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Comment: Totally Wrong (Score 1) 327

I'm not interested in electrons, I'm interested in electron credits. I'm out of my house much of the day and my solar array will be facing S-SW. During those hours, my system is accumulating electron credits that trade with PG&E (my utility) at a 1:1 ratio. I give them 1KWh in the morning that I can't use but somebody else can, and they give me back 1KWh in the evening that I need. Cost of electrons is never factored into the equation.

Comment: Re:Worst physics in Interstellar (Score 2) 289

by TomR teh Pirate (#48494057) Attached to: Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"
Totally agree with both points. The part I HATED was when our intrepid astronauts were doing much hand-wringing over which two of three planets they should be looking at. The dialog goes on for a painfully long time, and then the big reveal that one of the astronauts in the discussion is voting in favor of one of the planets specifically because she's in love with the guy on the probe ship. At this point, she makes an impassioned argument that "love" must play some role in the physics of how things work. It was an utter load of crap that mocked rather than strained credulity.

So here's my review: I went in with high expectations for Interstellar and came out deeply disappointed. The whole part with Matt Damon's cameo could have been skipped completely and only served to add unnecessary time and drama to a movie that already felt too long. If our primary crew had merely found him dead, the movie could have moved on with far less effort. By contrast I took my son to see Mockingjay with only moderate expectations and came away somewhat pleasantly surprised. Go see that if you have a tween / teen-aged kid who needs an escort.

Comment: You might check with Tesla Motors (Score 1) 479

by TomR teh Pirate (#47977871) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?
disclaimer: I work at Tesla. If you have a solid stats background to go with that Comp-Sci diploma, there's a very good chance there are a few positions of interest to you. My team has 4 PhDs on it (or more?) with varying backgrounds. The organization I'm part of is very data-driven and data is the centerpiece of our engineering ambitions. It's a tough set of interviews; we want only the best. Good luck!

Comment: I liked it ok, but it seemed...flat (Score 1) 233

by TomR teh Pirate (#45393997) Attached to: <em>Thor: The Dark World</em> &mdash; What Did You Think?
I don't know if it was the theater or what, but the soundtrack seemed to do nothing to change the mood of the movie. There just seemed to be a lack of emotional polish to the production. I really liked the battle of Asgard, however. It felt very sci-fi, and that was actually very refreshing.

Comment: What's the point of a patent then? (Score 0, Redundant) 80

by TomR teh Pirate (#45174841) Attached to: Samsung Offers Patent Cease-Fire in EU
I'm no fan of the patent wars, but if Samsung played by the rules and filed for patents on the technology before somebody else did, then I don't see how they can be fined for using the legal leverage that goes along with it. By comparison, we saw Apple suing for something as trivial as similarly-shaped corners on its competitor's smart phones. Maybe there's an argument here that any technology described by something such as an IEEE standard is automatically ineligible for patent application. This would seem though like it begs for de facto standards rather than real standards, where the winning patent gets to stifle its competition. How expensive would phones be if micro USB were a single manufacturer's spec to be licensed rather than some industry-agreed standard?

Comment: Oh sweet irony from the government (Score 1) 325

Concerning PRISM-style programs the government says, "you have no expectation of privacy (read: 4th Amendment rights) when working with 3rd party email systems" (as if there were some other kind for most people) Concerning Google ad-sense used for targeted advertising to subsidize free email the government says, "you have every expectation of privacy" In the first scenario, most of us are rightfully pissed because the government is perverting constitutional expectations of privacy. In the second scenario many of us recognize the need to monetize these sorts of services. This whole thing seems back assward.

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