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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

vijayiyer Re: We vote on leaders not lightbulbs (1146 comments)

Many incandescent lightbulbs aren't used for hours a day, which is what the break even price calculations are based on. My bedroom lights maybe get 45 minutes a day, and my guest bedroom perhaps 45 minutes a week. In my garage, it's 45 minutes a month. CFLs will never break even there.

about 7 months ago
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Nano-SIM Decision Delayed

vijayiyer Slashdot hypocrites (117 comments)

Tme for all the hypocrites to come out against apple who is offering a free, perpetual license for the relevant patents, in favor of those who won't do the same, only because they have an irrational hatred of apple. Just look at the first post.

more than 2 years ago
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Sweden Moving Towards Cashless Economy

vijayiyer Re:Scary (447 comments)

Why not just track us all, because it's not fair to anyone when people commit crimes? Once we lose an underlying presumption of innocence, any invasion of our privacy or erosion of personal liberties seems to make sense.
It's not my job to help the government do theirs. They can catch tax cheats with good, old fashioned detective work. To presume that my heavy use of cash is somehow illegal or fraudulent is ridiculous.

more than 2 years ago
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Google 'Wasting' $16 Billion On Projects Headed Nowhere

vijayiyer Re:Shareholders want to buy... (408 comments)

The point is that the shareholders, to the extent that they have votes, control the company. There's no issue of "being held captive", because it is theirs. If you don't like that, you don't sell shares to the shareholders. Nobody forces that. Heck, you can take a public company private by buying it out if that's what you want.
I don't understand all this angst towards shareholders - it's not like anyone forces a company to issue stock.
That's real-life. Textbook is the fantasy that you take money from someone without them owning you.

more than 2 years ago
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Google 'Wasting' $16 Billion On Projects Headed Nowhere

vijayiyer Re:Its called risk and research. (408 comments)

At $38B total revenue, that's less than $1.5B in total non-ad revenue, which is pretty much chump change.

more than 2 years ago
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Google 'Wasting' $16 Billion On Projects Headed Nowhere

vijayiyer Re:killed? (408 comments)

The difference is that Bell Labs did pure research. While Google may be doing pure research, it isn't evident based upon the projects that are publicly visible. Pure research is what yields the long term society–changing breakthroughs, whereas R&D on fantasy projects often have higher capital expenses with nothing to show for it even if the project succeeds.

more than 2 years ago
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Third-Generation Apple TV Lands With a Thud

vijayiyer Re:You're missing the key feature. (222 comments)

Some people don't want their living room to look like a scene from Brazil. $100 is a small price to pay.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple-Approved Fair Labor Inspections Begin At Foxconn

vijayiyer Re:Thoughts from someone who lives in China (334 comments)

You can skew the number all you want. Facts are facts, and the fact is that the conditions at Foxconn are bad. So bad that this year 150 workers threatened mass suicide in protest. They where all fired and forcibly removed. To me, that does not sound like a content work force.

Nowadays, people don't seem to even understand the definition of a fact...

more than 2 years ago
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The Zuckerberg Tax

vijayiyer Re:Such systems have been proposed before (1065 comments)

They tax you on the difference of what you paid to Oregon ($0) and what you would pay to California (~10%, or $200k for the example).

more than 2 years ago
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The Zuckerberg Tax

vijayiyer Re:AMT ? (1065 comments)

He pays more than AMT. AMT caps at 28%, but he'll pay at 35%. The crossover point is somewhere around $400k.

more than 2 years ago
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The Zuckerberg Tax

vijayiyer Re:Such systems have been proposed before (1065 comments)

You pay state sales tax based upon where you garage or hangar your vehicle. When you buy a $2M aircraft and hangar it in California, the state sends you a bill.
Of course, you can hangar it in a tax friendly state like Oregon, but then the aircraft isn't nearby.

more than 2 years ago
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Edison Would Have Loved New Light Bulb Law, Says His Great-Grandson

vijayiyer More feel good legislation. (473 comments)

Let's say you save 200w for 6 hours per day by using a more efficient lightbulb. That's 1.2 kw hr per day, or roughly 4mJ.
Given that a gallon of gas weighs about 3 kg and therefore has about 120mJ of heating value, this saves the equivalent of about 4 oz of gasoline per day assuming 50% efficiency. Is legislation for is really warranted?
If they would fix the awful public transit in the SF bay area, we'd be saving something significant instead. Or if we had diesel cars, or stopped drinking bottled tap water.

more than 2 years ago
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i-Device Manufacturing Unprofitable To China

vijayiyer Re:Apple basically is the tablet market. (320 comments)

There is no substitute for ForeFlight on an iPad. I'm not carrying a laptop in the cockpit to view charts, and it saves me hundreds of dollars a year compared to paper charts. You go fly a plane with a smart phone and a netbook in your lap and tell me that it's better.

more than 2 years ago
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GM, NHTSA Delayed Volt Warnings To Prop Up Sales

vijayiyer Re:Ohhhh shit (344 comments)

Many of which electric cars fail at too. They are poor at top speed (lower continuous peak power, typically limited by battery discharge rates and thermals) and cornering ability (heavy - look at a Tesla vs. Elise). They're way more costly, because batteries are expensive. And they're not going to get cheap, because lithium ion batteries already have economies of scale. EVs have great off the line acceleration and are quiet, but that's about all that's going for them.

more than 2 years ago
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GM, NHTSA Delayed Volt Warnings To Prop Up Sales

vijayiyer Re:Ohhhh shit (344 comments)

A Tesla costs more than twice as much as the Elise on which it's based without the performance. Why is it the shit?

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Threatens Robin Hood Attacks Against Banks

vijayiyer Re:I dont see any issues with them. (529 comments)

So you're equating wealth itself with crime. If that's not class warfare. I don't know what is.
N.b., there is always someone who has less than you who wants what you have. Be careful what you wish for.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Threatens Robin Hood Attacks Against Banks

vijayiyer Re:They're not really stealing from bank (529 comments)

That just drives the cost of goods up, since they charge merchants the 1-2%. On large dollar items, sometimes you can negotiate a cash discount.

more than 2 years ago

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