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Comment 330 KILOwatt? (Score 1) 50

... 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 Actually shitty movies are killing sales. (Score 1, Interesting) 277

Movies I want to watch more than once? I buy it.
Problem is there is only 2 movies in the past 2 years I wanted to buy. Most of the others I only wanted to watch once or did not even bother watching.

MAybe if Hollywood would make things that were not crap they would sell more? NAH, let's do a movie about a 1980's TV show instead.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 536

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 Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 285

you obviously don't do anything processor intensive, while on the face of it the clock speeds haven't changed much the actual raw performance change from a sandy bridge to a haswell is massive, it is close to a 50% step up.

There is none. Go to www.cpuboss.com. The newer cpus are about 5% slower than the ones a few years ago. Massive my ass

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 285

Ah so you have a load with more cores? I was about to reply on your previous comment that benchmarks show little to slower performance to older haswells. But unless you have a parallel load which admit that is about 3% of PC users that won't make a difference which is why your CPU cost $500 more.

I wonder though how much of Mac power users have GPU vs CPU limited workloads?

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 285

Come on man if he does professional video work there are no replacements for Adobe products PERIOD! Not to mention color calibration and fonts SUCK on Xorg compared to MacOSX and Windows. Linux is a geek server OS.

Sure you can run Firefox and pretend to be important but that is about it unless you are a system administrator. The OS should support you, not the other way around. Only time you need to support the OS is because you need a million bizaare things tinkered like the size of the sectors on the hard disk for a raid on a NFS share (yes some unix geeks quiz on the right amount of blocks on the disk per sector)

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 285

You know Apple got into this in the 1980's after Jobs was fired. They stopped innovating and stayed expensive and got slower and less powerful at the same time as the PC began to really take off and accelerate and improve.

It looks like Apple died again with Jobs passing.

However, I do recall a similar problem 10 years ago with the PowerPC CPU's. I had Mac heads swear to me WON"T OWN XP NADA! Then I should what a Pentium IV with Adobe Premiere can do and how slow their G4's were. They sighed and built their own XP rigs with top end monitors and gave up on Apple.

This was a problem before Jobs really take over as their whole freaking stack was tied to PowerPC and x86 was very risky. It took years and Jobs wanted iPOD sales to soar before taking the jump.

Go build a new Windows 10 box with AMD Ryzen and you can get thunderbolt aka USB type-C, m.2 raid 0 SSD, 64 gigs of ram, a far superior GPU with CUDA acceleration, and a high end 4K monitor for a fraction of the cost of Apple. Adobe might even sell you an upgrade license. Yes it is Windows bawawa cry me a river though your apps run on that platform.

Comment pooh. (Score 1) 276

Assuming you believe lie detector results, it sounds like they were just measuring how honest the participants were about how many naughty words they new. And from that perspective it goes without saying that there would be a correlation between being honest and reporting more words.

Also, as regards holding back on the actual use of naughty words (which, BTW, they didn't measure), they need to consider the difference between "dishonesty" and "manners".

Comment Needed environment for me is 7, 7pro, 8, 8.1 only (Score 1) 490

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.

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