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Comment Re: You can't change human nature. (Score 1) 303

What you say is not universally true. Good U.S. universities do fail students out. And why not? There are plenty of qualified applicants to replace them, it's not like the university is going to miss any income.

I've also never head that European universities were "more strict and rigorous". All that I've ever heard about that system is that students tend to stay in it for a long time since it's so easy to sort of float through with a minimal courseload year after year. It doesn't cost anything so why not just keep going as long as you're young and it's still fun to hang around with other college kids?

Comment Re:Let a Private Company Do It (Score 1) 408

You got his point totally backwards. He wasn't saying that private industry should be the ones to do this type of project, he's saying that BECAUSE private industry has shown no interest, it must not be possible to do it profitably, meaning it is likely to be a money sink.

I am pretty sure that lots of private companies would love to be in the road building and maintenance business, I'll bet it's easy to make a buck there given the steady use those get, the proven tech, the low capital outlay.

Comment Re:Let's not hallucinate (Score 2) 91

Why, yes I do. Simply put, all the low hanging fruit x86 processor development has been picked already. The only remaining advancements are incredibly expensive to make, both in time and money, and as a result even Intel can't appreciably speed up x86 processors anymore.

Now that Intel is mostly standing still, AMD has a chance to catch up. It can benefit from all of the research work, process developments, etc, that have occurred, and implement its own version of the same advancements that Intel made over the past 7 years or so, much more cheaply than Intel did. AMD's limited budget may just be enough.

I actually don'tt think that Ryzen will be as fast as Intel's best. But I expect it to come within 25%, and for a reduced cost. My prediction is that x86 won't get much faster as AMD becomes more competitive with Intel, but it will become a lot cheaper. Intel's high end consumer chips that cost $350 now will be available for $100 in a couple of years, whereas without AMD's Ryzen providing the competition, they probably would only have come down by $50 or so.

Comment Re:Sounds like a pretty easy job for a type (Score 1) 305

More power to you. I made the mistake of visiting once in the late 90's, and somehow morbid curiosity caused me to spend about 2 hours looking at the worst stuff that I could see on there, I couldn't tear myself away because I couldn't believe what I was seeing. And afterwards I went into a sort of depression for several days. I have never gone back and have actively avoided any situation in which I might see something similar. If I had to watch that stuff on a regular basis I would either, like you, somehow disassociate myself from the feelings that I have about such things, or go crazy. I don't think either is a good outcome personally.

However, if such people have to exist, then I am thankful that they do and that they can protect myself and those I care about from these things. So to everyone who has to do it - I owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude, and I hope you are paid very well.

Comment Re:Same problem refueling my gas car at home... (Score 1) 198

Despite your obvious pessimism about the market's ability to solve these problems, I'd be willing to bet quite a lot that if a home battery system like you describe were cheap enough and safe enough to do the job, it would absolutely be chosen in preference to a complex and costly substation based solution.

In fact it sounds like a great idea, and I'm sure you're not the only person to have thought of it. Maybe that's part of why Tesla is pushing those home battery systems its selling?

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