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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

nuggz Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

Actually we DO have equations for all the physics that relate to it.
They teach the basics in a course called "statics", then when they start moving they call it "dynamics".
Then you get into solid mechanics/Mechanics of Deformable solids (think steel as a sponge).

Then there is of course FEA, which is just an application of MODS, and really just a massive mess/"system" of equations.

about 4 months ago

Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

nuggz Closed source software problems. (267 comments)

Is anyone really surprised?

Apple decides to block updates of their hardware.
Microsoft decides to stop supporting old software.

You're using closed source software, so you're stuck.

That's the point of Free Software.

about 4 months ago

Comparison: Linux Text Editors

nuggz Vim and Emacs (402 comments)

Personally I use vim and emacs, they can do everything those editors can, and much more.
Once you get over the learning curve, which I did, there is no reason to try the less capable editors.

about 4 months ago

Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

nuggz Multi voting shares (275 comments)

Sheesh, sell off a bunch of low vote, or non-voting shares.

There was a big whine fest about the Google share split of the C, non voting, but everyone forgets that nobody can buy B class stock (10 votes per share).

Companies do it all the time, and some investors are okay being silent partners if they think the management is good.

about 6 months ago

Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

nuggz Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

I'm quite aware of that, which is why the automotive industry is so specific about how everything gets done, and tested.

Really the number of assembly or manufacturing defects in automotive is astonishingly small. A lot of that is all that "overhead" like having a control plan for every single component. The amount of background work to do anything in automotive is really mindboggling.

about 6 months ago

Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

nuggz Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

As opposed to the US assembled vehicles made with those same Chinese parts?

about 6 months ago

Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

nuggz Re:Buyer beware (431 comments)

Better not buy any car, since all the automakers and Tier 1's source from China.

about 6 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

nuggz Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

Why don't you just get the correct license or insurance.

When I upgraded my car to allow light business use, it only cost a few dollars a year more.

about 6 months ago

Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

nuggz Re:Good, but... (350 comments)

A well thought out procedure would be good.
However someone will figure out a way to exploit it anyway.
It will be so cumbersome as to be unusable, and people won't use it.

Apparently some potentially violent situations are reported by single calls. Being seen to ignore such a call is very "costly" (in Public opinion, potentially lives), whereas kicking in some innocent guys door is still seen as mostly forgivable by the public.

about 7 months ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

nuggz Re:more pseudo science (869 comments)

You can't let the facts stand in the way of your opinion.

Based on my 12 hour locatel micro climate analysis, my lawn will burst into flames in 87 more hours.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

nuggz Business case (383 comments)

To justify spending on any project, you have to explain why it is worth spending money on. This is standard practice for any large expenditure.

It's a simple concept, but it's hard to do well.

Simply identify the benefits of hiring someone, and their value. If the additional value is more than their cost, by the required return, they'll spend the money.

If you spend your time doing other stuff, point out you spend x% of your time doing this other stuff, and if you consider the context switching overhead you're very inefficient. That's often enough to hire a jr support guy.

1 year,13 days

Black Silicon Slices and Dices Bacteria

nuggz Useless against biofilms (78 comments)

Except this only works on the bacteria on contact.
Get a bit of slime and the surface never touches most of the bacteria.

1 year,18 days

SSD Manufacturer OCZ Preparing For Bankruptcy

nuggz Re:Warranties (182 comments)

Unless they don't buy that part of the business.

The whole point of a bankruptcy is to get rid of excess obligations.

1 year,19 days

Xbox One Released

nuggz Microsoft & UI (310 comments)

I liked the old MS UI work.

They pushed for the Common user interface stuff back in the DOS days, and it was great.

Now they're trying to merge desktop, tablet, phone & TV/Xbox into a consistent theme of UI. It's hard but they're pushing hard.
They're getting a lot of pushback, but I think that's inherent in what they are doing, Gnome 3 is getting the same thing.

Apple however does the same thing, but they've conditioned their customer base to accept the Apple way.

1 year,25 days

"Anti-Gravity" 3D Printer Sculpts Shapes On Any Surface

nuggz Re: Space Applications? (51 comments)

The fact that they simultaneously claim it is a thermoplastic and that it cures confuses me.
Thermoplastics don't really cure, they just melt and "freeze", so what is it?

about a year and a half ago

"Anti-Gravity" 3D Printer Sculpts Shapes On Any Surface

nuggz Re:thermoplastic construction (51 comments)

This is just a fancy tech laden "Bondo"

The problem with keying a car is the paint, not the structural damage.

BTW your local bodyshop should be able to pop out panels and touch up small scratches relatively cheaply, at least compared to replacing the part with a 3D printed replacement, which would still need to be painted.

about a year and a half ago

Oxford Temporarily Blocks Google Docs To Fight Phishing

nuggz "The Tool" (128 comments)

You mean the university email system that delivers the malicious email?

I have a crazy idea, tell users not to give personal information out by email. It's that simple.

NEVER give out personal information by email.

about 2 years ago

I organize my browser bookmarks ...

nuggz Why organize them? (171 comments)

I just start typing what I want.

Typically if it's bookmarked chrome will autocomplete it as I type.

Same thing on my phone, I just start typing the app/contact name into the google search bar.
Also with google drive, I'm either in "recent" or search, it's faster and easier than navigating a directory structure.

I have a layout/tree, but that's basically habit as opposed to any functional reason.

about 2 years ago

OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office

nuggz Re:My MS Office replacement is skydrive (361 comments)

Often I want "super snappy", in which case I use gnumeric, which is super snappy.

If I want portability and access, I'll just leave it in sheets, or skydrive

LO/OO/Excel really don't offer much of a benefit to me, at least in my personal life.

about 2 years ago

OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office

nuggz My MS Office replacement is skydrive (361 comments)

It's free-ish and fully compatible.
Openoffice is just too slow, on my Linux box I use google sheets and gnumeric.

about 2 years ago


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