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Comment Re:We need this (Score 1) 143

Seriously, we need people actively looking into making those new type of batteries instead of just researching them and never do anything with the research, like we've seen for the past 5 to 10 years.

That's right! That's why my cell phone which uses more power than my cell phone of 10 years ago with a battery less than a third the size lasts significantly longer - because everyone's been "never doing anything with the research", right?

Good research results make news. Their employment in commercial products generally doesn't.

Comment Re:They actually want to kick appliances off. (Score 1) 145

I don't "misunderstand" anything, that is exactly what the device did. It didn't precool anything, it didn't ramp anything down, it just randomly shut off when too many people had their AC on (aka, when it was hottest). And in Iowa in July, even if you did know when it was about to go off and tried to "precool" (which I assure you, does not work well), you'd be burning up long before the AC kicks back in.

Comment Re:They actually want to kick appliances off. (Score 2) 145

If you're willing to lose your AC during the hottest part of the day, then you might as well not have AC at all. So there's no reason to get such a device, you might as well just sell your AC.

"Pre-cooling" a house does not work. In the hottest part of the day it was enough of a challenge for the AC to just keep up.

Comment Re:They actually want to kick appliances off. (Score 2, Informative) 145

I once lived in Iowa when I lived in the US, and my then-spouse signed us up for one of those programs without consulting me first. I just came home one day and the AC was no longer operating when it was hottest. Utterly, utterly miserable, and I had to wait weeks to get the thing disconnected. Why would anyone willingly choose to have one of those things in their home?

Comment Re:Why haven't we done Voyager 3 and 4? (Score 1) 58

That said you do have a valid point that Congress is getting in the way too much. How to solve this I'm not sure.

Limit them to a single term in a specific office. But, we can start by removing party affiliation from the ballot. That alone will probably lead to more churn than any other single change other than hard term limits. It would certainly change the face of politics in the US.

Comment Re:Good lord.... (Score 2) 164

For every 100 i devices, 58 of them fail

Let's take a look at what those numbers actually mean.

In analyzing the causes of iPhone performance issues, crashing apps (65 percent), WiFi (11 percent) and headset (4 percent) were found to be the primary culprits. Despite their tremendous popularity and record-setting growth rates, Snapchat (17 percent), Instagram (14 percent) and Facebook (9 percent) dominated the list of crashing iOS apps.

How much you want to bet that those "crashing apps" are older apps that the user hasn't updated while they did update the OS? Android, of course, doesn't suffer from this problem as the vast majority of phones get less than 2 updates, thus if the app works on initial installation, it won't suffer from any OS updates.

Bonus Android 4.x Galaxy Notes FTW!!!

Comment Re:Already happened (Score 1) 208

Ah, don't feel bad. I left windows with Win whatever back in 94 that took it upon itself to erase the CMOS on my EISA motherboard upon the final reboot during installation. Did it three times (the third was to verify exactly where in the process the damn thing erased it). It only happened with 2 drives attached, if there was only 1, install went fine. If you've never had the pleasure of booting an EISA board with no configuration, trust me, it's painful and made any windows install look positively modern and fast in comparison. You could even configure and build gentoo faster the first time you ever saw linux after learning what a keyboard was.

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