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Comment Re:Make it self sustaining? (Score 1) 248

So then manufacturers are going to have to apply to X states out of 50? Talk about a duplication of services? And they will all do it just a bit differently just to be a pain in the ass. Sometimes things belong up at the federal level because that's where it makes the most sense.

Comment Re:It's pretty simple (Score 1) 248

When I go shopping for large appliances then it's one of the first things I look for since over the lifetime making a bad choice could mean paying almost half the cost of the appliance in wasted electricity. Of course the features of the appliance matter too.

I recently purchased freezer and it's one of the most efficient ones on the market. The estimated running costs for the year are around $50. I saw other freezers with running costs over $100 a year. That was at $0.12 a kWh and the rates for electricity range from $0.087 to $0.18 plus delivery charges plus taxes. It's easy to see that I'm saving myself over $50 a year by picking a more efficient fridge and I can only do that by having the information that the Energy Star program (or the Canadian equivalent) provides.

The fact is that the program in the US costs $10Ms to run but saves consumers $Bs every year and also reduces pollution by reducing the amount of electricity required to be generated. Think of it as appliance makers reporting their mileage rating.

Comment Re: But $90k per year is poor in California (Score 1) 163

For new housing in which they are putting in new wires it makes sense to put in fibre and skip copper all together. But for most of the existing houses they just use the existing copper wires for DSL. There is no digging up to install wires so DSL is cheaper to install than fibre. That was the great thing about DSL. It reused the existing infrastructure. You just changed the line card and gave the customer a couple of filters for their phones.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 3, Interesting) 666

That doesn't make him an engineer in the US. Learning the science and math is only part of being an engineer. The other part is the ethics and law. I know in Canada that these make up a significant part of the testing of the professional engineer. I'm sure that in many other countries it is the same. So an engineer from Ontario can't go and claim to be an engineer in British Columbia or Oregon because the laws are different.

Comment Re:We already had this sales pitch... (Score 1) 143

You have this now with hybrid or fusion (as Apple calls them) drives. They put a small SSD in front of the traditional hard drive and it looks the same to the computer. I have one in my iMac and it's not as fast as an SSD but it's definitely faster than just a plain HDD.

When I was looking at drives for my Synology NAS there were people that were putting the hybrid drives in there without issues. I didn't go with them because I spent my money on capacity versus the speed but if I could have afforded to I would have put them in.

I just hope that they don't get the hard drive manufacturers on board. I don't want to have to worry about looking out for Windows/Intel only hard drives the next time I go shopping for one.

Comment Re:Mayer's failure actually WASN'T a failure... (Score 1) 156

I'm sorry but creating value for shareholders by breaking up the company into parts and replacing higher paid employees with lower paid ones doesn't make them a good CEO. It's not that hard to go into a company and create good short term market value increases that harm the company in the long term. It's done every day by most of the CEOs. Need to improve the share price, lay off some people. Mayer was looking for the right exit strategy for her from the moment she started.

It's been like this for the last 30 to 40 years in North America. I can't speak for other parts of the world. The reward system for upper management encourages them to think in the short term while ignoring the longer term consequences of their actions because they will have sold their stocks and moved onto another company.

CEOs need to start thinking longer term and build an organization that is resistant to change and loyal to the employees. This whole thinking solely about market share and profits is disgusting.

Comment Re:A few ideas (Score 2) 97

If the customer is using words you are unfamiliar with such as traceroute or ping, just elevate the call to someone who understands the problem.

Or you'll eventually end up with someone like me who says, "Listen, just create the ticket and pass it back to the tech people. If they need any more information then have someone who knows what they are talking about call me." This wasn't Comcast but a service up in Canada for dealing with credit card payments that federal governments had to use. The first part was a transfer of XML files between the department and the provider which wasn't working. After 15 minutes of the call support person asking for a print screen of the problem I blurted out the above. I turned around to vent to the other people I worked with but it seems they were listening in on the conversation as they were staring at me with mouths open.

It worked though as the problem was quickly resolved. They didn't call back for any more details. Though when they called back to say it was fixed they called one of my co-workers.

I don't really expect the first line people to know enough about their system to be able to fix a problem like that but I do expect them to have a general enough idea of how their system works (transfers of data, etc) so that they don't spend 15 minutes asking for a print screen of an operation that doesn't involve any HTML. Specifically we weren't getting a reply from their server after transferring our XML file over. How do you do a print screen of that? An empty directory listing? :)

Comment Re:The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 307

Or maybe the problem started back then but as time has progressed the problem has gotten worse as the protection provided by thousands of years of silt has been washed away and climate change has raised sea levels? There used to be sand bars protecting the coastline so not as much would have been taken away but without the silt from the river over these past 80 years the sandbars have gone. If the engineering efforts of the past decade or so were to blame there would be still more protection and the loss of the coastline wouldn't be as bad as it is yet.

Comment Re:Its pretty important... (Score 2) 307

The marshes on the coast are where the fish spend the first part of the their lives in relative safety before heading out to more open areas. When the incoming water destroys land it is removing the marshes and they are not being replaced so the sea life will be impacted as the young fish won't have as many protected areas to grow up in.

Comment Re:DeadHat !! (Score 3, Insightful) 85

The problem is that systemd keeps on expanding and that goes against the philosophy of UNIX/Linux where each thing is kept small in scale and does it well. systemd keeps up integrating applications that have worked perfectly for a long time for the philosophy of one person who isn't really well respected in some areas of Linux development.

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