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Comment: Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 1) 123

by mattwarden (#49383247) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

Pretty sure you just admitted Walmart and McDonalds meet the needs of a large segment of the market. You don't have to like either establishment. That's the beauty of a market system: it can cater to diverse needs.

In your case, there are plenty of places that will cater to your arrogant elitism.

Comment: Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 1) 123

by mattwarden (#49383235) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

Absolute necessities, which is what you are both trying to refer to, are pretty rare. You have to do silly things like say "food is a necessity". Yes, but what food? At Walmart, Ramen is 17 cents. Filet mignon is $20/lb. What you choose in that spectrum is want. People go to Walmart because they can "buy up" for the same price. You probably will disagree, because you want to disagree, but when you look at demand for Walmart, it's pretty self-evident. Picking examples where Walmart is the only grocery/retail store within 40 miles is pretty ridiculous, and not just because it accounts for a tiny % of Walmart's revenue and therefore has no explanatory power.

Comment: Re: obviously they should track the sun (Score 5, Interesting) 327

by mattwarden (#48512305) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

That is not how trackers work. Most trackers simply operate by relative gas expansion. The sun heats one side of the horitontal tube/bag more than the other due to position, and that causes the tracker to push the panel in the right direction. No motor, no eye, almost no moving parts. Not at all over engineered

Comment: Re: Instead of carrying on as a one-man band - (Score 4, Insightful) 376

by mattwarden (#48490937) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

You make this sound simple. You are glossing over a lot of detail that requires non-programming skill. Especially given he is clearly trying to avoid a management role, why eould you even suggest this? At a minimum, he needs to understand the business and managerial and risk mitigation functions he will need to play, in order to determine whether he has the skills required and desire to play those roles.

Comment: Re: No mention on capacity though (Score 0) 395

I do not follow your comment. I do not know what it means to charge different portions of a battery at the same time in parallel. Either they are connected cells into a single battery, or they aren't. If they are connected, then there is only one battery and your comment doesn't make sense to me. I think gp is correct that we are talking higher current.

Comment: Re: Make SATs optional (Score 1) 389

by mattwarden (#48072853) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Because they last 200k miles with minimal maintenance? I own a 2004 3-series with 160k miles on it, and it is the cheapest car when converted to $/yr I have ever owned. I have learned that the crap you are spewing is all manufactured perception, and likely the new iteration of "buy American" (which is really "buy union", since "foreign cars" are just built in the southern U.S. by nonunion factories).

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis