Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Quality? (Score 4, Informative) 195

by TimTucker (#45921603) Attached to: Tesla Sending New Wall-Charger Adapters After Garage Fire

My 20A appliance loop in the kitchen has 15A receptacles because, heyyyyyyy, you're not really going to draw 20A out of these right? Those 2000 watt appliances don't go on a 20A loop that can pass 2200 watts... I use a Breville 1800W toaster oven drawing over 16A through one receptacle. One 15A receptacle on 20A wiring.

Most 15A receptacles are rated for 20A pass-through, so they should be perfectly fine to use on a 20A line. The only time you should need a 20A receptacle is if you have a single device with a 20A T-shape plug.

Comment: Net-metering = more complex IT systems (Score 1) 363

by TimTucker (#45444315) Attached to: Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops

Supporting net-metering requires adding additional complexity to all the billing, customer service, and other IT systems at a utility.

That leads to more things to build and test when making changes to those systems -- the cost of which could be very much out of proportion with the number of customers who have net-metering.

Comment: To the consumer, supply is infinite (Score 2) 298

by TimTucker (#44208747) Attached to: The Price of Amazon

The supply of good writers is only a factor if you assume that the supply of ebooks is limited by the production of new books.

We've reached a point where the current supply of existing content exceeds the average person's lifespan by several orders of magnitude.

If authors were to stop writing books tomorrow, there would be no shortage of books available to read. The world might be at a loss, but the supply would still be far greater than the ability of readers to consume.

Comment: Could be even worse? (Score 1) 538

by TimTucker (#42826111) Attached to: Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

I'd tried accessing a 401k account with JP Morgan a while back and had to call their 800 #.

Interestingly enough, their voice system asked for my password. Not only had they dropped case out the window, but for each character in the password they'd also managed to condense from 3 letters and 1 number down to just 1 number.

Comment: The two rules of programming (Score 2) 507

by TimTucker (#42550509) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

Quite a while back I came across the following two rules for development:

1. The code written by the guy who came before is junk.
2. Eventually you will be "the guy who came before".

Rule #1 tends to work because it's rare to be unable to find some way to improve code when you come back to it again with more experience or a fresh perspective.

Rule #2 helps keep you humble.

Comment: Re:Went and saw it at 48fps (Score 1) 599

by TimTucker (#42306765) Attached to: Why <em>The Hobbit's</em> 48fps Is a Good Thing

And two things I have to say:

1) If you get the least bit motion sick, don't go see it at the high frame frate in 3D. Normally I don't, even when seeing IMAX/OMNIMAX, but this film I did.

As a counter point, I went on Friday with my sister and another friend who are prone to feeling motion sickness when watching 3d movies.

They both found that with the HFR actually made the movie as a whole easier to watch. (For my sister in particular, it was the first 3d movie she'd been able to watch without feeling motion sick throughout.)

They did, however, have some vertigo from some of the pan shots looking downward.

Comment: Re:Let's hear it for the beancounters (Score 1) 432

by TimTucker (#41879081) Attached to: Apple Pays Only 2% Corporate Tax Outside US

And the rich could probably avoid being taxed on some stuff by attending more company promotional and marketing events. You'll still get them on private dinners at expensive restaurants etc, but not on the big ticket items - yachts, planes, maybe even property (Disney won't have to pay tax on Disneyland, the tax is just on the people buying the tickets right?).

Haven't you just described things being flipped? In your corporate yacht scenario the individual doesn't get taxed, but the company pays tax when they purchase the yacht.

In the Disneyland example, they're being taxed on the materials for every new ride they build, the fabric for the costumes they buy, etc.

Comment: Light fastness is important to consider as well (Score 1) 712

by TimTucker (#41840453) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

If you're going to be leaving drawings out where they'll be exposed to sunlight, whether or not the inks are light fast is going to be important if you want to use your drawings in the future.

Some cheap pens will fade rapidly and be difficult to read (especially for thin lines) in a matter of months.

(As a note, this is why I tend to stick to pencil)

Comment: Other sources of BPA might be worse (Score 3, Insightful) 388

by TimTucker (#41394839) Attached to: Is the Can Worse Than the Soda?

There's also the finding that many types of thermal paper contain much larger amounts of BPA than food packaging:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/07/28/study-finds-bpa-in-store-receipts-health-effects-as-yet-unclear/

Would be interesting if the link between obesity and eating fast food was only partly due to the food itself and partly due to handling the receipts.

Comment: Nothing but barometer, not barometer + X (Score 1) 663

Each of those examples calls for more than just a barometer:

a) Measure the height of the barometer, and carefully laying it end to end on the side of the building, find how many barometer-lengths high the building is.

Requires the barometer, some type of measurement device, and a ladder or other way of scaling the building.

b) Measure the length of the shadow of the barometer and the length of the shadow of the building. Using proportions, work out the height of the building

Requires the barometer and some type of measurement device.

c) Locate the custodian of the building. Say to him, 'If you tell me how high your building is, I'll give you this barometer".

Requires the barometer and a custodian.

Comment: Re:Sue them for damaging private property (Score 1) 617

by TimTucker (#39054817) Attached to: 300k Organic Farmers To Sue Monsanto For Seed Patent Claims

What pet store would have a rent-a-dog program?

It's at least been tried:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/nyregion/30dogs.html

Though apparently they ran into problems (not due to liability, though):
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2008/07/28/a-dog-for-a-day.html

How much net work could a network work, if a network could net work?

Working...