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Comment: Re:Razr v3 (Score 1) 313

by RingDev (#49754495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

I bought my wife a Motorola Tundra. She doesn't want a smart phone, but she does want something that will get reception in the boonies and survive the rigors of horse back riding (or falling off said horse). I have seen that phone light up while at the bottom of a 3' deep creek, and she called me on it after taking a dive off a horse and was in need of an ambulance. So it passes my tests ;)


Comment: Re:Any materialized predictions? (Re:Sudden?) (Score 1) 268

by "link" I assume you are using a colloquialism for directions to a specific resource. One might think of it as a "Universal Resource Locator".

For instance, there is a "link" to but that does not identify the specific resources you are looking for. To do so, we would need to provide a more specific PAIR of links, for example: Page 131, Figure 1.4, TAR predictions 2001-2030

and Page 131, Figure 1.4, Observed Temperature Anomalies

Now, you can argue the quality of the data, the accuracy of the models, and the legitimacy of the authors all you like. But these are TWO fully defined links to the exact information you are looking for.

If you would like to offer up your home address, I will personally pay for a special needs assistant to come to your residence, open a web browser for you, scroll to page 131, show you figure 1.4, and read aloud to you the text and description.

The burden of proof my friend, now lays on your shoulders.


Comment: Re:What is normal and how many were born? (Score 1) 220

You have a point, if you spray a bee colony with neonicotinoids, the bees will die.

But how many people in the world are spraying bee colonies with neonicotinoids?

When you plant a neonicotinoid treated seed in a barren field, do you know where the bees are?

I'll give you a hint: no where's near the barren field. There's nothing growing yet, there are no flowers, no pollen, nothing to eat. Those bees are still holed up keeping warm and waiting for plants to start budding.

Are there idiots in the world that do spray neonicotinoids on flowering plants? I'd imagine so, but they are being retarded, not following instructions, and should be held accountable.

Neonicotinoids are not pleasant things, but they are a hell of a lot better than the previous generation of insecticides. Ideally the next generation will be even better with lower risks than these present. But to lump all pesticides into a bucket of "bad" is grossly inaccurate.


Comment: Re:Can't wait to get this installed in my house (Score 5, Informative) 514

by RingDev (#49592619) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Up to 17 cents cheaper per KWH (22c day, 5c night).

Assuming you blow 10kWh per day, primarily between 6am and 11pm, that's upwards of $2.20/day.

If you move your entire 10kWh load to the battery system and charge it over night, it drops you down to $0.50/day.

$1.70 savings per day. That's 2058 days to recoup the $3500 expenditure, or just a bit over 5 1/2 years. Over the ten year warranty period you'll save ~$3000, assuming electricity prices remain constant.


Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 703

by RingDev (#49580867) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

While you are facepalming you should wipe the egg off your face. And try googling for "USA oil production"

The US produced 3.1 billion barrels of oil last year.

The US imported 3.3 billion barrels of oil last year.

So I guess my statement wasn't perfectly accurate as we don't produce more than 50% of our own oil, and a significant portion of what we do produce is distributed internationally.

Although, if you look at the trend, over the last 5 years we've reduced our oil imports by 900 million barrels a year while increasing our oil production by 1.2 billion barrels a year. At current rate by 2016 we will be producing more than we are importing.

So while I would admit to embellishing the statement a little, I think your dramatization is a bit much. ;)


Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 4, Informative) 703

by RingDev (#49578233) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

"1) Fossil fuels are a limited supply. Maybe enough for another 50 years. Maybe 100. But still limited."

Matters on the type of fuel you're talking about. The US has coal reserves for hundreds of years. Even NG and Crude reserves to last a loooooong time, but they will continue to cost more and more to extract and refine.

"2) We purchase large amounts of oil from countries that, in general, do not like us."

We buy most of our oil, from ourselves. The vast majority of the rest is bought from Mexico and Canada. The largest of the insignificant provider nations is Venezuela. The amount of oil we buy from countries that, "Do not like us", is insignificant.

