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

by mybecq (#46810483) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

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

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

by mybecq (#44813205) Attached to: Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

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

by mybecq (#44809487) Attached to: A Tale of Two MySQL Bugs

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

by mybecq (#44574179) Attached to: Studying the Slow Decay of a Laptop Battery For an Entire Year

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

by mybecq (#43454365) Attached to: Memory Effect Discovered In Lithium-Ion Batteries

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

by mybecq (#42764083) Attached to: Four At Once: Volcano Quartet Erupts On Kamchatka

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?

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.

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