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Comment Re: Nobody (Score 1) 236

It is kind of the opposite situation, though.
Windows comes on the majority of PCs, and it takes effort to switch to Linux, effort that most people don't want to bother with. So Linux numbers remain low
On the other hand, Edge is standard on most PCs, and it takes extra work to switch to Chrome or Firefox. Granted, it is easier than installing a new OS, but people are willing to put in the time and effort to get away from Edge, that's how bad it is.

Comment Re:And so it begins... (Score 3, Informative) 407

If you are working inside a machine or cabinet, then yes, you'd power it down. Doing routine programming and maintenance in a robotic cell is different though. The robots typically have to be powered up in order to teach or operate them. So when you enter a live cell, you have a lockout mechanism on the safety gate. A properly locked out cell will not let the robots or other equipment in the cell operate in automatic mode, but they are still able to function manually when you allow them to. In this case, either she screwed up and failed to lock out, or someone else screwed up and let a robot in a different zone enter her locked out zone without a safety check.

Comment Re:Just a few... (Score 2) 405

1. Perspective is a funny thing. You can see that the tents were located just past the Smithsonian Castle, which is more like 2/3 of the way to the Washington Monument. You can also see in CNN's gigapixel that the section between the tents and the first row of green barriers is almost empty, and the section after that has very few people standing on the north side, matching very closely with photographs taken from behind. I'm not arguing numbers, but in this case at least, the evidence seems to match statements published elsewhere.

Comment Re:Something needs to be done (Score 1) 68

On the other hand, I play in a band because I enjoy doing it. It has never been about making money. It is a hobby that I find fun. I have no expectation of becoming rich, or even of making it into a full time job. Very few artists, writers, painters, whatever, should ever get rich from their hobby. Especially with so many creative people out there, there just isn't enough money in the market for everyone. If you enjoy doing something, do it for fun. If you happen to make some money, cool, but it should never be an expectation.

Comment Re:close so close (Score 1) 80

Disney, etc are only able to package all the channels together because the cable companies agree to it. If customers weren't willing to pay for their package deal, they'd have to sell individual channels or go out of business. But as long as enough people keep paying for crap they don't want to watch, the media companies are happy to keep bundling it.

Comment Re:Efficiency (Score 2) 904

3.75 billion kwh/night * 365 nights = 1369 billion kwh/year, or almost exactly 1/3 of our yearly energy production of 4093 billion kwh.

One third of our energy budget going into automobiles is certainly a significant portion of yearly production, but not nearly as impossible as the above math made it sound.

Add solar and wind power, new generating stations, etc., plus not everyone will switch over to electric immediately.

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