"3) If it were not for oil, our interest in the middle east would decline greatly, which would be a good thing."

Our interest in Middle Eastern oil is due to the lack of oil reserves in western Europe. Even without any US demand on Middle Eastern oil, the US will have a continued interest in the region until Western Europe transitions off of crude.

"More fuel efficiency and alternative fuels just simply make long term sense, even without considering climate change. So, what is the problem?"

This is really the crux of it. So let's say that the Pope/Scientists are wrong. There is no global warming and any investment in improving vehicle efficiency, air quality, and use of renewable is a waste of economic output. Well, we still get more efficient vehicles, better air quality, and a bunch of jobs. So, no big loss.

On the other hand, say the Pope/Scientists are right, but we do nothing. We are at risk of creating a catastrophic level event that would dramatically alter life on the planet, and could result in the death of billions of people.

So option A, we possibly lose a percent or two off of economic growth. Option B, we die, and the economy no longer matters.

As you said, "So, what is the problem?"


Comment: Re:Billionaire saved by taxpayer (Score 2) 118

Student loans are the most secure loans made.

You cannot default on a student loan. You can be in bankruptcy, broke, homeless, unemployed, with kidney failure, and you still cannot default on your student loan. There are only two ways out: pay it off, or die. And seeing as how most folks incur student loans when they are 18-26, odds are strongly in favor of the lender.

You can refinance student loans, people didn't in the past because your student loan was at ~3%. When the House GOP refused to pass a continuation of the low rate program, they jumped to 6-7%. So at this point, if you have equity in your house, life insurance, or retirement fund, it may well be worth it to refi with a secured loan and get back to 3-5% APR.

Also, my credit union was just advertising new vehicle loans for 2.85% APR. And as far as secured loans go, vehicles suck on the secondary market, there's just too much depreciation as soon as you drive it off the lot. But if you're paying 7%, or the 18% number you mention, it's because your credit rating is likely crap. Heck, even my credit card is at 9%, and I'm sure there are better rates out there.


Comment: Re: And it's not even an election year (Score 1) 407

The positions are out there.

My last hiring blitz I had to bring in 28 contractors. Mainframe coders, Java devs, analysts, project managers, ETL/BI, reporting...

Trying to find 4 qualified Java developers took multiple postings. Sure, I'd get 40-100 resumes for each posting, but the majority were complete trash.

Most recently I've been looking for C#/Python/GIS devs.

And just yesterday I saw that Camelot Unchained was looking for a C# developer with threading knowledge and it's almost enough to make me quit my management life, move to DC, and get back into software development.

Getting a job as a good coder in Madison, WI isn't hard. Finding good labor available on the market in Madison WI... good luck.


Comment: One of the ones my son uses (Score 3, Informative) 315

by RingDev (#49442279) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?

My kid loves this one:

I got him started on it when he was 10, and he completed all of the free levels in two weeks with minimal help after I worked with him through the first few.

Lots of other great recommendations here:

The board game one I've heard is good for younger kids, but once they have it down it's rather boring.


Comment: Re:Over exaggeration = fodder to the climate denie (Score 1) 304

by RingDev (#49430755) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

There's a moving picture going on and this conversation is focusing on 1 frame.

The EPA is currently wrapped up in litigation over their legal authority to regulate CO2 emissions. One of the current arguments being put forward by the coal industry lobby is that even if AGW is real, it isn't having any immediate and measurable impact on the health of Americans. If there's no health concerns, then there's no reason fro the EPA to regulate.

So the President goes out and makes a statement, backed up by multiple research papers (someone posted links above if you're interested in digging into them and debating their merit), that say that no, in fact, AGW/AGCC is having a direct impact on the health of Americans.

Out of context, it seems like an odd thing to go on the stump about, but in the context of the EPA/coal industry court battles, it makes sense as the feds are trying to ensure the EPA retains it's legal authority to regulate CO2.


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