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Comment Re:Yes, but... (Score 1) 181

This is exactly right. Unfortunately so many people think that constructing a building is a good analogy for "constructing" software, and think the same methods and ability to schedule in detail apply. It's the worst analogy. A better one is, making a schedule for the invention of a flying car. You know exactly what you want it to do, but you don't know how you'll make it happen yet, and you certainly don't know the exact date when you'll have it all figured out.

Comment Re:So you want a tax on wind and solar. (Score 4, Interesting) 411

You're missing the point of a carbon tax. The tax is meant to speed the end of fossil fuel use. And really it's natural gas that killed coal, so you're going after the wrong target.

The current market forces point to a direction of renewables, natural gas, and whatever nuclear remains operational (with no new nuclear plants). That's not a bad plan for the US for right now. However, natural gas in the US is currently 1/3 to 1/4 the cost of any other natural gas in the world. It is exceptionally, and historically cheap. Various people estimate that this low-pricing situation will last between 15 and 100 years. My personal opinion is that it is difficult to make estimates on that kind of timeframe.

Regardless, if natural gas in the US ever approaches the cost of natural gas elsewhere in the world, US consumers would be in for a very rude awakening on their utility bills. My personal opinion is that we should not eliminate these plants entirely. It isn't wrong to let market forces dictate our choices, but we should hedge against unfavorable market changes in the future.

Disclaimer- I'm "in the industry", my customers are roughly 60% gas and 40% coal.

Comment They are also often newer (Score 1) 164

That is another huge determining factor. The big cost is laying the infrastructure. The kind doesn't matter so much. So, if you are doing new deployments, fiber is more likely. The cable company here is all FTTH all the time for new build outs. However once that shit is deployed a replacement is a lot of money that you'd rather not spend. So they are less inclined to do it.

Well new developments also tend to not be low income. Usually middle and upper class is what they target. No surprise then that is where you see more of it.

There are plenty of rich neighbourhoods where I live with no fibre. The one right next to me is a good example. About 2 blocks away, and they have the same cable and DSL offerings I do in my cheap condo. Neither the telco nor cable company feels there's enough money to be made in ripping up and redoing the lines in either place, despite the fact that those houses are almost all 7 figures.

Go out in to a new subdivision though, and it is usually FTTH.

Also when they do rip things up and replace, of course they target the rich places since those people are more willing to spend the money. Offer someone low income the option of $100/month gigabit or $20/month 1.5mbit and they will likely go with the 1/5mbit. Ya it is way more per bit and annoyingly slow on the modern Internet, but it gets the job done and $80/month is a lot in the budget of someone low income.

Comment Mine was Scheme, then C (Score 1) 628

Should have been C or assembly. They way I was taught, which is how I think it should be taught, you start with transistors and work your way up. Logic gates, circuits, integrated circuits, assembly, compilers, high-level languages. C lets you see how the language is integrating to the hardware below it. You have registers, heap memory and a stack, interrupts, pointer arithmetic. Python et al are all just theory. C is reality. From there, you can move up to learning high-level things.

I'm not saying C is the best language. I'm saying it's the best first language.

Comment None so blind as those who WILL NOT see (Score 2, Informative) 262

I don't see the folks on the right trying to actively suppress the liberal views being presented in public.

The only way you can't be seeing it is if your head is so far up your ass you'll never see daylight again.

Conservatives are VERY actively trying, in many ways, across many states, to MAKE PROTEST ILLEGAL.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/24/republican-lawmakers-introduce-bills-to-curb-protesting-in-at-least-17-states/

So much for that pesky bit in the constitution about the right to protest.

Comment Re:Forget the graphic cards... (Score 2) 93

How is that ratio modified by the electrical costs of running an 8 core FX chip? They consume like twice the power that zen does for like half the performance.

The Ryzen 1700 is a 65W chip, the FX-8300 is a 95W chip. Assuming you are running the machine at 100% load 24/7, and these ratings are accurate, the FX-8300 will cost you $1.75 extra per month at $0.08/kW-hr. If you want to consider the added AC load, you can round up to $2.50 per month. Given the price difference between the chips (currently ~$310+ vs ~$120), it would take more than 6 years to get to the electricity cost breakeven point.

Comment Re: Macintosh doesn't have apps! (Score 1) 66

The first version of the Macintosh System software had folders, just not folders within folders (due to a file system limitation that was swiftly fixed).

DAs were kind of like TSRs. But I don't remember stickies being among them until well into System 7, at which point they were ordinary applications.

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