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Comment: Re:Well known brands? (Score 1) 159

by wvmarle (#47558201) Attached to: London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

Huawei is one of China's main phone manufacturers. The brand is quite well known around here, and apparently they try to expand globally. Their advertising is probably to create brand awareness in other parts of the world, such as where you happen to live - and considering your comment, they're succeeding.

Comment: Re:OKC's match algos suck (Score 1) 161

by wvmarle (#47555409) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

Well, of course. They're digging too deep in that. In the real world, I believe that there is no such thing as "the one" or "the perfect match". Maybe it feels like it, but that's in part thanks to the "pink glasses" effect of being in love and because both parties tend to adopt to one another, especially when a relationship lasts long (years, decades).

People probably can form lasting romantic relationships with a large number of other people, after the following basic matches are followed (assuming heterosexual relations but some will apply for homosexual relations too):

  • Geographic proximity.
  • Speaking the same language, or at least share a second language.
  • Similar age, preferably the female 1-5 years younger than the male.
  • Similar educational level, or the male having higher education than the female.
  • Similar political/religious views (left/right wing, Muslim/Christian/Buddhist/etc).

The above are true for the vast majority of heterosexual relationships. Another major factor in partner choice is also the availability of the person, as in, that s/he is not in another relationship already. The fact that someone is active on sites like OKCupid fulfils that requirement. Coincidence plays a great role as well: whether you meet a person now (when he's single and looking) or in half year (when he's just got a girlfriend). Whether you meet the person at all. He may be a perfect match for you on all fronts, yet unobtainable due to living 1,000 km away.

Comment: Re:Not everything that shines is gold... (Score 1) 153

by wvmarle (#47547855) Attached to: Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

At least in this case they made significant savings - or at least, so they claim. The question is now of course, how was this calculated, and will it pass muster if an independent accountant checks the figures.

It's harder to give economic returns of a F1 race track; even harder to make an overall profit on one.

Comment: Re:Alternative explanation (Score 1) 394

They forgot one thing, though; their residential customers. They are the ones who need the additional capacity, and without it their service will continue to degrade.

You're giving Verizon too much credit: the way you write this, you imply they care about their customers and the service they offer.

Comment: Re:I've heard this one... (Score 1) 260

by wvmarle (#47515147) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

Google requires AC output, so even if you're adding batteries in the mix, you still need to build the inverter, with even less space for your inverter part as added bonus.

Also Google provides a DC input, and a conversion efficiency. So they'll measure what goes in and what comes out. Having batteries in the box providing the power will show itself quickly there and then.

Comment: Re:Short-Lived? (Score 1) 778

by wvmarle (#47498639) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Of course - but I hope you realise that the source of the income is rather irrelevant - it even works like that when the income they receive is something like an unemployment benefit that's almost as much as what they make when working, or under a guaranteed "basic income" system where the state provides an basic income to everyone.

Comment: Re:Short-Lived? (Score 1) 778

by wvmarle (#47494133) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Money is just one motivation for people to get a job.

There are other motivations as well: to have a life, for starters. To feel (somewhat) useful. To get out of the house, meet other people.

You may have heard of the concept of volunteering, people spending many hours every week doing unpaid work. In those cases, money is obviously not a motivation.

Comment: Re:Why is there a debate at all? (Score 1) 278

by wvmarle (#47474185) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

You're nicely mixing up things.

Coal in power plants is a fossil fuel and has nothing to do with wood/charcoal burning in stoves.

China is very aware of the environmental issues of burning coal. The main reason for them to use coal is because they happen to have lots if it, even though they'd rather use other fuels. They also have a significant nuclear power supply.

Comment: Re:Why is there a debate at all? (Score 1) 278

by wvmarle (#47471341) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

Interesting you give this totally flawed example. It's telling, really.

Burning wood is carbon-neutral. It's carbon that would've been released back to the atmosphere after the death of the tree anyway. It's burning fossil fuels that is the main cause of climate change, and that's what we do in the developed world at a massive scale.

Now there are serious environmental issues related to burning wood or charcoal, most notably air pollution. But climate change is not one of them.

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