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Comment Is he really this stupid? (Score 1) 162

Is he really this stupid? Nothing in those first two months gives the kid the advantage. For a good chunk of that time the child will be functionally unable to see much of anything. Bonding with the mother and establishing healthy sleeping and feeding habits will be more important than having him around.

The point of these studies are that the ability to take time off CORRELATES to better outcomes, not that they are CAUSED by taking this time off. Being the type of dad who can take time off, who is financially stable, who is involved, who is willing, etc are all related to having better outcomes at all the little points in time that add up to influence the outcomes of a child.

Zuckerberg is probably missing the pages of virtually every long-term study every performed which show, pretty decisively, that parental income is the single best indicator to positive educational and life outcomes.

Comment That's fine (Score 1, Interesting) 291

I will support this "zero knowledge" key escrow when I have three assurances:

1. Death penalty for any government employee who misuses data. You look up data about a girlfriend, or an enemy, or a political opponent? No problem, enjoy your Federal death penalty.

2. Death penalty for the cabinet level director for any agency who abuses or has a single employee who abuses data. Oh, sorry, low-level contractor abused data? Enjoy your needle.

3. Excess funding to 0 for any agency that abuses data - no health insurance, no travel, no coffee in the lounge, no flat screen TVs, no car repairs, no vending machine fixes, nothing. No comforts at all, for 1 year.

Comment Re:This is great (Score 2) 73

it could put a call out to any EV currently plugged in saying "I'll pay 6 cents per kWh for what's in your battery". If they don't get as much power as they need, they would put out another request at 7 cents. If you paid 4 cents the previous night, that's a good deal for everyone.

You'd be an idiot to accept that deal!

1) Your EV's battery doesn't charge/discharge at anywhere near 100% efficiency.
2) Batteries have a fixed number of charge/discharge cycles, so the energy you pull out is significantly more expensive than the electric rates. It may not be much cheaper than running a gasoline/electric generator in your back yard...
3) On a TIMEÂ-OFÂ-US rate schedule, you pay about SIX TIMES HIGHER for your daytime electrical usage. I just found Nevada Electric TOU summer rates of $0.06159 for off-peak, and $0.36554 for peak (all-day, really). So until they're paying you more than $0.40, you'd be far better off serving your own household's electric needs from your EV's battery, not selling it back to the grid. Of course nobody does that because of point #2 above.
4) If it was at all a profitable proposition, the power company would cut-out the customer, distribution losses, retail rates, etc., and build their own battery banks. That they don't should be a huge hint that the economics don't work.
5) As an added bonus, your car doesn't have its full range when you suddenly need it, and it will take an hour to top-off the charge.
6) If utilities would quick trying to heavily penalize residential PV customers, they would quickly get lots of Summer peak power.

Comment Re:This is great (Score 1) 73

Buy power to charge up on windy nights and sell on hot days. (In summer, anyway) Bulk wind power in Texas on the spot market has actually dropped below zero on a few occasions.

Except that's not a viable business model. It costs way the hell too much money to build a huge energy-storage facility, to not maximize day-in, day-out profits. In other words, you can't leave your battery-bank half-charged every day, waiting around for the occasional free electricity to take advantage of. In fact it's most profitable to build a facility that doesn't quite meet all the demand.

Also, wind power in Texas only goes negative by 1/3rd of the subsidized price (i.e. producers are earning positive money), so when the subsidizes get reduced or go away, so does the free electricity.

Comment Further Reading (Score 5, Insightful) 161

I was an amateur boxer for a few years with no notable accomplishments. One thing I did notice was that supplement companies are COMPLETELY FULL OF SHIT. There is a particularly eye-opening documentary about steroids called "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" where the director creates his own supplement using unknown ingredients and gives it an obscene markup, and they don't even have to list their ingredients.

Comment Re:Data data everywhere and not a drop to think (Score 1) 366

It still boggles my mind how we live in the Information Age and this data was not automatically uploaded and calculated.

If you should have learned anything about "the information Age", it's that life-critical systems should NOT be highly interconnected. If it's just a single 5-digit number that needs to go from point-A to point-B, plain-paper sneakernet is quite convenient and by far the safest and most reliable option.

Comment Re:Isn't anyone bored of being a consumer yet? (Score 1) 145

Maybe we can have a 'White Friday' where people get together and hack up some really interesting thing you can only make.

In other words:

"I'm making you a crappy craft item, and we all have to pretend that because I made it, it's somehow more special than if I'd just gotten you something you wanted..."

The best gifts (for people who can buy their own stuff) are things they simply would never have known they want/need... It can be quite small and low-cost, and still be a great choice. Just don't expect jumping up-and-down the instant they open it.

Comment Re:*Yawn* (Score 3, Interesting) 145

Black Friday is only worth it if you're extremely poor . . .

The lines outside stores on black friday are probably SHORTER than the lines outside stores when the latest iPhone comes out... Who said anything about it being "worth it"?

good quality decent stuff is never on sale on that day

Of course it is. I got a Samsung smartphone for half-price (just a month or so after it debuted) in a black friday sale. Of course I only bothered because the deal was good for the whole weekend, so I ordered online and picked it up before closing on Sunday. This year I see a 49" Toshiba TV going for $150 instead of $400. Amazon Fire 7" tablet for 30% off.

There are certainly savings to be had, just as much on name brands as generic imports. I certainly wouldn't waste my Thanksgiving camping outside a store, but it might not be as much of a loss for others.

Comment Re:How's Irvine, CA? (Score 1) 464

And unlike other tech cities, there's still relatively (for coastal California) affordable housing to be found nearby.

Median price for just a 2-BR in Irvine is $535,000 (And let's not get started on HOA fees)... Not as terrible as the Bay Area, but I wouldn't exactly call it affordable.

And if you include "nearby" cities, then prepare to spend 1+ hour every day stuck in traffic, because the roads are backed-up during rush-hour(s), and you can forget about any form of public transit. A lot of people commute nearly 200-miles/day, just for more affordable housing locales.

The recreation options are pretty limited by the sprawl... Hours on the roads to get away from the urban locales and hordes of people overwhelming the all-to-few public spaces. Beaches all locked-up by property developers. The pervasive exclusionary behavior can be observed at public parks, which, upon closer inspection, you'll see lack ANY parking spaces... They're clearly meant for sole use of residents of the immediate area, with others entirely unwelcome.

"Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!" -- The Ghostbusters