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Comment: Re:What is "Dead" (Score 1) 283

by SirSpammenot (#47308835) Attached to: Perl Is Undead
For the first time in 3 years I didn't get to go to a YAPC (the conference thing in the video) and am really getting pissed about it. Having said that... why is everyone here fixated on Perl 6? Perl 6 will continue, much like a fork, running besides the Perl 5.x series. Both solving problems in their own spaces. Or not... feel free to argue amongst yourselves somemore. Where Python is currently a better tool, use it. But if you are highly productive (comfortable, knowledgable, not missing features..) with Perl 5.x, why not be productive?

Comment: Backups? (Score 1) 281

Knowing the data collected is worth more than the license cost of any package you might pickup, a VPS sounds like a winner because it will automagically be BACKED UP by someone that isn't you. Secondarily OSS. Thirdly Filemaker Pro, but at least that is a FIXED cost. What about multi-user? You get that for free in the web app, but no internet in Senegal is a thing right? Maybe a locally hosted, on one of the Win7 boxes, mysql and apache web app. Local multi-user minus auto backups.

Since you mentioned what you would do, and didn't rule it out (like: must be a desktop app), then hosted sounds like a great way to go. Unless the hosting cost is a problem, but you didn't say that either. No budget at all for that matter.

Open Source is only free if your time is worthless. The benefits of openness are network benefits.

Comment: Re:Electric. (Score 1) 659

by SirSpammenot (#47010035) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?
Yes, yes, people always want stuff for free... OR cheap. OR slave labor. I own a Volt with 31K miles on it. It saved, repeat: saved, me over $2K last year. I guarantee your gas car cost you full retail price to drive it around.

20K miles @ 22MPG (US average fuel economy) = 909 gal * $3.50/gal (2013 avg price) = $3,181.50 in fuel costs
20K miles @ 4mi/KWh = 5000KWh * 10/KWh = $500 in electrons for same distance travelled

You would pay Three Grand and have nothing left over, I would put $2,500 away into a 401K or something. And have done ZERO oil changes, or tunes ups, or replaced belts, or starter motor, or transmission fluid, or...

As soon as people understand they are getting a Lexus quality ride that costs pennies instead of dollars-a-day to run, the starting cost is less important. But then that is why I am not a pennliess hippie, I'm a upper middle class hippie.

Comment: Re:Price (Score 1) 398

OH! But the biggest savings of all? Not having to make special trips to go to the damn gas station to stand around while filling up. I kid you not, you just have no idea how much you revile the idea when you get on the other side of it. I'll fill up at home, in my fuzzy slippers, with a cold adult drink, thank you very much.

Everytime I see the new tobacco ads where the little guy drags the smokers outside in the rain, bullies them around... substitute gas for cigs and you are so there.

Comment: Re:Price (Score 1) 398

I have a Volt - and my story looks like this:
- 52Mi daily roundtrip commute, charge at work for free, almost always 100% electric.
- Takes long trips, 370mi from DFW to Amarillo @ 3-4 per year. Plus Austin, Hot Springs AR,...
- Lifetime is 72% EV, 30Kmi total since Dec 2012.
- Just broke 100MPG lifetime! Should plateau about 160MPG.
- Avoided 755 gallons in 2013, spent ~$350 on electricity to drive the same miles. $3.50/gl*755=$2642.60 - $350 = ~$2,300 Saved in 1 year!
- First brake job should be north of 80Kmi, due to regen braking instead of using the pads.. (lookup NFC rotor coating)
- Oil changes are not tied to odometer, but to how much you actually run the engine. I'm getting an oil change at 18 months, because I'm a cautious man.
- First engine tune-up is advised at 112,000mi
- No serpentine belts, no AC belt, no alternator, no transmission... gear box fluid at 160,000mi?
- Battery pack has 8yr/100,000mi warranty. It is never expected to need to be replaced (lookup EREV).
- EOL car battery packs are expected to sell for $500-$1,000 to go into grid storage (etc.) applications, better than a $10 battery core credit?
- One Volt owner is now past 126,000mi and still gets 42mi on a full charge. Future looks bright...

So the car actually PAYS ME BACK for driving the miles I have to traverse to work and play. No change in lifestyle required, silent, reliable, fun... Electric cars are here, try to keep up. ;)

Comment: coughCHEVY VOLTcough (Score 1) 398

If you want to drive electric, but can't resolve the range anxiety issues, seriously look at a Chevy Volt. If the 4 seater size fits your lifestyle, it is a GREAT car. Even my Leaf friends admit it. ;) Proof is: I get ribbing becuase I do still burn SOME gas (zero gas is part of the EV mantra) but then when we ned to go to Austin for a conference - do we take a Leaf? No. They suffer along just fine in the go-anywhere-all-day-long Volt.

