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Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 172

by Eythian (#47597287) Attached to: Psychology's Replication Battle

Just to add to what you're saying, thought experiments can be perfectly valid in the physical sciences. Newton had a great one determining that differently weighted things falling will fall at the same speed (all other things being equal.)

If you assume that a light cannon ball will fall slower than a heavy one when you drop them, and then you tie them together, it stands that they must fall at a speed in the middle of what they will each fall at. But tying them together makes them effectively one object, so it'll fall faster.

Given these both cannot be true, everything must fall at the same speed.

This is a nice example (to me) of a though experiment that can provide useful results.

Comment: Re: Slippery Slope (Score 1) 186

Why would someone sue google? Google doesn't owe you free speech. They can put up whatever results they way. Only your government owes you free speech, not any corporation that happens to be somewhat American.

By them choosing to not show something, they aren't violating your constitution. They can't, they're not the US government.

Comment: Re:Who likes their utility? (Score 1) 110

It's quite possible. I have a choice of power companies (and am planning to change some time soon.)

Here, generation, and retailing are all split up (not sure how lines maintenance works, I think that might be regional, but done though your retailer.)

This means a) I can pick my retailer, and b) they can compete, along with the generation companies.

(I'm not really contributing much here, just adding a little bit of possibly interesting information.)

Comment: Re: Murphy says no. (Score 0, Troll) 265

by ModernGeek (#47432081) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

This guy probably is the tech but is wanting to spend more time with his family or something.

Probably settled down too fast and can't get a better job now. My advice: don't settle down and quit using your wife and children as excuses for your career failures because they'll grow to hate you for it.

Comment: Schedule some days as offset days (Score 1) 265

by ModernGeek (#47432057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

You just need to schedule some of your days as offset days. Work from 4pm to midnight some days so that you can get some work done when others aren't around. Some days require you being around people, some days command you be alone.

Or you can just work 16hour days like the rest of us and wear it with a badge of honor.

If you are your own boss and do this, you can earn enough money to take random weeks off from work with little to no notice so that you can travel the world, and do some recruiting while doing it so that you can write the expenses off on the company.

Comment: Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (Score 1) 278

by ModernGeek (#47430857) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

I agree about the mercury in CFLs but how do you think most solar cells are made? ... They are made using "dirty semiconductor fabs." So what would you rather make with the dirty semiconductor fab, a little square mm LEDs or square meters of solar cells? Also, no one uses lead anymore.

and the alternative to the solar panels on the roof are nuclear reactors, coal power plants, or hydroelectric dams. You tell me which is going to impact the environment the most when you look at the total cost of operation from afar like that.

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