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Comment Re:Thanks, Trump! (Score 1) 172

How often do you have to run more than one wash load in a day?

Most people let laundry build up until they need to run a full load of a given type. They do this because wasting electrons is apparently only slightly less of a sin than wasting water, since we don't really do any useful large scale desalination.

Practically speaking, this is easy to do with 3-4 people in a house, particularly if one or more of them is a child.

In any case, this build up over time is how we get the event called "laundry day", as opposed to doing laundry daily.

Most of the time, one wash per night would serve. The occasional times you need to run more than one wash in a day, just run one during daytime.

I think you are perhaps single and male, with not a lot of clothing so that you can build up a laundry backlog without wasting water instead of electricity, and so instead, you waste both by doing daily laundry, and you put everything in together, without separating it by type, fragility, and temperature/cleaner requirements.

That's cool and all, but realize you aren't very representative of the majority of people who need to do laundry.

Comment They *are*. (Score 1) 76

Silicon Valley and San Francisco are a bike ride away (as shown in The Internship).

They *are*. I have an idiot friend who makes the commute from SF to Facebook via bicycle daily. Only if it's raining does he load his bike on the rack on the bus, in the hopes that it will stop raining later, and he will be able to use the bike to go the other direction, the next time he needs to move from one to the other.

Of course... he's Australian, and they are all crazy. ;^)

Comment Re:Thanks, Trump! (Score 1) 172

Probably the only reason no one's selling these already is because there aren't enough lazy people willing to spend the extra dosh to be marginally lazier than before, and the people who would want one haven't built one themselves because, again, they're lazy.

We aren't talking about "being lazy"; we are talking about having to get up a 3AM in the morning to change out loads in order to optimize energy usage.

At some point, we should just say "screw it", and build another nuclear plant. And then any time it drops below peak utilization, you divert the electricity into active desalination; other wise, you use the waste heat for passive desalination, all the time.

Power problem solve, carbon problem solved, drought problem solved.

Comment Re:Thanks, Trump! (Score 1) 172

I've also wondered if the whole smart device thing could end up being a net bonus -- for example, during the cheap hours, freezers/electric water heaters/dishwashers/etc. could do their thing.

Call me when your washing machine moves the load of colors to be washed in warm water to the dryer by itself, and reloads itself with whites and bleach and switches to hot water afterwards.

Until then, while it's not human intensive while running, washing clothes is pretty human intensive before and after a cycle runs, and in the middle, when the washer->dryer transfer needs to happen.

The "FoldiMate" and "Laundroid" just don't cut it yet (and take power themselves).

Comment Re:Mandate reporting when antibiotics are prescrib (Score 1) 75

Yes. But we need to be aware that man is not the only source of antibiotics. They naturally occur. We get a good lot of them from plants and bacteria, starting of course with penicilin which we got from mold, and which was already present on salted food and damp environments. What we did was to make antibiotics present in organisms other than their natural sources.

Comment Everything Old is New Again (Score 2) 75

The Andromeda Strain was published in 1969.

The United States has some disease reporting, it started at least 75 years ago before the antibiotic bubble. This CDC Report summarizes the present state of disease reporting, in two pages. We need higher standards of reporting and legal penalties for failure to report.

Comment Apple has the same problem with launchd (Score 1) 329

Apple has the same problem with launchd.

In Apple's case, the trigger messages are not entirely asynchronous, as with systemd, but they may as well be, since the Mac ports being used most frequently do not have peer information available, and are (effectively) just integers.

This leads to what I call the "on behalf of" problem.

Something starts running. And you want to know *why*. Clearly, it;s running because someone requested one or more of the services it provides -- but there's no way to know who it is running "on behalf of" to provide that service.

Say, however, you figure out that service 'C' is running "on behalf of" service 'M'.

Who is service 'M' running "on behalf of"?

In Mac OS X, it's *almost* possible to get the information as to where every thread in everything is pending a response from something else in its stack. But it's not possible to figure out the entity relationship, because you can't trace the other end of a connection.

So I can perhaps figure out that an application is pinwheeling -- that's the cursor that the display server puts up on a Mac OS X application when it's not responding to "are you alive?" chatter from the display server within it's main app loop. It happens when someone does a blocking operation in the main app loop, instead of packaging up the operation that might block, and giving it to a thread delegate instead: it means someone made a coding error, because they expected an operation to never block ...and then it blocked.

So I actually want to see where it's blocked (which I can) and see who it's trying to get work from, that's not responding to the work request -- which I can't, because I can't see "the service on the other end".

Both launchd/Mach ports, and systemd suffer from this problem.

But if I were permitted to ask the question... then I could find the next entity in the chain... and I could ask "what are you waiting on?", and follow the chain down to the actual problem.

Automatically.

The display server puts up the pinwheel, I option-click it (or whatever), and a dialog pops up and says:

MagicDraw is hung waiting for RemoteFilerPro,
which is hung waiting for access to "remote_filter_cache_file.ca",
which is hung in the kernel on a permissions check,
which is hung, waiting on DirectoryServices,
which is hung, waiting on mDNSResponder,
which is hung waiting on a network response from "VPN.bob.net",
which is hung waiting on a response from network interface "Wi-Fi2" ...which would be frigging useful. Because then I could say to myself "Oh. The VPN is down because the Wi-Fi is out. Better reset the router again."

But I can't do that.

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