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Comment Re:Sorry, don't buy this argument (Score 1) 903

You can't excuse something bad by pointing out it's worse elsewhere.

More importantly you can't say someone who pays $200/month for health insurance got screwed up because you only pay $100/month without also comparing what coverage you both get! The article points out that taxes in France are higher but they include health care, retirement, and mostly free education (higher education tuition fees are under 600€ / year). How do the costs compare once you include all that on top of the US taxes?

Once you've done that analysis you may well realize that you get too little for the price you pay compared to other countries.

Comment Re:More New York communist crap (Score 1) 903

Just because taxes could be higher, and just because they are even higher for somebody else, doesn't mean they aren't high.

You can't say that taxes are higher elsewhere without comparing what they get you. In France for instance the payroll and income taxes get you employment insurance, health care, retirement, and mostly free education (higher education tuition fees are under 600€ / year). How much does it cost to get all that in your country?

Comment Re:typical delusion (Score 1) 99

Your calculations and values are all way off.

  • 32A * 110V * 1 hour = 12.6MJ
  • Who cares about 110V? Even crazy americans use 120V and anyone sane would use around 230V.
  • The density of gasoil is lower than 1 so 1 liter of gasoil contains 41MJ, not 45MJ.
  • I'm sure you can find some industrial burner that will burn 1 liter of gasoil in under 150 seconds but that corresponds to a power of 300kW, way more than what a common home oil boiler can do.
  • For a 100m2 house 20kW would be a more typical power and that's quite achievable with a electricity: I expect residential electricity plans go up to 36kVA in most developed countries, though you'll save on the subscription price by picking a lower plan. So it's really that last point that may cause electric heating to be slower.

Comment Re:typical delusion (Score 2) 99

Actually no, it's because heating is one of the few things electricity does really, really badly. It takes long to heat up (which wastes energy) and it does so inefficiently.

No that's completely wrong. There are many forms of electric heating: radiant, convection, fan heaters, underfloor heating, heat pumps, etc., each with their characteristics. For instance radiant heaters are very fast and an electric underfloor heater will be no slower than a gas powered one.

What's inefficient is not the electric heating it's most forms of electricity production.If you burn stuff (coal, oil, gas) to produce electricity you lose two thirds of the calories, whereas you could use more than 70% of them if you were burning the same stuff directly for heating. But that does not apply if your electricity source is photovoltaic panels, wind turbines or hydroelectric power. Also electricity makes it possible to use heat pumps which can let you recoup most of the losses incurred when generating said electricity by burning stuff.

Comment Re:Subtraction... (Score 1) 133

Eh? Well, the way I was taught to calculate a percentage increase was:

(a) 26.3 - 25.6 = 0.7 (b) 0.7/25.6 = 0.02734

It's not a percentage increase in the first place. When the power of the incident light was 100W the old solar cells would produce 25.6W of electrical power. In the same conditions the new cells provide 26.3W. So that's an increase in the delivered power of (26.3 - 25.6) / 25.6 = 2.7%. See none of the numbers being compared are percentages.

Comment Re:Its rather exaggerated (Score 1) 63

>Intel's claims are rather exaggerated. Their claims have already been torn apart on numerous tech forums.

Because people on tech forums always know more than the people who who actually design the process and products right?

Maybe not but they may know more than the people writing the marketing brochures or the commercials selling the things. That said, the technology looks to be different enough from everything that came before that it's quite likely a lot of people are incorrectly applying irrelevant knowledge of how past products worked to this new one. It also feels like disk drives are a bad fit for the technology, but also the only one in the short term. Things will truly get interesting when/if they move to the 'large memory' / 'persistent memory' stage.

Comment Letter bombs... incoming! (Score 2) 102

According to the court, however, the hacking in this case didn't occur entirely in the U.S. "Ethiopia's placement of the FinSpy virus on Kidane's computer, although completed in the United States when Kidane opened the infected email attachment, began outside the United States,"

So based on this decision a foreign government can also send letter bombs to get rid of dissidents and be safe from lawsuits by any relatives since, in the words of the court, "although the bomb exploded in the United States when the recipient opened the booby trapped letter, the attack began outside the United States".

So besides squashing this lawsuit will the US do anything?

Comment Re:Since America has the best programmers... (Score 1) 55

Since America has the best programmers...

> Germany and Brazil, with at least two more happening in May in Paris and Zurich

That part concerns me. It sounds like to me that they now care more about being PC than producing good software.

Wow! It just shows how prejudiced you are. First have a look at the Debian developers world map. Most of them are in Europe so this is the most logical location for Debian conventions.

Second, America has the best programmers? Really? That's not what HackerRanksays. But more importantly you have to know that most everyone is going to think their country has the best programmers so starting with such a statement speaks a lot about you and discredits the rest of your post.

Comment Re:A cure for which there is no disease (Score 2) 249

Not really. My meter is inside my house, so a meter reader needs to knock on my door and ask for permission to enter.

On the flipside, I let anybody wearing some random badge come in and check the meter, so just knock if you want to take a look.

And you have to take half a day off whenever the meter reader comes by.

Comment Re:keepass (Score 1) 415

Likewise, you can use KeepassX on macOS, and Keepass Droid on Android devices.

I tested KeePassX for all of 20 minutes but quickly ran away when I discovered they did not even know how to generate proper random passwords! (interestingly this bug now has a virus attached to it!) After find such an obvious bug I just couldn't trust the rest of the code base. Plus it took them 4 years to fix that security bug which denotes a clear lack of concern about security. And the "fix" was "let's remove the feature". Four years to just remove the feature! Given that KeePassX is a port of KeePass I cannot recommend it either.

Comment Re:Headline (Score 1) 167

I agree that the article is not very clear on that. To me it seemed to complain that "people who pay the most for an artist's music count for the least when sales are tallied" because streaming a song 1500 times costs less than an album but counts as much for the charts. To me that's a bit like complaining that democracy does not make sense because the rich don't have more votes than the poor (technically). Really the charts should be based on how many times people willfully listened to a song, though that's obviously very hard to measure.

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