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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Scareduck Let's embed more NSA types in private industry (299 comments)

I can't think how that would possibly go wrong.

As others have mentioned, "creative problem solving" is not exactly a skill set that is developed in the military, but it is absolutely crucial to software development and IT generally.

about two weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Scareduck Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (488 comments)

"universal connection without universal consumption." Bwa. Seriously, you don't think you consume electricity at night? If so, then just go off grid. Air gap between you and the grid.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Scareduck Re:Externalities: (488 comments)

It's like saying, "prove it".

I await the first court cases showing harm caused by these fairy tales.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Scareduck Externalities: (488 comments)

Externalities are a bill to which any amount may be assigned.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Scareduck The obvious solution will meet fierce resistance (488 comments)

Pay solar at wholesale rates, or, make grid interconnect a separate fee, and charge them for that. Solar advocates, of course, can't stand the idea they should actually have to pay for the delivery of goods and services, even if it costs them a measely five bucks a month.

The newly adopted fee would translate into approximately $5 for the average homeowner with a solar power installation.

I would be willing to bet that the apportioned capital cost of power plants, maintenance, and distribution alone would amount to a third of a typical power bill.

about three weeks ago
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The Case For a Federal Robotics Commission

Scareduck And by "monitor this situation" (70 comments)

he means "make panicked decisions retarding business formation while entrenching early adopters".

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Scareduck Stupid (561 comments)

Wow, so we have quotas for Apple employees.

How about if we have quotas for awesome products?

about 2 months ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Scareduck Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

Yawn.

Along with tax breaks and other government incentives, the lease agreements have made solar installations increasingly affordable.

The real problem is and remains subsidy. The lease is pointless without the subsidy.

about 2 months ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Scareduck Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

No, I did read the article, AC. And this passage --

The business models that have made solar systems financially viable for millions of homeowners in California, New England and elsewhere around the country are largely illegal in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina and some other Southern states. Companies that pioneered the industry, such as SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc., do not even attempt to do business there. ...

Along with tax breaks and other government incentives, the lease agreements have made solar installations increasingly affordable.

-- can very reasonably be interpreted as I did above.

about 2 months ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Scareduck Translated into English (306 comments)

Not all states offer subsidies as generous as the solar industry thinks they deserve.

This isn't news, it's politics by other means.

about 2 months ago
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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

Scareduck A cynical PR ploy (230 comments)

The real interesting technology is going to be in the batteries. The chargers will be a place where he would invite competition and exploration, so long as he doesn't get hit with patent trolls (the point of retaining the patent in the first place). The chargers aren't all that interesting.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

Scareduck Re: 1984+100=2084 (136 comments)

In an energy-starved future with people in government who view power as unlimited, Game of Thrones sounds reasonable.

about 5 months ago
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In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

Scareduck "Tech bro"? (427 comments)

"Tech bro"?

Go home, Slashdot, you're drunk.

about 5 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

Scareduck In the future (566 comments)

H-1B visa holders will be gay married for immigration purposes, so their employers will only have to use one H-1B slot.

about 6 months ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

Scareduck So full of nope: Bruce Schneier on this (197 comments)

Right here:

... given what we now know, do we trust that the government wouldn't abuse this system and kill phones for other reasons? Do we trust that media companies won't kill phones it decided were sharing copyrighted materials? Do we trust that phone companies won't kill phones from delinquent customers? What might have been a straightforward security system becomes a dangerous tool of control, when you don't trust those in power.

And this, ultimately, is the problem with those who keep repeating that we should just trust the government. It implies we should also disengage our brains.

about 7 months ago
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Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

Scareduck Not too surprising (730 comments)

Contemporary political thought seems to be about electing the right king.

about a year ago
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Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

Scareduck One of the most obvious and false tropes (671 comments)

One of the constants about startups is their youthful employee base -- young people have less economic baggage and less experience, and so can be had cheaper. Obamacare makes it much more expensive to hire such individuals by forcing companies to provide increasingly expensive health care, if even one employee ends up in the individual plan! Obamacare is not liable to make entrepreneurial activity more likely, but less.

1 year,23 days
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NYT Publisher Says Not Focusing on Engineering Was A Serious Mistake

Scareduck Even if they had, it wouldn't have mattered (148 comments)

The NYT is a hidebound unionista redoubt, resistant to new ideas from within or without. They think like employees, not entrepreneurs. And that, ultimately, is why they will fail.

about a year ago

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Obama asks Congress to delay digital TV switch

Scareduck Scareduck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Scareduck writes "President-elect Barack Obama is asking Congress to delay implementation of the digital TV switchover, currently scheduled to take place on Feb. 17, "warning that the TVs of millions of Americans could lose their pictures because of major problems in the government's preparations". "According to the Nielsen Co., about 6.8% of U.S. TV households, or 7.7 million homes, were unprepared for the digital switch as of last month, meaning they had no TVs capable of receiving a digital signal. The percentage is higher in Los Angeles, with 9.46%, or about 535,000 homes unprepared for the switch." One wonders what this looks like in various large markets nationwide."
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