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Comment: Re:Easy (Score 1) 235

by CyberTech (#43797801) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wiring Home Furniture?

OurDailyFred, sorry, i didn't see your reply until today...

Most states in the US actually don't specify a per-branch receptacle limit for _residential_ -- you're correct for commercial -- it's 10/13 max, for 15/20amp circuits, respectively. The NEC doesn't specify a limit for residential either, only commercial (where they have to assume an active load).

I'm in California, and the CEC doesn't limit it here either, except to state that the load must be balanced across circuits.

However, common sense reigns here, if anywhere. All my circuits were 20amp, and I limited to 10 per branch for general areas, with lower #'s for task- specific areas -- ie, the computer office has just 4 (duplex, 8 outlets total) per circuit, potential "entertainment unit" locations got 1 or more circuits, etc. Obviously this is in addition to the code-required "dedicated" receptacle circuits, ie, laundry, bathrooms, 2x+ for kitchen, and so on.

Comment: Re:Easy (Score 5, Funny) 235

by CyberTech (#43771541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wiring Home Furniture?

Outlets are supposed to be every 12 feet, not 6 -- that's the same "thinko" i did while building (self) my house. The code actually says no more than 6 feet along any wall (i think the wall has to be 4 feet or longer) to a receptacle. This has the goal of making appliances with 6 foot cords work from any point along the wall.

When I built my house, I was frustrated with my previous 1960's house that had 2 receptacles per room. I said, hell with it, code says 6 feet, I'll make it 4. Note that thinking CORRECTLY, that would have made it 8 feet between outlets.

It wasn't until I had run wire and boxes to 3 rooms that I realized I'd been wiring for 4 feet between boxes. I laughed my ass off and said fuck it, wired the entire house that way... 115 receptacles later, I was done :)

AND THERE'S STILL SPOTS I WISH I HAD A RECEPTACLE AT! :)

Comment: Re:UPS Datacenter (Score 1) 386

by CyberTech (#41015229) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?

"Yes, because humanitarian aid, heavy repair machinery and qualified personnel will be delivered by UPS... go figure."

Besides the military, UPS and Fedex are in PRIME positions to be brought in, in the case of a catastrophe large enough. They have a worldwide (certainly US-wide) delivery system and infrastructure already in place. It's easy to picture a scenario where they are ordered (or offer) to assist.

Comment: Directive 51, hands down. (Score 1) 1365

by CyberTech (#40915153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Some background.. I read... a lot. 200-300 novels per year.

When there's a series, I finish it, even if I didn't much like the first. I'll re-read them every year or other year.

For this book, I won't be reading it again, nor will I buy the 2nd (much less the 3rd) in the series.

Directive 51 terrified me. The concepts in it are just too close to reality; the political machinations; hell those damn near happen now.

It's a book about a worldwide biotech attack that renders all petroleum-based products into goo, combined with a nanotech attack that attacks any metal with electricity present. I won't spoil the rest, suffice to say the attack on our modern technological civilization was complete. It was a book that wouldn't leave my head for several weeks.

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+ - The Books Programmers Don't Read->

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itwbennett writes "You know those must-read programming books? Turns out most of you haven't actually read them. Skimmed, maybe. Been assigned sections in college courses, sure. Programming blogger Bill the Lizard calls you out, with a plea to 'stop recommending books to others that you haven't read yourself'. What books are on your 'haven't read it, lied about it' list?"
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Comment: Re:what will they do with stolen cars? (Score 2) 272

by CyberTech (#38677880) Attached to: The Future of Hi-Tech Auto Theft

. Catalytic converter thefts have been very high because they contain various mixtures of platinum, palladium, rhodium and prices for those precious metals were very high.

Hmm...now, I'd not have a problem with them taking my catalytic converter off the car (leave me the car)...with less air restriction, I'd likely have more performance!!

And, not like I live where they do sniff tests on inspections....I've never lived where they do that..sounds like a PITA.

If your car is like mine was, they wouldn't need to do sniff tests. They'd hear you coming. My catalytic converter was cut out of my 4Runner while in the parking lot at work. I left work at around 4pm, started it up, and nearly shit a brick. It was the loudest vehicle I'd ever heard, I thought it was broken, lol!

Brought a friend out to listen while i started it, he's peering around, and says... "wtf, where's your cc?" Just a pile of metal shavings :)

Comment: Re:Bipartisan support (Score 1) 548

by CyberTech (#38008510) Attached to: Bipartisan Internet Sales Tax Bill Introduced

"Yeah, because the alternative is people living in a house for 30 years and being forced to sell it to pay for increasing property taxes they cannot afford on a retired fixed income is so much better for everyone."

Please. That could have easily been solved. Instead we're in a situation where the people on 3 sides of me rent their original homes out -- it makes no sense to sell them because they pay only _$400_ a year in property tax. The 2 of the 3 houses behind me pay less than $800. Me, I pay $8500. Same size house, bought 12 years ago at a decent rate -- the problem is I remodeled it, and the county reappraises at current day rates. The house across to the left just sold, I expect he'll be near what I pay.

Prop 13 does nothing but encourage neighborhoods to be turned into rent factories and engender bad feelings between neighbors who pay VASTLY different sums for the _exact same service_. It was a good idea poorly implemented, and now everyone is too scared to change it.

Comment: Re:The point of the public schools is not learning (Score 1) 725

by CyberTech (#37172324) Attached to: When Schools Are the Police

"(except for in California, where you have to have a teacher certificate to home school"

This is not correct. There is no requirement to have a teaching certificate in CA. That was a short-term decision of a court that was overturned on appeal a few months later; it was never a law. The only requirement is that the lessons include the standards-track material as well, and this is enforced thru periodic testing and feedback with a local school. Additionally popular are home schooling coops who create a legal and instructional framework around what is essentially a school for multiple children, run out of homes.

Comment: Re:What the fsycke happened ? (Score 1) 626

by CyberTech (#36867724) Attached to: For Texas Textbooks, a Victory For Evolution

You are not misinformed.

The largest textbook purchasers are California (#1) and Texas (#2); The rest of the country arguably gets what we 2 states 'agree' on thru our negotiations with the publishers. Texas has such a large influence because it orders books at the state level, whereas most states order (and decide) at a district level.

Now normally, we balance each others whacky theories out. However, CA has drastically reduced _new_ textbook orders due to budget issues for the last few years, so this and last years TX board meetings were of particular import, as TX had unusually strong influence with the publishers.

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Govt To Bomb Guam With Frozen Mice To Kill Snakes 229

Posted by samzenpus
from the rodent-rain dept.
rhettb writes "In a spectacularly creative effort to rid Guam of the brown tree snake, an invasive species which has ravaged local wildlife and angered local residents, the US Department of Agriculture is planning to 'bomb' the island's rainforests with dead frozen mice laced with acetaminophen. While it might not seem difficult to purge an island of snakes, the snake's habit of dwelling high in the rainforest canopy has so far thwarted efforts to rid the island of the pest. Eradicating the snake is a priority because it triggers more than 100 power outages a year at a cost of $1-4 million and has driven at least 6 local bird species to extinction."

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.

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