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Comment Re:How durable? (Score 1) 160

Here in upstate NY, winters often mean that I need to get out our roof rake to pull snow off our roof.

I have a feeling that the solar roof would perform more like a metal panel roof than a shingle roof. Anything else would be stupid, really, since snow accumulation would interfere with power generation.

Generally speaking, accumulation doesn't happen much on a smooth roof. The biggest problem is large quantities of snow sliding off, to the point where metal roofs typically include snow stoppers above areas like doors and decks.

Comment Att capped bandwidth, and then lost customers, duh (Score 2) 104

The only reason I am off AT&T and on Time Warner is because AT&T capped their services as leverage to try to force you to subscribe to Direct TV or Uverse TV. (unlimited internet access if you subscribe to TV).

I didn't want to pay 30 dollars a month for an extra service that I won't use, so ironically I had to call up the TV provider, and subscribe to their internet only plan, for cheaper than AT&T.

They tried forcing their customers to pay for their dumb mistake of acquiring Direct TV, and it didn't work.

Comment Re:Fantastic... (Score 2) 110

It can be pretty embarrassing politically for a government to have a plot to kill a foreign head of state hatched on their soil, so if they thought he was a possible threat it was in their interest to monitor him.

A coup is only a good thing if the guys you like win and you're in a position to take advantage of the situation.

Otherwise, involuntary changes of government are a huge source of instability.

Comment Re:What a terrible legal system (Score 1) 287

If some ass hits and kicks his girlfriend 117 times I'm calling in the forensics team because there's going to be the girlfriends blood in the apartment and on his clothes.

Police aren't likely to bring in a forensics team on a domestic assault case unless the guy has gone out of his way to piss of authorities and they want to nail him on something, anything.

The video evidence was simply low-hanging fruit; it was in their face and easy to get, so they grabbed it.

Comment I work in Dallas, Airline software is cancer. (Score 0) 145

Working as a developer in Dallas, TX... Every team I have ever been on has contained at least one bass-ackward programmer who "used to work at southwest" and liked to poison our source control with garbage. "The Southwest way!"

Every time I have been looking for a job, 3 or 4 recruitroaches would call me daily about 3 month contracts with Southwest!!! great place to work!!!!111!!!.

you know you only get the primo talent when you are only willing to budget for 3 months of work at a time.

I used to work with a guy who claims to have written part of their wildly complex "fare forecasting" software, you could probably imagine how shitty his code was to work with.
He's the kind of asshole who would do a bit shift in a SQL statement instead of multiplying by 2 because it was faster that way on 1950s hardware.

Comment The point is, every consumer pays (Score 1) 393

Every person who buys an iPhone with no headphone jack will end up paying an extra amount of money for some shitty dongle or even shittier iPhone Beats by Dr Drm.

Consumers will be the losers in a war with no win condition. As many people have mentioned, it will simply be ripped after the port instead of at the port. Meaning all of this industry re-tooling will do nothing against imaginary pirates, and plenty of measurable harm for poor sods who pay for the things they want to license.

Comment Re:Run them for another ten years (Score 1) 166

Despite me advocating not migrating as OP, US military is not a model of financial efficiency and thrifty organizations can probably manage a lot less than $3500/year or in total. Painstakingly make everything look and work the same in a customized image, create simple in house software to provide any missing functionality, have early adoption enthusiasts that will be on help to provide peer support, and so on, Best done by gradually bringing in new systems when old ones need to be replaced anyway of course.

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