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Comment: A law for everything... (Score 2, Insightful) 477

by MrLogic17 (#46713815) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Ah, so this explains why Silicon Valley is located in France.

Seriously, if someone wants to work crazy hours, why not let them?

I had that phase in my career, and it paid off. I'm in a different phase now. I just choose not to work after hours. If my employer didn't like that, I'd have found a better job by now. Same thing for travel - I used to travel a ton. Now I don't want to, and so I found a place to work with no travel. I'm a grownup, I can take care of myself, thank-you-very-much.

Comment: Hayes compatible, anyone? (Score 1) 769

by MrLogic17 (#46390951) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

This means my next Keurig will be a Keurig-compatible machine, sans-DRM.
I can't imagine anything they could possibly add to the "pods" to warrant moving way from all of the clone pods & machines. (Freshness date chips? Custom brewing settings?)

I smell a failing business model brewing...

Comment: Cell Phone code? (Score 1) 533

by MrLogic17 (#46001435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

For an all-time high, you want a combination of a large number of devices, over a long period of time.

I'd say cell phones would do nicely. Probably something that runs often on all cells everywhere. Maybe something that sync's with cell towers, or handles jumping between towers.

Maybe text message handling code. How many texts are sent per day?

Comment: Try Troll News (Score 0) 181

by MrLogic17 (#45818903) Attached to: The Rise of Hoax News

Hoax News isn't all that bad to me. What really grinds my gears are the Troll News sites. Start with The Onion, then make nothing but "news" posts designed to incite the demographic & political leaning of your choice. Most of them try very hard to hide that they are parody sites.

It's just evil. They are getting clicks & advertising hits by trolling people, most of whom never catch on. I don't get why making a mockery of Grandma & getting her worked up over fake posts about the pope would be a good idea...

Comment: Re:It's not freaking out- it's having options (Score 4, Informative) 944

by MrLogic17 (#45787095) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

I happen to work in the utility industry. Power for lighting both commercial and residential is low single-digit percentage. (Incidentally this is also why daylight saving time is a colossal mistake.)

The incandescent lightbulb ban is just a show. It's political theater. There are dozens of ways to save more power with more bang for the buck.

Comment: It's not freaking out- it's having options (Score 1) 944

by MrLogic17 (#45784551) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

I have a stash of incandescent I bought last year. I was unhappy with the CFL options, for several reasons. I bought the incandescent bulbs so that I would have the option to keep using them until satisfactory options were available. Yes, LED bulbs are getting better and solve some of the CFL's shortcomings- I'm testing one now.

I just don't like some far away bureaucrat telling me what's best for me. I'll switch when I'm good and ready. Until them, I know what I like- and I've made sure that's an option for me.

Comment: Re:Super Capacitors (Score 1) 296

by MrLogic17 (#45674585) Attached to: Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

Sorry to reply to self, but found this on the above article:

Taking into account evaporation losses from the exposed water surface and conversion losses, approximately 70% to 85% of the electrical energy used to pump the water into the elevated reservoir can be regained.The technique is currently the most cost-effective means of storing large amounts of electrical energy on an operating basis...

Tell me again the efficiency of batteries?

Comment: Re:Super Capacitors (Score 1) 296

by MrLogic17 (#45674519) Attached to: Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

This concept has already been developed & deployed at an industrial scale, for decades - only using potential energy storage (pumping water up-hill).

The fact that power is cheap at night, and expensive in the day means Pumped Storage can make (or save) a utility a whole lot of money.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumped-storage_hydroelectricity

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