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Comment: Re:ok, so it's not unstoppable (Score 1) 46

by knightghost (#49152903) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Global warming is a great thing - just ask Canada, especially the places that are currently -40 degrees.

Scientists need someone that knows marketing. We don't care about what they talk about... link the argument to our pay or something useful.

Final thought... comparisons are to rebuilding today's infrastructure as if it wasn't constantly changing already. We have decades and perhaps centuries to adjust - ever hear of constant improvement?

Comment: Re:Simple methodology (Score 3, Interesting) 328

by knightghost (#49142403) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

A well defined project can be estimated. Change Orders estimating needs to be done properly and BILLED - the cost of re-analyzing is a real cost and the business needs to see it. Once you get that across the number of change requests decreases dramatically.

Software engineering is Engineering... some of the costs are inverted, but otherwise it's the same project management as other engineering projects.

Comment: Re:This is a joke right? (Score 2) 318

Expanding bullets cause a larger wound channel but retain 95% to 99%+ of their mass. Fragmenting bullets shatter and keep traveling in all directions (typically smaller bullets with higher velocity). Both are more deadly than standard non-deforming military bullets (designed for more reliable feeding in machine guns). Personally I never use fragmenting bullets for hunting because I don't want to bite down on a piece of lead in a steak.

Comment: Re:Electric not the answer (Score 0) 212

by knightghost (#49099927) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

ding ding ding we have a winner!

Everything comes down to economics - and government subsidies are not economics, they hide economics.

Even the Prius isn't economical unless you life in stop-n-go traffic and gas is $5/gallon. Current electric car costs are even worse. The numbers simply don't work out - and electric cars (and solar, and wind) will continue to fail until they are more economical than the current alternatives.

Comment: Re:indirect jobs (Score 1) 158

I think this fails to take into account the indirect job creation that this operation permits. For instance, the building maintenance and construction had to be done by locals. Any time the A/C breaks down, it has to be repaired by locals. If a server fries, there has to be someone to build that machine and swap it out. There is a lot of consumption of infrastructure resources, like power and water, that also feeds into the economy. There are a lot of DC jobs that you can't see. Granted, they aren't the same number of people as a factory might employ, but there are a lot of unseen positions that these data centres create.

Not really. Most of the materials are imported and configuring them is very quick. Your "lots of jobs" = not local.

Comment: Re:A smart phone is rarely convenient (Score 1) 248

by knightghost (#49051183) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

I have a chaotic schedule so it needs to be a trigger based system. And I have yet to find an oven that is also a freezer from anywhere... much less for $3.

I already set my thermostat to be off during the typical work day. However, if I get home early then it's freezing until I manually reset it. Or if I'm away for a day then it's heating an empty house. Inconvenient and wasteful.

Comment: Re:A smart phone is rarely convenient (Score 1) 248

by knightghost (#49050799) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

Right. And switching Chromecast channels with Hulu or Netflix on a phone or tablet is powerful and easy. It's no longer just flipping channels.

A smart home? The heat and lights come on when I'm walking up to the porch. Lights adjust and music starts when I say "mood: party/relax/etc". All the tech is here - the implementation is not. Add in new tech like a crock pot or toaster oven that changes from cold to hot in time to cook dinner and I'm sold.

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