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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Rick in China Re:They will move to a different charging model (468 comments)

I love the reasoning, since it neglects the fact that they're the ones who should cover the *opportunity cost* of the supposed resident who may down the road want their service. Since when could companies charge people for the potential opportunity cost of other people? That's a wonderful precedent.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Rick in China Justifying expenses properly.. (182 comments)

In order to justify expenses and hopefully get them covered by your employer - you need to present a business case. This means identifying what you plan to gain (realistically) and how that will benefit the employer, ultimately relating that to an efficiency or performance increase in some measurable way, which ultimately impacts the bottom line - the business decision your boss needs to make is: "Is this going to be profitable for us down the road..." and thinking that through deeply comes down to many factors, including the replacement/time cost should you go elsewhere as a result of the decision. If you can't put together a good business case as to why you should be there, then likely you should expect to pay for it on your own -- unless previous discussions included that sort of thing as a 'perk' of your employment.

It all comes down to business sense. Surely your boss would love to send you - however, for him to justify it to anyone who asks, it needs to also be a sound *business* decision..and that's where you need to put on your non-techy hat and instead, think about cost-benefit.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Rick in China Without benchmarks... (504 comments)

The OP is just a whiny anecdotal bitch. First, when you complain about performance, you provide relevant hardware information. Then, you provide statistics. Ultimately, you can say "look!" -- but without either of the first and second item, you just appear to be a random whiner.

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Rick in China Not technology....but people. (262 comments)

The bottom line isn't about what is cheaper and what can be put in - it's the users.

When I ordered my wife's new phone, I asked how much memory she wanted. She didn't know - said her current one is 64, so at least 64. I said hold on, wait:

Went home, checked her phone, said, "You realize with all the apps, photos, videos, etc..you've only breached 5gigs on your phone, right?"

Many users simply *do not need the capacity*. Just because many of us are geeks, install a ton of stuff, and store a lot of media, doesn't mean most people do. Many people use their phones _as phones_ and enjoy the simple features of photo/videos on demand on occasion, reasonable security, being able to video chat, etc...and have a good UI to work with. They don't *need* huge storage. A reason why 16 gig models are often the best selling isn't because everyone utilizes cloud storage - but because they simply DO NOT NEED that much storage, and just want the built in features.

Think: Customer centric. It'd do many of the previous posters some good -- calling yourself an IT genius does nothing if your technology doesn't serve real people.

about two weeks ago
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I think next winter will be:

Rick in China Re:winter is coming (148 comments)

You're making the presumption that diabetes and heart palpitations don't get the better of 'em.

They'll have to make up a cover story and 'fake' it, or there'll be riots.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Rick in China Re:That's government spending for you.. (188 comments)

Boeing is the ISS's primary contractor.. they designed and built a lot of it. I don't see how it is unreasonable to grant them as much as they did in relation to SpaceX - even though I personally much rather see SpaceX make something amazing for less as I expect they will.

about two weeks ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Rick in China Re:APRIL FOOLS! (139 comments)

Huh? "Auto rickshaws" are to Rickshaws what minivans are to wheelbarrows. Wikipedia more, it's a good replacement for actual knowledge or critical thinking skills.

about two weeks ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Rick in China APRIL FOOLS! (139 comments)

Seriously. April Fools come early? Or Late?

Rickshaws were outlawed in China ages ago, because it's a um....very demeaning method of transportation (not that there aren't tons of other demeaning things going on). You may as well strap a pipe and plaid top hat on to match your monocle while riding around in a f'n rickshaw, shouting "Good DAY, kind sir, good DAY" and "Jolly ho".

about two weeks ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Rick in China Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (155 comments)

From what I see about Musk through interviews, articles, etc.. I can imagine that there is one obvious reason why Tesla would never enter a dealership model:

'Cause they don't want to get customers' shit on their dicks while they fuck them repeatedly for every penny they can.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

Rick in China Re:Where do I sign up? (78 comments)

I don't usually respond to AC, but, your response had sufficient effort that it demands one.

First, I'll start by saying it's clear you don't know much about China, or Chinese law. Your perspective is flawed simply because it appears to be based on illusions/speculations/whatever media you've been fed or led to believe rather than facts. Do you really think the comparison between US courts and China courts -- ala "if US courts wouldn't.....gee gosh, how could you expect CHINESE courts to!" -- you realize they are two different countries with far differing regulations and laws, and it's not all "US is better in every way" - trust me, I've been *through* the court system in China, personally, for almost 1 year of my life. I know a lot more about 'how it works' than the average AC :D Not to mention:

He's a lawyer. Do you proclaim that you know more about the Chinese legal system, or reprecussions for going against the government in any fashion, than a Chinese lawyer in China? I find that a little arrogant and presumptive - to say the least. You say you support wisdom, is it wise to presume you know more about people who *obviously* are knee-deep in subjects you know nothing more than you've gleaned through normal interactions in a distant world and a bit of scattered internet-info in an entirely different language than the country uses daily? Hell, even the article quotes are translated, what kind of nonsense is this?

Wisdom, pfft.

about three weeks ago
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Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

Rick in China Where do I sign up? (78 comments)

Ok first of all - in China, you can certainly sue state owned enterprises. It's likely about as successful as say, suing a corporation in the US with massive lobbyists, of course, and the guy acknowledges this. Second - in his own words - he's making a statement. Where's the class action possibility, I'd love to see how ridiculous it would get if it was opened up to be a class action of sorts, given that we're talking about hundreds of millions of subscribers all with gripes about censorship. To all the dumb fucks commenting above this - why you gotta hate on someone trying to fight for his rights, isn't that the FOUNDATION of freedom and a founding principal of the rights in the nations many of you call home? Give me a break, rather than be a douchebag why not be supportive of this type of positive fight.

about three weeks ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Rick in China Re:It also helps me.... (363 comments)

I use a VPN to access Hulu in the US, ie. circumvent geo-blocking. I rarely do any more, but I preferred supporting shows I liked like Colbert Report/Daily Show by letting their shitty commercials play and interrupt my viewing. Most shows, I torrent, and VPN is actually a hindrance -- because my provider is based on the US and adheres strictly to DMCA complaints as well as the fact it would be far slower to torrent over VPN than directly from my China connection, which doesn't hinder torrent traffic OR care about DMCA.

