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Comment Re:Why not both? (Score 3, Funny) 223 223

Wouldn't it be possible to have both in the same appliance?

Yeah, that AC/DC appliance would be really rocking, and a company that succeeds in doing it really would be a rising power. But I'd be worried about the low end manufactures doing dirty environmental deeds, dirt cheap as well as the build quality of the system overall. After all you don't want to be shaken all night long by your air conditioner - that would really lead you down a highway to hell.

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 429 429

only to have to turn them down after being offered the job because they weren't paying a decent wage for the job at hand

I thought the trend now days was for you to indicate how much you were willing to work for when you applied for the job (complete with salary history of your previous jobs), and hope that you were within the acceptable range.

Comment Re:Misleading and Hyperbolic Title/Comparison (Score 4, Funny) 129 129

A lot of security exploits could fit within a tweet, but I've never seen that comparison before.

You're right .. they should have specified it in pico Libraries of Congress. At least that's a unit of measurement that most people here would understand.

Comment Re:Used to be an obligatory post (Score 1) 54 54

This would be posted when Slashdot was still news for nerds:
"I wonder what a Beowulf cluster of these could do.."

Why don't you ask Natalie Portman why things have gone down hill? I'm sure you can get her comment before her breakfast of hot grits. But just be prepared for an answer that welcomes the new overlords.

The sad thing is that Netcraft will now finally be able to confirm what is going on, to the point that not even an insensitive clod in Soviet Russia will be spared any feelings. Now if you will excuse me, I need to change the onion on my belt.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549 549

4) You were traveling at normal speed with no visible traffic in front of you, crested a hill and then ran into the traffic that was stopped just over the crest of the hill.

This happened to me once, I had stopped behind the car in front of me (in a line of stopped traffic extending down the hill for about 1km), two cars had stopped behind me. A third car came over the hill, impacted into the last car which shunted into the car behind me, who shunted into my car with enough force that my car was put off the road with a broken rear axle. Fortunately I had stopped with enough room that I wasn't shunted into the car in front of me. This also occurred just after dusk, and a light rain was falling, so it was the worst of all possible conditions.

Comment Re:As a motorcyclist... (Score 2) 363 363

Not for safety reasons, but because I don't want to sit there for 15 minutes waiting for a car that weighs enough to pull up behind me to trigger the lights to turn green.

20 or 30 years ago I asked a cop in Australia about what should I do when the lights don't respond to a motorcycle. His reply was that if you are sitting there for so long then you can consider the light to be defective and you can proceed with caution. However this was before the widespread introduction of red light cameras and I never put it to the test.

Comment Re:Power purchase preference or hard limit? (Score 3, Interesting) 80 80

Is this one of those things where they site near a wind farm and tick a box on a form that says they want to buy green power but in reality the actual electrons that enter the data center are "from the grid" and not actually exclusively produced from renewable sources?

Whats worse is that after you buy those electrons from the power companies and use them in your process, you give them back for free. Imagine the overall cost savings you could have if someone developed a market for used electrons and you could sell what you didn't need. I bet that its those power companies that are suppressing that idea so that they can hold on to all those $$$.

But to answer your question. If the Green power company pours X amount of electrons into the grid, and the FB pays that company $$ to pull X electrons from the grid and uses them to power their data center, then what is the problem if they also mix with electrons from other sources? What you are proposing (dedicated onsite, pure green power stations for each enterprise) would be cost prohibitive and stupid for a number of reasons - such as not utilizing scales of economy in the power generation, having to colocate the data centers at the site of the renewable generation, and finally having zero redundancy in their power supplies.

Comment Re:Energy Storage? (Score 1) 80 80

I RTFA but they didn't mention any energy storage component. What do they do when the wind isn't ideal?

This wind power failure meme needs to die .. there are many well proven approaches to energy storage that have been used since before grid sized renewables were even a twinkle in their designers eyes.

A prime example is Pumped storage which is being used All over the world

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