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Comment Re:Two issues that need to be addressed (Score 1) 230

Ultracapacitors are the holy grail of electrical storage. Cheap materials, many cycles, very rapid charging, etc. etc. The energy density, last time I checked a couple of years ago was on a par with Lead Acid - so fairly heavy and large to get the energy you need. I assume that has, and will continue to improve. If they've reached the density of Lithium-Ion then that's some significant progress. It's a technology to watch, it already has application - typically regen braking in an electric or electric assist vehicle, you can dump a LOT of energy into the ultracaps very quickly and so recapture more of the braking energy, but it's not going to be in your phone any time soon.

Comment Re:Here's a thought (Score 2) 161

Slamming Musk has become more popular as some of his high-stakes gambles look as though they might pay off. He made a bunch of money from the PayPal sale, but a significant chunk of that went into TESLA. Had the TESLA stock-sale tanked Musk would have been, if not broke in the minimum wage sense, broke in the "he would need to take a job" sense.

TESLA wasn't about money, it was about Elon Musk and determination to do the right thing. That is made money is a vindication of the theory that you should follow your passion and hope that the money follows. Business is a dirty game and some mud has to stick, but you're not going to succeed and not have critics.

Submission + - The Power of Lazy Programming

snydeq writes: Whoever said working hard is a virtue never met a programmer, writes Peter Wayner in his roundup of tools and techniques that prove the power of lazy programming. 'Coders who ignore those “work hard, stay humble” inspirational wall signs often produce remarkable results, all because they are trying to avoid having to work too hard. The true geniuses find ways to do the absolute minimum by offloading their chores to the computer. After all, getting the computer to do the work is the real job of computer programmers.'

Comment Re:Keep us updated (Score 2) 104

It's a much bigger issue than Uber. Binding arbitration basically privatizes the legal system, setting it's own rules and locking you out from join a group of people (class action) to get redress against an organization. Class action suits have been a very effective way of enforcing the rights of the group where an individual does not have the resources to take the matter to court.

Comment Re:40 hour week is a myth (Score 5, Interesting) 193

Since I got as much done as when I worked 60+ hours, no one seemed to care.

All these comments are valid. I suspect that people would get as much done in a solid 30 hours of working than the do in 80 hours of burnout. There was time (70's 80's) where, because of striking coal miners causing power shortages, UK industries were forced to a 3-day work week. IIRC productivity in those 3 days was about 90% of the 5-day week. Whether that would have been sustainable we'll never know because once the strike was settled the week went back to 5 days.

Comment 40 hour week is a myth (Score 3, Insightful) 193

I'd go for this in a heartbeat, except that the 40 hour work week is a myth at Amazon (and most large US companies for exempt employees). I suspect that 30hrs would become just a couple of hours less than the full time (60-80 hour) employees for 75% salary. If it was really 30 hours, you could work 30 at Amazon, 30 at Microsoft and get 150% of your salary for working the same number of hours as "full time".

Comment Re:What political compromise looks like (Score 1) 445

This tax is a very small bone that was thrown to the taxi industry who wanted far more crippling regulation of their competition. The ride sharing companies won big in this law.

Actually the ride sharing companies should be celebrating the requirement to pay taxes on the rides. Once you have the government hooked on the revenue you're generating they won't outlaw the service and so kill the money stream.

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