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Comment Re:Important Stuff (for the discussion) (Score 1) 23

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Comment Re:Flash won already (Score 1) 161

The clock is ticking on spinning drives. HDD are still viable, but only for large backups. However, if all you look at is price, then you get what you pay for.

Sure. But apart from the personal content that you should have backed up in multiple+offsite copies for safekeeping and usually just consumes a little bit, for most people the HDD is a n'th level cache of the Internet. For many people that's even true of the SSD content, if you lose your Steam games folder or Spotify offline playlists well you can just download it again. And when it comes to digital media quantity is king, it's a lot easier to have three copies with 95% reliability than one with 99,99% because you could always get a lemon.

Comment Well, duh (Score 1) 23

If we knew what they were trying to communicate, we'd probably find they have different languages too. Same as with people, without long distance travel/communication there's no reason to believe they'd share a language. We've seen this both on the macro scale through colonization wiping out many local languages and on the micro scale through building bridges to islands, linguists found that dialects became much less distinct. And with mass media and the Internet I'm sure we're converging even stronger now. Wolves have none of that so I'm sure a US wolf wouldn't understand much of what a EU wolf was howling, but I'm sure they'd quickly work out the basics.

Comment Re:Sad but... (Score 1) 116

Unless they're really big (Chelyabinsk, Tunguska, Barringer Crater, etc) meteorites don't explode, they're slowed down to whatever their terminal velocity is by the atmosphere (and burned up to some degree in the process).

Assume this thing was the size of a large brick (give or take), it'd hit with about the same force as if it were tossed out of an aeroplane. It's still going to kill you, but you won't explode.

Every film or TV depiction of a meteorite impact I've ever seen (Deep Impact, Smallville, etc) gets it wrong.

Comment Re:Rajiv.. (Score 2) 124

Someone else suggested giving incorrect information in the training -- I wouldn't go that far, hm, incomplete might be ok.

I've never yet worked anywhere big enough to have an official way to do things where at least some of them weren't at least sub-optimal if not downright wrong. Teach the new hire how to do everything "by the book," and let him find out the hard way, after you're gone, why that's not always a good idea.

Comment Re:It's pretty obvious what happened to them (Score 1) 124

because the utility is run by people who apparently feel it's fine to sell out their own countrymen to make a buck.

But I don't want to have to depend on company altruism for these kinds of things to not happen. If they don't do it, their competitors will and they'll then be punished for NOT trying to make a buck. You'll be punishing the altruistic ones.

I'd rather see the law changed or clarified to make sure it does ONLY what it's supposed to do: fill actual labor shortages instead of fake shortages to save a buck or have docile workers who can't practically shop around or complain. (I've seen H1B abuses with my own eyes. I personally know they happen.)

This includes more thorough auditing and inspections. For example, all rejected citizen resumes should be saved for say 5 years, along with the reason for rejection. And disallow long chain-combo's such as "must have paid experience in A and in B and in C and in D and in E, etc.".

Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 1) 181

Uh, the Jetta TDI gets 62mpg in practice (someone did a 5,000+-mile trip going counterclockwise, west across the northern U.S. and then east along the southern U.S), while its gasoline counterpart boasts 32mpg on the highway and 27mpg in the city.

In most of the U.S., you need ULSD. Here on the east coast, gasoline costs $1.55 now and diesel is going for $1.75. A 300 mile tank on my Mazda 3S with the 2.4L (averaging a good 25-28mpg) costs $18 now; a few months back it was still around $25, when gas was $1.92. Surprising me with these low fuel prices.

BTW: At CA electricity and gas prices you're claiming that a 100% efficient Tesla, consuming only 62MJ of electricity, will make that trip, but a gasoline powered car would require 1180MJ to make the same trip. That is a 5% fuel-to-travel efficiency, not the 14-30% [fueleconomy.gov] that is known.

Yes but California is a lunatic state. See also: Texas, where some cities have electricity for under 5 cents per kWh.

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