similar switching on of the AC across working spaces for example, is typically preplanned by grid maintenance people based on historic references. Yes, you actually need to plan ahead on those things, and not planning ahead causes brown and even blackouts.

3. As pointed, the problem comes from the fact that solar in concentrated in certain wealthy neighbourhoods, which are experiencing massively increased stress due to net metering. At the same time, those who don't use solar are effectively paying for extra hardware and manpower needed to keep that particular circuit and its connection to transit network stable it in most cases.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins

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