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Comment Re:Bacteria spread via the air (Score 1) 70

I'd be curious to know if the design of these cooling towers(unfortunately, results for 'cooling towers' tend to be heavy on the really big ones used by power plants, which aren't terribly relevant except sharing certain basic principles of operation) would allow for UV sterilization.

The idea that you can actually 'disinfect' something in the real world, outside of a cleanroom or high end operating room, for more than a few minutes to hours is mostly a polite fiction. Any sort of real world plumbing arrangment is going to be hosting assorted biofilms and other incredibly durable bacterial reservoirs more or less inevitably. As the massive success of modern sanitation systems has proven, you can get water 'clean enough' for the more-or-less-healthy to stay that way; but if you actually need to exterminate almost all the bacteria, you are picking a whole different fight.

If, though, you only need to ensure that the contents of the droplets emitted by the cooling system in operation are reasonably disinfected, intense UV in the outflow ducts might be able to do that, and UV isn't high energy enough to do too much violence to metal parts(plastics/rubber/etc. can be trouble; but you won't be commiserating with nuclear reactor operators over radiation embrittlement issues.)

Comment Re: America (Score 1) 322

No, I want them to already have values which align with my own.

What you're advocating is a politician who's corrupt and votes for legislation that's against my own interests (like the DMCA, Iraq War, etc.), and then only changes course somewhat after he/she finds out that position is too unpopular, so they change their rhetoric somewhat to try to appeal to the voters and keep getting re-elected. Meanwhile, the shitty legislation has already been passed, and they're not doing anything to repeal it.

The point of a democracy isn't to elect someone who will do the bare minimum to get re-elected, while passing as much stuff as they can for their corporate benefactors without pissing off their constituents too much. The point of a representative democracy is to elect candidates who share your own values, so that they can spend their time studying the issues in-depth and making sound decisions on them, because they may come up with a different decision after studying the issue for weeks or months than you would after reading some slanted "news" article for 1 minute.

Comment Re:Western World Projects are becoming embarrasing (Score 1) 162

It's simple: Western society is collapsing. It's too bad, too; we're finally figuring out a few things like equal rights for gays and ending prohibition for pot, the former marginalizing a significant portion of society (reducing productivity) and the latter costing society a fortune in money and violence (just like alcohol Prohibition did in the 1930s).

But I guess all the corruption, plus all the outsourcing to low-cost nations, plus all the lawsuits, is catching up with us.

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 441

The next question is: why would you filter tap water after it's already been treated? I'd be more concerned about the microbial population of my home filter than about the quality of the tap water in most places that have water treatment plants.

As for the juices, unlike sodas, you do get vitamins unfortunately, even without added sugar, fruits that you don't have to chew or digest to assimilate, means that you get all those extra fruit servings, without feeling satiated and without the solids slowing down the assimilation rate. It's only a small step up from sodas to juices.

My beverage of choice: unfiltered tap water.

Comment Re:I see the problem (Score 1) 299

No, it's not about being "Christian", dominionists are a particular strain that wants Christians to have dominion over everyone, hence the name.

It's just like how only some Christians believe in Prosperity Theology ("God loves rich people more, and that's why he's blessed them with wealth." Dominionists are closely related), and only some Christians believe in speaking in tongues. Christians aren't all the same.

As for Cruz's claims, obviously he keeps that quiet. His father spells it all out.

Comment Re: She killed the calculator group. Never forget! (Score 1) 299

No, it doesn't. It's a compromise, just like anything else. Having dedicated, high-quality keys with excellent tactile feedback is ideal, however it isn't always practical. There's no way you can do that on a phone with apps, for instance, because every app is different and you need to be able to reconfigure it on the fly. Having it on a Model M keyboard works fine, because you don't expect it to change and there's plenty of room there for lots of keys, unlike a phone. And the keyboard sits on your desk; it's not mobile, so there's no real penalty for it being big. The HP48-series calculators were great in their time (though slow for a lot of things, especially anything involving the menus), but they were about as big as a modern phablet, and that's all they did.

If you're already carrying around a 5" screen smartphone, why not have an app that does most of that stuff (esp. when you can just use the free version and not pay anything)? Maybe you like hauling around a dedicated calculator everywhere you go on the off change you want to convert degrees to radians, but I'm not going to; an Android app works just fine for that.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 2) 299

It's been repeatedly demonstrated that it wasn't, in fact. It was just a better effort than similar devices which preceded it.

Right, but not innovation. That's not what this is about.

Oh please. I hate to defend Apple of all companies, but "innovation" is not being the first to come up with the very first version of something, that's "invention". The two are not the same. Putting together existing parts (and refining them significantly) into a new overall package is innovation; it's really the same thing as engineering, but also combined with design.

I still remember when the iPhone first came out. It was truly intuitive and easy to use for people who hadn't used one before, and it was actually attractive; this just wasn't true for preceding devices with their tiny screens with resistive touchscreens and crappy OSes. Thankfully, Android came along later (though it has major problems too, namely mfgrs abandoning devices quickly), but I have to give credit where it's due. The iPhone is the whole reason everyone has a smartphone now; no one cared about them before because they really weren't easy to use (nor attractive).

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 299

If she voluntarily brought that parallel up, she's either desperate or stupid. Jobs got booted and went on to outdo Apple sufficently that they ended up buying him back and more or less gutting their own products to rebuild them around his. Fiorina? I, um, must have missed that part of her career.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 299

The grim bit isn't so much having a given deal work out less well than hoped; but the downright absurd category error that made the idea seem even remotely sensible.

When you are peddling a bunch of expensive, reasonably tightly interconnected, enterprise datacenter widgetry and 'solutions'; it's not terribly uncommon to have re-badge versions of competitor's products, in areas you are weak in, so that you can satisfy the customer who wants everything wrapped up in a single vendor relationship, single point of contact, warranty and support agreement across the entire package, and so on. To this day, for instance, HP will sell you HP-colored Cisco switch gear that slots into their blade server chassis. They would obviously prefer that you buy their own, which they also have; but they'd rather sell you a big pile of HP blades and some Cisco switches than sell you nothing because you can't get the switches you want. Other vendors do the same sort of thing, as customer demand and the strengths and weaknesses of their offerings dictate. I'm sure it works out better some times than others; but it's broadly sensible.

The mindblowingly incompetent bit is, for some reason, applying the same logic to a consumer electronics widget; and then sealing the defeat by failing to secure important basics like "will our rebadged model get updated when the ipod does, or will we be left peddling last year's toy for as long as Apple feels like it?". That's what is just grim about this little tale. You don't come out ahead in every deal, yeah, so it goes; but running a company that sells, and has for years, to both enterprise customers and individuals; and not understanding the difference clearly enough to see that ipod buyers have different priorities than people buying blades or SANs? Seriously?

Comment Re:Sad to see the HP culture disappearing (Score 1) 299

Is this what USasians think is a generous vacation policy? You're seriously impressed about being able to take a whole week of vacation?!? LOL.

He's talking about the tech industry. Not every place in the US is like that, nor is every tech company, that's really more about the high-profile (=high pressure) ones.

In most industries, 2-4 weeks per year is the norm, sometimes more in government positions.

But yeah, if you work at Apple, don't expect to take much vacation time.

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