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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

kenh Re: Communism is the only way forward (870 comments)

Or the hurdles Tesla is facing trying to sell their cars without conventional 'dealerships' in several states...

about three weeks ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

kenh Re: Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

I bet your Canadian Tire tool didn't pass through US Customs and I wonder about Canada's enforcement of a US Trademark - does Fluke have a similar trademark registered with the Canadian Gov't?

about a month ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

kenh Re:only a few years ago... (295 comments)

Go work at "non-profit" schools - that's where the real money is...

Ask yourself, why is it that students upon graduation from a traditional school can defer payments for three years, and the "analysis" the DOE has done is based on the default rate 3 years after graduation?

Can "non-profit" graduates defer their loan payments for three years? I seem to recall not, but I'm not sure...

about a month ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

kenh Re:Inflated cost of education (295 comments)

"Endowment" is just another word for untaxed profits.

When a "non-profit" college collects hundreds of millions of dollars, and in turn lavishes silly high six-figure salaries on tenured professors, and rich pensions, the difference between "for-profit" and "non-profit" becomes nothing more than a game of semantics.

about a month ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

kenh Re:Simple fix (295 comments)

I'll applaud these types of rules when they are applied fairly to all recipients of federal loan money, not just the "for profit" schools everyone likes to vilify.

Maybe it's time to re-think loaning anyone nearly any amount of money to study almost anything... It's great if you are the one profiting, but it lets too many folks invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in an education that has little commercial value after graduation.

about a month ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

kenh Re:Refunds? (295 comments)

How about holding traditional colleges and universities to the same standard?

How many ivy league baristas are there? Book store clerks with Masters & PHds?

about a month ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

kenh This is great news... (295 comments)

new regulations that would hold colleges that receive federal student aid accountable for the employment success of their graduates.

Will this regulation change also apply to "non-profit" colleges and universities?

From the article:

Students at for-profit colleges represent only about 13 percent of the total higher education population, but about 31 percent of all student loans and nearly half of all loan defaults. In the most recent data, about 22 percent of student borrowers at for-profit colleges defaulted on their loans within three years, compared to 13 percent of borrowers at public colleges.

Can a graduate of a "for-profit" school apply for a three year deferral like a student at a "non-profit" school? Odd how their default rates are calculated three years after graduation/leaving school, exactly the same amount of time a college graduate can defer their loan payments...

about a month ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

kenh Re: Already denied (382 comments)

losing a 270-300 million dollar aircraft.

Insurance covers the loss, I'd imagine...

about a month ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

kenh Re: Don't they have to fly that thing around? (330 comments)

Solar panels on the roof of the White House? Jimmy Carter AND Barack Obama both put them on the roof, they were taken down when calmer heads prevailed and the symbolism was no longer needed after Carter left office.

about a month ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

kenh Re: Don't they have to fly that thing around? (330 comments)

There's a number of reasons why we don't have electric tanks, and those are the reasons the next 'Beast' will not be electric:

Weight
Time to recharge
Life of charge
Massive engine needed to move armored vehicle
Massive batteries needed to power the massive engine

about a month ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

kenh One third, China (712 comments)

Coal produces fully one-third of all electricity in the US, what exactly is the plan to make up for that lost generation capacity? In ten years?

Also, eliminating the US consumption of coal does nothing about the ever-increasing use of coal in China where they are bringing new coal-fired generators online at a rate of one per week...

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

kenh Re: Crashplan (983 comments)

It arguably took him years to create test 20 TB collection, if he updated his cloud service backup as he added Giles, it would likely never be more than a day or so behind his main library...

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

kenh Re: Don't bother. (983 comments)

If he created backups incrementally as he grew his collection, the effort to back it up would be trivial, and while the restore would be boring, at least it would be possible.

Someday people will learn that RAID is not a suitable replacement for backups.

Seems to me that 5x four terabyte hard drives would have been a wise investment - heck, toss in a couple extra drives and a RAID option like RAID 5 or 6 and you should be sitting pretty, just copy updated files as they are added to the main array... Of course, it may take a while to rebuild a list 4 TB drive...

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

kenh Look at the bright side (983 comments)

It likely didn't cost him a dime to build up that collection...

