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Comment: Re:Aerial or underground ? (Score 1) 508

by Thelasko (#48467485) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

No - it's not even a question. Bury the lines and you will remove a large number of causes for power outages.

My parents live in a neighborhood with buried power lines. Yeah, on average the power goes out less often. However, they've had a recent issue with the buried lines decaying after 30+ years underground. When that happens, it's a much longer, and more expensive repair.

The thing that bothers me is well meaning landowners planting trees near power lines. Personally, I blame schools that hand out saplings to children without proper education. Yeah, they look nice when they are small. They don't stay small.

Comment: Elon Musk's Opinion (Score 1) 281

Elon Musk really hates hydrogen as a fuel. Not just for cars, but even for rockets.

The energy cost of methane is the lowest and it has a slight Isp (specific impulse) advantage over does not have the pain-in-the-ass factor that hydrogen has

I know hydrogen has a high "pain-in-the-ass" factor, but are electric cars that much better?

Comment: US Navy Research (Score 2) 580

by Thelasko (#41705077) Attached to: Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol
The U.S. Navy is doing similar research creating jet fuel from sea water. This would allow aircraft carriers to stay on location longer because they wouldn't have to worry about running out of fuel for aircraft. Basically the only things that would need to be delivered would be supplies for the crew (food, toilet paper, etc.).

Comment: Re:drafting... (Score 4, Informative) 205

by Thelasko (#41624211) Attached to: Air Force Lab Test Out "Aircraft Surfing" Technique To Save Fuel

But I'm surprised someone didn't patent it and charge the military for doing it.

The innovation isn't in the concept of "drafting" another plane. The innovation is in the autopilot system that does it safely and automatically. As shown on Mythbusters the concept is viable, but a human is not capable of keeping the plane in the "sweet spot" safely for an extended period of time.

Comment: Re:Do you have a sign? (Score 1) 340

by Thelasko (#41597735) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Video Monitors For Areas That Are Off the Grid?
I'm seeing a lot of posts stating something like, "any idiot should know not to dump on your land" etc. However, in many states, under law, you have to post signage or build a fence to notify others of your property boundary. You may be able to prosecute without these things, but it will make your life easier if you clearly mark your property boundary. This usually corresponds to hunting regulation, but in this case I imagine it applies to dumping.

I'm not aware of any States require a fence (although it is a good idea), some require a paint mark, or some signage. I'm not a lawyer, look up the law in your own area.

Comment: Re:Cooling (Score 2) 422

by Thelasko (#41516365) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would You Include In a New Building?

You have solvents, grease, lubricant, metal bits etc in that shop air.

You have that stuff on the people too. Make sure you have some sort of buffer between the plant floor and the server room to clean yourself off. Like a mud room, but not as OCD as a full cleanroom. You don't want to bring metal shavings in with you if possible. It may be something as simple as making sure you have to pass through an office before you get to the server room.

Also, a lot of people are mentioning HVAC. It might be a good idea to have a slightly higher (1psi) air pressure in the server room than the rest of the plant. This way contaminants will tend to flow away from the server room, instead of towards it.

Comment: Re:Labelling (Score 1) 1080

by Thelasko (#41455751) Attached to: Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

Is there yet a way to tell at time of purchase whether a CFL bulb is going to warm up in an acceptable time?

This is why I subscribe to Consumer Reports. They do all of this testing for me so I don't have to do it myself.

I've had excellent results with EcoSmart soft white bulbs (sold only at Home Depot). If you time it right you can get them for $1 for 4 bulbs in my area. That's cheaper than the old fashioned incandescent bulbs! Honestly, as long as I don't have them on a dimmer, I can't tell the difference.

Comment: My Requirements (Score 1) 490

by Thelasko (#41438085) Attached to: Toyota Abandons Plans For All-Electric Vehicle Rollout
My requirements for an electric car are simple. I must be able to drive it at highway speeds for 4 hours before I need to recharge it. At that point I should be able to recharge the vehicle in under an hour.

I choose these requirements because these are the same requirements of a typical human. We typically eat around every 4 hours, and while many of us scarf down our food in 20 minutes, a leisurely meal takes about an hour. This would require a slower pace of travel than we are used to these days, but it would enable the return of road side diners, which disappeared in an era of fast food.

If I were in a position of power at Denny's corporation, I would look into installing 1 hour fast chargers at all of my restaurants. When electric cars do meet these requirements, (hint: one already comes close) I'd want to be the first to capture that market.

Comment: Re:If you cuaght your mother stealing... (Score 1) 245

by Thelasko (#41415179) Attached to: When the Hiring Boss Is an Algorithm
"Honesty tests" are always one of my favorite topics on Slashdot. I took a psychology class on hiring practices in college. The professor mentioned that he had a group of Catholic monks take one of those tests and they all failed. Why? There was a question that asked, "do you know anyone that has used illegal drugs recently?" The monks ran a drug rehabilitation center, so they all answered "yes" to that question.

There are some "gotcha" questions on those tests. The one that comes to mind is, "what do you do if you find a quarter on the street?" There are some answers like, "take it to the police station," etc., but the correct answer is to keep it.

As the article mentions, hiring practices can open a company up to some lawsuits. However, all a company has to do is show data that correlates hiring methods to employee performance. The study has to be double blind, this requires hiring employees that both pass or fail the criteria, and reviewing their work performance later. There is no requirement to show causation, etc., only a correlation is necessary. Most "honesty tests" don't meet that requirement.

One possible reason that things aren't going according to plan is that there never was a plan in the first place.