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Comment Re:Steam machine was already useless (Score 1) 170 170

> game selections is comparitively weak

Hm.. Today I learned that the entire Steam catalog is a weak selection. From what I understand most people are not going with a Steam machine directly, but with the $50 Steam link and the Steam controller. That doesn't sound very expensive to me at all. Certainly cheaper than an Xbox One.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 869 869

EVs cost more *up front*. Where I live in Canada it's not unusual for people to spend upwards of $300-$400 a month on just gas commuting. Saving $3-4K a year on gas alone dramatically shifts the scales when it comes to 5 year costs on such a vehicle. Add to that the cost of maintenance, and then subtract the EV incentive rebates (up to $8K) the government up here hands out and a $33K EV ends up costing $5-10K over 5 years compared to a $25K gasoline vehicle that there are no fuel and maintenance savings or rebates on.

As for the apartment dwellers, your reasoning is also postulated on the idea that the car landscape is going to remain the same over the next few years. It's not. Self driving cars are starting to be a thing, and in 5 years they're going to be more of a thing. Your apartment friends will probably find it cheaper to belong to car co-op like Modo, Car2Go or similar. The co-op will buy the cars and maintain them, and when someone needs a car they pull out their smartphone and ask for one and the nearest available self-driving car comes and stops right in front of them where they asked for it. They drive wherever they want to go, get out and the car goes back into the pool and someone else uses it. They repeat the process to go home. People are already doing this with coops in large cities and find it's cheaper than owning a car. The self driving aspect will make using such a service an order of magnitude easier as you don't need to go find a pool car, it comes to you and goes away by itself when you don't need it any more. Range will be solved for the coop owners by the coop maintaining a small stable of gas vehicles for long trips.

The idea of a coop sounds expensive but really it's not. Think what you spend on your car each month. Personally I spend about $800/month between payments, insurance, gas and maintenance. Most city dwellers who use these coops currently have access to a car whenever they feel they need it and only spend a couple hundred per month on the service.

Comment Re:DC power? (Score 1) 235 235

If your source of generation is DC like solar panels, then you're inducing conversion loss. AC is far more efficient at transmitting power long distances than DC is, but in this case you're only moving it a few meters so the benefits in efficiency are worth doing. Pretty sure Nikola would have been fine with this.

Comment Re:Er...how? (Score 1) 368 368

Maybe they shouldn't fly planes in the sky then. Nature's got tons of these autonomous drones they call "birds". Which seem to hit planes with considerable frequency and seldom cause any significant damage, I might add. The average seagull has more mass than the average drone.

Comment Re:Warning: DO NOT USE SAMSUNG SSDs IN LINUX SERVE (Score 1) 195 195

I still prefer hardware RAID because of trouble I had with those legacy issues yes, but I also got very used to the convenience of letting the RAID card manage the storage and having Linux only deal with the device the card presented to it instead of managing each drive. I also think the RAID cards' management software and hardware monitoring is superior, I've had a few software RAIDs have a disk fail without proper alerting and had more than one close call as a result. This newest info on the SSDs having problems is just more icing on the "yep, my way is the right way" cake. YMMV of course.

Comment Re:Warning: DO NOT USE SAMSUNG SSDs IN LINUX SERVE (Score 1) 195 195

Why in God's name are you using SSDs in a server (production or not) without using hardware RAID? And none of that fakey-RAID that Linux sees right through either, I might add. From what I can see it's a problem between Linux trying to manage TRIM and the drive getting confused. Cut out the middleman, RAID them and underprovision a bit to give the drives more life, and then let Linux only see the storage presented by the RAID card and let the card itself handle communication with the drives.

Comment Re:Are these relevant? (Score 1) 195 195

Of course they're relevant, maybe not for laptops so much though. I have a bunch of servers using 512GB 840 pros in our datacenters, and when we EOL those drives, these 2TB models should be at the same price we paid for the 512GB parts so we'll get to quadruple our storage for the cost of the EOL refresh. Nice.

Comment Re:Outside help (Score 1) 431 431

I've had lots of company sponsored training, one company even paid for some university courses in my field that I requested. At no point in time were there any obligations or conditions put on receiving the education/training, save that the university courses I had to have a passing mark in or I'd need to reimburse the company for the cost of the courses. That was definitely not an issue.

Comment Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 3, Insightful) 452 452

> They've also completely failed to consider that just as quickly a one website may rise to prominence, another may equally quickly supplant it. Look at Facebook replacing MySpace for example.

Are you deliberately avoiding the elephant in the room? Reddit themselves owe their initial success to Digg spectacularly shooting themselves in the foot and then hobbling around trying to insist it's just a flesh wound.

All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again... again...

Comment Re:Outside help (Score 1) 431 431

> That is not uncommon in Europe when such training is extensive and expensive. It is often provided with a clause that if the employee is leaving the company within a x number of years, an equivalent share shall be reimbursed.

To a North American that's a pretty alien concept. What happens if someone is terminated instead of choosing to leave? Seems like there could be some abuse there if there isn't a provision for only paying from voluntary departure.

Comment Re:Outside help (Score 1) 431 431

> Furthermore Greece paid the developers education in the expectation it would be a wise investment in the future (education == long term investment).

So what is your point with this? You want to bring back modern slavery? If you get an education paid by the state, you are not allowed to leave the state? Like in Soviet times?

Or to localize it, how many people on Slashdot have had their employers pay for them to attend training, courses, even further their educations? Does that mean that those employees should be forced to pay back that education if they move to another company, or worse should they be prevented from leaving for X number of years to get the company their ROI? If the answer is no, then why even mention it about the Greek dev?

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