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## Comment: Re: wait (Score 3, Insightful)254

by Trepidity (#45622393) Attached to: Elsevier Going After Authors Sharing Their Own Papers

I wonder if this is really aimed at academia.edu rather than the authors. As far as I can tell, Elsevier hasn't (yet, at least) gone after academics posting their own papers on their own website in the traditional manner, i.e. as a PDF at www.university.edu/~jsmith/papers/smith2013bigresult.pdf.

## Comment: Re:4.5 kWh per day (Score 3, Informative)217

by Trepidity (#45621367) Attached to: Tesla Model S Battery Drain Issue Fixed

That's 4.5 kilowatt-hours per day. I.e. in a day, it draws 4.5 kWh of energy.

A watt is a unit of power. A watt-hour is a unit of energy. 1 Wh = 1 W x 1 h. Similarly, 1 kWh = 1 kW x 1h. A 200-watt motor left on for an hour will draw 200 Wh of energy. A 200-watt motor left on all thetime will draw 200 W x 24 h = 4.8 kWh of energy per day.

## Comment: Re:Props to the authors of TFA (Score 5, Interesting)55

by Trepidity (#45620701) Attached to: Opus 1.1 Released

Yeah, Monty's writing on these topics is exceptionally clear. His series on the Daala video codec introduces modern video encoding in a way that's amazingly accessible. Maybe he should write a textbook.

## Comment: Re:Not restrained by law? (Score 4, Informative)296

by Trepidity (#45617897) Attached to: Obama Praises NSA But Promises To Rein It In

True, although that's not the default. Extradition, mostly for computer crimes, is based on the somewhat dumb theory that if something happens to an American computer, the perpetrator was "in" the USA for legal purposes, even if he or she has never actually visited the USA and has nothing to do with the country. There is also a small category of explicitly extraterritorial laws; for example, it's illegal, under U.S. law, for an American to travel to another country for the purpose of underage sex, as defined in the U.S. statute. Most laws aren't extraterritorial, though. If you murder someone in Germany, you won't be prosecuted under American homicide law, but German law. And if you smoke pot in a coffee shop in Amsterdam, you aren't violating U.S. drug laws.

## Comment: Re:COMMIES AT HEART !! (Score 1)110

by Trepidity (#45607847) Attached to: China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions

I think China is more worried about people circumventing RMB exchange controls than who owns Bitcoin. They don't seem to particularly care whether people use Bitcoin. All they care is that Chinese financial institutions don't allow RMB to be converted via this route.

## Comment: Re:Please explain to a dum-dum... (Score 4, Informative)129

by Trepidity (#45606529) Attached to: The Status of the Fukushima Clean-Up

All Japanese nuclear reactors were closed down after the tsunami, and only two, a long way from Fukushima, have restarted

They haven't actually restarted yet, fwiw. The operator has applied for permission to restart them, and after some controversy, the government has decided in principle to consider the request, so the relevant agency has started a safety assessment. Even if approved, they are unlikely to restart before 2016.

## Comment: Re:Please explain to a dum-dum... (Score 1)129

by Trepidity (#45606505) Attached to: The Status of the Fukushima Clean-Up

It's not still operating; they shut it down completely after the incident. The subsequent incidents, like this one, have been related to the containment/cooling/cleanup operation.

## Comment: Re:No company can build well with a bad spec (Score 2)274

by Trepidity (#45587639) Attached to: How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?

Which of the two states, in general, has a better government isn't really the question. Rather, it's which state in this specific instance specced out a website better.

## Comment: Re:How can Ohio even do this? (Score 5, Informative)214

by Trepidity (#45585693) Attached to: Tesla Faces Off Against Car Dealers In Another State: Ohio

The commerce clause doesn't say that a state cannot regulate anything that has ever traveled in interstate commerce. Rather, it does two things (as relevant here).

1. It prevents states from discriminating against out-of-state producers in favor of in-state producers. This is known as the "dormant commerce clause". So a state could not ban, say, the import of electric cars from out-of-state, while allowing in-state manufactures to produce and sell them them. But the state could completely ban the sale of electric cars within the state. The fact that someone wants to trade the cars in interstate commerce doesn't trump the state's right to regulate sales within its borders.

2. In certain areas where the federal government has enacted a comprehensive regulatory scheme under the interstate commerce clause such that it intends to fully "occupy the field" to the exclusion of any state regulation of the subject, the federal preemption doctrine does preempt any state laws. This might be closer to what you're thinking of. But it applies only in specific cases, where the federal government has actually explicitly preempted states' authority with a comprehensive regulatory scheme.

## Comment: Re:No company can build well with a bad spec (Score 3, Interesting)274

by Trepidity (#45585189) Attached to: How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?

It'd be interesting to see the spec difference between Oregon's and California's. California's exchange seems to have turned out better. Is that because California managed the specification, tender, and contractor-communication process better than Oregon did? Or is it because California's contractor (Accenture) was better than Oregon's (Oracle)?

## Comment: Re:Expected (Score 2)390

by Trepidity (#45582671) Attached to: IDC: PC Shipments Decline Worse Than Forecasted, No Recovery Expected

I think it has more to do with shifts to other devices than people keeping their PCs longer. People are still buying new computing devices regularly, they're just things like iPads, Chromebooks, etc. Even households with PCs will nowadays typically have fewer of them. When I was a kid, we had two: one for my parents, and one for my brother and me. But nowadays many households have just one, since between the other devices there is not as much contention for occasional use of the stationary PC.

## Comment: Re:Other things too (Score 1)237

by Trepidity (#45582647) Attached to: Inside the War For Top Developer Talent

Wow, this part sounds absurd:

For example paired programming with constantly changing pairs, including pairs where a member is on unfamiliar ground.

Is there XP literature actually advocating that, with a theory behind why it's a good idea? Or is this some kind of DIY management innovation? Honestly it sounds Extreme more in the sense of a reality TV show: watch this wacky company that randomly assigns untrained people to a new job every day, with new partners they've never worked with before! See what hijinks ensue!

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928

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