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Comment Re:Not quite ready (Score 2) 151

When a hydrocarbon or nuclear plant goes offline, how does the grid handle it? By getting power from other hydrocarbon and nuclear plants.

When wind does not produce power, how does the grid handle it? By getting power from hydrocarbon and nuclear plants.

One of those is not like the other.

Comment Re:It's not for them (Score 1) 417

You seem to be missing a rather important point - they want to sell the cars now, not in the future. And to do that, you must market to the people who are buying cars now. And for some reason I think car manufacturers would rather sell a NEW car to the 'future' generation then have the buy a used car that already has all the crap they simply can't live without.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 0, Troll) 587

What an obnoxious asshole. Yes, I did attend an American school, and it taught me much more than whatever Dumbfuckian school you went to. You see, I learned not only what a blind experiment is, but WHY and HOW to conduct one.

The purpose of a blind experiment is to REMOVE biases and expectations. The only possible reason to have lights in the experiment is to EXPLOIT biases and expectations, the exact opposite of what should be done.

Now go crawl back under your rock.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 587

If people were sensitive, but also fooling themselves with the lights, more people would have shown something when the lights were dark but the radio was on.

I don't understand this. Why is the suggestion that the radio is off (dark lights) not as strong as the suggestion that the radio is on?

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1, Interesting) 587

But the South Africa test and this experiment are both strongly influenced by what the subjects thought. At most, that shows that the power of suggestion overrides any real effect. But that situation is not all that unusual - I gave some examples above.

Why would it not be a stronger experiment if there were no lights at all? Just put them in a room with an antenna and have them indicate when it is on or off. There is no reason to provides any other hints or clues, real or misleading, at all.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 587

I disagree. There is no reason at all to show lights if what you are really testing is sensitivity to radio signals. It is well known that humans are susceptible to suggestion. You can make people feel itchy by showing them pictures of mosquitos. You can make people feel warm by showing a rising thermometer. You can make people misidentify the taste of food by coloring it. Do those tests refute the fact that people can sense touch, temperature, or taste? Of course not.

Now, I don't believe at all that people can detect radio signals. But, demonstrating that by what amounts to parlor tricks is not going to convince anyone who does not already believe. A real test would not provide any misleading clues.

Comment Re:Can't you people plan ahead? (Score 2) 259

I see no reason why inventory management and these are mutually exclusive. In fact, it seems like an ideal thing for inventory management.

If I am opening the last roll of papers towels, there is a very good chance I am already involved in some task. Do I stop that task and go do whatever is required so I remember to get towels next time I am at the store? More likely I keep going with the task and forget about the towels until we run out. The button would make it easy to order the towels without interrupting the task at hand. Seems like a good idea to me.

I guess what I would really like is buttons like these that just make an entry on a shopping list, without actually ordering the item. Maybe I'll get one and see if it can be hacked to do that.

Comment Re:We like them (Score 1) 259

What you call 'ultra-lazy' others call 'busy' and/or 'forgetful'.

To take the example of razors: there are exactly two times when the thought of buying razor blades enters my mind - when I am shaving, and if i pass by the razor blades in a store. By the time I get done shaving, complete the rest of my morning routine, and start using my computer, I have completely forgotten the need to order razor blades. Lazy has nothing to do with it.

Comment Re:No it hasn't (Score 1) 157

Specialty engines are not crippled in any way, they always run at full speed. Even when the CPs are not full speed. And they cost less than full speed CPs. As for why don't the ISVs change how they license or bill, you would have to ask the ISVs. My guess is they don't want to do extra work and make their code more complicated for the sole purpose of getting paid less.

Comment Re:No it hasn't (Score 1) 157

Specialty processors like AAPs and ZIPs exist for one reason - saving the customer money. IBMs own software is mostly priced by workload - the more you use it the more you pay. But most ISV software is priced by the capacity of the machine. Since ISV software will not be dispatched on the specialty engines, those engines do not count towards the machine capacity, thereby lowering software costs.

I am not sure exactly how 'IBM sells you more than you bought'. Perhaps what you meant is that under certain conditions you get more physical hardware than you paid for, but can't use it. So what?

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll