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Comment I didn't include external costs... (Score 1) 230

Which I admit are significant. I love the idea of renewable energy. I have a Tesla Model 3 reserved, and I love the idea of generating my own electricity in a carbon free manner.

Politically, generating your own electricity without pushing external costs on others squares nicely with my Libertarian views.

Unfortunately, the finances matter. In the 3rd world, they matter even more.

Right now the external costs of carbon based generation are being borne by pretty much everyone. It's unfair, but that's the way it is. I don't have faith that government can equitably fix the external cost problem - so renewables have yet another hill to climb.

I'm an optimist here though - I think the engineers will get the cost of renewables down and fix the storage problem - I do not have the same optimism that governments can fix the carbon external cost problem - so it's up to the engineers to make renewables so cost efficient that the external costs of carbon become almost irrelevant. If renewables are productive enough, cheap enough, and reliable enough - they will win.

I'm hoping my kids see that in their lifetimes.

Comment Did renewables replace any carbon based plants? (Score 4, Insightful) 230

How many carbon based power plants were taken off-line and replaced by renewable generation capacity last year?

After much research, I haven't found a single instance of that happening - ever.

Have renewables caused a moratorium on all new carbon based power plants? I don't think so. Asia (as of last year) was opening more than one coal power plant PER DAY:


Renewables have two mathematically inescapable problems:

1. Renewable's land requirements per kWh are far too high.
2. Renewable's storage requirements to meet base load demand simply do not exist - presumably because storage costs are also very high.

I ran the numbers on a very small 2kW self-installed system - it would take me over 10 years in a best case scenario to recoup the costs at current utility rates.

Until renewables become far cheaper, generate more kWh per square-foot, and solve the storage problem - they will never reduce or replace carbon based generation.

Comment No Hangouts is not an iMessage replacement (Score 1) 138

I've switched back and forth from Android and iOS for years. I'm fortunate that my job provides that flexibility. I've used Hangouts stand alone - with Google Voice - and with Google Fi.

I like the way Hangouts synchronizes conversations between devices - delete a conversation on one - and all devices pick up the change.

Unfortunately that is the only thing Hangouts does better than Apple Messages. In every other way, Messages is a better user experience.

It took me years to get all the Apple users around me to install Hangouts - and then teach them how to properly use it. Video and voice calling via Hangouts is harder than it needs to be.

I had high hopes that Google would refine the user experience and make Hangouts the default "all in one" messaging app for Android - a true Messages/Facetime competitor.

The last straw that pushed me back to Apple was the Allo/Duo fiasco. Everyone important in my life uses an iPhone - it was simply easier to go back to Apple.

Google really screwed this up. The executives that created the Messages/Allo/Duo/Hangouts clusterfuck should lose their jobs.

Comment Who blames them? IT is a thankless career (Score 2) 550

Keeping the IT lights on is a thankless job. When everything works well, few people care about IT. When SHTF, everyone blames the "useless" IT department.

Couple this with the influx of H1B workers and wage stagnation, why on earth would anyone want to do this job?

Women close to me in demanding jobs like teaching or nursing say they find those careers challenging and fulfilling. When I ask them about technology work, they make a face and say - no thanks.

Maybe it's OK that men and women are actually different and they have differing tastes in work. Maybe the SJW's of the world simply need to be OK with that.

Comment That's the fault of the regulators (Score 1) 437

If medical and financial systems are built in an insecure manner, then that is the fault of the regulators.

I've worked in both medical and financial IT fields - both jobs had annual independent and government auditors looking at the systems. If the regulators are doing their jobs - those systems would be changed or replaced.

Comment Government vs private networks (Score 1) 437

If the business isn't a government regulated industry such as Medical or Financial, private companies can do whatever they want (within lawful bounds) with their private networks. As far as I know, Trump's 500 or so businesses are owned solely by him - so he has no obligations to shareholders or the SEC.

Trump and only Trump bears the entire risk for his poor IT choices. The entire American people bear the risk of Hillary's poor IT choices.

There is a big difference between the two.

Comment POTUS can prohibit H-1B visas without congress (Score 1) 412

Under Title 8, Section 1182 of the U.S. Code, the president has authority to use a proclamation to suspend the entry of “any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States [who] would be detrimental to the interests of the United States,” for however long he deems necessary. This provision was included in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.

(5) Labor certification and qualifications for certain immigrants
(A) Labor certification
(i) In generalAny alien who seeks to enter the United States for the purpose of performing skilled or unskilled labor is inadmissible, unless the Secretary of Labor has determined and certified to the Secretary of State and the Attorney General that—
(I) there are not sufficient workers who are able, willing, qualified (or equally qualified in the case of an alien described in clause (ii)) and available at the time of application for a visa and admission to the United States and at the place where the alien is to perform such skilled or unskilled labor, and
(II) the employment of such alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of workers in the United States similarly employed.

Comment Open-ness doesn't matter (Score 1) 286

Microsoft is a business software company. They've utterly failed in consumer and mobile markets (with the exception of game consoles). Most businesses don't care how open or restricted software is. Businesses only care that the software helps them get business done and that the costs are worth the benefits.

There is no shame in taking billions of business dollars to the bank every quarter.

Even if Nadella's claim of open-ness was true, Apple/Linux/Android/iOS customers simply wouldn't care.

Comment How does one call me on a landline? (Score 1) 552

So if my kids are trouble and they need to contact me, your suggestion is that they call me at the concert or venue.

Have you even put two braincells into your reply?

IF my kids could figure out what number to call - there is no guarantee that anyone there would take the call.

Then there is the problem of the helpful "staff" as you call them finding me in a sea of other people.

You aren't the brightest bulb on the tree now are you?

Comment Are you stoned? (Score 1) 552

Did you even read my post?

My mobile device does lots of things. But as I stated in my post - I don't USE it for anything DURING a concert. Did I say I ONLY use it for safety and security? No - I said that was the PRIMARY reason for carrying the device.

You apparently have difficulty with reading comprehension maybe you should try reading stuff a few times before posting replies.

Comment This is why we can't have nice things (Score 2, Informative) 552

I've never used my phone during a movie or concert, but I'll be damned if the performer I'm paying to see will force me to part with my property for their convenience.

The primary reason I carry a mobile device is for safety and security. I'm not giving that up because others can't control themselves.

I guess if the performer doesn't trust me with my mobile device, then they really don't want my money that badly.

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