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Comment: It depends ... (Score 1) 161

by molarmass192 (#49562299) Attached to: Has the Native Vs. HTML5 Mobile Debate Changed?
If you're Home Depot, no ... while it's important, those few milliseconds of lag and somewhat less native UI isn't a primary business concern.

If you're trying to take on an 'A' player like Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc, or trying to establish a new service, yes ... your experience has to be as optimized as possible to stay / get ahead of your competition.

Comment: Re:Tier 5 in California is... (Score 2) 461

by molarmass192 (#48531543) Attached to: Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies
Didn't know there was a fifth tier, at least PG&E doesn't mention it. I almost always hit tier 4 which is $0.32/kwh and the bills starts to add up very fast at that point (high 3 digits). At $0.50/kwh it would cost almost $40 to run a 100w bulb 24/7, I'd entertain any possible alternatives at that rate.

Comment: Re:sounds a lot like an argument I hear a lot (Score 1) 212

... and just what do you think this managed code and garbage collection is written in? Yes you've moved on, but you've only moved up the stack, you're now an end user of what the low level folks write. There will ALWAYS be a need for folks who code in assembler / C, but eventually Java, C#, will be superseded and fade away into obscurity. Don't get me wrong, I kind of like that people don't learn C anymore, more job security for me and some uncomfortable questions for folks I get to interview. Ask any Basic / Pascal people how secure those higher level language programming jobs are in the long run.

Comment: ewaste (Score 1) 210

by dgp (#45718885) Attached to: Datawind Not Blowing Smoke: $38 Tablet Coming To the US

Whats the industry ratio of circuit boards manufactured per month versus circut boards recycled per month? The eWaste stream is worth thinking about and should be included in the price of electronics. Maybe tablets shouldnt be $38 because so many of them will get thrown away, with their toxic components in a landfill that eventually leaks into the groundwater.

+ - FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Over 50%

Submitted by cperciva
cperciva writes: Perhaps a sign of our troubled times or a sign that FreeBSD is becoming less relevant to modern computing needs: the FreeBSD Foundation has sought $1,000,000 by year end to allow it to continue to offer to fund and manage projects, provide hardware used by the FreeBSD project, hire developers and system administrators, sponsor FreeBSD events and Developer Summits, and provide travel grants to FreeBSD developers. But with the end of this year fast approaching, it has raised just over $472,000, far short of its target.

Comment: What's changed in two and a half decades? (Score 1) 26

by kinema (#44919543) Attached to: World Solar Challenge To Start In Less Than Two Weeks
I haven't followed this race in a very long time though, I do remember GM's Sunraycer back in 1987. My question is: what has changed in the past twenty-six years? From a quick look on Wikipedia I see that the average speeds are higher but nothing like double what they were back when I was a kid. Is it safe to assume that the improvements made have been largely incremental? Are we talking about an ever so slightly more refined design every two years, better solar tech, better drag calculations? Please don't think I'm flaming. I all challenges like this one. I'm simply interested in what kind of progress has been made.

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