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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

grim4593 Re:Show me the money! (441 comments)

That is an odd definition of payback. The raw material cost of creating something is irrelevant since you cannot buy anything at cost: there are always value-add processes and profit margins to consider.
That said, the GP is right, unless these wind turbines in the study have noticeable improvements compared to other turbines I would expect there to be similar installations around the country that are making profits/savings for their investors. There should either be news about those gains or news about how the investors who previously built wind turbines are investing even greater sums of money due to their success.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

grim4593 Re:Why so much stupid shit, Mozilla? (89 comments)

Maybe I am an anomaly but I have not had the issues you describe. Thunderbird doesn't randomly crash for me much less hardlock my computer. My extensions don't break, not that I have many installed. Searching works great for me; I have 8 email accounts set up, most which go back nearly a decade and I can easily search for what I need without much of a delay (I have a SSD).

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

grim4593 Re:Why so much stupid shit, Mozilla? (89 comments)

How has Thunderbird been killed? It is a stable mature piece of software. There are very few features that they could add to it without making a bloated piece of software.

about a month ago
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Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

grim4593 Re:Extremely Large Telescope (76 comments)

Does anyone know of a video of blowing off the top of the mountain? The article does not mention a video.

about a month ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

grim4593 Re:not believable (135 comments)

Many flights are not direct and typically there are several options when choosing a layover airport. A lack of free wi-fi is an inconvenience that people will remember and if presented with a flight that has a layover in an airport with free wi-fi and an airport that does not people will chose the location with free wi-fi, all other things being equal.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

grim4593 Re:You can roam internationally without leaving US (321 comments)

We had a similar experience at my previous job in the Detroit/Windsor area. There were a few of instances where our engineers were working offsite in Detroit and their cellphones would connect to Canadian towers. Our Accounting department would receive bills with several hundred dollars of unexpected international roaming charges even though no one left the country. We also had a portable wi-fi hotspot but no one was willing to use it since the president made us create a sign out form stating that they were responsible for excess charges.

about 2 months ago
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US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

grim4593 Re:Not About Growth Anyway (97 comments)

Those corporations may be "based" here but pay their taxes in countries like Denmark.

about 2 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

grim4593 Re:nook (321 comments)

Converting from epub->mobi is not "lossy". It isn't like words or sections of text go missing during the conversion process.

about 2 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

grim4593 Re:seems like a back door (566 comments)

I wonder at what point it would be considered treason when a politician votes yes to this type of legislation.

about 3 months ago
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Lucasfilm Announces Break With Star Wars Expanded Universe

grim4593 Re:Good. (157 comments)

I would disagree that Lucas tried at all to fit into the expanded universe. I read most of the expanded universe books including the Thrawn series, X-Wing, and Jedi Academy. Those books did well taking all the existing plot before them and integrating them in a way that made sense and pushed the Star Wars story further. It was clear to me when the prequels came out that Lucas had no intent on fitting in with the world that grew during his absence after the original trilogy. At this point the EU has more material than the original and prequels. Granted there were quite a few low quality books and stories and I was never able to enjoy anything after the Vong were introduced but I feel it is a mistake to delete a large part of the universe that he created.

about 3 months ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

grim4593 Re:Custom lego parts! (302 comments)

No. The construction of the "final thing it is supposed to be" may only last a fw minutes or hours. The FUN is using those parts to make what you want, play with those constructions, and then taking them apart to build something new. I would love to be able to print missing, interesting, or custom LEGO parts.

about 3 months ago
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Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet

grim4593 Re:And it'll be... (180 comments)

Not a chance! With the advent of car to car networking and internet accessibility every component in your car will have its own internet facing IPV6 address!
Imagine the possibilities: You could open your trunk from anywhere in the world, you could preheat the car before your flight even lands, you could update your license plate in real time!

about 5 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

grim4593 Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (491 comments)

Unless those managers notice and take the heat for the extra cost of overtime, the reduction of quality due to overworked employees, or the missed deadlines they will assume that there was an EXTRA person the entire time and will congratulate themselves for saving money by not hiring an unnecessary employee.

In effect, working at 110% to cover the position hurts your chances of ever filling the position with a qualified employee.

about 5 months ago
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Target Hackers Have More Data Than They Can Sell

grim4593 Re:Probably not worth a dollar... (118 comments)

I have a debit card from TCF bank and they sent out notices that their VISA debit cards were covered by the same VISA zero-liability-policy as their credit cards. Regardless, I didn't purchase anything at Target.

about 6 months ago
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The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

grim4593 Re:Goes back centuries ... (555 comments)

If the primary goal is to steal trade secrets why bother with any of that? You can purchase the use of a 50GB VPS for $6 a month and store any encrypted data you want on it which can be accessed anywhere in the world with Internet access.

about a year ago
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Another Study Confirms Hands-Free Texting While Driving Is Unsafe

grim4593 Re:No shit (286 comments)

Perhaps if people started installing dash-cams like the Russians.

about a year ago
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Another Study Confirms Hands-Free Texting While Driving Is Unsafe

grim4593 Re:No shit (286 comments)

If you catch someone texting while driving and can provide evidence to the authorities, YOU get most of the money from the fine issued.

about a year ago

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