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Comment: Re:want to figure it out BEFORE most customers pay (Score 1) 504 504

Obviously that doesn't work, the power company would go broke and no-one would have power, except while it's sunny.

So why don't they fix their broken model and charge a fixed fee for everyone that is connected to the grid. Oh wait, they already do that (albeit a nominal fee).
The "fair" solution is to set a fixed fee so that their grid-maintenance costs are covered. Then they can reduce their tariffs to reflect the true price of generating (not delivering) the electricity.

Comment: Re:All your tax avoidance schemes are done (Score 1) 293 293

The courts ruled that if the business has a "significant business nexus" within the purchaser's State (usually meaning a "physical presence" link a branch store or warehouse)

And by using affiliates as a sales force, a "significant business nexus" is established in the purchaser's State. Hence, they have to collect sales tax for the purchaser's State, because they pay a sales force there.

Comment: Re:The beginning of the end... (Score 1) 773 773

I'd say Apple's days are numbered, although they're going to remain a dominant presence in the market for a very long time.

So, you're going to give them a really large number then?

I'm not seeing anything of significance from Apple; nothing like the compelling experiments Google or Microsoft keep putting forward.

Just because they don't sell their R&D experiments to developers doesn't mean they don't have any.

but so far I'm not seeing it.

Because you don't work in Apple's R&D perhaps?

Comment: Re:Oracle probably did testing.... (Score 1) 191 191

Oracle, love'em or hate'em makes some rock solid databases.

Yes, their databases are so rock-solid it is like getting blood from a stone if you need anything less than a business-critical patch (including fixes that have already been made on another platform) . This has been my experience on at least two separate occasions. I gave up waiting for a fix for a TCP-connect issue because they don't know how to handle EINTR during a 'connect'.

Comment: Continuous charging kills batteries (Score 1) 363 363

My laptop is rarely off AC power. When I had the charger set to stop charging at 100% (and to recharge when 90%), my battery life greatly improved. OId battery dropped 60% in reported capacity in less than 2 yrs; new battery is barely down 30% in the following 4 years.

I call it Chinese electron torture for your battery -- drip, drip, drip.

I don't know how OS X controls battery charging, but all OS's should provide an option to stop charging at 100%.

Comment: Re:Laptop batteries, anyone? (Score 1) 157 157

being kept at 100% is much worse than ideal

This is at the heart of my laptop battery experience. My laptop is rarely off AC power. When I had the charger set to stop charging at 100% (and to recharge when 90%), my battery life greatly improved. OId battery dropped 60% in reported capacity in less than 2 yrs; new battery is barely down 30% in the following 4 years.

I call it Chinese electron torture for your battery -- drip, drip, drip.

Comment: Re:How the heck is the camera mounted ? (Score 1) 77 77

Since there is no single lens that can capture a 360-degree view, obviously they are using multiple cameras. When you composite the final video, the view of the arm is obviously replaced by the same area, but from a different camera.

Does it bother you also that the ends of some of the rotor blades are not attached?

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