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Comment Re: Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 4, Insightful) 499 499

The problem with subsiding solar is that it causes the market to compete for subsidies instead of produceing a good product.

Funny, never once heard that complaint about oil, but renewables come along and all of a sudden it's all hand-wringing and embarrassed shrugs...

Comment Re:Legislate 50% less consumption? Good fucking lu (Score 1) 463 463

My Miele combo washing machine from our apartment days just broke down.
Good thing we have 5 years off warranty mandated by law in Norway.
They tried to fix it twice, now they have to replace it and they are actually replacing it (on our request) with a separate washer and a dryer.

But 4 years is a far cry from the "20 years of operation" promised in the commercial.

That's quite disappointing for a Miele product. For what it's worth, none of my colleagues who have Miele appliances, had them break (yet).

Comment Re:How much is an AG these days? (Score 4, Informative) 241 241

I am sad to see that my comment was modded "Funny" when I was in fact quite serious about my statement. There are such pieces of shit that are disruptive to society, like corrupt politicians and self-serving CEOs and bankers, and yet we most people somehow attribute to "whore" a worse meaning than the professions I mentioned above.

Comment Re:How much is an AG these days? (Score 5, Funny) 241 241

Yes, but we ain't living in a perfect world and politicians as well as officials who should work for taxes deliberately choose to be whores and sell themselves to the highest bidder. So ok, I can't change the game so I want in. How much? How much is the whore? How much for a law? How much to actually get it executed? How much to get a law bent and turned inside out to use it against its intent?

Apparently these hoes are for sale, so what's left to be determined is the price.

I don't disagree with the tone of your post, but think that using the word "whore" in this way is very offensive towards prostitutes, who work honestly and provide a useful service.

Comment Re:Legislate 50% less consumption? Good fucking lu (Score 1) 463 463

Also up the warranty requirements to substantially reduce energy used to produce goods that fail shortly after the 90 fucking day warranty. How about mandated 10 YEAR warranties, a decade of product reliability, it will certainly cost more but the energy used to replace a product 40 fucking times versus one product that lasts a decade will be substantially reduced.

That's why we buy Miele appliances - made in Germany, decades of reliable work, great technology. It costs more, but it is worth it for never having to repair them, alone. For example, I'd hate to have our washing machine break. But it hasn't happened in the last 7 years, and I trust it won't happen till after I have retired. For those used to Chinese-made appliances, this must sound ludicrously impossible.

Comment Re:the important detail (Score 1) 632 632

Everyone WILL face rejection by people who do not like them. You can either accept that and move on or live a life of despair, that choice is on no-one but you.

I specifically asked if you were also comfortable with blacks, homosexuals and women to be rejected a job because their colleagues would feel uncomfortable. Address that. I just want to figure out from which century did you drop in from.

Comment Re:the important detail (Score 1) 632 632

It's not a flamebait: I genuinely want to know in what way is your argument against hiring older people, different from hiring people of any minority or ethnic group, or sexual orientation? In the 21st century in the West we have some standards for avoiding discrimination. You may not subscribe to them, but in that case make it clear.

Comment Re:the important detail (Score 1) 632 632

Frankly I don't even have an issue with it, because if a group is not comfortable working with you you are not going to be happy working with them either.

Really? So if a group feels uncomfortable working with
- blacks
- homosexuals
- women
etc. you would be OK for those candidates to be rejected? Because some bigot feels uncomfortable working around a certain minority?

Comment Re:the important detail (Score 1) 632 632

well it's not like they didn't know her age either, they saw that before they called her too

Do you know that for a fact? I have applied to several jobs where I didn't have to put my age anywhere, and it could only be assumed from my industrial career, but not "known" with any degree of certainty. If the recruiter focused on my academic career, I looked like a spring chicken.

Comment In research, legacy computers are the norm (Score 1) 614 614

When you have millions of EUR worth of equipment attached to a DOS-based PC, you don't just toss it out because the operating system is old. So, off the top of my head: we have several measuring systems controlled by DOS-based PCs. Also the oxidation furnace has a DOS PC integrated with it. All our plasma equipment is controlled by Windows NT computers (NT 3.51).
The oldest used to be a scanning electron microscope with embedded OS from the 70's. We sold that machine and it is still in use in another department.

Comment In a post-Windows 8 world, I expect to be updating (Score 0) 318 318

..about fucking never. A critical mass of people have noticed that NOT installing the latest and "greatest" that Microsoft has to offer didn't cause their computers to self-destruct. Application developers have noticed. Hell, even Microsoft seems to have noticed. The hidden fear-based incentive to upgrade when MS says so, is gone.

Not only is hardware good enough now - the OS (Windows XP and 7) is, too.

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