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Comment Parts (Score 2) 274

In terms of "melted down for parts" they probably aren't worth much, but how about the actual capacitors etc when removed and re-used. Old CRT's had some badass (and deadly) capacitors. I've been tempted to see about harvesting them for other purposes, except the badass part means that even years after the last use they can zap you but good.

Comment No, you don't get it (Score 5, Insightful) 142

it's natural to expect privacy.

It's natural to some of us. It's apparently not natural to some other people, which is why they broadcast their stuff to the Internet.

If you're fucking your wife in your bedroom, you expect privacy. If you're fucking her in the town square, while occasionally making eye contract with strangers and saying, "hey, check out what we're doing," then that suggests that you don't expect privacy.

I think the better rhetorical question is: why are some people so amazingly stupid, that they are incapable of telling the difference between these two scenarios? What is causing this stupidity? Is there anything we can do about it, and if there is, should we do it?

The real problem for the facebook posters is that on the internet, human culture doesn't apply, and they have yet to come to terms with that.

No, the problem is that some users don't know the difference between fucking in the town square (uploading to facebook) vs their bedrooms (sending encrypted email).

Comment Re:Already writing code that writes code... (Score 1) 363

Writing code is a tiny portion of being a programmer(/analyst). I still, to date, have not heard even second-hand, of any system which goes through the agonizing process of tricking users/bosses into revealing their requirements.

You just admitted that your code writes code that meets specifications. As if specifications are a thing which exist in real life!!

Here is how most software is made. Create a program, or otherwise acquire the source to some program which appears to be somewhat topically related to the program someone said they want. Debug it, for obvious ways where tests appear to not meet some specs that the programmer completely imagines in his fantasy world. Deploy to production. Find out a requirement. Change the program as quickly as possible, as a panic-filled emergency since people are already using the program and it needs to be fixed yesterday. Find out another requirement, reported as a bug. Change the program. Meet with users. Trick, threaten or bargain with them, getting them to reveal more requirements. Change the program. Learn more requirements over the years. When you think you know about half the requirements, start to think about how the program should be designed. Fantasize about what version 2.0 would be like, as if there's ever going to be a 2.0.

Can your code generator do all that?

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 414

If you compare legitimately you find that adding a solar deployment typically takes about 3 people.

Your home-made PV panels manufactured by 3 people, aren't nearly as efficient as the factory-made ones that you can buy. The ones you buy had to be made by a lot of other people (far more than merely 3) but they are way better. Just make sure you don't compare your 3-person-manufactured panel's cost, with the factory-manufactured panel's energy output, or you'll accidentally misrepresent the tech's overall effectiveness.

Comparing installation labour to running labour is fallacious at best.

You're right. The key is to "simply"(*) add them. The best analysis is going to comprehensively compare total man-seconds for solar to total man-seconds for coal (or nuclear, wind, etc).

(*) Some people might say that man-seconds sometimes don't compare to one another (e.g. skilled vs unskilled labor) but education itself contains many man-seconds of effort within it. This is getting to be a damn complicated spreadsheet...

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 414

Yes, that's what they're saying. This story is about how solar isn't competitive yet.

Ultimately, the cost of any commodity is derived from it having used up peoples' time. The more jobs something requires, the more expensive it will generally be. When solar can get its total jobs per kWh to below coal's, it will finally be winning. But apparently that's still a long way off.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 5, Insightful) 652

I can imagine Facebook, Twitter etc. blowing up over this.

Me too, except "blowing up" in the sense of suddenly having lots of new account signups. I imagine a desk at airports, with public computer everyone uses to sign up for accounts on these websites, in order to have a password to hand over.

"Uh, yeah, my account is My password is 12345."

how can they use ANYTHING they find as evidence of anything?

This isn't for purposes of finding evidence. It's for theater. Someone got the idea that American voters want visitors to be humiliated and insulted, and this is their idea for how to best do it.

How the idea of anal pattern photographs got shot down, I have no idea. Cowards!!

Comment Re:NOT a ban (Score 1) 626

So how about you go on a trip and then - without notice - suddenly find you can't come home to your job, friends, and possibly family for 3 months. Does it really matter if it's a BAN or a PAUSE to you in that case. Suddenly you're 1000 miles away from home and all you've got on you is your suitcase which was packed for a weekend. Sound like a good deal to you?

Comment Re:Does anyone understand Musk's position? (Score 1) 626

Honestly? You're not going to change much by pointing out what an a**hole your government is. While it might not be the moral high-ground, it just might be more productive to attempt to effect influence from a position close to or within government, as opposed to complaining pointlessly from without.

Of course this is a coordinated effort - so it may have more effect than any lone wolf might - but thus far the administration does't seem overly receptive to anything they deem as "opposition."

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