Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment Re:Commercials? (Score 2) 412

Are you not an native english speaker?

When I say, "the ultimate goal"... I mean that microsoft has revealed in bits and pieces that their very long term goal is a subscription model. Like cable TV. They also gather a lot of information and send it home. Some of the type of information they gather is used to inform advertising. Based on the path other programs have taken, they will charge a subscription and then sometime after that embed commercials in your windows experience. And then after that commercials from 'select' business partners. Of course, there will be a premium subscription with no commercials (which will change later to "fewer" commercials).
 

Comment Re:really? (Score 2) 412

AC said: I didn't realize anyone liked the ribbons. I know I'm not anyone's demographic. I actually like gnome 3, win10 (enterprise anyway), and unity, but I mostly use windowing systems to separate my terminals from my graphics. Buttons and menus are icky. Is it the speed of recognition that the ribbon helps with? I don't use applications that way, just keyboard shortcuts which ms helpfully hasn't changed since long ago.

I think ribbons are supposed to help new users because they are "intuitive".

One person's "intuitive" is another person's "How the hell do you do this simple task? Where is the button?"

They help at first but at a tremendous cost once you gain skill. It's like having training wheels on your motorcycle --- and they never ever come off.

Comment Re:Charging is a serious issue. (Score 1) 119

Interesting point...

Overall you would need to charge about 333 (say 360 to make the math easy) cars per day or an average of 15 cars per hour worth of power.
(http://www.strategycaseinterviews.com/blog/gas-in-the-us-oliver-wyman)

It costs about $2.64 to charge one electric car from empty to full or about 22 kilowatt hours.

That's a daily electric bill of about $950 (so say $960 or $40 per hour) for the station.

That's about 6 houses during the summer in my area (or 20 houses during the winter).

The lowest possible draw (with a big cache of batteries) would be $40 per hour.
The highest possible draw (with no cache of batteries) would be about $120 per hour during peak hours.
Different size cache's would yield different draw rates between those two extremes.

A large cache would let you cover your morning rush hour with off peak pricing.
A huge cache would let you cover your lunch rush hour with off peak pricing.
Seems like the evening rush would be at peak prices unless you had an unreasonably huge cache.

Slashdot Top Deals

If all the world's economists were laid end to end, we wouldn't reach a conclusion. -- William Baumol

Working...