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Comment Re:two sides to the dagger. (Score 1) 91 91

I don't think Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, Atmel, or Cypress Semi would agree with you on the opulence of the SPARC architecture. It has had a very vibrant community of licensors for a long time. The hyperSPARC, TurboSPARC, and SPARC64 VI aren't even Sun products, to name a few.

Comment I'm perplexed by your problem (Score 1) 189 189

I'm perplexed by your problem. Every toner cartridge I have ever bought, both OEM and off-brand clones, have been shipped with prepaid return labels to ship the spent cartridge back to be recycled. The off-brand clones really want them since they're going to refurbish and refill them, anyway.

The solution? Find a better toner supplier.

Comment These stories always happen (Score 1) 843 843

These stories always happen during the adolescence of the development lifecycle of expensive airframes. It happened with the Osprey, the F-15, and even the F-16, arguably the most successful of the affordable fighters.

The F-35 will evolve into a competent fighter as they always do. We really don't want different fighters for each branch of the military anymore.

Comment This is basically what the Volt should have been (Score 1) 249 249

This is basically what the Volt should have been.

Even though the Volt degraded into a disappointing electromotive hybrid with engine assistance while still being far in advance of the Toyota HSG, it took least one billion dollars of research before GM went bankrupt. Hopefully, GM can recoup some of those lost dollars with the Bolt and give us the electric vehicle we were promised with the Volt, but this time, it will have no petroleum engine.

Comment AOL had the "unsend" feature decades ago (Score 2) 95 95

AOL had the "unsend" feature decades ago, which actually "unsended" emails after they were sent.

So did Lotus Notes, and Microsoft Exchange.

This "feature" is a 30-second delay on outbound messages, a clever hack, but how is this news to anyone?

It's the "beer goggles" extension re-warmed for clueless Gmail users as it graduates out of Gmail Labs.


Try harder, Google. Try harder.

Comment Yahoo in Northern VA (Score 1) 107 107

There's this rumor that when Yahoo expanded its Lockport "chicken coop" data centers in upstate NY they vacated at least two large data centers in Northern VA and because the lease isn't up for another two years they have been mostly empty ever since.

Yet, Yahoo is saving lots of money by doing this.

Comment Consider the IBM Power Systems (Score 1) 257 257

Consider the IBM Power Systems, formerly known as the IBM System i, AS/400 and eServer iSeries.

The systems in these product lines are intended to be in use indefinitely with a completely compatible upgrade path. The operating systems and the software used on these servers are based on an architecture that has been in continuous use since 1979, the System/38, and the software that runs on these systems has been in use even earlier than that.

Comment Re: Cost effectiveness (Score 1) 116 116

Wow, if the figures projected by this article turn out to be true in the real world, I stand corrected.

However, since my own home has a load-management cutoff switch for my water heater to reduce load on peak days, I have a doubt how successful it will be in actual real-world situations.

Comment Re: Cost effectiveness (Score 1) 116 116

If your hot water heater, dryer, and stove run continuously for any extended amount of time, then you've got to call your electrician.

None of these appliances is going to run a full 4- to 6-hour duty cycle. Try it. Even your stove doesn't run continuously when you turn it on. Do you even own an electric stove or water heater?

And distribution vs. transmission is not a big difference for my argument. It cannot now handle the load.

Comment Re: Cost effectiveness (Score 1) 116 116

The dryer, stove, AC, hot water heater, and other appliances do not pull full continuous load for several hours at a time. The electric car charging port *does*.

And your quoted article doesn't say anything about what that load might be, just that it is "increasing."

And, please, try re-read my post more carefully. I am talking about the power distribution grid and not power generation.

How can you do 'New Math' problems with an 'Old Math' mind? -- Charles Schulz