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Comment Re:End of the glaciation was ten thousand years ag (Score 1) 186

1) The Earth is usually a lot hotter than it is right now. We are climbing out of an ice age.

We "climbed out of an ice age" (that is, came out of the glaciation) ten thousand years ago.

You didn't look at the graphs in the referenced article, did you?

By those graphs we STARTED climbing out of an ice age back then but we still have a long way to go. So they support the poster's claim, not yours.

Comment Re:EVEN TILLERSON says it's real. (Score 2) 186

The issue is settled, mankind's massive emissions affect mankind's environment, Earth.

a: If it's "settled", it's not science.

The only question now is what the fuck are we going to do about it, and who can we trust not to line their pocket on both sides of that line?

"Only" question? There are a HELL of a lot of steps between "mankind's activity affects the planet's temperature" and "It's a disaster that must immediately be fixed by crippling the economy and instituting totalitarian control on human activity by governments".

Comment Re:Wait - we still have an antitrust agency? (Score 1) 56

Wait - we still have an antitrust agency? I haven't heard much from it during the past few decades.

The entire FTC's budget for 2016 was only about $307 million. They only asked for $342 million for 2017.

If they're going to be given more responsibility and actually exercise it effectively (which involves bringing, and winning or settling, suits against multibillion dollar conglomerates) I expect they'll need some more.

Comment Re:Soon, the FTC will only handle spectrum licensi (Score 1) 56

That wasn't what the media reports said. What it said was that he wants to limit the FCC to spectrum control, and move the other functions to the FTC.

I've been advocating that for years - at least for the "Network Neutrality" issue.

The problems that network neutrality is trying to address are mainly anticompetitive behavior and consumer fraud, where ISPs selectively degrade service either to extort additional fees or limit users who make heavy use of their contracted bandwidth (consumer fraud - giving less than what was advertised or what "internet service" commonly means) or give a competitive advantage to their own "value added" or "content provision" services, those of other divisions of a media conglomerate, or of partners, (anticompetitive "tying", vertical integration, and cartel formation).

As the major federal-level consumer protection agency, charged with enforcing consumer fraud and antitrust law, the FTC is well qualified to handle this sort of thing. It also has a track record of doing so. Their antitrust actions, for instance, include the historic breakups of Standard Oil and AT&T, the opening of IBM's eased mainframe computers to peripheral built by other manufacturers, and the Windows Browser tie-in suit decision against Microsoft.

Among the things you might see from a move of such regulation from FCC to FTC might be media conglomerates forced to divest themselves of ISPs, ISPs forbidden to sell preferential fast-lane service, and bans on cuting off or degrading the service of heavy users.

After the way he was treated by the mainstream media - owned by these same conglomerates - I'd expect Trump's administration to be more than happy to penalize them by breaking up these conglomerates.
  - We get more network neutrality - by separating the ISPs from the media conglomerates that incentivize NON-neutrality.
  - The Trump administration gets to spank the media conglomerates that were completely in bed with the Democrats during the election - in the name (and actuality!) of consumer protection.

Win-win B-)

Comment 330 KILOwatt? (Score 2) 58

... 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) 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 Needed environment for me is 7, 7pro, 8, 8.1 only (Score 1) 495

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 So you'd deny the benefits to all but big cities? (Score 1) 536

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) 536

... 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.

Comment Re:How many charge/discharge cycles? (Score 4, Insightful) 198

... the first thing I always want to see in regards to car battery technology is how many charge/discharge cycles can it handle?

That's the wrong metric for lithium ion batteries.

As I understand it, the main ageing mechanism that kills them is oxidation of the graphite anode, which starts when the cell is manufactured and isn't appreciably affected by usage except for being accelerated somewhat by being stored at high temperatures with low (20%) charge.

Charge/discharge cycling does cause some "wear", but it's generally a smaller effect. (That's why the advice for, for instance, laptop batteries is not to avoid using them. For long term storage unused they last the longest if put away at about 40% charge.)

This means that it's mainly the age of the cells, not their usage or charge history, that determines when they die. A pack designed for 7 years life will probably give you 7 years life unless you either run it nearly all the way down (which the battery management logic should prevent) or run it down to a low charge and leave it out in the sun for months.

Also: At least one new anode material appears not to age measurably at all.

Comment Re:Cold weather? (Score 1) 198

You can't charge them below 0C. So you'd need a heated garage.

Or a heater in the battery pack to preheat them up to 0C before the main charging begins. Once they're charging, the slight inefficiency of even the best ultrafast-charge cells makes the problem keeping them cool, rather than keeping them warm enough. (Ditto when they're discharging, of course.)

If you are going to supply them with, say, 300 kilowatts or so for 20 minutes while charging them, you can spare a kilowatt for a few minutes to drive a heater (just as you supply a block heater with 400 to 1500 watts, the whole time a car is parked in such below-antifreeze weather, to keep a water-cooled engine from freezing hard enough to blow out the freeze plugs and/or make starting possible.)

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