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Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 2) 44

by MightyMartian (#49388057) Attached to: Madman: Proximity To Black Hole "Not a Big Deal"

I rewatched the film a few years ago, and the scene where Maximilian and Reinhardt are merged together in Hell was incredibly dark. Coupled with TRON, there was a period when Disney Studios actually recaptured some of the daring of the early years.

The worst part of Black Hole were the Disney-esque touches, like the Slim Pickens' voiced robot. If you sort of ignore the silly asides, the film is an astonishingly haunting film. Maximilian Schell's Reinhardt is one dark, nasty guy. Think about it, he basically turns the entire crew of his ship into enslaved brain-dead androids. That's Darth Vader-level evil.

Comment: Re:Not an April Fools post! (Score 2) 210

Ever been to Texas?

It's pretty flat. It's really flat in the panhandle (you can see the curvature of the earth, I swear). There's a decent amount of wind available.

Wind makes a lot of sense there. Drive along I20 west of Ft. Worth and you'll see huge stretches of wind turbines.

Thing about Texas - there's a lot of it. Most of the population is in the large cities. The state is largely conservative, so they don't worry so much about environmental regulations or trying to make the world a better place or anything. That means you can put down power plants pretty much anywhere, and hardly anyone will care. Texas doesn't need to import energy. The only reason the wind turbines are there is because they're profitable.

Ever been to California?

California's not exactly the greatest place for wind. Sure, there are flat areas that do get a lot of wind, but that's mostly in the south - which is desert, aka prime solar country. North Cali is is covered in mountains and trees. Not exactly good land for wind turbines.

California is largely progressive, which means they care about the environment and try to make the world a better place - through red tape. That means building power plants in California is a painful, expensive process. It also means they try to push energy efficiency as much as possible, so Californians actually use less electricity than, say, Texans.

California imports a lot of their electricity.

Now, add in the part of the article you apparently missed - ironically, the first line:

California has become the first state with more than 5% of its annual utility-scale electricity generation from utility-scale solar power, according to EIA's Electric Power Monthly.

The key words here are “more than 5% of its annual utility-scale electricity generation.” Considering they import a good chunk of their power, and use less electricity per person than the average Texan, it makes a lot more sense.

Only marginally related: you know why we get so much wind here in Oklahoma? Because Kansas sucks and Texas blows.

Comment: Re:There are people who want to learn and not go t (Score 2) 135

by Copid (#49386691) Attached to: The End of College? Not So Fast

This statement gets thrown around a lot when discussing college, but I just don't see how it holds up. It is very rare for an undergraduate to do any significant research, so most of the learning comes from assignments and probably a little group work.

I'd argue that a big part of it is being given assignments that stretch you more than you've been stretched. You don't have to do original research to be geniuinely challenged and grow from the experience. You just have to be given an assignment that requires you to dig for answers and fail. You have to exhaust most of your options when trying to figure something out. It's something we should probably be doing much more to kids well before they get to college, but college seems to be where we start doing it, so that's where the value is.

Since this is slashdot, there will be a million posts by clever college students who are doing really well in their classes and see them all as a waste of time. "Nothing at a university can challenge me! I'm the hottest shit that ever was shat!" All I can say is that they either didn't choose programs that were challenging enough for their level of talent or they're unusually talented people--the most brilliant of the most brilliant--and the world was not really designed for them. Or they're badly overestimating their level of talent, but that almost never happens.

Comment: Re:Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 210

He brought up trees because many people have trees on their property that they'd have to cut down in order to put solar panels on their roofs.

I'd have to cut down about six or seven trees to uncover the south face of my roof. Since they're on the fenceline, I'd have to coordinate with my neighbor. It wouldn't be cheap - there's only about ten feet between our houses (post-WWII GI Bill neighborhood here, small lots and small houses) so extra care would be needed to keep the trees from damaging the houses.

It's enough that, had I the money to put solar on the roof (and if it was economically feasible - I have a small house), I wouldn't do it because I like the trees and don't want to remove them.

Comment: Re:Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 210

Is there any other technology, besides renewable energy, that makes certain Slashdot readers so darn mad? It's like they would prefer that it just didn't exist.

If you say Apple has 13% of the personal computer market, they're popping corks and doing the peepee dance. If you say a newer technology, solar energy, has reached 5%, while facing enormous geo-political resistance and the enmity of the most powerful corporations in the world, it actually pisses you off for some reason.

I'm curious. What is it about solar energy that spurs such surprising anger among this segment of Slashdot readers? What did solar energy do to you?

Comment: -1 : Dunning Kruger. (Score 1) 269

by TapeCutter (#49384201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?
To anyone who has ever had anything to do with industrial strength desktop support, that post is a giant neon sign that your haven't got a clue.

The AC (not me) is giving solid advice on the subject at hand - for free - when know-it-all's such as yourself empty their bile on them, it discourages that educational charity.

Disclaimer: Degree qualified computer scientist working as C/C++ software engineer for the last 25yrs.

Comment: Re:There are people who want to learn and not go t (Score 1) 135

by ravenspear (#49383989) Attached to: The End of College? Not So Fast

For people that have a good experience in college, the piece of paper means very little.

I didn't take college that seriously at first, and I almost flunked out, (but I did barely squeak by after I started doing better my later years).

But like the OP said, college is just as much (if not more) about what you learn outside the classroom. It's about shaping your mind to critically evaluate things, learning social skills, learning teamwork, teaching yourself how to function independently, etc.

I have no doubt of the fact that I would be gainfully employed even if I had flunked out given the magnitude to which those other learning experiences have impacted my life for the positive.

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