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Comment Maybe (Score 3, Interesting) 184

I wasn't sure if I'd read 'em. I know a friend/colleague (who I regard highly) who has - and I think he thinks highly of them. But he also has terrible taste in movies.

A quick google search landed me at

I have not read it.

I've been coding professionally for 25-30 years, depending on how you count. I studied CS in college. I've read a few outstanding books on the subject since then.

I don't have the patience for these, and I suspect I'm not going to miss out on much.

On the other hand, I long ago came to the conclusion that I'm really not interested in low level code. Give me a nice high level language with nice high level functions and features and I'm a happy coder. That's not to say that I don't understand O notation or the costs behind the complexity - but it is to say that I know when to use a drill and when to use a power saw - but I don't want to build either of 'em.

Maybe you're into the nitty gritty. Or maybe you like bad movies.

Check your local tech library and see if you can check out a copy. Or ebay 'em for $20-40/volume. Or if the pdf strikes your fancy, maybe take the plunge.

Comment Re:Debunked? (Score 1) 254

Did we look at the same series of images? Those certainly aren't "INCREDIBLY NSFW & DISTURBING" images. Some are just creative pictures and some are slightly odd artwork. There's nothing wrong with either. There's only one image that's even remotely NSFW, and it's pretty damn non-explicit You guys are crazy by blowing this out of proportion.In fact, the phrase "out of proportion" doesn't even do it justice, since it implies that some wrong was done and that it's less bad than you're saying it is, BUT no wrong was done. So, in reality, where I live, you've seen some art you don't like and decided that it should be criminal. Then you guys made shit up to justify it.

So, on behalf of sane people everywhere, shut the fuck up about stupid shit that's not your business and get a life.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 2) 36

A no vote would equate to a vote of no-confidence for stock which is largely driven by speculation. As of this exact moment, neither Tesla nor SolarCity are super-profitable or dominant in their industries. But we're hoping it gets big. Why would we tank stock we own?

As an employee I probably shouldn't say anything - but I'm willing to quote others:
(as of 2015):
The market share of the leading US residential solar installers in this period are listed as follows:

SolarCity 34.1%
Vivint Solar 11.6%
Sunrun 2.6%
NRG Home Solar 2%
Sungevity 1.9%

Maybe triple the next largest installer isn't dominating?

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 117

I'll grant you that the stuff you need isn't exactly household standard, It's all pretty easily available You don't actually need a platinum foil electrode or a calomel reference electrode; those are just what they used so they could figure out what was going on in the anodization process. You could just about anything, I believe, as the electrode just supplies the electricity, but doesn't interact chemically. I could be wrong, however, but that was my understanding based on my knowledge of these things and reading the paper. In fact, I'm thinking about trying it out. If I can make it work with a custom made battery charging circuit that I've been working on, maybe I'll sell a kit.

Submission + - A peek into the future of lithium batteries (

Eloking writes: In a great example of a low-cost research solution that could deliver big results, University of Michigan scientists have created a window for lithium-based batteries in order to film them as they charge and discharge.

The future of lithium-ion batteries is limited, says University of Michigan researcher Neil Dasgupta, because the chemistry cannot be pushed much further than it already has. Next-generation lithium cells will likely use lithium air and lithium sulfur chemistries. One of the big hurdles to be overcome in making these batteries practical is dendrites — tiny branch-like structures of lithium that form on the electrodes.

Comment Re:Including a Mac Pro tower, right? (Score 1) 142

For both the folks that want one?

It's sad, but what's the point? I know there are a few folks who want real machines - but it just doesn't seem likely they're going to cater to that small a market. Sure it doesn't help that they've pretty much abandoned it up 'til now - but I have to think that's because they can't justify the effort.

You might think that they'd figure out that not having a full line of products is bad for each segment, but Apple's never been good at that.

Comment Re:Ugh. (Score 4, Insightful) 523

I decided a long time ago not to pay too much attention to art creators' opinions on much of anything. Mostly this applies to music. Turns out a lot of metal band members are idiots and/or aholes. But I do like the music. When I go to a restaurant I don't ask who the chef is voting for. Same when I look at art (I don't really go for political art).
Dilbert is funny as hell. The recent 'fire the bottom 10%' riff could have been taken from the company I work for. I'll continue enjoying the strip. But I won't start going to the blog for voting advice.

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