Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 251

by Cyberax (#49744529) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States
Uhm... I've been using front-loaders pretty much the whole life (and was shocked to find out that they are rare in the US) and I've never had a problem with mildew, except that one time when I left my clothes in the washer for one week. An empty run with a regular detergent fixed it (the clothes were ruined, though).

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 251

by Cyberax (#49744475) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States

Detergent is not a disinfectant.

Detergent (and even good old soap) doesn't kill _all_ bacteria and spores, but it's pretty efficient in killing most of active bacteria and fungi (link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm... ). That's more than enough to delay the onset of mold long enough for the clothes to dry.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 4, Interesting) 251

by Cyberax (#49731277) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States

Are you really going to get up at 3AM to do laundry? I doubt it.

People on Kauai, HI do this all the time - by setting a timer on a washing machine (electricity prices 8x the national average are a good motivator) . You can also pre-heat water during the nighttime or use solar water heaters during the day.

Comment: Re:Every 10,000 years? (Score 1) 42

by Cyberax (#49652069) Attached to: NASA Images Massive Solar Flare
Nuclear weapon EMP is greatly exaggerated.

A rule of thumb is, if your devices are affected by an EMP of a nuclear explosion and you're not inside a bunker/tank/whatever then you shouldn't worry about it. Because you're dead.

Besides, even the largest solar flares won't produce much magnetic flux to affect anything less than grid-size. Remember, flares themselves do not produce magnetic field themselves, they affect the Earth's geomagnetic field instead.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340

Working...