Comment: Opinion != Subject Matter knowledge (Score 1) 558

So, my fiance happens to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst specializing in Austim, and from the comments I can tell you two things:

1) The science (yes, I chose that word on purpose) of Behavior Analysis (BA) has grown immensely in that last decade. Both in the body of research, the systems of diagnosis, and the professional development associations supporting the work to address the needs of people "on the spectrum". She is board certified, which is not a trivial thing if you haven't ever had to stand in front of one, and knows more about how kids brains work than I know about computer systems. Keep in mind I'm a VP managing a HUGE cloud infrastructure, still SSH into boxes myself and have 30+years of computer work under my belt.

If you have never seen how a multi-week observation is conducted to determine where, and if, a child is in need of training or other assistance, well STFU. Calling the child, or the parent, or the staff involved "lazy" shows you need to look in a mirror.

2) The biology behind Autism is not well defined, but the symptoms, ie: how it manifests, it VERY clearly defined - and data driven. Behind every Autism "diagnosis" is a multi-page report prepared by one or more people (double blind) and then reviewed before presentation to parents. And before thousands of tax-payer dollars, or insurance dollars, or whatever resources are allocated - there is HARD EVIDENCE of the need. Maybe the child is mild,and just needs for adults to start treating him/her like a human and not an animal to be spanked or yelled at. Maybe the child will be lucky to count change properly and/or complete a transaction at a lunch counter... Don't tell me we shouldn't try to help those people because "it didn't happen that much back in my day."

Bottom line: Have some compassion for your fellow humans. Especially the 8yr old ones. And stop confusing facts with "feelings". It hurts other people. Often.

Comment: Re:Sclerotacracy (Score 1) 89

by SirSpammenot (#46307537) Attached to: Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK
sclero: A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "hard" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

So it would be a bureaucracy, that thickened into a congealocracy, then hardened into a schlerocracy. i.e.: Functional as originally built, but inflexible now. Like my liver.

Comment: It's called investment... (Score 1) 1030

by SirSpammenot (#45495481) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

"Solar gets cheaper and cheaper every year, regardless of government funding." I don't think regardless means what you think it means. ;)

The same way Velcro got cheaper regardless of government funding? Because Velcro always existed in mass on the market.

Or how vaccines get cheaper regardless of government funding? Everyone knows the smart money waits until you really really really need something before you pay a research lab to invent the thing you actually needed yesterday.>/p>

Thank goodness for those hippie scientists getting tax dollars, eventually becoming our very professional NREL, so that you (Joe Taxpayer) can install panels on your ranch style home for under $3/W today.

Comment: Re:Watch. Learn. Admit you made your point poorly. (Score 2) 231

by SirSpammenot (#45446787) Attached to: DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars
Please. Would you retrofit a car and test it? Air bags wouldn't keep the cabin from collapsing in on the driver, they would only keep the driver from bouncing around inside a cabin in some state of "intact". My Chevy Volt has 10 airbags, including knee airbags and ceiling rail bags that extends back into the rear seat. But they would be near useless in a decent crash without help from the huge pillars and crumple zones. Also, the 430 lbs of battery right between the wheels makes the car neigh unto untippable - and heavier where it counts than most other cars. Unfortunately for some.

Comment: Watch. Learn. Admit you made your point poorly. (Score 2) 231

by SirSpammenot (#45426534) Attached to: DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars
1959 Belair vs a 2009 Malibu in a modern IIHS crash test shows exactly, and in graphic detail, why modern crumple zones and air bags are WAY better than than having more raw weight and a steering column collapsing your chest cavity.

Comment: Re: Efficiency (Score 1) 466

by SirSpammenot (#44885297) Attached to: Can GM Challenge Tesla With a Long-Range Electric Car?
Actually the Volt is more efficient on a KW/mile basis than the Model S. All things being equal. The Volt can easily get 5 miles per KWh, where you have to keep the Tesla under 40KW (ie: both cars driving slow and nice nice) to get to 4.3 miles/KWh. The problem is the Model S has much more load capacity, ie: much more performance headroom over the Volt. There is a reason why the Model S can do 0-60 in almost half the time of the more economy minded Volt. Just sayin'. :)

Comment: Re:betteridge's law of headline (Score 1) 466

by SirSpammenot (#44885073) Attached to: Can GM Challenge Tesla With a Long-Range Electric Car?
With regards to Hostess: The Union "burden" (of actually putting the promised amount into employee retirement accounts) was about 20% of the total company cashflow problem going into bankruptcy. So how exactly was that other 80% the Unions fault? The company was mismanaged, the union was raising red flags and so became the focus of management's ire. And then a Fox News' target. But still not the company's core problem.

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