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Comment: Re:and... (Score 1) 261

by codeButcher (#49551379) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes
Mileage may vary due to location. Where I live, I did the sums a few years back (PV + deep-cycle Pb acid batteries, vs. getting connected to the grid - breakeven point in years between the two). At the time, the grid connection was cheaper, but not by that much.

In the mean time, I wish I had gone with the other option for a number of reasons, including:

  1. Grid power prices climbed steeply;
  2. The grid being unreliable and not delivering 24/7.

Every day, I long to be not dependent on the grid. Even storage, which is charged from the grid as opposed from PV (i.e. a huge UPS for the household), would be preferable.

Comment: Re:It's not really a timepiece (Score 1) 290

No one buys an Apple watch so they can tell the time. They're buying it so they can show off something interesting and fashionable on their wrist.

I suspect you are right. I will now google the said device, so that I can be bored from the moment the first hipster shows up to show off, and not only from the second one.

Comment: Another slashvertisement (Score -1, Flamebait) 148

by codeButcher (#49462667) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online
Oh, Hugh Pickens. 'Nuf said. As if being the #1 pirated show doesn't bring it enough publicity, they have to advertise it here.

I pride myself in the fact that I have never watched even a single episode of the show. Judging by the hype and how popular it is with the general populace, it seems my decision is the correct one.

Comment: The Internship (Score 1) 185

by codeButcher (#49436217) Attached to: The Key To Interviewing At Google

I recently saw the movie The Internship (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2234155/ for any who are in the dark about a 2-year old flick that is good for a giggle or two). I actually made the mental note not to ever interview at Google, even in an alternate universe where I was younger and actually wanted to live in the US, etc. I was actually thinking: WTF where Google thinking to let themselves be portrayed like that? Then I recognized a few (or quite a few) traits in common with previous workplaces that I worked for because I needed a job, but didn't really find all as great as their recruiting hype made out to be. I guess some corporates believe in all honesty that all that BS that they want to take their worker drones' workday and private life over with is in fact so much better than the alternative.

Comment: Remote workers (Score 1) 428

by codeButcher (#49427965) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats
Notice that remote workers in India and Russia earn way more than local workers - as compared to the USA, where the pay is much more equal. Which probably skews the statistics. After all, remote workers in India and Russia may earn dollars, euros or pounds, not necessarily rupees or roubles. While USA-based remote workers also earn mostly dollars (and maybe some euros or pounds), but probably negligible rupees or roubles.

Comment: Re:Just what we need... (Score 1) 142

by codeButcher (#49423311) Attached to: Stanford Develops Fast-Charging, Stable Aluminum Battery

If this actually pans out, then it'll make electric vehicles very economical

It will also help mightily if night-time storage of daytime-generated (PV) electricity can be made much more economical (especially for regions where "grid-as-storage" is not viable, or won't be viable once the financial incentives for doing so been done away with).

Comment: Re:When was that again? (Score 2) 68

by codeButcher (#49423087) Attached to: "Brontosaurus" Name Resurrected Thanks To New Dino Family Tree

In, the U.S. Postal Service issued colorful dinosaur stamps

That would be in 1989, according to 2 minutes of googlating. Good job, "editors"!

I thought that perhaps the date was so far in the past that the slashcode had some sort of overflow or wraparound error. Something like "Dates before -6000 are invalid". I guess 1989 predates the creation of slashdot?

Comment: Time to prepare (Score 2) 87

by codeButcher (#49378051) Attached to: No Film At 11: the Case For the Less-Video-Is-More MOOC

Reminds me of Pascal's quote of not having the time to write a shorter letter.

As a some-time presenter myself, and having the typical introverted personality (including slow speech due to all the thought processes going on to calculate the right way to say something), I have found that it takes quite a while to prepare a good presentation (non-boring and engaging, let alone one that the audience can learn something from). I would say at least 8 hours for a 40-minute presentation, but that is after some experience already. Longer gives me more time to prepare better.

I have seen quite a few tutorials and presentations where it seems the presenter hasn't spent much time planning the presentation through. First run through gets recorded and uploaded without too much editing either. To the point that I only watch a video to learn something as a last resort.

Other problem is of course in areas with buggy network connectivity, or very basic connectivity like much of the third world, video is all but impossible to use.

Comment: Has to be said (Score 1) 447

Researchers sifted through 1,800 research papers on homeopathy and found no reliable report that showed homeopathic remedies had any better results than placebos.

To which the knee-jerk response is: absence of proof is not the same as proof of absence.

Oh wait, wrong topic to trot that argument out on. Please ignore the above ramblings of my mind.

Comment: Controversy? (Score 1) 367

by codeButcher (#49215137) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses
Lets assume for the moment that all instances of [insert favourite bandwagon here]phobic yaks and other {GASP} contraventions of political correctness constitute just a small part of the total use of the app. If we concentrate on the major part of its use, what does that leave us with?

Yet Another Knickknack to cause even more attention deficit amongst Young Inexperienced Kids.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen

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