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Comment 330 KILOwatt? (Score 1) 42

... 330 kilowatt sub-station ...

That's either a typo or the Ukraine has a VERY wimpy power grid, to have a "substation" that small.

330 kW is 440 HP, in the moderate-low range for a big rig's semitractor engine. In the US a typical household averages over a kilowatt 24/7, with peak hours higher. So a "substation" that small would serve a neighborhood of maybe a hundred houses or a bit more.

In my Silicon Valley townhouse's neighborhood, built back in the '50s or so, we have over a hundred houses served by a single-phase "bank" - a parallel connection of three "pole pigs" spread out around the neighborhood, with their primaries and secondaries tied. It doesn't even rate an independent switch. (When a goose shorted and dropped a primary line they just disconnected the primaries to the segment containing the bank until it was fixed.) Several banks on each phase are tied together before you have enough load to rate actually installing a switch on the feed, several of those before it rates a remote-controlled switch, and several small towns (or a substantial factory) before it rates a "substation" - a fenced-off chunk of land with big box equipment.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 535

What complete and utter shite are you spewing?

Actual experience of my wife with H1-B employees (including the "chagrined when discovering the forged credentials" case).

When getting your H1-B you need to provide documentation from your university as proof of your degree. The university must be on a list recognized by the US government. They validate the information with the university rather than just rubberstamping it.

Any of the following would explain that:
  - The agency faked the references, too.
  - The government didn't do the validation you claim it does in every case.
  - The government doesn't do the validation you claim and you're talking through your hat.

Please put your flamage aside for the moment and give us a reference to documentation showing that the government officials actually check credentials, rather than doing spot-checks or taking the applicant's word for them (or bribes).

Comment Needed environment for me is 7, 7pro, 8, 8.1 only (Score 1) 487

Meanwhile Win 3.11... Is still running fine on test equipment. The manufacturer says do not upgrade to any other version of Windows.

I have a gang-programming-and-testing production tool from one of the top three (or so) manufacturers of BLE systems-on-a-chip. Our startup needs this (or a suitable alternative) to go into volume production of our initial products.

It comes with an application - in source in a build environment. This allows it to be customized, to add tests for the peripherals added to make the final assembly, and to integrate into production processes and databases.

But the build environment is only supported in Windows 7, 7 Pro, 8, and 8.1, using Visual Studio 2012. The executables and DLLs produced run only on those or XP.

The executable/DLLs use .NET, too, and the way they use it breaks the GUI under wine, even with genuine Microsoft .NET installed. They run correctly, but the status display is corrupted in a way that makes it unusable. So at the production site it needs to run on genuine Windows at one of those levels. B-b

As of the last time I checked (a couple months ago), the manufacturer is unwilling to port to another OS or version - even though all of them (except maybe 7 Pro) have been end-of-lifed by Microsoft.

Comment Microsoft says (Score 1) 487

"Microsoft also says that many hardware manufacturers do not provide drivers for Windows 7 any longer, and many developers and companies refrain from releasing programs on the outdated operating system."

Who cares? If you've got win7, you probably also have old hardware that already has drivers. That's kind of the whole thing that people like about windows 7.

Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 481

Let me field that answer. They'll use it, just like organizations kept using WinXP pre-SP3, until the new Director of IT came along and said "Are you fucking kidding me?! What incompetent idiot let you stay unpatched and critically open to everything that has come along in the last fucking decade?! Oh, the same one who thought it's a great idea to never upgrade hardware, despite your staff barely surviving on machines that crash daily, or catch fire like those two did last week."

Comment Re:Or just go back to the way things were before (Score 1) 5

This is personal to me. A friend I knew in high school, went into the service with, and kept in touch with couldn't afford insurance and caught appendicitis. It ruined his credit and nearly his family. In 1992 when he had a heart attack, he just laid down and died rather than calling 911.

That's what happens in the US when you work full time and can't afford insurance.

Comment So you'd deny the benefits to all but big cities? (Score 1) 535

I would restrict H-1Bs to only areas of the country where residential rents (per sq. foot) are in the lower 50 percentile.

So you'd give all the jobs-for-locals benefits to residents of a few big cities and leave the rest of the population in competition for high-value jobs with underpriced H1-Bs?

