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Comment Re:WHAT ABOUT MEMORY USAGE!!! (Score 1) 131

Once someone opens a PDF in chrome on linux that memory usage increases a LOT and doesn't reduce when the tab is closed. The same goes with some other plugins. I've had a few people on 8GB go into swap until they close chrome but each time they may have had that instance of chrome running for a couple of months.

Comment Re: Let me know when ... (Score 1) 277

It was a different problem due to a shared reactor design that meant they all had the same fault that had to be corrected ASAP to avoid a major failure in the future. It's just an "all eggs in one basket" problem.
The heat problem you mention only really matters in a small number of sites worldwide. Holding dams before river discharge solve it. Distributing the outlets over a wide area solves it. Adding in another cooling tower solves it.

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 277

DBill spreads that nonsense all the time

As do scientific journals - I'm not making this stuff up just enlightening people who have worked in places outside of the electricity industry.

He hates when people use the well established industry measure of Capacity Factor

I hate it when people who do not know what it means use it as an excuse to attack something - how about looking it up before doing so? You may have to learn about the difference between peak load and base load to understand implications. By definition something turned on to only cover peaks has a low Capacity Factor just because of the way you use it. Base load units have a high Capacity Factor because they are always on - that simple. Misusing the term to push "one true energy" over others is the mark of fools or scoundrels.

yet in most place the grid is required to accept all wind generation and run back other sources

Utter bullshit. Please quote the law that enforces that where you are. You cant? It doesn't happen where you are but in "most places" elsewhere? Then list a couple of those "most places" and evidence of a rule being enforced instead of just playing the game of mythical things happening in the mythical Kingdom of Prester John.

These idiots suggesting that coal fired units are powered on and off several times a day to give way to wind have fooled you. Use your own head instead of drinking in their shit and then spraying it back all over this site.

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 277

Price caps have to be higher than the highest cost generation in the pool.

But not hundreds of times higher.

You don't appear to understand how power pools work

Indeed I do, but I have noticed some that do not work very well at all where the well documented Enron bullshit has been ignored and still happens from time to time. When there is "self-regulation" and/or governments get a major cut of profits most of those checks and balances you think of as being essential to a market just do not exist - it may as well be a monopoly or a tight-knit cartel.
Yes I know how it is "supposed" to work - I had that shoved down my throat in hours of boring meetings in the late 1990s, but how much actually matches that ideal?
The debacle in South Australia where some gas fired generators pretended to not be able to get gas until the price was bumped up to a ridiculous level is a recent example of such a system being gamed. Without sensible caps it's a fucking casino and does not resemble the ideal you have spent so much time working on.

Comment 2 TB Hard drive? (Score 1) 154

This probably means a laptop hard drive with a bit of flash, complete with all the performance impact that it entails. Computers should either be all flash (for speed) or should have a real desktop HD to provide usable capacity (i.e. 6 TB+). Any other design is a silly compromise that won't make anybody happy—either too small or too slow (or both).

Comment Re:Nothing worth upgrading to the iPhone 6 or 7 (Score 1) 100

Meh. Cordless charging just means an extra buck on my utility bill every month from the efficiency losses. And screen resolution is already so high that it exceeds the average human eye's ability to see individual pixels, so raising it won't improve things noticeably.

OLED might be a nice improvement, but after that, there's very little left to upgrade other than speed and putting back the headphone jack. I mean, I suppose they could add a light field camera, or they could add a 3D screen with a narrow viewing angle that probably only works in one direction, but those are basically gimmicks. They could try to make their buttons more robust/reliable, but that's something customers won't notice or care about. They could move to fuel cells for longer battery life. That might get a bit of attention. But on the whole, the technology exists and does what it needs to do. It is rapidly becoming a commodity, and future updated versions are likely to be fairly fungible with the old versions.

Comment Re:PRO hardware needs to come back they killed (Score 3, Insightful) 208

The pro machines never sold well. The Mac Pro had laughable sales,a s does the Mac Mini. Apple really kept them along because of the small by very vocal community who can be guaranteed to buy a few thousand units.

The purpose of pro machines isn't to sell well. The purpose of pro machines is bragging rights—specifically, being able to say that you build machines that are some of the best on the market, and being able to say that people do amazing things with your machines. But sure, if you want OS X to turn into a passive media consumption platform like iOS, keep dumbing down the hardware. Pro users will start using other platforms to do real, creative work, and eventually OS X will wither and die.

Comment Re:Can't outsource or robotize human bodies. (Score 1) 557

You are confusing being a consumer to being sold something. Salesmanship (and all other -ships []) is a social skill.

I'm not confusing anything. I'm just saying that with at-the-tip-of-your-fingers availability for pretty much anything that exists, the only things anybody sells anymore are cars and advertising space, and even those areas are dwindling in importance. So the demand for people with that skill is basically falling off a cliff numbers-wise.

Comment Solution is very simple: key mapper (Score 1) 493

The solution is very simple: use a keymapper. I map my Caps Lock to Escape. I use Karabiner for macOS. And better yet, recently the Japanese developer Takayama Fumihiko open sourced it:

For many years, he has been maintaining Karabiner, and with every update to OS X/macOS, he was ready with a new version to support the new OS. It's astounding, really. Every year, I donate because it's worth it to me:

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 277

Where it accounts for under 2% of the total generation but responsible for 80% of the price increase in the last decade?

Yes peak pricing models SUCK and governments should have stopped that Enron shit being inflicted on people just so some speculators could get rich. There should be sensible caps related to generation costs instead of a fucking casino where a scarcity event leads to someone getting an enormous jackpot win.
It's not the generation method, it's the fake market game, since gas fired generators have hit that jackpot at times as well as windmill operators.

It's exactly the situation you'd get if every taxi was an Uber and half the ones needed are available once a day.

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