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Comment: Re:it's 240V in USA/Canada (Score 1) 252

by confused one (#47514315) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter
it used to be 110/220V and 115/230V. Over time the voltage standard has changed. it's been 120/240V for decades now. Some very old equipment has labels for 110/220V and you'll see that referenced in newer documents where someone either doesn't know the standard or is old enough to remember when it really was 110/220V. 208V/230V/460V/480V are standard 3 phase voltages most people might interact with in the U.S. I've also seen 360V. I tend to not interact with the higher voltages like 4160.

Comment: Re:PPC macs were awful (Score 2) 236

by confused one (#47474027) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Right, so this is the infamous mac os 7 era right? Powermacs? Where motorola code was emulated to work on PPC? Apple being led by non-jobs? When Macs didnt just needed a restart every 24 hours (like windows did) but would outright ruin there system install every other week? That was the most shitty Apple period ever.

The emulator was key in allowing users to use older 68k apps on the new PowerPC chips, until the software houses released versions built for the PowerPC. A lot of companies (including Apple itself) hurt the platform by delaying their PowerPC update releases. The OS did have some issues; I'm not going to sugar coat it. Apple also took a few journeys down dark alleys with poorly designed hardware during the '90s. Of course the alternative at the time was Windows 3.1, which wasn't a utopian dream either.

Comment: Future proof... (Score 1) 508

by confused one (#47462975) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Not art.

If she's not college material, send her to trade school to learn a construction trade. Having a trade means she'll be employable. Some jobs are never going to go away -- there will always be construction jobs.

If she's college material I'd recommend two paths: lf she has a math or science bent, engineering. If STEM isn't her thing, as a first step send her to an accredited business school. Follow that with a good trade school. Having the business degree means she'll be able to operate at a higher level in the industry, handling the business with the background necessary to not screw it up.

Engineering and construction jobs will never go away. You have to keep up with new technologies, techniques and trends but you'll be able to find a job.


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