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Comment Started on SunOS... (Score 1) 162

around 1988. The hardware was a Sun 3 (Motorola 68020 CPU), the console ran SunView (I think we installed X11 later). Shortly after that I began dabbling in Minix on an 8086 machine at home, later installed Coherent on a 386. Didn't try Linux until I bought a distro from SLS, it had 0.99pl14 and the box came with about 30 floppy disks.

On my next job I was an AIX admin. It was another 10 years before I was working with Linux full time.

Comment Re: It's like Venezuela but without all the gun cr (Score 3, Informative) 431

Sorry, but you are incorrect. Greece reported a nearly 2 billion euro surplus in 2014, without taking interest payments into account.

If their debt were wiped out today they would keep that money and need no further bailouts. Better yet they could go back to the Drachma and manage their currency with a combination of monetary and fiscal policy, just like every other sovereign nation in the developed world.

You can't oversimplify the Greek situation as "socialism". There are plenty of examples of countries that are doing fine economically with policies that embrace social spending. The Greek situation is far more complex and involves politics and the Euro as much as anything else.

Comment Re:It is Absurd... (Score 1) 1032

This person earned their degree decades ago. We were relatively naive back then. Then came the S&L crisis, the dot-com bubble (and burst), housing bubble, and the GFC.

It's easy to be an idealist entering school. Earn your degree, get a job, work your way up, earn a six-figure income within 10 years of graduation. With those expectations, it's easy to see how a $50-$75k loan will be repaid. Until the economy tanks, or you can't a job, or you are chronically underemployed perhaps because you don't find a job within your field.

Having lived through the good times and the hard times, I have a lot of perspective on the economy that I wouldn't expect from any 18 year old.

Comment Re:8% (Score 2) 1032

That's the problem. Interest rates on student loans are usury. Higher than most mortgages and auto loans.

And, for many people this may be the first significant debt they take on, long before they have experience with earning a paycheck and budgeting for debt repayment, or any kind of financial sensibility.

A lot has already been written about personal responsibility, but the thing is, when you are trapped in debt with the prospects of living an austere life of working hard to service interest payments, there are no easy options.

Perhaps the parents should shoulder some blame, but it doesn't seem fair to pass the burden on to the next generation, and yet that is in fact what happens in many instances. Children go without because their parents are mired in debt.

Comment Re:Gigafactories don't start out as Gigafactories (Score 3, Insightful) 116

Yes--Tesla has become a giant vaporware producer. Their fans speak as if Tesla has already cornered the EV and battery storage markets, in reality all they've done is ship a few Model S cars and made various announcements for products we can't yet buy (Model X, Model 3, Powerwall).

Comment Re:Government Intrusion (Score 1) 837

That's part of it. Suspension design also affects wear-and-tear, as does heavy braking or acceleration. And the average number of passengers in a vehicle is probably a bigger factor than anything else in vehicle weight, which doesn't get included into these costs.

Okay, so the "unfair" commentary is a little bit of flame-bait. But I'm astonished at the level of scorn I've seen on EV drivers in public forums. Many EV drivers have already spent far more than other drivers trying to help the environment, paying more for their vehicles (and thus higher sales tax), installing charging stations/solar panels, etc. And some people are fiercely opposed to the $7500 federal tax refunds on ideological grounds. I live in a state where politicians seemingly want us EV drivers not just to pay our fair share for road use, the proposed legislation would have had us pay considerably higher taxes than for other, similar vehicles.

Comment Are gas taxes solely for road repair? (Score 1) 837

I got into an ideological debate on another forum over whether fuel taxes exist solely for road maintenance, or also as a disincentive for consumption due to environmental concerns and preservation of natural resources (oil reserves). There are strong arguments on both sides. On the one hand the money today goes to roads (or is supposed to) and not the environment, on the other if we don't care about pollution we may as well tax by miles driven or vehicle weight, or both.

Comment Re:No. (Score 2) 507

That's it, exactly. You can use agile to weed out developers who can't think for themselves, who really are of no use in a development team anyway.

The methodology debate kind of misses the point. Agile is no silver bullet. A high-functioning team can be successful with agile, or with various other methodologies for that matter.

A dysfunctional team isn't going to succeed with agile, or with anything else.

Comment Re:Does This Make Sense? (Score 1) 318

This is where you are dead wrong. Please don't state as fact your opinions that are not based on research.

That's not opinion; it's physics.

Are you ignoring my point or do you really not get it? Of course some efficiency is lost when converting energy from one form to another. What I am telling you is that FAR MORE energy is lost burning gasoline to obtain mechanical energy than storing electricity to drive an electric motor.

The OP was stating the obvious, but the implication was that electrical cars lose more energy than ICE vehicles, which is far from true.

I know this probably doesn't make enough of a difference to matter; but did you know that, as motor windings heat up, the resistance goes up; and as the resistance goes up, the heat goes up.

Yes, all circuits have resistance. But the heat lost in most electrical circuits is far far less than the heat from a gasoline motor.

BTW, since I drive about 42 miles a day to work and back, I would get REAL tired of always worrying about finding an outlet at each end of the journey, especially since it would be basically impossible at the "work" end.

The Chevy Volt is made for drivers like you. Plug in where you can, burn gas if necessary.


Comment Re:Does This Make Sense? (Score 1) 318

"And worse yet, losing overall efficiency in the process."

This is where you are dead wrong. Please don't state as fact your opinions that are not based on research.

My Volt is about 4x more efficient running on electricity than a similar ICE car. A gallon of gas is equivalent to 33 kWh of energy, and will propel a compact sedan for 30+ miles (let's say one mile per kWh just to round off the numbers).

Driving my Volt around town, I get on average 4 miles per kWh. The battery capacity on a full charge is 11 kWh, good for 40-50 miles of driving.

The reason for this is that the electric motor is far more efficient at converting stored energy into mechanical energy. For one thing, very little energy is wasted as heat.

The power utilities are also much more efficient at converting fossil fuels into stored energy or mechanical than your portable generator or gas-powered vehicle due to efficiencies of scale.

This is why EV's are so compelling--they are literally a breakthrough in efficiency.

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