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Comment: Sadly, gas is cheaper than electricity in CA (Score 3, Interesting) 646 646

I just bought a Ford C-Max Energi; but I bought it strictly for the green carpool-lane sticker.

In California, if you live in a big house, your marginal cost of electricity is shockingly high. For me, it's $0.33/kilowatt-hour.

My Energi goes 20 miles with a 8 kWh charge. That's $2.64 On gas, it gets about 35 mpg. If gas is $3.50 (current price) that's $2.20.

Now, during mid-day on a sunny day, I can charge it much cheaper on our solar panels (currently we are selling power back to PG&E, but at $0.11/kWh) and I do that. I also charge it at work, where it's 'free'; but I live 50 miles from work so I can't keep the car charged just at work. The 'free' power at work won't last forever, either.

You may ask "why not get a Tesla?" Good question. It turns out that there are (at my company) 3x the number of electric-ish cars as there are charging stations, so we have to swap them out after just a few hours. The Tesla would take all day to charge. Also, the Tesla is such a lumbering overpowered beast that it gets substantially less miles-per-kilowatt-hour.

Thad

Comment: Reading her mind... (Score 1) 130 130

Somebody I know started taking antidepressants some time ago, and they helped the depression quite a bit. One curious thing, though, is that once she is taking them, she assumes that I can read her mind; that I obviously know what she is thinking. She stopped taking them for a while, and it was immediately apparent that she no longer felt that way, then when she started taking them again, it was back.

Comment: IoT in a nutshell: (Score 1) 124 124

``The only people who care about the internet of things are the people trying to tell us how awesome the internet of things will be.''

And telling us what backward, mouth-beathing Luddites everyone is who isn't racing to jump on the IoT fanboi bandwagon are.

Comment: Re:Don't worry, they'll try again (Score 1) 229 229

Well, seeing as how the soon-to-be-former Disney IT folks were being forced to train their replacements, Disney had to know they were in a bad situation. Imagine the fix Disney would have been in had everyone told them to stuff their 2-3 month's salary bribes^Wseverance and boxed up their personal items after that initial meeting and there'd had been no knowledge transfer? One can only hope that someday, somewhere an IT team will band together and tell their employers to keep their paltry severance and walk out the door. (And, hopefully, straight to the press.)

Comment: Re:Such a nice, sugary story.... (Score 3, Interesting) 614 614

I've trained my replacement before. Or I should say I trained my replacements before. My sysadmin job was sliced and diced to be done by multiple "teams". User account management? Separate team. Storage? Separate team. Backups? Separate team. You get the picture. Another admin and I conducted more than one online training session for each of these teams and those were followed up by two (count 'em!) in-person visits by several members of each of the teams. After my end date came around, the outsourcing company hired me on as a contractor (at about the same as I was making but I actually made out pretty well since the contract work was entirely remote and I had zero transporation costs). For the better part of four years I was still doing most of the work that was supposed to have been farmed out to these teams. Everything these teams were supposed to be doing was taking 2-3 times longer as tasks would sit and sit and sit in the queue until some manager got me involved. It was rather pathetic. Cost savings? Where? Well, I guess my previous employer didn't have to pay out my bonus anymore and I wasn't taking paid vacation time.

Comment: Re:Such a nice, sugary story.... (Score 4, Insightful) 614 614

``In 2009 Bill Gates sat before the US congress, and explained that the tech industry was suffering from huge shortages, and desperately needed more foreign guest workers. At the same time, Microsoft was laying off thousands of US workers.''

And, no doubt, not a single one of those simpleminded Congresscritters called him out on the hypocricy.

Comment: Probably for the best... (Score 1) 156 156

\begin{snark}

If we're unable to reproduce and dying off from testicular cancer, there will be less pressure on the food supply that will be dwindling as the pesticides kill off the bee population and the plant pollenation function they perform. The humans that are left can do that pollenation by hand when the bees are all gone.

See... it's all good!

\end{snark}

Comment: As little as 32MB? (Score 1) 227 227

I can recall when an entire Linux -- not "pared down" -- ran in "as little as" 16MB. (No X Windows; server only.) It was the Anaconda installer that forced me to upgrade systems to 32MB. (At least temporarily; after getting Linux installed I could pull out that extra memory.) Of course, this was a "few" years ago. Nowadays, I have more memory than that in my old Laserjet. What's limiting these devices to have only 32MB? Power?

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