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Comment: Re:Renewable (Score 5, Insightful) 81

by mc6809e (#47903569) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Using renewable energy to tap unrenewable energy... Seems not really enduring. Why not just use directly the renewable energy in first place?

Because oil isn't just used as energy, though it often is.

Petroleum is a miracle substance from the standpoint of its chemistry. It would be hard to imagine modern life without all the chemicals and materials petroleum makes possible.

Burning such a flexible, important substance as fuel is terribly foolish.

Comment: Re: GIst of the problem is ... (Score 1) 249

by mc6809e (#47842059) Attached to: IT Job Hiring Slumps

I think his 50% tax burden number comes from including Federal income and payroll taxes, State taxes, and local taxes.

That's probably correct only for highly paid professionals that get most of their income by selling their skills. Anyone with income that comes from wealth isn't paying anywhere near that.

The tax code in the US at all levels is incredible stupid.

But the 50% number isn't connected too terribly much with the lack of hiring, though. If you ask a business people why they aren't hiring many will tell you that they just don't have enough time to both run their business and worry about all the extra bureaucratic hassles that come with employing someone -- that might include paying some taxes, but it also includes liability and regulatory concerns.

Employing a new worker is like walking through a minefield. You might have seen job advertisements asking only for those that are currently employed. This is an attempt to avoid all those disasters that come with hiring the wrong person.

Comment: Re: But is it reaslistic? (Score 2) 369

The only Bacteria that are scary are anti-biotic resistant ones, all the rest can be cured with a dose of anti-biotic.

Don't be so dismissive.

I realize the plague is so dark ages and that we have antibiotics, but from 1990 until 2010 the overall mortality rate was 11%.

People still die even with antibiotics.

Comment: A willingness to fight (Score 4, Interesting) 579

by mc6809e (#47781749) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Men in general seem to have less tolerance for what they perceive as error and a greater willingness to fight to correct error.

That's not the say that men are more often correct than are women. They just seem more eager to do battle, even if it is from behind a keyboard.

Anyone that's been involved in an edit war of wikipedia knows that the winner is often isn't the one with the best grasp of the facts, but it's the one least willing to give up the fight.

 

+ - Solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead->

Submitted by Elledan
Elledan (582730) writes "Federal investigators in California have requested that BrightSource — owner of thermal solar plants — halt the construction of more, even bigger plants until the impact of these plants on wildlife has been further investigated. The BrightSource solar plant in the Mojave Desert which was investigated reportedly kills between 1,000 and 28,000 birds a year with the concentrated solar energy from its 300,000 mirrors, charring and incinerating feathers of passing birds. This isn't the first report of negative environmental impact by this type of solar plant either."
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+ - Solar plant scorches birds in mid air-> 4

Submitted by Obscene_CNN
Obscene_CNN (3652201) writes "The new solar energy plant that is owned by Google and two energy companies is killing birds in mid air. The plant which works by concentrating the suns rays is killing and igniting the birds as they fall out of the sky. BrightSource Energy, NRG Solar, and Google say they are studying methods of reducing the bird deaths."
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Comment: It works the other way around, too (Score 1, Insightful) 371

by mc6809e (#47689583) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Many engineers don't understand that business people are engineers of a sort, too.

What we all should do is realize that we're all part of a team that can't work without the participation of everyone. Mutual respect is key.

Many skills are needed if a firm is to survive.

Comment: Re:Switzerland (Score 1) 98

by mc6809e (#47638455) Attached to: For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

In Switzerland the slowest speeds you commonly get are about 15 Mbits/s...

And yet the report cited shows that only 45% have access to speeds above 10Mbps and 23% of access to speeds above 15Mbps.

Five US states have more people above 10Mbps than Switzerland.

And one of those states by itself, New Jersey, has almost a million more people.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 4, Interesting) 200

by mc6809e (#47536863) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Yeah, i don't see how their supposed 'netflix is going to extort us' scare is supposed to work. Everything I remember about how the internet works pretty much invalidates the idea.

I think they're looking at how cable companies have to pay content providers to broadcast their content.

Disney, ESPN, CNN, etc all charge the cable company for their content. If the cable company doesn't pay, then their customers don't get the channels.

Will this happen with websites or Netflix? It doesn't seem possible, yet it's hard to know just where all this is going.

Consider facebook. What would happen if suddenly facebook demanded an ISP pay them for access by the ISP's customers? Who would the customers blame? Would they simply give up on facebook or would they hound their ISP to pay up?

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 5, Insightful) 619

by mc6809e (#47505903) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

there was no socialism in east-germany. there was none in east-europe. that was fascism with a tiny bit of communism-appearence thrown in. socialism is found in scandinavia, belgium, netherlands, france, and the former western-germany.

Most Western European countries are mixed economies, mostly capitalist, with some socialism, and a welfare state.

East Germany and the Soviet Union really bought into the idea of Socialism: the state owned everything. Private property was outlawed. You could go to jail for making a profit.

The East Germans were so committed to the idea that the state owned everything that they believed they had a right to build an enormous wall to keep the governments property (people) from escaping to the West.

Comment: Very clever (Score 4, Interesting) 68

Reminds me a little of some work done by Terje Mathisen, an expert assembly language programmer. Not exactly that same as the exploit, but probably interesting to a few slashdotters. I'll let him describe it:

"The most complicated code I have ever written is/was a piece of executable text, in order to be able to send binary data over very early text-only email systems:

"Minimum possible amount of self-modification (a single two-byte backwards branch), a first-level bootstrap that fits in two 64-byte lines including a Copyright notice and which survives the most common forms of reformatting, including replacing the CRLF line terminator by any zero, one or two byte sequence. This piece of code picks up the next few lines, combining pairs of characters into arbitrary byte values before flushing the prefetch cache by branching into the newly decoded second-level bootstrap. (Everything uses only the ~70 different ascii codes which are blessed by the MIME standard as never requiring encoding or escape sequences.)

"This second level consists of a _very_ compact BASE64 decode which takes the remainder of the input and re-generates the original binary which it can either execute in place or write to disk.

Comment: Re:Administrators (Score 2) 538

by mc6809e (#47290203) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

In all aspects of education, from primary school to university, the growing swarms of administrators soak up the budget. In some school systems, they vastly outnumber the actual teachers, have better pay, and yet contribute nothing to the operation of the schools.

Don't forget those in the construction industry. Like administrators, they contribute where it counts: in the voting booth where they help elect those that will continue to increase spending on that abstraction "education" rather than on actual educators.

Comment: Re:For a sense of scale (Score 4, Informative) 142

by mc6809e (#47283349) Attached to: Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

There are other advantages to shrinking components. Higher clock rates become possible.

You'd think so, but the problem is global interconnect. Not gates. It was all the way back at the 250nm node when interconnect and gate delay were about the same.

At the 28nm node, wire delay is responsible for something like 80% of the time it takes for signals to work their way through a circuit.

And it some cases inverters are actually used to help signals propagate more quickly down long wires. In other words, long wires are so slow compared to gates that adding gates can speed things up!

Bringing computers into the home won't change either one, but may revitalize the corner saloon.

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