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Comment: Re:Brand? (Score 1) 183

by adolf (#49634967) Attached to: 17-Year-Old Radio Astronomy Mystery Traced Back To Kitchen Microwave

I had a fancy-ish Panasonic for about 13 years, including a variable-speed magnetron (which is a hell of a neat trick). I recently gave it to a friend when the SO downsized it; I expect it to live at least another 4 years of regular use.

It was neither particularly cheap, nor alarmingly expensive when I bought it. Other than some of the superficial silkscreening being being rubbed off from cleaning, it looks and performs like new with zero maintenance over the years.

Aren't they all like this? I don't think I've ever seen a microwave oven retired simply because it suddenly stopped working.

My grandparents' 1975-ish Amana RadarRange was still working fine when she died a couple of years ago.

Comment: Re:Brand? (Score 3, Insightful) 183

by adolf (#49634937) Attached to: 17-Year-Old Radio Astronomy Mystery Traced Back To Kitchen Microwave

Remember to include the manufacturing energy consumed to replace it every 10 years.

Why do people keep talking about the energy used in manufacturing as if it is a separate thing? That energy is already built into the purchase price of the item, from the energy consumed by the machines digging the ore to the truck delivering the finished product to your doorstep, and including all of the energy which in turn was used to produce those machines.

It doesn't need to be factored separately. It's already a part of the equation.

That said, the primary energy savings in a new-fangled front-load washer/drier combo seems to be in having a better/faster spin cycle: The less-wet that the clothes are after they exit the washer, the less heat energy the drier needs to use to finish the job of producing dry clothes.

(And none of this beats a washer (any semi-modern automatic washer) and an outdoor clothesline, weather-permitting.)

Comment: Re:Dear AMD (Score 1) 80

by adolf (#49634737) Attached to: AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016

Don't get me wrong, I think that ARM has a great story to tell for phones and tablets. There power conservation and efficiency dominate. Once you leave that space then ARM is in a different world of expectations, with different business models and all the rest. That's why I always think that ARM servers are a bit of a fantasy. There are a lot of deluded people talking about how ARM is "gonna" revolutionize servers, and desktops. Yeah, so where are all these great products I keep hearing about?

You mean like the Corel NetWinder? You heard it here first, but the year that the power-efficient ARM server is going to change everything is 1999.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?