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Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 247

by operagost (#48027241) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time
The problem is that searching now requires hunting for a hidden menu, which rarely appears even when you know where to point (especially in a remote session). Then, when you have it, you have to click again to change where you search, then type what you are looking for. I've gone old school-- I've relearned all the hot keys (Win+F for search) and treat Windows Server 2012 like it's a DOS app, because the GUI is unusable.

Comment: Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (Score 1) 432

by operagost (#48027169) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
If you have a battery bank, you are either off-grid or you have a very, very expensive hybrid system. It is horribly expensive to be grid-tied AND off-grid; that is, with the ability to run off the panels and/or batteries alone. It costs almost as much as having two entirely separate systems-- totally off the scale. That's an area I'd like to see improve.

Comment: Re:Depending on local ordinances... (Score 2) 432

by operagost (#48026835) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
"Progressives" are the worst reactionaries around. They'll impose regulations like this under the guise of Depression-era ideas of "modernization" that were aimed at enlightening the poor, ignorant hicks in the backwoods. Meanwhile, we've moved past that, but you just try to take back your liberty and see what happens.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 432

by operagost (#48026713) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
In the USA the road taxes on diesel fuel are higher than on gasoline-- and our adoption of diesel passenger cars is very low-- so de facto we have higher taxes on the heavier vehicles. Of course, toll roads also charge by axle. Won't be a big change in the status quo.

Alternatively, one could just realize that many government fees are not about proportionately recovering costs, but influencing certain behaviors that have a variety of costs and benefits elsewhere.

I don't like government trying to modify human behavior, other than to keep humans from harming other humans.

Comment: Re:Swift is MIA in TFA (Score 1) 68

by Moridineas (#48024417) Attached to: Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

Are we going to be continually with crappy iOS articles repeating the basics of UI development just because they have the word "Swift" in them or that they are Dice based??

You definitely both hit the nail on the head and answered your own question. The last Dice article on Swift was one of the worst programming articles I've ever read. Thanks to you for mentioning that this is an another Dice article--I'll save myself a waste of time and NOT RTFA.

Comment: Re:How does the quote go...? (Score 2) 256

by lgw (#48023799) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

New world is coming.

Eventually. But for now, he's right - Tesla is currently a niche company, only selling expensive vehicles. Most such brands like, say, Maserati, are just brands within a larger mainstream company - Maserati is just the mid-priced Fiat brand. Tesla though only sells the expensive cars, and so remains on the fringe for now.

If the Model 3 succeeds, this could all change. And while Tesla's stock price already assumes the Model 3 will be a resounding success and Tesla will become a mainstream company, it hasn't happened yet.

The only difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman is that the car salesman knows he's lying.