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Comment Depends on the office noise level... (Score 1) 262

If stretching out your arms will hit two cow-orkers, several of them are talking on the phone, or to each other... and if you've got low-walled or no cubicles (forget about real walls), then my productivity is about as high as it would be if you were slapping me in the face every few seconds, without some kind of masking sounds pumped-in to mask the distractions. Muzak-style is fine, but headphones are okay if your office doesn't have the foresight to install that.

Headphones with no audio playing is okay, as they function like earplugs. Music is usually good, but need to vary the selection or boredom sets in. "Relax and Sleep" Android white noise generator app helps a lot on days when neither one suits you.

When I started using headphones all-day at my last company, they spread like an infection. You could see the ring of headphones expanding out from the epicenter of my desk, week after week. Might have been partly because neighboring office meerkats saw my productivity going way, way up when I started. Not sure how much it helped any others', though.

Comment Re:Well, he's not wrong (Score 1) 479

things can get tight when it comes to distributing power to individual neighborhoods

But now you're just backpedaling as quickly as you can... Until now, you weren't talking about distribution. You specifically said "electrical car power demand would drive a need for more power plants." You were wrong and trying desperately not to admit it, while you spin and try to discredit the PART of your own source that doesn't support your point, and emphasize the PART that shows SOMETHING, ANYTHING bad or challenging about EVs.

I don't know why you're so desperate to try and discredit EVs, and I don't care.

Comment Re:Well, he's not wrong (Score 1) 479

"Plugging in an electric vehicle is, in some cases, the equivalent of adding three houses to the grid. That has utilities in CaliforniaÃ"where the largest number of electric vehicles are soldÃ"scrambling to upgrade the grid to avoid power outages."

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/518066/could-electric-cars-threaten-the-grid/

That's a decent source, you're just quoting it out of context. It actually completely disagrees with almost everything you've been claiming... To wit:

"researchers at the U.S. Department of Energyâ(TM)s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have calculated that the grid has enough excess capacity to support over 150 million battery-powered cars, or about 75 percent of the cars, pickups, and SUVs on the road in the United States."

You argue that EVs will be charged after 8pm; and then point to solar power installations as a development to meet such an increased demand ...

Solar power installations are happening in CA, but it has NOTHING specifically to do with EVs. That's your own imagination, and/or reading comprehension failure. And YOUR OWN SOURCE SAYS SO.

Comment Re:Well, he's not wrong (Score 1) 479

No overlap at all between the times people are at home using AC and charging the electrical car.

Nope... EV chargers have built-in timer, and instructions direct owners to set it for 8pm or so. If a good number of people don't voluntarily do so, then power companies will just have to expand peak/off-peak billing. Should be easy enough to make the change with all the "smart" meters they're installing, everywhere.

Yes, electrical car power demand would drive a need for more power plants - where are those in the pipeline? Where is that infrastructure being built to handle the future demand?

Electrical demand is currently FALLING. More-efficient appliances, cheaper prices on new, efficient devices thanks to China, automation, etc. And new technology like improved CFLs, and now LEDs that use half as much power still for lighting.

Never-the-less, more power plants are being built all over the country, all the time. Wind turbines are being installed at break-neck speed all over the place. And California at least is expanding their solar power installations (PV and thermal) as fast as they reasonably can.

EVs will NOT be a sudden spike in demand, anyhow. They will be a small, gradual increase in demand on the grid, that will not need to be addressed for years, and will be handled in the same manner as increasing demand for any other reasons.

You said it's minimal - provide a ballpark number to demonstrate how minimal it ought to be.

Do your own damn research...

Comment Re:sysvinit is dead; long live sysvinit!!! (Score 1) 362

Fixing the services which crash would seem to be a better option than busting SysV.

ALL services crash, eventually, on long-running servers. Name the most stable service you can think of, and I guarantee many people have seen it crash.

Besides that, fixing a service isn't always an option. It might be closed-source, or the bug can be intermittent and hugely complex to find and fix.

Re-spawning crashed services is of critical importance on servers, and SysV is so poorly designed that it can't be made to do it.

Comment Re:Nature + Nurture (Score 1) 251

Nurture could be even more important than nature. Would a "normal" person be a mathematical genius if had the same education/environment/growing as one? A lot of physical development (even in the brain) have deep links with what you do. And motivation don't come in the genes. The same goes in the other direction, if exists those genes (and should be tested "normal" people that had the same background to those genius). Could a person with the "right" genes be a normal one without the right education, diet, motivation, etc? How you could tell that someone could not be a math genius if education would had made the difference?

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