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

kenh Paper tape (983 comments)

Sure the information density is pretty low, but it lasts forever!

about a month ago
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$2,400 'Introduction To Linux' Course Will Be Free and Online This Summer

kenh Who paid $2,400... (84 comments)

For a course that is nothing more than an 'Introduction' to Linux?

I remember a fellow years ago that offered an expensive 'study at home' course on Solaris, but his price was well under $2,400 and he actually included a complete Sun workstation with the course...

about a month and a half ago
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California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

kenh Re: hmmm.... (94 comments)

Where is most electricity generated in the alternative methods you listed?

about a month and a half ago
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California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

kenh Re: Add a range-extender engine, perhaps PV too (94 comments)

Capacity factor for the U.S. is about 0.145. That is, for every 1000 Watts of PV you have installed, it'll generate on average 145 Watts throughout the year after factoring in night, weather, angle of the sun, dirt on the panels between washings, etc. So those 28.8 m^2 will actually only generate 3888*0.145 = 536.8 Watts average through the day. 536.8 Watts * 1 day * 24 h/day * 3600 s/h = 36.38 MJ in a day. Or enough to move the bus 10.7 miles per day.

Or you could just add 10% more batteries to the bus.

Buses have their roofs painted white to keep from baking the kids on the (un-air conditioned) bus, cover the roof with black solar panels and you'll likely need to add AC to the bus, eliminating any increase in range with energy spent running the AC cooling the kids...

about a month and a half ago
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California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

kenh Re: Cold (94 comments)

Most districts have bus garages where they store their buses overnight, you typically heat that area anyways for the maintenance crew.

No, they don't - they really, really don't.

I can't imagine a single school district that can justify the expense of such a structure - it is more cost-effective to leave them outside.

about a month and a half ago

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MPC can't process Warranty Claims

kenh kenh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kenh writes "Something has gone horribly, horribly wrong at Gateway/MPC. Here is the very short version of my experience: Dec. 2005 I bought a Gateway Convertible laptop with a 3-year warranty. Oct. 8, 2008 I call MPC, who has taken over warranty calls for Gateway systems (they apparently bought the professional services arm of the company) I'm told part will ship next day. Oct. 20, 2008 I call back, find out where my part is (I had said Ground was fine for shipping), found out the warehouse shipping system had "been down for a week, it just came up, and the part will ship by Wednesday". Oct. 24, 2008 I call back, am told the part is out of stock, call back Wednesday, we should have a better handle on the inventory/ETA. Oct. 29, 2008 I call in, only to find the warehouse hasn't shipped anything for almost two weeks, the part is in stock, and the call center staff has no idea when the part will ship (the system is still down), it could be another week or so. Now, this is bad, but since my average wait time for each of these calls is around two hours, I have to believe I'm not the only customer in this situation. I'm wondering if any here knows the answer to what's going on at MPC?"
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Trouble in iTunes Paradise

kenh kenh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kenh writes "Universal Music, responsible for one out of three new tunes released in the USA, has decided not to renew it's current 12 month contract — yet.[NYTimes Link] The dispute opens the possibility that Apple could lose the ability to offer Universal music for sale through iTunes, and that Universal could take it's music library to another seller. It is unclear what impact this possible change might have for iTunes customers that have bought Universal music from iTunes and need to re-load their iPod/computer if the deal is not renewed? Presumably Apple would have to keep any song ever sold on it's servers in perpetuity."
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kenh kenh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kenh writes "For years my father has gotten along the Information Superhighway with just an i-Opener and an Earthlink account, but the internet has moved too far ahead of his burned-in-ROM browser to be useful tohim anymore (and dial-up is a bit slow these days). Anyway, while investigating various options (Apple Macintosh, Knoppix Linux/Ubuntu Linux with USB key file storage, WebTV) none are very appealing for various reasons. What, o fellow Slashdoter's are the real options today? The criterion are: Dial-up support, no update/anti-virus/etc pop-ups, and no software "update" downloads, support for PDFs, Flash, Javascript, etc. to accomodate modern websites. The i-Opener was 'foolproof", if things went wrong, you could just shut it off and try again, everything I see today lacks that ability (to varying extents)."

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