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Comment: Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (Score 4, Informative) 145

by crispytwo (#47339007) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

Canada passed a new law regarding spam in electronic messages (in particular, email) starting July 1

the law is here:
faq is here:
the potential fine is $10 million

The companies that are effected are legitimate ones who do business in Canada
The onus on proving you have permission to send an email is on the company sending it.
There has been a flurry of activity wanting permissions recently due to the legislation.
It seems that nobody really knows what it means to be identified as a spammer.

Microsoft is probably thinking - to hell with it; the risk is too high. The RSS is good enough.

Comment: Re:I can't buy one (Score 1) 377

by crispytwo (#47251829) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

I got 8 years out of my car before the engine broke (warped block).
Out of warranty... and apparently most of the nissan 2.5 litre engines crap out at 120k

I expected 10-15 years out the car and I got 8! Engines are minimum $5k installed on a car that's worth $3-4k max.

I guess I should have expected 5 years and sold it to some other poor sap.

yay gas engines!


PS. yes I take care of my cars.

Comment: Go for it (Score 1) 274

by crispytwo (#46915241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

If all you are worried about is cultural bias, don't worry about it. I'm in my mid 40s and I've been in start-ups for much of my career. If you have the skills they are looking for and the product(s) interests you, you will fit in well enough. If all that interests you is your offspring, you won't. (That applies to pubs/golf courses/spas too).

You will have insight into problems that the 20 somethings will never have. You will have strategies that are different and desires that are refined for the products you work on. That is nothing to be shy or ashamed of. You will learn - they will learn. It's called win-win.

IMHO 300 employees is not a start-up in tech. There's bound to be many old-timers hidden from view - probably eating other peoples lunches.

Comment: Re:Efficient-market, inefficient-energy hypothesis (Score 1) 775

by crispytwo (#44162283) Attached to: Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

nice theory, but I think it doesn't quite hold up. Specifically cheap doesn't mean better for the environment.
unfortunately much of what is cheap today is only on loan from future clean-up-costs. That is not factored in the costs now. Not even a bit.

However, cheap is better in other ways.
Drink water from a creek.
Cool off by sweating.
Sit on the ground.

I also suspect that the longevity of an electric car (besides the battery) can outlast a conventional one by a long time given there are so many fewer parts. So quality plays into it. I think it is a simplification that electric cars are more expensive. They probably will not remain that way from a price point either. I think that it is foolish to think that batteries are equivalent to consumable like gasoline. There are similarities, of course, but they are very different.

Even with rough calculations of other technologies, take something recent that has changed quite a bit, like plasma tvs - 10 years ago, they were $10k or more - now, a much better one is available for $1k. If electric cars follow that trend, they will be $5k-$10k in 10 years, and they will be better. The people today buying these are allowing that technology to develop. The people who aren't are possibly Luddites.

Comment: Re:NIMBY (Score 1) 436

by crispytwo (#44089109) Attached to: The Aging of Our Nuclear Power Plants Is Not So Graceful

I think that it has been revised a few times in the last year and projections are higher than what was hoped - and no decline in the next century (although a slowing is expected).
There is a nice chart here:

It is projected to reach 8.1 billion in 2025, and to further increase to 9.6 billion in 2050 and 10.9 billion by 2100

power consumption
1.39 kilowatt hr / year per person in the USA
If everyone globally uses the same (similar) amount, which is reasonable, it will require about 5x more power that currently used globally. That assumes a lot of things, of course.
Projections are fun!

Comment: Re:Why is this here? (Score 1) 629

by crispytwo (#43564629) Attached to: Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

Just think how dumb they'd be without the internet!

People are a lot 'smarter' than before. There is no doubt. "Just google it" first requires the person to acknowledge they don't know something, and forming a question about that something. Then reading about it. Comprehension may be weak, but there is something more there than before. All of these traits are what we used to call 'smart'.

I'm certain beyond a doubt that computers have given people (those that have them) a HUGE advantage.

I'm remembering people who couldn't read, others who wouldn't admit they don't know something, and people who spouted nonsense. All of those people still exist. But now-a-days only the spouting of nonsense has increased. And the nonsense can be quickly - on the spot - fact checked.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)