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Comment Re: 6 megawatts of energy (Score 1) 212

I don't think I understand. Why would you "bring online" some wind turbines in a period of high demand? If you already have them, why wouldn't you be running them all the time and use less coal? You're not paying for the wind. Then you still have the problem of spooling something up and down to match demand, but your baseline coal use is lower.

I'm not trying to disagree with you, I just don't get it. Your logic would make sense to me in any other case where there was a fuel cost to the "little generators." Possible holes in my logic include: (a) wear and tear on a turbine in its active state relative to just sitting outside unused might be comparable to the price of coal that is/isn't wasted; (b) something else?

Comment Re: Hypocrisy (Score 1) 149

This got modded into oblivion, but Google does not install bloatware on Nexus-branded devices.

As an owner of a Nexus 5, I call bullshit. I have Google Books, Google Music, Google+, Google Movies, Google Newsstand, and Google Games, not to mention the applications I actually want like Gmail and Maps. I also have "News and Weather" and probably some other ones I can't identify. None of them can be uninstalled without root.

Comment Re:Legal requirements for businesses (Score 1) 211

Good luck trying to get the auditor to explain why you need to change your passwords every 90 days, in my experience they can't defend their requirements and simply say things like it's "best practice".

Right, which is why this study is important to the growing body of work showing that it isn't "best practice."

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 129

There is always one of these posts for every story about wearables. I put money down for an original Pebble on Kickstarter (that I still wear) because I commuted by train from an outdoor stop. The trains are sometimes delayed, and I want to see their status (which I scraped at the time from a public API) in the winter without taking my gloves off to dig around in my pocket for my phone.

I have a hackable wrist computer I bought for a hundred bucks. It doesn't have a lot of screen, CPU, or memory, but I can do whatever I please with it, and the battery lasts a week.

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