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Comment People isn't the issue, farming is (Score 5, Insightful) 390

California cities and towns only get 10% of the water. Farmland gets 80% (or somewhat less depending on how you account for it), yet only produces 2% of the state's GDP. The problem is that they are STILL growing the size of the agriculture sector, planting more almond trees for example, even while the existing almond trees are dying from salt poisoning. The reason the overall GDP hasn't been hurt yet is due to the fact that so much of the water is used for so little of the state's income. When the groundwater is all gone due to lack of planning, things may actually change.

Comment Re:Moor? (Score 2) 179

This is a good point. If it is significantly more expensive, say 1GB of this as a write buffer on a large SSD drive will make the NAND drive last nearly forever, as frequent writes can be buffered and only written to the nand when necessary. The biggest issue with NAND is when software constantly writes to the disk, and pushes the write wearing logic to the limit.

Comment Re:Blimey (Score 5, Insightful) 518

You aren't following what he is saying--the research is saying is that THERE IS NO REACTION MASS. Per current physics, this device can't exist. That is why this is so big. No current physics explains it. It is not the opposite of a solar said, since the microwaves don't actual exit the device. If this device works, it does change everything, if only to point to new physics.

Comment The whole issue is going to get worse for Taxis (Score 1) 247

Once automated cars are in place, companies can simply become dispatching services for privately owned cars. Don't want to pay for parking in the city after your car drops you off at work? Let it drive around town and make money for you, then pick you up at the end of the day to drive you home. Then, it can pickup your neighbors as they leave the local bar at night, and it is ready for you, charged up in the morning.

The taxi industry has at most 5-10 years left in it. They should be petitioning that dispatch services need to own taxi medallion rights in order to dispatch for the next 10-15 years, so they can at least recoup some of their investment on the medallions by selling them to the new dispatch services.

Comment Re:Eliminate all tax withholding (Score 1) 413

While most people will have no idea what you are talking about, the issue here is that there are "employment taxes" that are paid on a hidden side of your paycheck that covers social security and medicare that an employer needs to cover. These are the employer side of of the "payroll taxes". I agree that these should all be displayed on paychecks--100% of the cost that an employer is covering should be on the paycheck, taxable or not, simply so that an employee can understand what their benefits are and how much the company is paying to employ them. This should include if they provide lunch, snacks, etc. Nothing should be hidden--all costs for an employee's benefits should to the best of the companies ability be shown on a paycheck.

Comment Re:But I love it when slides are read to me (Score 3, Insightful) 327

The problem isn't that they are crappy presentations. It is how they are being TAUGHT to present. Sales people are intentionally leaving out information and glossing over facts, because facts can lose a deal. Oh, there are some major cases that some piece of software doesn't handle? Don't present that, that goes in a footnote in the readme file tucked away somewhere. Presentations where products are concerned are drafted and built to never EVER loose a customer, only convince people that the product is the best thing since sliced bread. They are designed to not raise questions, or inform beyond a simplified message. The product isn't the issue--it is how people are being trained to use it, and changing the way a message is presented won't change the message.

Comment from what I read... (Score 1) 35

the GTX 980 was doing 90 fps without 2 years of optimization while the PS4 is now doing 60fps. Now, they are extrapolating the 60fps to 120fps for VR. From the article:

"But now Showdown can run flawlessly at 60 FPS on Sony’s Morpheus headset for PS4, says J.J. Hoesing, Senior Engine Programmer on Epic’s VR Team. The demo of course takes advantage of Sony’s ‘asynchronous reprojection’ technique to ultimately output at 120 FPS."

Translation: Two eyes means two frames, so you get 120fps from 60fps. Right?

Comment Re:There is other evidence (Score 3, Informative) 152

The opposite has also been observed (http://gizmodo.com/the-secret-to-weight-loss-might-be-poop-transplants-fro-1265888152). As someone who is married to someone who has struggled with her weight for all her life, and has done everything including a strict 1000 calorie diet with very little results, I KNOW there is more to it than "just don't eat as much". The people that don't have the issue or haven't lived with it don't understand the issue, and assume that "it is their fault".

Comment Re: skynet (Score 1) 291

I'm currently in the process of building a company, and have the advantage of utilizing student labor as part of the development process. How I handled this was that I actually developed a template but static HTML website that provided the UI that I wanted. I then NEXT developed the "help page" for the UI, to explain how the interface worked in great detail. What I found vs. prior development was that be specifying how the UI should work from the user's perspective, things worked well. The things that broke were where my help documentation wasn't accurate enough. Develop your user documentation first, and the visual UI, and you may find the developers can figure out things from there.

Comment Re:Samsung rumored to drop 810 due to overheating (Score 1) 85

tbh, you have two choices for batteries today: Charge them fast, and they don't last as long, or charge them slow, and they last forever. Heat is the problem the batteries have. If you charge them just fast enough so that in the morning they are full, or at least they never get hot, you are going to do well. The difference that a Scandinavian country imposes is hardly likely to make a difference, due to the phone being in a pocket, your hand, or indoors while charging.

The other idea is to buy a phone with fewer features, but has a long battery life. OnePlus One? Yep, works for me for 2 days at a time, but I charge it each day. I never have an issue where I have to charge it during a single day.

Comment Re:...while consuming 75 percent less power (Score 5, Informative) 85

based on my experience, the #1 power consumer is... a bad cell signal. If you are at 92% after 8 hours on ANY phone, you are likely sitting in a building with a cell tower a few feet from your head, or you are just straight up lying about your power usage (or both). I've taken a few last-gen phones, put them on airplane mode, then powered up wifi, and they can last over a week. What burns the battery? mobile data access, and the screen.

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