That being said, I suppose my point was that the indication was VPNs are a tool which supports piracy and adds to the BBC's pain, while in my circumstance, it's the opposite - I require my VPN to be turned off when torrenting and use my VPN for more legitimate purposes which are either blocked by China (Google, Youtube, etc) or by geo-blocked sites that have content I truly want to support via legitimate viewing but simply don't have access to.

about three weeks ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Rick in China It also helps me.... (363 comments)

"This situation is further amplified by the adoption of virtual private networks (VPNs) and proxy servers by some users, allowing them to circumvent geo-blocking technologies and further evade detection,"

It also helps me circumvent geo-blocking technologies, ie. access GOOGLE, from China. Ooooohohhhhh....the evil!

about three weeks ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

Rick in China Re:Equivalent to the energy of 20 atomic bombs? (68 comments)

"it is very disingenuous"
Disagree completely.

The verbiage is very clear. When the meteor exploded, it had a kinetic energy measurement. That measurement was approximated to equivalent of 20 or so Hiroshima equivalent atomic bombs. The meteor itself, as a whole, did not impact the earth - as a car would have impacted (whatever) in an accident -- instead, it exploded into many smaller pieces, some of which made it to Earth. To match your analogy, the meteor's explosive kinetic energy is a meaningless measurement - but rather only the individual shards that actually touched the planet matter, no? I don't get that. When cars brake, they also don't have farther reaching explosive qualities that impact thousands of people..even given the remoteness of the explosion.

The meteor exploded far enough above the planet, seemingly due to the composition and changes it experienced during entry, that it did not cause catastrophic damage..but, it could have had it exploded some kilometers later. I don't see how it is disingenuous when they clearly state that the measurement is *of the explosion*, not *of the impact at Earth touchdown*, and if you have trouble making that articulation in the verbiage I don't have much else to say on the topic.

about three weeks ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

Rick in China Re:Equivalent to the energy of 20 atomic bombs? (68 comments)

Cause science?

It detonated about 30km above Earth, and most of the kinetic energy was absorbed by the atmosphere. If the detonation happened *in* or near a city, the devastation would have been what you'd imagine it would have been, rather than what it really was -- an atmospheric explosion in one of the most remote inhabited areas of the planet.

about three weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Rick in China Detectives came one day.. (231 comments)

while I was at bible camp during the summer, to find out about this porn empire's boss. My parents explained I was a 12 year old, and wanted to know wtf they were talking about. Some kid bought some porn (I also sold mad games/apps) from me on 1.44 disks, a kid from another school, $1 per pic - and his mom caught him looking at it....she called the cops, I ended up as a target. When they found out I was just a kid they basically interrogated me to find out any of my sources -- I ratted out this dude who had a private board that couldn't be accessed by anyone and they basically let me go without charges. Oh, they also asked if I had ever smoked weed, and went on about weed for a bit - and told stories about "just one joint kid, just one joint! leads to murder! I've seen it all, you think you're small time, think it's just 1 joint, then you get SHOT in a DRUG DEAL gone WRONG.." that type of stuff - which I think made me cry for a minute or two.

None of the credit card or more interesting mischief ever made it to the authorities. I can only think back and imagine how bad it would have been for me now - early 90's was the shit, could actually explore and play and try things, now...........play around and expect to get ass raped in prison before you reach the age of chest hair.

about a month ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

Rick in China I'd have preferred (182 comments)

If he were to turn into a popsicle.

about a month ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Rick in China I thought.. (322 comments)

Isn't one of the main arguments for the current state of madness in the states something like:

If you ban guns only the criminals would have them!

Wouldn't that imply that if you ban testing ultra-violent weaponry, only the rogue states would test them?

about a month ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Rick in China Re:It's a proxy for needing to revamp the post sys (215 comments)

"Does that system go to every hamlet and village in China?" I can't answer this definitively, but from what I gather, the answer is close to yes.. what I mean is, they operate in a quantity/batch mode. Actually one of my company's largest domestic (China) clients is SF, one of the two largest courier companies in China - they don't limit their business to just delivery but are expanding into so many other sort of related markets - like selling imported goods over the net.. I guess I could find out how 'distant' they ship, but I would put my money on *as distant as people want to receive*, keep in mind China is an extremely highly populated country, and even the most remote inhabited mountain regions have groupings of people growing and drying their corn who need stuff delivered. :D

"I'd also venture to bet that the system in China hasn't funded pension liabilities out for 100 years." absolutely true. That isn't really an argument against the fact that the USPS is a dogged pile of shit that will either end up debilitated to the point of uselessness or needs a massive overhaul in how it operates, though, is it? That's essentially saying the way they operated and the length of time they operated warrants them a pass for becoming essentially irrelevant, so lets keep funding it just because. I don't follow that logic...

about a month ago
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SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech

Rick in China Oh...fuck...you...Bezos. (75 comments)

If human expansion into space is thwarted by broad patents, I have nothing more than a big fuck you on behalf of humanity for those who sit on given patents.

Why oh why isn't the patent system getting a massive overhaul: the world has changed ffs.

about a month ago

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