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Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

Dark Fire Might be a good move for Microsoft (293 comments)

Putting the man in charge of the most successful division in recent years seems like a good move compared to the other options.

Also, reducing Gates influence over the company should help them to make better decisions. Gates has been more concerned with share price stability (since he has been selling large blocks of shares for the last decade) rather than growth and transformation which are essential for Microsoft to survive let alone thrive in the new environment. New classes of devices are changing the way we learn, work, and play and the majority of those new classes of devices do not run a Microsoft operating system. Microsoft needs to make its applications and server platform relevant to these new device classes rather than trying to own-it-all, which is a strategy that has failed for the last decade and depressed its share price.

about a year ago
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Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China

Dark Fire The Coal Irony (259 comments)

The California climate changers have been working to drive coal power out of the United States which is driving up the cost of electricity which in turn drives up manufacturing costs both in the short term and long term. This has created low coal prices in the short term and in the long term causing China to double down on coal power to keep its energy costs low and to make its manufacturing base even more competitive in the international market. This means more manufacturing will be done in China which ironically will actually make the air quality in California much worse (better air quality for the eastern US though). I also think that it would be ironic if this ultimately kills US manufacturing to the point where the US becomes a third world country where all the wealthier nations of the world come to plunder the natural resources that many conservationists have fought hard to protect. But in protecting our natural resources, it has been taken to such extremes that it ultimately weakens our economy and in so doing our government and world influence. People forget that it takes strength to defend what you cherish (ideas, people, etc.) and that there are no given rules that all uphold. People cling too tightly and take for granted that things will remain as they are now. We must find a balance to remain strong.

about a year ago
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Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

Dark Fire There IS NO STEM shortage (397 comments)

There IS NO STEM shortage. There IS NO shortage of qualified electrical engineers in the United States. There IS a shortage of electrical engineers willing to work for low wages.

about a year ago
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Fuel Cells Are 'So Bull@%!#'

Dark Fire Water - Hydrogen - Space (479 comments)

I believe that using hydrogen for a fuel on a large scale is a terrible idea since it is usually extracted from water and some of it will undoubtedly escape in to space. Over time, all of those leaky vehicles will bleed off more and more hydrogen into space reducing the amount of available water which is essential for weather patterns and life itself.

about a year ago
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Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

Dark Fire battery life and virtual memory subsystem (558 comments)

The Windows virtual memory subsystem swaps pages to disk regardless of physical memory availability due to facilitate the memory dump facilities used for storing crash reports and sending those reports to Microsoft. This would mean that the hard drive is being used a lot more than other operating systems and therefore would draw more power. Shutting off the swap file in Windows typically provides a 30% performance increase (assuming sufficient physical memory). It would be interesting to test if shutting offers an improvement in battery life.

about a year ago
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Flash Mobs of Trading Robots Coalescing To Rule Markets

Dark Fire Re:Skynet? (251 comments)

It would be ironic IF Skynet emerged not from a military defense system but from a trading bot in the financial system.

about a year ago
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Flash Mobs of Trading Robots Coalescing To Rule Markets

Dark Fire Skynet? (251 comments)

It would be ironic is Skynet emerged not from a military defense system but from a trading bot in the financial system.

about a year ago
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How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

Dark Fire Intelligence versus Self-Motivation/Self-Control (659 comments)

I see a lot of people talking about intelligence and laziness. I have studied a number of inventors from the 19th and 20th centuries. My favorites are Philo T. Farnsworth and Nikola Tesla. Based on my own investigation of the topic, I found that self-motivation and self-control appear to be much more important factors in success and accomplishment than intelligence. The issue isn't that the educational system fails to accommodate prodigies, the issue is that the educational system isn't very good at teaching students how to motivate themselves. This applies to any student, not just those that are gifted.

In terms of raw academics, smaller schools provide a better quality education to the overall student body. In terms of social climate, smaller schools tend not to have as many of the large scale social problems experienced by larger institutions.

As a consequence of No-Child-Left-Behind, some school systems have really been struggling for financial support. Lately they have been using gender-segregation to improve test scores with dramatic results. There appear to be a lot of negative social mores influencing student achievement in mixed-gender situation (junior high/high school level). A lot of students intentional under-perform to avoid certain social stigmas, especially those related to the perception of the opposite gender.

I agree with a lot of the other posts that demonstrate concerns about the prodigy not being able to handle social and societal interaction beyond their prodigy. Based on my understanding of such matters, I would say that a small same-gender school would be the best way to proceed. It allows them to learn the rules and experiences of social interaction and society while limiting some of the academically detrimental factors.

more than 3 years ago
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Skin-Tight Bodysuits Could Protect Astronauts From Bone Loss

Dark Fire Legitimate reason for Battlestar Galactica... (158 comments)

Now their will be a legitimate reason for the Battlestar Galactica characters to where skin-tight uniforms in the new Syfy series. Tighten the suits and water down the writing. :( All in the quest to prevent bone density loss.

more than 4 years ago
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Forget LCDs and LEDs, Here Come LPDs

Dark Fire eye damage? (244 comments)

How powerful are the lasers being used? If the phosphor wears thin over time, would you have laser radiation burning out your eyes. Perhaps the technology will bring some truth to that old parental adage about sitting in front of the tv too long.

more than 4 years ago
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CERN Physicist Warns About Uranium Shortage

Dark Fire Use Thorium-based reactors instead (581 comments)

Why not build Thorium-based reactors instead? The material is 100x more abundant. The USA has an ample natural supply. You get 10 times the energy because you don't have the 238 problem. There is almost no waste and the byproducts decay within a human lifetime. And you can't use them to make nuclear weapons.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple's Life After Steve Jobs

Dark Fire Steve's clone is almost old enough to take over... (405 comments)

Steve Job's clone is almost old enough to take over. Steve has been spending time with his clone for the past year to prepare for the transition. Apple decided almost a decade ago that they couldn't survive without Steve and worked with a biotech firm to have him cloned. It should make the 2010 keynote a historic event. Don't miss it!

more than 5 years ago
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Choosing a Replacement Email System For a University?

Dark Fire My Comparison of Offerings (485 comments)

The offerings of Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo are probably more sophisticated than what you are currently offering. I am not familiar with Yahoo's offerings. I did look at Live@Edu and Google Apps. It depends on your needs and your staff. Microsoft's Live@Edu offered more of a facebook-esque structure, where Google's offered a series of highly integrated apps designed more for classroom use (online courseware). If you want single sign on that integrates in a no-software-development-required manner, then Microsoft has a better offering. But you will need to buy Microsoft Identity Integration Server (pieces of it's previous incarnation are free with Win2K3 but require more effort to setup). So with Microsoft's solution, you will be buying servers and software and having your staff set it up. Google Apps will require some coding/scripting to facilitate single sign on. Fortunately, Google has done most of the work and has a ton of code and utilities that you can download and implement. For us, Google's approach fit better since we had developers/scripters/integrators already in house. Also, Google's business is the web, so I perceived there services having more staying power. Microsoft really hasn't decided yet what it's future will be concerning the web.

more than 6 years ago

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