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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

ksheff Re: Storage (509 comments)

I don't think that is going to happen any time soon. Electric cars are still too expensive and impractical for most people. Not everyone lives in a house where they can install their own charging system or can afford to buy a vehicle that's just for commuting. Battery production will need to improve quite a bit in order to supply that number of vehicles too. Hopefully by the time they are more practical, the utilities will have improved their side of things, not to mention home solar & wind generation should be cheaper by then too.

2 days ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

ksheff that depends on the college.... (226 comments)

The bookstore at my alma-mater sold bumper stickers of the unofficial school motto: "Sex Kills! Go to Tech and live forever". I went to a small rural high school and there were 36 kids in my graduating class. Unfortunately, there were more attractive women in my high school class than there were in my freshman year in college. This was before the Internet was available, so when people weren't studying, they were watching TV, drinking, or doing things like making explosives in their dorm room to blow stuff up in the mountains.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

ksheff Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

In the real world we save our best seed and livestock year to year using that to grow the next generation.

The part about saving seed hasn't been that common place in western countries for several decades. Registered seed growers could do that, but then again, their harvest goes to a seed company, not the general market.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

ksheff Re: Yeah right (308 comments)

Or if Google announces another Google Fiber city that would take a lot of their existing customers. Then they'll roll it out, but just in that market. The sooner that ISPs are required to lease their infrastructure to rivals, the sooner that customers will have real choices and the result is lower prices and higher speeds like in other nations. Until then, they will milk their customers for all they're worth with the existing offerings.

about two weeks ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

ksheff Re:Nothing. (209 comments)

Robot lawn mowers have been around for a few years. Or is it that you just don't like how they go around your lawn?

about three weeks ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

ksheff Re:It's just business - nothing personal (353 comments)

The potential liability and government oversight is simply not worth it

The only reason for this is because of politics.

about three weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

ksheff Re:Robot factories (331 comments)

Then maybe they should look into raising the minimum qualifications and directing those who can't meet them to vo-tech schools.

about a month ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

ksheff Re:Robot factories (331 comments)

By coming up with the next reality show for the History Channel.

about a month ago
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Drones Could 3D-Map Scores of Hectares of Land In Just a Few Hours

ksheff Re:This isn't new. (94 comments)

no kidding. This is how DEM's have been made for decades.

about a month ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

ksheff Re:Health insurance (381 comments)

ER's are required to treat anyone who shows up regardless of whether or not that they have health insurance. If they have ebola, are required to be put in isolation, and still don't have health insurance, they will get a bill after they get out of the hospital. If they pay for it is an entirely different story. Or are you referring to the case of someone being suspected of ebola and need to be quarantined for three weeks while being monitored? That is a good question even if one does have health insurance. It would be nice if ones' employer considered it disability leave or something similar.

about a month and a half ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

ksheff Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

Alan Grayson supports it too, so it seems like travel bans have bipartisan support: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/... The main complaint from the CDC and others against bans would be that it would stop aid workers from getting to the region. That can be addressed by allowing medical workers and other people from governments & NGOs that are going there to help. Another step would be to stop issuing and terminate existing visitor visas for people from those countries if they haven't entered the US, UK, or whatever country issued the visa. That would stop people from legally traveling to another country that isn't on the restricted list and then go on to their expected destination. Sure, people could find ways around it, which also highlights the need for a better means of screening & quarantining passengers. IMHO, the "it's not 100% effective, so let's not even try" mantra is just crazy. It would be like a doctor, nurse, or some other medical personnel saying "condoms aren't 100% effective, so don't bother putting one on. Come back and see us if you think you've caught something".

about 1 month ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

ksheff Re:FP? (942 comments)

but lots of Canadians still use imperial units. The subject was even a part of a Corner Gas episode. :D

about 2 months ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

ksheff Re:How does the quote go...? (267 comments)

Oil changes are very simple and don't really take that long to do. There are much bigger things to worry about with an IC car than oil changes.

about a month ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

ksheff Re:Americans are smart. (460 comments)

Too many people listen to the celebrity because the media is all too willing to give them a platform to spread their misinformation.

about a month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

ksheff Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

Probably for the same reason that many showers in the US only have one knob that will allow you to adjust the temperature of the water and turn off the water flow instead of having knobs for controlling the amount of hot & cold water and another to control the water flow like is done in many places in Europe and Mexico. It's different and the plumbing contractors don't want to deal with it. I've seen the dual flush toilets in Mexico and they make a lot of sense. Having the flush lever for public toilets be foot operated makes a lot of sense and cheaper than the motion detection ones.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

ksheff Re: (602 comments)

I recall reading something that the rated lifetimes of CFLs assume that the bulbs are on for at least 15 minutes at a time and that shorter on/off cycles seriously degrade the life of the bulbs as you have experienced.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

ksheff Re:Android sells one and Half Billion every day (206 comments)

The carriers drop support for them a month or two later, so people need to keep buying a new one to make sure they're up to date. ;)

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

ksheff Re:They can do what they want... (474 comments)

Then as long as the Irish are exporting the product, he doesn't have much to worry about what goes on in Scotland.

about 2 months ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

ksheff Re:Federal Overreach (156 comments)

that's what they do best.

about 2 months ago

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