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Comment: Re:Show me the money! (Score 3, Insightful) 441

by grim4593 (#47347061) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year
That is an odd definition of payback. The raw material cost of creating something is irrelevant since you cannot buy anything at cost: there are always value-add processes and profit margins to consider.
That said, the GP is right, unless these wind turbines in the study have noticeable improvements compared to other turbines I would expect there to be similar installations around the country that are making profits/savings for their investors. There should either be news about those gains or news about how the investors who previously built wind turbines are investing even greater sums of money due to their success.

Comment: Re:Why so much stupid shit, Mozilla? (Score 1) 89

by grim4593 (#47291411) Attached to: Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick
Maybe I am an anomaly but I have not had the issues you describe. Thunderbird doesn't randomly crash for me much less hardlock my computer. My extensions don't break, not that I have many installed. Searching works great for me; I have 8 email accounts set up, most which go back nearly a decade and I can easily search for what I need without much of a delay (I have a SSD).

Comment: Re:not believable (Score 1) 135

by grim4593 (#47176219) Attached to: Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport
Many flights are not direct and typically there are several options when choosing a layover airport. A lack of free wi-fi is an inconvenience that people will remember and if presented with a flight that has a layover in an airport with free wi-fi and an airport that does not people will chose the location with free wi-fi, all other things being equal.

Comment: Re:You can roam internationally without leaving US (Score 1) 321

by grim4593 (#47176093) Attached to: AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming
We had a similar experience at my previous job in the Detroit/Windsor area. There were a few of instances where our engineers were working offsite in Detroit and their cellphones would connect to Canadian towers. Our Accounting department would receive bills with several hundred dollars of unexpected international roaming charges even though no one left the country. We also had a portable wi-fi hotspot but no one was willing to use it since the president made us create a sign out form stating that they were responsible for excess charges.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 1) 157

by grim4593 (#46848265) Attached to: Lucasfilm Announces Break With <em>Star Wars</em> Expanded Universe
I would disagree that Lucas tried at all to fit into the expanded universe. I read most of the expanded universe books including the Thrawn series, X-Wing, and Jedi Academy. Those books did well taking all the existing plot before them and integrating them in a way that made sense and pushed the Star Wars story further. It was clear to me when the prequels came out that Lucas had no intent on fitting in with the world that grew during his absence after the original trilogy. At this point the EU has more material than the original and prequels. Granted there were quite a few low quality books and stories and I was never able to enjoy anything after the Vong were introduced but I feel it is a mistake to delete a large part of the universe that he created.

Comment: Re:Custom lego parts! (Score 1) 302

by grim4593 (#46836847) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing
No. The construction of the "final thing it is supposed to be" may only last a fw minutes or hours. The FUN is using those parts to make what you want, play with those constructions, and then taking them apart to build something new. I would love to be able to print missing, interesting, or custom LEGO parts.

Comment: Re:And it'll be... (Score 1) 180

by grim4593 (#46372397) Attached to: Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet
Not a chance! With the advent of car to car networking and internet accessibility every component in your car will have its own internet facing IPV6 address!
Imagine the possibilities: You could open your trunk from anywhere in the world, you could preheat the car before your flight even lands, you could update your license plate in real time!

Comment: Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (Score 1) 491

by grim4593 (#46348119) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?
Unless those managers notice and take the heat for the extra cost of overtime, the reduction of quality due to overworked employees, or the missed deadlines they will assume that there was an EXTRA person the entire time and will congratulate themselves for saving money by not hiring an unnecessary employee.

In effect, working at 110% to cover the position hurts your chances of ever filling the position with a qualified employee.

The IQ of the group is the lowest IQ of a member of the group divided by the number of people in the group.