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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

knightghost Re:But but but (320 comments)

There is no drought. There's just overpopulation and pumping water hundreds of miles to farm in a desert. Their #1 electricity use is pumping water for those farms.

3 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

knightghost Re:Screw you white boys (307 comments)

Most people I know have half a dozen geographies in their genetic background and everyone is a different shade of color. Race is now irrelevant.

What does matter is what people do. Having someone - anyone - in a class that screws up the bell curve makes others feel bad. In most of those classes the ace student is celebrated, but obviously not here. PR over results.

CS is overrated anyway. 10% should be CS, 30% should be Software Engineers, and 50% grunt work Programmers. All very different education.

5 days ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

knightghost Re:Motives (105 comments)

Why aren't there more programmers? Because anyone smart enough to achieve a CS degree could instead get an MBA then a job with half the work and twice the pay.

A similar problem happened with Petroleum Engineers but with different results. They increased the pay and a couple years later there were plenty of qualified engineers.

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

knightghost Re:Solar Lanterns already available (143 comments)

IBM did this for PR. It'll likely take far more resources to reuse the old laptop batteries than manufacture a good solution from scratch (like the one you referenced).

about two weeks ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

knightghost Re:So? (135 comments)

No, that caused the problem. "Save the children!" and other lemming stampede inducing sayings will always be abused by those in power.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

knightghost Re:I have nothing better to do... (545 comments)

so why not stay at work and get stuff done?

At work I'm productive for the employer but don't expand my skills. At home I work for ME - putting investment into expanding my skills which helps both me and my employer in the long run.

Salary = Wage Slave. The entire concept of a salary was for people that owned a chunk of the business. 99% of people should be hourly.

Good IT = Engineering, not art. Taking 12 hours to do 1 hour of work is due to lack of education and experience, not flexibility.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

knightghost Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

Only if you get people to vote that way... or even vote. Impossible.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

knightghost Re:Yes (376 comments)

You're one of the few. Age discrimination and outsourcing are huge. Migrating to management will get twice the pay for half the work given an MBA and a decade of engineering experience.

Half of STEM workers don't find work in their field after graduating.
3/4 of STEM workers leave the field for better areas.
The flood of STEM visas and outsourcing in IT has reduced wages by 1/3.
Still want to stay in the field? You better enjoy what you do and live on a strict budget.

about three weeks ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

knightghost Re:Competitive within 30 years? Try 2. (194 comments)

A biased web site cooking the books through subsidies, tax dodges, and unrealistic projections.
Solar here costs 60 cents/kw (down from 90 c/kw a decade ago). Hyrdo is 3 c/kw. Wind is 4 c/kw. Natural gas and coal are 9 c/kw. Nuclear is 12 c/kw.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

knightghost Re:Another way to get cheap labour (110 comments)

CS degrees should be dumped in favor of 90% Software Engineering degrees because that's where the jobs have been for 20+ years and will continue to be.

Students need to know both the fundamentals and the application - and to never stop learning. So maybe this is a step towards the right direction of always learning while working.

about three weeks ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

knightghost Re:Copyright? (194 comments)

Yea, at this rate of efficiency gains it'll only be ANOTHER 30 years until they're economical.

Seriously... don't you people measure anything? And you call yourselves engineers...

about three weeks ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

knightghost Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (219 comments)

Local prosecutors have to follow ethics rules. Federal prosecutors do not.

about three weeks ago
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

knightghost Re:Yo, its 2014! (291 comments)

Makes sense, since RoR is for programmers that are afraid of databases. They just can't deal with real data.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

knightghost Re: Storage (516 comments)

Storage is the "next great myth" - a solution looking for a problem. And government handouts.

I was stuck behind storm Sandy in New Jersey and discovered that 99% of the problems there were self induced. Guess what - they don't trim trees away from the power lines. Every time you get wind, dozens to hundreds (or thousands in this case) or branches snap the lines.

about three weeks ago
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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

knightghost Re:Sign me up for the Basic Plus plan (45 comments)

Add birth control to the top of that list. Most issues stem from overcrowding.

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

knightghost PR (293 comments)

Fuel cells are 100% PR. Like solar cells, they are decades away from being economical.

I'd greatly prefer to see something practical and can be made today. A natural gas powered Honda Fit with an inexpensive home refueler would be ideal.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

knightghost Re:It's more of a statement about NYC (481 comments)

Wealth seems to be a larger social stratus than culture. Not to mention that dense populations lose peer pressure because people simply don't know each other.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

knightghost police are good (481 comments)

This is about teaching kids how to get away with a crime and be disrespectful.

The police are there to protect you, but unfortunately also to enforce laws that politicians write. If you don't like the laws then go after the politicians.

This anti-police crusade is no different than rioting and burning down your own neighborhood. Wrong target, wrong method.

about three weeks ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

knightghost Re:that's because (376 comments)

Incorrect. The french are more productive per hour, but not by much. Americans work a lot more hours and have a higher sum of productivity.

I've worked across the world and the only group that beats americans for "nose to the grindstone" is some groups in asia.

There's also the matter of effectiveness, and americans pretty much have everyone beat.

about a month ago

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