Looks to me like you completely missed the point of the Trump Win. He was elected by exactly those people you propose to leave out in the jobless cold, over a set of issues of which loss of jobs to foreigners by H1-B visas, illegal immigration, and outsourcing topped the list.

This election - not just the Presidential, but all down the ticket - was largely a revolt by the rural and the downtrodden against the urban elites. Trying to fix the problem only for those living in pricey cities and leave it in full force for these voters is a recipe for more extreme shakeups.

If the soapbox and the ballot box both don't work, and the jury box is unavailable, the only one they've go left is the ammo box.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 2) 535

... do a skill assessment of their foreign contractors. The number that turn out to be "exceptional talents" with hard to find degrees or special training/experience is actually rather small.

And the number who ACTUALLY HAVE the hard to find degrees is even smaller. The middlemen who bring in the H1-Bs sometimes pad their resumes with non-existent credentials in order to get the necessary approvals from the government (or the employer to do the hire). often to the chagrin of the employee in question shoud he or she eventually find out about it.

Comment The idiom predates Huxley's book. (Score 1) 240

... there's no relation to the book [Brave New World] 's subject matter so why allude to it?

"Brave New World" is an idiom (for historical periods that are more utopian than the periods preceding them) that predates Huxley's famous book (which put an ironic and dystopian twist on it).

The sentence uses the pre-Huxley meaning of the idiom and doesn't make a visible reference to the book (though such a reference, and the dystopian newspeak twist, is unavoidable). To be grammatical it requres the article, thus the "[sic]".

Comment Re:Umbrella for the parade (Score 1) 198

... the issue is you can't compare the stored energy in gas ... with a 150A at 2000V power supply ... If you spill a bit of gas as long as nothing is actively burning you just walk away and get something to clean it up, ...

But if it happens to ignite you can find yourself dancing in a heat source that exceeds the 22 megawatt level. For a short time, anyhow. B-b

If you are grounded and put 150 amps into your arm you could have some serious issues.

If you put 10 miliamps (i.e. one one-hundredth of ONE amp) up your left arm, or 30 ma between two contact points on your chest, or even a few microamps directly into the blood or inner tissues, you could have some serious issues as well. Like ventricular fibrilation. If there isn't a defibrilator handy right away, you're gone.

Available currents above that level are meaningless - all that matters is that the necessary tiny bit of current is delivered (while a larger current, big enough to cause the whole heart to contract simultaneously, is not). High voltage is an issue, but only because it is more capable of breaking down the insulating layers of the skin to drive the necessary current into a path that includes the heart.

Which is why I described a system that would keep the output power off until the exposed terminals are safely embedded in the car's receptacle, and shut down and crowbar the power supply output of the "pump" in time to protect a human body from electroshock if the insulation fails. Sort of the 300 kilowatt DC equivalent of a GFCI outlet, or a "bus differential" breaker control in an electrical substation (which actually has a chance of saving a lineman who accidentally hits a bus conductor with a metal ladder).

If you're not talking about direct contact between a body and the electrical supply, you're down two two other mechanisms: Arc flash and heating from wiring faults.

Heating from wiring faults is very comparable to heating from flame, and the relative power levels of the two sources is an apt comparison. In this case the higher power of the gasoline case, plus its ability to accumulate and burn at a rate only loosely related to the pumping rate, makes it far more of an issue than an electrical fault (which would also, no doubt, be quenched in milliseconds).

Arc flash does damage by light - ultraviolet, visible, and infrared, largely through heating - and by impact from vaporized material. This is comparable to the infrared from a flame and the flash and impact of debris from an explosive ignition. Again the relative available energy is germane to comparing the damage potential from the mechanisms.

Comment Re:Why is this story worthy? (Score 1) 106

If there is not written evidence for all of these then their document retention policies are "well tuned" albeit since they must be ISO9xxx certified they must have something left in the decision chain.

ISO9xxx isn't about documenting a decision chain.

ISO9xxx is about insuring that the company can build the same thing repeatedly, despite things like personnel with critical knowledge leaving the company or dying, and being replaced by ignorant newbies.

ISO9xxx is perfectly happy if the instructions for a step of building widget X are written on a designated whiteboard in a designated cubicle, or sitting in a basket on top of a designated file cabinet, as long as this is documented properly so it can be rediscovered the next time they need to do a run of widget X.

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