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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

HornWumpus Re:Half the story... (233 comments)

If we hadn't been paying for the Russian space program it would have been completely cancelled in the 90s.

That said it was a wise choice. Kept the Russian rocket scientists out of Arab employment.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

HornWumpus Re:Simple (213 comments)

Why would I be interested in having a discussion with someone who not only doesn't understand 'reliability' (and want's to substitute his own convenient definition) but is also a fucking grammarian? Fuck you.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

HornWumpus Re:What it means (213 comments)

Do tell. How does the efficiency of wireless transmission vary with distance? Someone who 'Groks' Maxwell should be able to answer.

2 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

HornWumpus Re: So ... (145 comments)

'pussy-whipped' implies he actually got some pussy.

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

HornWumpus Re:Killing us with rent (480 comments)

Yes. You are not entitled to live where you want, only where you can afford.

My hometown is covered in 6+ feet of snow right now. I'm in California, living in a house that a CA native couldn't afford. Hope he likes snow.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

HornWumpus Re:"Engineer" (541 comments)

There are no liberal arts majors with ';similar achievement'. Stopped reading there.

I love how liberal arts majors want to claim scientists. Sorry, no. Hint: if you believe that all things are socially constructed you are not a scientist.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

HornWumpus Re:"Engineer" (541 comments)

As a computer engineer, I can assure you that all branches of engineering look down on all other branches.

Until a liberal arts major says something, then we all come together to tell him/her to just get us our fries and shut-up.

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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

HornWumpus Re:Bullshit Stats. (480 comments)

FYI. The server job at nicer restaurants is dominated by gay men. Woman servers never stop complaining about waiters getting all the good shifts.

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

HornWumpus Re:You forgot something else about seattle (480 comments)

Worst on the north American west coast: True.

But worst? Spend a winter in Chicago or Moscow. Spend a summer in Florida or Mississippi.

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

HornWumpus Re:Bullshit Stats. (480 comments)

Tech is not a job title and is far too broad to base any judgements on. Typically once you look under the covers study authors also engage in trickery to make it worse.

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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

HornWumpus Re:Here we go again (480 comments)

You don't know any sociologists do you?

This is there stock and trade. Controversy is good for their business.

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

HornWumpus Re:I bet Amazon would love to hire more women. (480 comments)

For the record: I've worked with a few white female computer programmers. One was competent (but a manly lumber dyke), the rest were air thieves.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

HornWumpus Re:Simple (213 comments)

Interesting definition of 'reliable' you pulled from a dark place there jeff. How does reliable related to 'capacity factor' in fantasy land?

BTW the last generation of turbines were so reliable they couldn't pay for their own maintenance once the tax breaks ended.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

HornWumpus Re:Yet (213 comments)

No. Winter peaking areas peak at night, when it is coldest. Summer peaking areas are as you describe.

Daily peaks will still occur at 2pm during mild seasons. But the peak that drives the grid design is the coldest day of the year.

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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

HornWumpus Re:What it means (213 comments)

'Grok' means understand at a deep level.

Tesla thought he could transmit power without wires. He evidently _didn't_ Grok electromagnetism. Despite what many non-EEs claim.

2 days ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

HornWumpus Re:Germany! (142 comments)

Move to Germany.

Nine euro is the expensive stuff. You can get a crate (20 half liter bottles) of cheap but good Pilsner for about 7.50 euro.

5 days ago

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