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Comment Re:Yes, but... (Score 1) 149

If software development was "chaotic", then it would be overestimated as often as underestimated. But that isn't true. Overruns are way more common.

Here's a way to get better estimates: Instead of asking Bob "How long will it take for you to complete this?", ask Fred "How long will it take Bob to complete this?". By asking a 3rd party, you take away the hubris factor.

Comment Re:Another outrage article (Score 2) 245

One thing I hate about energy star ratings is that it shows a scale based on a range of unspecified other devices

You're doing it wrong. Just ignore the comparison, and instead look at the "annual energy cost". If one item costs $100 more, but costs $20 less in energy use, then you should buy it if you expect to use it for at least five years.

Comment Re:Truth a discussion about the UL (underwriters l (Score 1) 245

The embedded software has to have a thread that launches every few milliseconds to have the processor check it's own operation.

Regular integrity checks are a normal part of embedded system design. This is a reasonable requirement, although I have never seen it done with actual context-switching "threads", so I am assuming you are using that word loosely. Of course, you still need a separate WDT ... which UL also requires in many cases.

Comment Re:Another outrage article (Score 5, Informative) 245

The Energy Star program costs almost nothing. There are zero government employees actually testing products. Instead, it is done on the "honor system" where manufacturers can voluntarily test their own products and then use the official label. Compliance is enforced by consumer groups and competitors rather than proactive government action. 3rd party testing has shown that this all works pretty well.

It is cost-effective, non-coercive, and works. So it makes sense to eliminate it since it doesn't fit the right-wing narrative of bloated and ineffective government. We can use the money saved to buy another windshield wiper for the F-35.

Comment it was about greed? (Score 4, Informative) 148

Should be? How about is be?

No. According to the FTC: "Exclusive dealing or requirements contracts between manufacturers and retailers are common and are generally lawful." The FTC also says: "Most exclusive dealing contracts are beneficial because they encourage marketing support for the manufacturer's brand.", which is, of course, total bullcrap.

Under current law, exclusivity agreements are only illegal in very narrow circumstances, and it falls on their competitor (Sanofi in this case) to sue for relief at their own expense.

Comment it was about greed? (Score 5, Insightful) 148

In other words, it's about greed, right?

It is also about bad laws and poor regulation. They are able to use their near-monopoly position to push their customers into exclusivity agreements, reducing competition, strengthening their market dominance, and unfairly harming consumers. In most cases, exclusivity agreements should be illegal.

Comment Re:This is retarded conservatism to help 'coal' (Score 3, Insightful) 394

Coal is dead.

Sure. Even if Trump rolls back some regs, no one is going to build a new coal plant with a 50-60 year lifetime. The regs will come roaring back in 2020 or 2024, along with new carbon taxes. The worst that will happen is that a few old dirty coal plants may delay retirement.

Helping coal MINERS makes sense

That depends on the type of "help". Handouts that encourage people to put off hard choices often do more harm than good. Development funds for Appalachia have traditionally been a bottomless pit of waste. There are good reasons that nothing other than resource extraction has been successful there. Transportation is difficult on mountain roads, and the people are poorly educated, close-minded, and unambitious.

By far the best way to help these people is to assist them in MOVING SOMEWHERE ELSE.

Disclaimer: I was born and raised in Eastern Tennessee. I have many relatives there, and all of them are doing poorly. I also have many friends and relatives that, like me, moved away, and they are doing much better.

Comment Re:Nylon being eaten too (Score 1) 70

But since there is no evolution it's a clear sign that god exists and that he just now so created that bacterium for ... reasons.

Creationists don't deny that evolution happens and that new characteristics can emerge due to natural selection. They just don't accept that this can lead to the emergence of new species. If you intend to convince anyone, you should at least take the time to understand their position, rather than just attacking strawmen.

Comment Re:No one makes anyone buy anything. (Score 5, Informative) 247

Now it's a numbers game and the well being of the customer doesn't even enter the picture.

When, pray tell, was your mythical golden age when corporations put the "well being" of the customer before profit?

Go read the stories from sales, marketing, and product engineers

Go read The Jungle, Unsafe at Any Speed, or King Leopold's Ghost and perhaps you can disabuse yourself of the notion that greed is a new phenomena.

Comment Re: Oh noes (Score 1) 247

The parent is saying that prices will be individual specific. Price watch sites won't help with that.

They might. If the refer link is from a price watch site, then an online merchant could deduce that you are a price sensitive shopper willing to work to find a bargain, and thus offer you a good price to make the sale.

Free advice: Never shop online with a Mac, and especially not with Safari as your browser.

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