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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

MellowBob Common Core was backed by Gates, too (363 comments)

and, if you've seen any YouTube video of Common Core math, know it absolutely sucks. Recently, there was a study that showed that rote memorization of simple math starts the process of higher though processes. I think Slashdot had a post on it.

Common Core is such a big carp at such a basic level that anyone who was a part of promoting or creating it should never doing anything with education again.

about two weeks ago

How Jan Koum Steered WhatsApp Into $16B Facebook Deal

MellowBob Re:Overpriced? (136 comments)

True, but this is at least partially developed and Facebook isn't creating something completely new, although integrating the technology into FB might be the "developing". This might be more like the 10 store strip mall being turned into the Mall of America. FB is paying the full price for Mall of America just to get the revenue of a family run property.

I don't see how they can increase the revenue 100x or more (using the real estate metaphor) as I'm guessing the data mining from that would overlap their current business. My current ability is only getting 10-20x on CD, DVD, and toys; and that's why they're the media empire billionaires.

about 7 months ago

How Jan Koum Steered WhatsApp Into $16B Facebook Deal

MellowBob Overpriced? (136 comments)

In residential rental real estate, the rule of thumb is monthly revenue of 1% of the property or annually, 1 eighth of the property's value. The biggest companies like Exxon, Walmart, and Apple have a revenue to value ratio close to 1:1. Their last year's revenue is one thousandths of the purchase price.

Hey, Facebook, give me a million bucks and I'll give you 1,000 each year. Heck, I'll double it, $2,000 next year.

about 7 months ago

Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

MellowBob Wait a Second, Fanboy (296 comments)

Why not just buy the batteries and charger and skip the cost of the car?

Depending on source, Japan's electricity cost is 50-100% higher than the U.S. At $20k per car and the above $800/yr per car saved (In U.S.$400-530), what is the return on investment per year (this question doesn't include upkeep like maintenance cost of the car)?

How fast do you wear out the batteries due to the increase of charge/discharge cycle?

Comparing the savings of time shifting usage with approx $120,000 cost of the cars, what could the same company do to reduce consumption using $120,000 to reduce energy consumption (therefore reduce amount of the evil CO2 created)?

How many mile will you loose if if the cars are used for commuting?

Would have posted on the original site, but my login cookie gets blocked.

about 9 months ago

Alfred Poor Says HDTV Manufacturers are Hurting (Video)

MellowBob Re:pointless (307 comments)

Regular DVD to 1080 is amazing different. When I first bought the Xbox HD-DVD add-on (Yeah, that was stupid), I played The Matrix DVD and HD-DVD side by side.

Holy shit, Laurence Fishborne's pock marks are scary in 1080.

about 10 months ago

U.S. Will Not Provide Financing For New International Coal-Fired Power Plants

MellowBob Re:FTFY (329 comments)

Cell phones were cheaper with many millions of land lines not laid. The fiber or copper for the cell towers would have been used anyways as part of the land lines so were fixed cost anyways. Oh and other countries/charities also gave them money. Now we tell them to place millions more solar panels and windmills and hundreds of natural gas plants as low supply backups.

Yeah, you can jump to 100% clean energy too! Just pay triple on your electric bill. You even can jump to an electric car for only another 6k above the gas model. So, money on green power or money on a Obamacare plan cause Ocare law let the your insurer drop the plan you wanted to keep? They get the choice of clean energy or food.

about a year ago

U.S. Will Not Provide Financing For New International Coal-Fired Power Plants

MellowBob China Building a 0.5 GW coal plant weekly? (329 comments)

And more in 10 other Asian countries. This is a twofer: Let's loose money by not making loans on a nearly fool proof business model and let those countries become ignore the U.S more for their new friends who will do what they want and we don't!

The Bloomberg link is broken. Here's a another, with misleading headline:

about a year ago

Grocery Store "Smart Shelves" Will Identify Customers, Show Targeted Ads

MellowBob Kinnect Kuality? (274 comments)

Since it's based on the Kinnect software, will it recognize when it's being flipped off?

about a year ago

The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

MellowBob Leftover jobs (674 comments)

The problem of more tech is that the new "jobs" are further and further from the source of value/product creation. Each of these new jobs give diminishing returns on useful output and therefore pay less. It's like a private sector "jobs" program, but one that requires more and more irrelivant $100k degrees.

I'm one of those right wing nuts that yell, "Get a job, slacker." but there's less to be had and we will need some kind of mandatory, permanent payments for those who do not work.

about a year ago

SimCity Mac Launch Facing More Problems

MellowBob That's not the worst part (177 comments)

Launch issues are temporary. Their QA sucks.

"Let's not fix this pathing agent that ruins every service and traffic. But there is good news, I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance switching to GEICO."

The only thing that worked was the "Quit" button.

1 year,23 days

How Climate Scientists Parallel Early Atomic Scientists

MellowBob Re:Selective Memory (440 comments)

We always think Doomsday is always around the corner:

And we ran out of oil. The ozone's gone. We're in a nuclear winter. " ... In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death ...". I guess Paul Ehrlich was right. The sky fell.

I'll keep my "end is upon us" sign in my closet for now.

about a year ago

Around 2,000 Fukushima Workers At Risk of Thyroid Cancer

MellowBob Re:Consider the alternative (124 comments)

You have to wonder if there are the same people who said the 50 workers that went back in would be dead by now.

about a year ago

How Climate Scientists Parallel Early Atomic Scientists

MellowBob Selective Memory (440 comments)

The arms race happened. It wasn't deadly. There was no nuclear catastrophe.

Carbon's increasing. We're still here. The polar ice caps are still here.

Good comparison.

about a year ago

Underground 'Wind Mines' Could Keep Datacenters Powered

MellowBob Re:very ineffecient (109 comments)

In industry, they're using it to transfer all of the energy they payed for through compressed air. It's the primary source. Excess waste energy cost the exact same if you use it or not, but you get more energy out of it if you can store it for later in stead of no energy at all.

With a giant "free" salt mine tank and with a small power requirement (10's MW) , the cost of storing the energy might be cheaper even with all of its inefficiencies than the cost of using batteries or buying it off the grid. The "wind mine" isn't wasting 85% of all your energy, but 85% of "free" excess energy.

My gut says that it would be cheaper to buy the power, though.

about a year ago

Underground 'Wind Mines' Could Keep Datacenters Powered

MellowBob Re:I don't get it (109 comments)

There's this thing called money?

There might even be some in your wallet, but ...since you had to ask, maybe not.

about a year ago

L.A. School District's 30,000 iPads May Come With Free Lock-In

MellowBob More Money? (232 comments)

So L.A. is gong to throw around another thousand bucks per student for E-books. California's spends less per student and scores less, too. Why not pay for the basic stuff that other states are getting right?

Random question: Why are they paying for a electronic primary school curriculum in the age of free online Stanford and MIT courses?

about a year ago

Xbox One: Cloud Will Quadruple the Power, Says Microsoft

MellowBob Re:Sorry kid (400 comments)

EA lied about the cloud processing. Either hacked to run offline or loosing your connection, Simcity still ran fine.

The bigger problems with Simcity, even more than the opening day server Charlie Foxtrot, are that they nerfed it compared to #4 to try to get a bigger audience and the half assed pathing agent which screwed everything up and the online saves.

  - Former Simcity fan

about a year ago


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