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Comment Thanks! (Score 5, Insightful) 102

I for one enjoyed reading the replies. Although many of them didn't directly answer the questions asked, Goodenough comes across as a true battery nerd. Exactly the sort of person we need more of in this world. We'll see if the tech can be mass-produced cheap enough to compete with lithium-ion in the coming years.

Comment Re:Wonderful GNOME? (Score 1) 386

Although some people were disgruntled and some with good reason, there never was a mass exodus of developers. The GNOME project has always been somewhat fragmented with people coming and leaving. In recent years, they've done a lot of stuff to attract more developers, with some success, I think, at least looking from the outside.

Comment Re:Is this a late April Fool's joke? (Score 1) 386

You can say that, but the Red Hat "bubble" is really big - they're pouring tons of resources into upstream projects, so calling GNOME irrelevant is shortsighted.

Also some of the people of the full-Apple mindset has had less time/influence the last couple of years, and some of the warts have been removed.

Comment Re:Big dig (Score 1) 138

There's a huge difference between boring through dirt and clay, and blasting your way through rock. The latter material holds itself, so basically you just need to blast away and remove material, and you're done. With the former, there's a much more complicated process of putting in concrete reinforcements and dealing with underground water and whatnot.

Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 2) 303

Here in Denmark, Intel closed a division they bought some years ago because clearly the employees wouldn't mind moving to another country (they were to be relocated to somewhere in Germany I believe) and despite having almost completed a new lab facility.

Only to find out that they didn't have anyone else who could develop the products they had already sold. So they ended up cancelling the closure AFTER having announced it to the public.

Here's the announcement of closure:

These kind of decisions aren't rational. They happen because someone takes a look at a spreadsheet and thinks to him/herself - gosh, that looks complicated! Let's cross out half of the lines, then it's much simpler! It's a gross failure of an organization when stupid decisions from the top aren't blocked - well in this case it was, but a little late. They proved they weren't a reliable employer and did lose a bunch of people.

Comment Re:Scale? (Score 5, Interesting) 181

Look up Semco and Ricardo Semler:

Semco has > 3000 people.

If you are curious, try reading this book:

The title is cheesy, but it really is an interesting book, once you get into it. Semler's philosophy is that of questioning things and if no good answers are provided, experiment with changing it.

For instance, he describes how he wanted to let people themselves choose the executive which ended up with him being replaced. :)

Or another experiment where he thought it was silly that the company should dictate the working hours in their factory. He then had to fight the union who thought he was tricking them, until they the finally agreed to a carefully controlled experiment - in the end the workers just held a short meeting the day before and decided among themselves what do to.

Of course, some kind of coordination structure is still needed. But there's a difference between CEO-is-coordinator to CEO-is-tyrant-who-can-fire-you-on-the-spot-if-he-doesn't-like-your-dress.

People will self-organize, and self-organization is powerful because it lets those with the dirty fingers make adjustments that are obvious to them.

Comment Re:Any opinions on thorium? (Score 3, Insightful) 333

Not an expert, but as far as I understand, the problem with the molten-salt reactors is in the name: you have really hot, radioactive molten salt you need to deal with, and that's just a hard problem in many aspects.

Many of the presentations seem to come from people interested in the physics, and for that kind of people, it's just a set of engineering problems.

But the thing is that you don't just need to solve them, you also need to do that in a manner that is competitive with traditional nuclear plants and renewables like solar and wind. And renewables are getting cheaper every year.

So it's a really, really tough problem. Don't trust the hype.

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