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Comment: Reminds me of my place of employment (Score 3, Interesting) 55

by codeButcher (#49583783) Attached to: Ancient Megadrought Entombed Dodos In Poisonous Fecal Cocktail

It all fits: From the outside, an idyllic travel brochure-worthy prospectus. On the inside, lots of soon-to-be-extinct beings poisoning their drinking water with their own shit, too dumb to move off the known path, trapping themselves.

Now just waiting for the Dutch to help them out of their misery.

All metaphorically speaking, of course.

Comment: Re:and... (Score 1) 299

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 ( 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).

"Just think, with VLSI we can have 100 ENIACS on a chip!" -- Alan Perlis