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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

gumbi west Re:So... (401 comments)

Regulatory capture can and does happen but is not a rule so much as it is a possibility.

about two weeks ago
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Evidence of Protoplanet Found On Moon

gumbi west Re:"Simplest explanation" (105 comments)

Yet pop the astronomy books that I read my children are full of moons being captured. I've never gotten that.

about 2 months ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

gumbi west Re:Bullshit (397 comments)

Per facility is not really useful, you really need to know the cost per beer. i.e. if a facility makes 13 billion cans of beer in a year, $13 million is a 0.001$ increase per can--yawn.

about 3 months ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

gumbi west Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

You might want to add, "I am not an economist but..." before you write these things. "which may mean lower profits, leading to reduced employment" is as ridiculous as saying that adding a powered usb port will draw less power from your CPU and speed computation.

We have no idea what this will do for employment, there's simply too much going on. Increasing beer prices ever so slightly (I doubt this adds more than a cent or two per can, but whatever) would decrease beer consumption (also ever so slightly) and might increase productivity in other industries. Also, increasing food safety could decrease time off economy wide. It's impossible to know. But I doubt any effect would be large.

about 3 months ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

gumbi west Re:Makers and takers (676 comments)

Military pensions are not included in the line you are pointing to. They are under "defense" and then "veterans." The line you are pointing to is for Social Security.

about 5 months ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

gumbi west Re:Makers and takers (676 comments)

I am an economist and I'd say you did a pretty good job at a couple tough concepts there.

about 5 months ago
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Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

gumbi west Re:Fucking Feds. (264 comments)

Uh, yeah. Since Hoover ran amok with the FBI and did sort of what you think the USG does, data use in the USG is pretty tightly regulated both in terms of what data can be used for and how it can be shared across agencies. I'd bet that if you asked the people working with this data if they could share it with another agency (for any purpose) they'd tell you it would be criminal for them to do so.

about 6 months ago
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Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

gumbi west Re:Different from the NSA (264 comments)

Uh, if the company doesn't track your financial records, how will they send you the bill?

about 6 months ago
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Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

gumbi west Re: There must be a very good reason... (579 comments)

There is a wind energy system that uses the wind energy to compress gasses in underground structures and then uses that gas to burn a natural gas system much more efficiently. I don't have all the specs, but they were building one in Iowa 10 years ago when I last checked.

about 7 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

gumbi west Re:What is the best way to buy some in bulk? (944 comments)

Inefficiency for electricity is creating heat, so if you want a heater, you're just creating heat in a spot that you're not calling the heater.

about 7 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

gumbi west Re:What is the best way to buy some in bulk? (944 comments)

It depends on what you run on it. LEDs wouldn't require that much of a load. This isn't a server farm with racks for 1 kW servers, it's a house.

about 7 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

gumbi west Re:ACCD (944 comments)

AC isn't really any safer than DC. The one advantage is the brief drops to 0 V that can allow you to remove yourself from the wire--but at 60 Hz you have to be pretty quick to take advantage of that.

about 7 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

gumbi west Re:What is the best way to buy some in bulk? (944 comments)

So, if 12 volt is so difficult to move, how does the dinkiest little wire get all that power to my hard drive that gets so hot I could heat my lunch on it?

about 7 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

gumbi west Re:What is the best way to buy some in bulk? (944 comments)

Who can generate electricity at 100% efficiency? Electric is 100% efficient only if you ignore the inefficiency that comes before it enters your house.

about 7 months ago
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Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

gumbi west Re:News for Nerds? (586 comments)

Bah! Medicaid, not Medicare. Sorry

about 7 months ago
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Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

gumbi west Re:News for Nerds? (586 comments)

A lot of ACA spending would be on the medicare expansion, so doctors, hospitals, nurses, medicine, ..., you see how it matters, right?

about 7 months ago
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Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

gumbi west Re:News for Nerds? (586 comments)

Romneycare also had very low enrollment until just before the deadline. I don't think you can conclude that 44 people will sign up via the website before the end of the year.

Also, $300,000,000 is obviously an inflated number that probably includes all funds spent in the state on the ACA.

about 7 months ago
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How To Lose $172,222 a Second For 45 Minutes

gumbi west Re: There should be a mandatory one second delay. (327 comments)

The market price of the stock affects the company's ability to raise money through additional issues. This affects their ability to take out loans/sell bonds.

about 9 months ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

gumbi west Re:Long live TeX and LaTeX (479 comments)

In your response about Plain TeX you ignore that Word has these exact same problems. But it avoids some by not optimizing justification over multiple lines but taking a sub-optimal single-line solutions. You could implement your own non-Plain TeX that did just that, there is no reason you need to use Plain TeX. But you have to realized that WYSIWYG editors do a lot of greedy things to get the current page to display properly and working it out with other pages in the background.

You could also simply force a single page of infinite length for normal editing and then switch back to spec pages in a separate (slower) mode.

about 9 months ago

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wall street predicts merge of OS X, iOS

gumbi west gumbi west writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gumbi west (610122) writes "One Wall Street analyst predicts what slashdot commenters have predicted for years, that iOS and OS X will merge into a single OS. However the analyst sees this happening because the iOS devices receive a substantial CPU boost from the quad core A6 which can power MBA and smaller devices while following 64-bit ARM processors can bring the remainder of the Apple lineup back to ARM under a single architecture."
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Note for those I marked friends

gumbi west gumbi west writes  |  more than 10 years ago Since Slashdot's moderation is broken, I have decided to take maters into my own hands.

I have started looking for people who make consistently good remarks and then making them friends and giving friends +6 moderation points... This system is taking more effort than I had thought it would... I need more friends. But the results, if sparse, are encouraging. If I find a friend or friend of a friend comment it is about 98% likely that I enjoyed reading in. Compare that to about 20% for a comment that is rated a 4 or a 5 and I'm doing pretty good.

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