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Submission + - It Can Power a Small Nation. But This Wind Farm in China Is Mostly Idle.

schnell writes: The New York Times reports on a massive wind farm in remote Gansu province that boasts more than 7,000 wind turbines but whose capacity goes more than 60% unused. The wind farm epitomizes China's struggles in its efforts to become a world renewable energy leader: the Chinese economy is slumping, leading to decreased energy demand; the country lacks the infrastructure to haul power from remote wind-producing regions to industrial centers; and government policies continue to favor the domestic coal industry. China has 92,000 wind turbines, more than double the US's capacity, but China generates only 3.3% of its electricity from wind compared to 4.7% in the United States.

Comment Vocational training for young kids is a waste. (Score 5, Insightful) 184

Who knows what jobs will be available in twenty years, between AI and offshoring? Coding doesn't look like a sure thing at all.

If you are going to focus on a skill, focus on ones that serve in that kind of future environment: being able to pick up on human context and nuance; to decode, no just the literal level of communication, but implicit levels of communication. Because even if AI and foreigners take our coding jobs, somebody is going to have to lay out specifications, and that take imagination and subtlety.

And you know what would be really, really good for developing those kinds of skills? Reading and discussing books.

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 211

Are we speaking the same language? I'm not sure "petition" means what you think it means.

But sweet Jesus are nerds here sensitive.

English is not my first language, but I have never seen petition used in the sense of "just asking". "A petition is a request to do something" says Wikipedia.

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 211

No, see TFS:

dryriver writes:
Somebody I know has been searching ...

. dryriver was the one who posted to /..
FWIW, I agree that the "asshole" response was inappropriate, but IMHO the /. editor should not have posted it the was it was phrased. You won't get a good answer to a bad question

Submission + - Gambler Phil Ivey Sued For Being Too Good (thefederalist.com) 2

schwit1 writes: “The Borgata alleged that Ivey’s actions, which the casino agreed to in advance, constitute cheating. In fact, they merely constitute a gambler getting a legitimate advantage over the casino. In this age of cozy cooperation between the state and the gaming industry, that’s something that’s just not allowed.”

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 211

Maybe "in effect" if you discard the tone and the total lack of any effort by the submitter. If what he really intended to ask, as you suggest, 'is there an "ideas bank" for software somewhere on the net where people who have a specific suggestion can place it, and programmers who are looking for ideas can go to get suggestions from other people', he did not even invest the effort to come up with a question as good as that; which is the minimum he should have done if he values other people's time at least as much as his own.

He also could have added what precisely he had researched so far and why the results were not satisfactory, why he does not simply hire a freelance coder (for which the web search terms are obvious), and what he would offer to an open source project taking up his idea (e.g., money or contributions to specification or testing).

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 211

Not the "dryriver writes" and the quote around his words. "This is a good place ..." was added by the Slashdot editor, it had not been part of dryriver's submission. dryriver was talking about "petitioning" other people as if he had a claim to their time and work, at least that's how it sounded to me.

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