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Comment Re:Infrastructure vs Independence (Score 1) 302

But for the electricity, not only is there transmission loss, but there's also repeaters, lines, equipment along the way, the maintenance of that equipment, accessing that equipment, oh it's horrible. Maintaining infrastructure is a horrible horrible game when you're outside of a major city's orbit.

What is an electricity "repeater"?

So for electricity you install a high voltage, low loss transmission line once. Losses are in the order of 3%/1000km. Maintenance is fairly low.

For gas you need to install a large underground tank, send large vehicles that need regular, expensive maintenance and which themselves produce a lot of pollution and CO2, staff the dispensing station and maintain the pumps. Plus you cause significant additional wear on the roads due to the heavy tanker going over them.

Can you cite an actual real world location in the US that backs up your claims?

Comment Re:Infrastructure vs Independence (Score 1) 302

A 200km round trip is no problem in current EVs. Even a Leaf will be fine if you just plug it in to your friend's house for a few hours. I suppose to be fair the US is hobbled by 120V outlets but even so, 200km is easily possible in a relatively cheap EV. I do that much quite often with no issues.

Anyway, how many people live in a single car household? How many wouldn't be okay renting an ICE for occasional trips?

Comment Re: Remember kids! (Score 1) 377

Maybe US machines are different to the ones in the UK. In the UK you don't just press a button or pull a lever to spin, you have multiple buttons that allow you to "hold" a wheel and stuff like that.

Say you have fruit-fruit-bar. You spin and get bar-bar-jack. You can roll the emulator back and repeat the spin, you always get bar-bar-jack because the PRNG is deterministic and not based on timing. So it looks like if you hold the original bar that you had, you should get bar-bar-bar and win. If you do hold it, the machine has already decided that you are going to lose this one so produces fruit-bar-bar or something so that you lose.

The display is supposed to make you think that if you had just held that bar you would have won, but it's a lie. You were going to lose no matter what, it's just trying to make you think you have a chance when you don't.

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 470

Well, it hasn't happened yet. That said, why would you cancel your cable Internet for this? Yes, cellular Internet will be useful for your Chromebook when you're away from home, but in the same way it is today - a useful supplementary service that fills in the gaps, not as your primary system.

As for how you'd connect to a server at home, there are two options: VPN, or IPv6. The latter tends to get forgotten, but I connect to machines at home directly via IPv6 from my (T-Mobile) cellular connection without any problems. This sounds horrifying in terms of security, but if you imagine the development server being as locked down as a Chromebook or iDevice, without the back doors associated with too many modern IoT devices, it should be fine.

I'm more bothered about having to develop using a web interface, especially in an era in which leaving Firefox open for a day with 20 or so tabs open seems to result in it eating 4+Gb of memory, not the connectivity part. The connectivity part is actually the nice part.

Comment Re:Very true, until everything was on the internet (Score 1) 194

These days, the spreadsheet is probably in the cloud (on the internet), pulling data from some source on the internet. Having people who can almost barely code creating code for your business, including those web-enabled spreadsheets, will very likely end up with one of them making all your data from your spreadsheets available online.

I'd have thought the opposite. Files on Windows rarely make use of permissions and it's really easy to attach one to an email or throw it on a USB drive. Few organisations have much control over all the random files their employees use. On the other hand web services always require a log-in and the better ones enforce per user permissions by default too. They are still vulnerable to copy/paste leaks but at least emailing a link will still require the recipient to have viewing/editing rights.

Comment Re:Better to spend on education than salaries (Score 1) 194

Even the highest quality code will be abandoned if the person commissioning it didn't know what they really wanted, or failed to adequately predict future requirements. A lot of new code is written just because the old code doesn't work quite the way it needs to or there is some new technology that needs to be supported and starting from scratch is easier.

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