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Comment: Re:FM capability not switched off (Score 1) 267

since most phones don't even have the hardware connected.

On the other hand, you pretty much need to include an Fm receiver in phones sold in India. And since manufacturers don't like managing multimpel hardware configurations, I suspect that the few connections needed (like to an antenna) exist in their 'standard' hardware version.

Comment: Re:The answer to this that nobody wants to impleme (Score 2) 287

by PPH (#49504995) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

communication mechanism to control power output.

So what happens when the utility system operator has a block of cheap power switched onto the system and says, "We don't need all this solar right now. Switch it off." Conspiracy theories will spring up all over about how the utility is trying to 'do in' solar. Not that some of these won't be legitimate. Power companies like to buy the cheapest blocks of power first and put the expensive stuff on standby. Smart grids and technology aside, I don't think many solar system owners are going to like their generating plug pulled when it suits the utilities interests. So most of these systems are designed to push max power onto the grid and only disconnect due to a fault condition.

Comment: Re:Intelligence is useless when unappreciated (Score 1) 330

by PPH (#49501131) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

You have to have social skills that help you convince others you are more intelligent than them.

Maybe. But you need social skills to not make the 'average' people think you are shitting on them. There are a lot of not outstandingly brilliant but hardworking and productive people that you will meet. And you will be better off working with them, even if that means keeping a lid on your genius, than trying to convince them that you possess it (even if you do).

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 2) 145

by PPH (#49500265) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

Had there been an "architect" or "main designer"

That would be Boeing's role (as the general contractor). Boeing is really good about managing things that they understand, like building airplanes. Because there's usually some geezer on the payroll that remembers how they did things 'back in the old days'. But not so good at doing the one-off type projects. They basically broker services and talent between the various subcontractors that actually know how to do the work.

Comment: Re:Self-Confidence (Score 1) 588

if they cannot point to any evidence.

Here's some:

Although the null result tends to dominate in studies of academic preformance (no preference for single-sex or coeducational settings), single sex does show advantages in the accumulated studies in the social/emotional areas.

User hostile.