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Comment: 2+2=? (Score 2) 33

by pla (#47518913) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding
Biden said he also learned from his talks with tech's top CEOs that 200,000 of the jobs that companies provide each year to highly-skilled H-1B visa holders could in fact be done by Americans with no more than a two-year community college degree

So perhaps he can reconcile those two concepts and explain why we allow H1Bs when we have MILLIONS of unemployed college grads?

Mr. Biden, I have a word of advice for you - CEOs lie. And not just a little, but as their primary (and sometimes only) qualification. You might not want to go around repeating the crap they spew to try to sway you to do their bidding. It just, y'know, make you look like a little like a Special Olympics winner, if you get my meaning.

Comment: Re:110 or 240v (Score 1) 228

by drinkypoo (#47515275) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

It seems contradictory that they're worried about power factor, and also want to force contestants to output nice clean sine waves. Best way to get a PF of 1.0 with cheap switching power supplies, is to send them a square wave...

The challenge is a challenge. The goal is clearly to produce usable power, not to need more filtering. While the requirements for this contest don't require grid-tie, that's something that can be implemented later.

Comment: Re:a question.... (Score 1) 55

by drinkypoo (#47514183) Attached to: Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

I don't live there, but looking at some of the photos, is deforestation potentially part of the problem?

Yes. Don't listen to the sibling comment, which ignores the well-known fact that deforestation in fact was a contributing factor. Of course, if you actually wanted to know the answer to your question, you would have found it with google, dozens of times over.

Comment: Re:Solar power? (Score 1) 228

by Khyber (#47513163) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

"On the other hand, if you want a solar-powered Chromebook, the inverter could be a deal-breaker on the weight."

You wouldn't need an inverter, really. In many cases, low-power laptops run on ~10VDC, so a direct solar panel connection with resistor would be roughly fine to hit the battery through its charge controller. For those needing ~20V, you just use a cheap-ass boost converter and resistor before you feed to the charging/power circuitry.

Been there, done that, made solar-powered headless laptop servers.

Comment: Re:this is great news! (Score 1) 90

by drinkypoo (#47513131) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

I have the world's slowest blu-ray player, an original Sony. BDP-S300, I think. It lacks both ethernet and performance. Sadly, the Raspberry Pi lacks SATA, which is what the unit uses to connect to the optical drive. That gives it hack value, though not with R-Pi. I'd probably have to shoehorn something Micro-ITX in there, or use a laptop motherboard, as the optical drive is smack in the center.

I've bought just one Blu-Ray movie because the player is so godawful slow and I have to use a crappy remote with it. Ideally I'd be able to run XBMC on Windows (XP or 7) on whatever I stuffed into the case, and then I could use the android remote app. Right now my entertainment system is a mk908 running Finless 1.4 or so and it leaves a lot to be desired. Playing discs is one of those things.

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