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Comment Re:It'll devolve. (Score 1) 77

Way 2: This time, take a writer with them. An actor playing a writer, I mean. Someone to think up the silly resolutions (like the stuff that TNG always had Wesley do). So every week the "writer" would have to think up a new ridiculous way to get everyone out of the latest pickle. After all, it was really the writers who thought up the BS resolutions that made Galaxy Quest (OK, Trek) so silly. There's probably enough silly kinds of SF plot devices to parody that you could get a good two or three seasons out of it.

This was basically the main plot element of John Scalzi's Redshirts

Comment Re:If it is 1/3 the power of the sun... (Score 3, Insightful) 60

"The beam from a power satellite is under 0.3 kW/m^2. Sunlight is around a kW/m^2."

then why would we use this instead of just using solar power? They must be using Republican math to try to justify this corporate welfare.

Do you mean that math in the replies where Henson said:

Addressing the economics, electricity is a commodity, especially base load power. Market goes to the lowest cost producers. Power satellites are cheaper than ground solar in close to the ratio of their utilization (i.e., fraction of the year they are selling power). Ground solar plants sell power about 20% of the time, vs space-based upwards of 90%.

Now if you have an issue with his 20% and 90% numbers then feel free to present your own analysis that refutes those numbers.

Comment Re:Demand segmentation 101 (Score 2) 378

Because there are fewer seats available at the last minute. When supply goes down, prices go up. Also, there is greater demand over holidays, so again prices go up.

The cost of operating a plane does not significantly change based on passenger demand. Hence any huge increase of ticket prices based on high demand is pure gouging on the airlines part. Likewise price increases based on a rapidly approaching departure time is also gouging as the time you buy your ticket also doesn't affect the costs of running the plane.

Comment Re:No Surprise (Score 1) 155

Flyover states have cheap energy, because it's the only way they can attract businesses. There's only one problem... nobody wants to live there.

Right now I am doing a short term contract in Salt Lake City for a high tech manufacturing firm. When I got here I bought "60 hikes within 60 miles of Salt Lake City" and have been hitting the trails every weekend - and the majority of the hikes are within 30 minutes of where I live.. The place abounds with hiking, mountain biking and horse trails covering terrain from desert to 10,000 foot peaks. When winter hits this will all turn to skiing and snowmobiling. If none of that fitness stuff is what you like, I have heard machine guns being fired at local gun ranges. Or if not that .. there is a variety of arts as well - the Book of Mormon was playing here a few weeks ago, but unfortunately I missed it. So there is plenty of things to do for all sorts of people.

The downside to UT is of course the confluence of politics and religion. As an example you can only buy wine at state run ABC shops, and the beer you can buy at the supermarkets is not very strong. And the state does have a strong conservative streak. On the other hand there is a bit of public art down town showing a flying saucer with a human dressed as a Mormon missionary standing behind the alien flying the ship - so some people have a decent sense of humor.

Comment Re:Africa after That? (Score 2) 104

Cheap labor remains an important consideration when moving manufacturing facilities.

But. Africa. Regional political unrest can undermine labor costs, raw material availability, and friendly tax packages.

On the other hand China has been investing in Africa (First link from google China Is Besting the U.S. in Africa). So China is already playing a long game there and while India may be a good choice right now, they may be looking at Africa after that.

Comment Re:Not a custom app (Score 1) 58

My phone is now faster, cooler, quieter, less cluttered and gives me fewer irritating notifications. Die, apps, die!

Getting off topic here, but I still use a 2007 RAZR and I only need to charge my phone once a week (if that). And I amazed a guy sitting next to me on a plane the other week when I told him that I didn't even bother to pack my charger on that particular trip.

Other benefits of this phone included being small and lite, and me not caring when I drop it as I know it will survive pretty well any fall onto a hard surface.

Comment Re:Greatly disappointed (Score 1) 75

This story has been up for several minutes already, and no "First Post!" or "In Soviet Russia, computers build YOU!" comments. Slashdot is really going downhil...

You insensitive clod!

Ever since Natalie Portman spilt her hot grits after being told that Netcraft finally confirmed that /. was dying (as indicated by the new overlords - Dice - no longer wanting the site) we have all been in mourning and unable to formulate the correct meme.

Now get off my lawn as I have to have room to tie this onion to my belt.

Comment Re:Why not both? (Score 4, Funny) 239

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.

You are in a maze of UUCP connections, all alike.