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Comment Re:Not about winning a bet (Score 1) 274

They would be insane to buy them with less than a 20 year warranty.

Tesla would be insane to sell the new batteries -- what are they going to do with their old ones? Sure, they could recycle them immediately -- or they could get another decade of use out of them by putting them on the grid and recycle them later. Which is better for the environment *AND* Tesla's bottom line?

The main reason you recycle batteries is that they hold too little charge per unit of mass to be effective. With immobile storage, this ratio is much less a concern.

Comment Re:some things should be trivial for any expert (Score 1) 1001

To continue your analogy, it would be like asking a piano expert to compose a 6/8 waltz with a G progressive chord structure with a minor chord on the 4rd beat of even measures that resolves to the tonic on by the 6th beat in the style of Mozart. And compose it on a whiteboard without a piano.

Yes, this is technically possible but I would argue the ability to complete such a task has zero to do with one's ability to compose or play music that would become popular. I remember a conversation where a music theory professor raves to John Lennon about the technical names for all the obscure chord voicings he uses and how he uses them brilliantly where John just laughs and says something like "I don't know what you're talking about, but I think it's a compliment. Thank you"

Comment Re:One thing still wrong... (Score 1) 259

Hell, its getting worse and worse today, as that it is getting to where a majority of modern females not only are overweight and obese, but we are NOW actually telling everyone "this is ok"

In West Africa and much of the Pacific Islands, men have a preference for obese women. In fact, the oldest beauty standard statue we have is a fairly obese woman.

Personally, I'm attracted more to less obese women, but I don't pretend that it's some product of millions of years of evolution so I can feel superior about it.

Comment Is Bennett Haselton Back? (Score 5, Interesting) 283

conservative parts of America tolerate Silicon Valley "because people there just don't have that much sex. They're not having that much fun"
which translates to
Peter Thiel Thinks There's Not Enough Sex In Silicon Valley
Total non-sequitar. That aside, this is the single dumbest article I've not read on /. since Bennett Haselton was an "editor".

Comment Re:Some of the best satire (Score 1) 333

How are the anti-Milo demonstrators any different than the anti-Westboro baptist church demonstrators that follow them around? Counterprotests are part of free speech too. And aside from black bloc, those Berkeley protesters was peaceful.

We never did figure out a way to make sure no one beat up Westboro Baptist Church, but if you've got an idea, I'm open to it. Just remember, you can't control the people who show up to protest with you -- that's part of freedom too.

Comment Hard Numbers and Facts about STEM wages (Score 2) 660

According to ECON101, when demand outstrips supply, the price of a good goes up.

In this case, that means wages so I decided to take a look. According to the Federal Bureau of lagor statistics, STEM salaries grew at ~2% a year from 2013-2015 nationally. Meanwhile wages for "Computer Systems Design and Related Services" grew at ~2.3 a year. Inflation last year was 2.1% so if there is a STEM shortage, it must be very small.

In comparison if you are part of the ownership class, your NASDAQ index fund grew by 50%.

Anyone else have any good numbers to back up the anecdotes?

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 2) 1560

Thank California for that. Because apart from the landslide in California, she lost handily in the rest of the 49 states. ...and if you remove the Trump landslide in Texas, he would have handily lost the election. But at least you believe that being blatant biased is more important than being a patriot.

Comment Re:Microsoft offered $45 Billion (Score 1) 401

Depends on how you measure it. One way is the way you cited, another is number of active users -- and they're roughly equal as of last year (GMail has become much more popular). Yahoo currently had 1 billion as of February last year whereas GMail had the same at the same time (Feb 2016).

BTW- Your sig is from Good Omens correct? Haven't read that in a decade -- I'm thinking I should reread it.

Comment Re:Microsoft offered $45 Billion (Score 2) 401

Marissa inherited a company with the most popular email, finance, and fantasy sports sites on the internet. Despite still being in an exclusive advertising deal with MS (who wants to use Bing ads?) prior to her arrival, she decided to turn Yahoo into a "digital magazine" (hiring Katie Couric and David Pogue). And she even decided to renew the deal.

On the employee side, she introduced a "stack ranking" policy (shortly before even Microsoft abandoned it) that was done QUARTERLY which turned the whole company into a giant game of survivor. Even free sushi bars and smoothies aren't enough to keep many people from finding a new company (Google, Apple, Facebook) where you aren't constantly worried about being fired. Losing many of your long-time employees and focusing on short-term (quarterly) goals is a target-rich environment for anyone looking to break in and steal passwords.

It isn't hard to imagine a future where Yahoo instead chose to focus on retaining their positions (Draft Kings is more popular now than Yahoo Fantasy Sports) and not renewing their deal with Bing search. The best thing Marissa did is probably improve the cafeteria.

(Disclaimer: I worked for Yahoo in 2013 and have nothing but praise for the other engineers who work there.)

Comment Re:Clinton is above the law (Score 3, Informative) 459

I'm sure that even most liberals would agree, but the solution liberals have is "more government" (and thus, more corruption), rather than reigning in the corruption we have now by limiting government actions.

So we'd expect the least corrupt countries to have the smallest governments right?

Fascism was "at least the trains run on time"

Comment Good (Score 1) 20

Spotify works on Linux, doesn't have ads in the paid version (because the $10 a month for "any music I can think of" is a better value than the "some movies" I get from Netflix), and the worst thing they are guilty is paying record labels who go on to stiff the artists.
..and I love podcasts and right now, Soundcloud is one of the best ways to get them. Unfortunately, they're not terribly profitable. And that means, there's a chance of that work disappearing forever.

Comment Re:The Refueling Tanker makes no sense (Score 1) 202

you build a booster stage that is robust enough to return with only aerobreaking, it is going to weigh more and be more complex. You pay for that extra weight for every launch.

On the contrary. The heaviest part of the booster IS the fuel so using less of it (essentially zero by aerobraking) drops the cost of the entire system.

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