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Comment Re:The problem no one will mention (Score 1) 461

I believe that historically, for something that used to be as expensive as chicken, you'd have roast chicken one night and then figure out how to stretch what was left into two or three more meals during the week (Chicken a la King with scraps; soup with the neck, gizzards, and whatever bits were stuck to the skeleton). You can see this in older American cookbooks, where there are strategies for cooking with small amounts of lower quality cuts of meat, or how to make meals out of leftovers.

Comment Re:Nuclear (Score 1) 461

The situation is actually a little less dire than that though. We don't need to replace all 15 Terawatts: Some of that electricity already comes from carbon-free sources (wind, tide, solar, nuclear, hydro, whatever). Second, if you could move to newer reactors, you could cut that number even more. The reactors at Palo Verde, for example, are 1.21GW reactors: That drops the number to ~ 12400. If the AREVA 1.6GW design works out, that's less than 10K total (less what's already renewable).

Comment Re:Nuclear (Score 1) 461

In most US states, sales tax levied on vehicle purchases and the annual registration fee counts for quite a lot of money. In fact, that's what drove Tim Eyman to propose I-695 in Washington State. One of the arguments against I-695 was that said registration fees were covering other programs, and the loss of those funds would blow a hole in the state budget.

Comment Re:Yes but (Score 1) 437

I'd imagine that the parent poster is talking about capabilities that are only present in Win7 in general. Even if you used C/C++ you couldn't use said APIs in XP or Vista because they aren't implemented. I can't think of any off the top of my head though.

Comment Re:Home or office? (Score 1) 402

I got a surplus, 42U, 4 post Compaq rack for free. Although the rack did include a high-power ventilation setup at the top, it's really only needed if you fill the thing with a bunch of 1U space heaters and/or blade chassis. I was only using it to create a tidier setup for a bunch of equipment that was used occasionally (an Octane, an O2, a SunBlade, etc.) along with low power gear that was always in use (a 16 port switch, the DSL modem, a small NAS).

Comment Re:rising tide floats all boats (Score 4, Informative) 136

I was considering out-sourcing some work to the Philippines (from a non-American territory, for an international aid organization) and ISTR the going rate for educated Filipinos was ~ $1300/month. It was more expensive than India (again, going by memory, $1000/month) but the Philippines were closer and they have much better infrastructure and English skills.

Comment Re:Still more upgrades coming? (Score 1) 403

Boeing offered the USAF an unsolicited proposal to re-engine the B-52 with RB-211s. There were two finance options -- lease and outright purchase. The USAF declined, as there was no ROI. Frankly, what happens is that these type of projects turn into monkey-f**king-football exercises. "Since we're in there..." is used to justify a shitload of design changes (glass cockpit, FBW, composite airframe, yadda yadda yadda), so I'm not surprised.

Comment Re:This is out of control (Score 1) 995

You're a little confused about the sequence of events.

Zimmerman _was_ arrested. That's where we got that video of him being walked into the police station in handcuffs.

Zimmerman wasn't charged. And frankly, that was down to the state AG who said there needed to be a deeper investigation before charges could be brought.

It probably wouldn't take a very good lawyer to overturn a conviction if it was found that Zimmerman's civil rights were violated during the investigation (*cough* OJ *cough*)

Presumably the investigation has happened and now Zimmerman has been charged.

Comment Re:Rare Earths Battle (Score 1) 311

The only way I can see to level the playing field against China is to revoke their most favored trading partner status that Bush Jr. Gave them.

China has had MFN status since the mid-to-late 90s, largely at the behest of export-driven industries like aerospace. China was granted permanent MFN status in October of 2000. That's a month before the 2000 elections, and 3 months before W. took office. It's nice to see that Bush Derangement Syndrome is still flowering after nearly a full term by his replacement.

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