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Comment: Re:And I have a huge supply of 75W / 100W incadesc (Score 1) 944

by DrDitto (#45785217) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out
And why am I batshit crazy? Because I had a bad experience reading EPA websites about CFL mercury and had a significant emotional response to my child's possible exposure? And because I bought a dozen packs of 75W and 100W bulbs and just plan on using them? My house is solar equipped anyways.

Comment: And I have a huge supply of 75W / 100W incadescent (Score 4, Interesting) 944

by DrDitto (#45784529) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out
About 6 years ago I switched over to CFLs. I dealt with the crappy light quality, flicker, and high failure rate. Then my wife broke a CFL literally inches from my 2-year old's face. I'm thinking "meh, I played with mercury thermometers as a kid. big deal". But then I read about vaporized mercury (yes, it goes to solid dust when not pressurized but still) and visited the EPA website which, at the time, recommended I replaced the carpet in the bedroom. Not cool. My wife was in a state of panic over the possible mercury inhaled by our 2-year old. We obviously have no idea about how much mercury he was exposed to. I know that eating several fish is probably equivalent to the same amount of mercury, but there is a difference between inhaled dust and food digested by your stomach. At which point I switched the entire house back to incadescent. And I bought a shitload of 75W and 100W bulbs (probably a 10 year supply). Now granted nowadays I'd just buy LEDs, but cheap LEDs weren't available in 2009-ish. After that experience and given my stock of incadescents, I'm going to keep using incadescents until my stock runs out. I can afford it and I don't a flying fuck about what others think. I do far more to reduce carbon emissions in other ways. That said, I'll only buy a small stock of 40W / 60W. LEDs are good enough nowadays that I see myself switching to those (but you never know when you want a cheap lightbulb for a cheap temporary lamp or something).

Comment: 56 Kbps of landlines voice quality is noticable (Score 2) 329

by DrDitto (#42650307) Attached to: When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?
I can't stand talking on mobile phones. I'm really sensitive to noise, and mobile codecs are typically in the 9.6 to 14.4 Kbps range. A POTS landline is 56 Kbps and it makes a HUGE difference for me, even if the other side is using a mobile phone (since the signal is garbled/compressed once instead of twice).

Comment: Re:Touring bike (Score 1) 356

by DrDitto (#40344749) Attached to: The bicycle I most often ride is ...
IMHO, a touring bike makes the ultimate commuter. An upright riding position, durable, and can take a load of cargo. The LHT has a longer wheel base which makes it handle more like a "truck" compared to my road race bike, but I can't see how this is possibly an issue for city riding. I've been commuting on my LHT for the past year.

Comment: Highly recommend USS Cobia tour in Manitowoc, WI (Score 4, Informative) 225

by DrDitto (#40134559) Attached to: Remembering America's Fresh Water Submarines
I've been on a lot of tours of WWII vessels-- everything from the USS Arizona in Hawaii to the USS North Carolina in North Carolina to the submarine exhibit at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. I have to say the very best tour I've done was the USS Cobia sub tour in Manitowoc, WI. http://www.wisconsinmaritime.org/ The tour was given by an old WWII submariner (yes, he was old!). It was a far better experience than any other sub exhibit. The sub is in the water and it is quite the feeling to go beneath the water line of a WWII sub. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend it! Granted that was 12 years ago and nowadays the old tour guides may have either passed or are too feeble...

Comment: Re:"cellular" means frequence reuse (Score 1) 247

by DrDitto (#38842059) Attached to: AT&T Threatening To Raise Rates After Merger Failure
I don't recall the specifics. I thought the IS-95 CDMA had several channels with each using ~ 1MHz of shared spectrum. Even so, CDMA does use very fine-grained power control. Make the cells smaller and the transmitters reduce their power such that interference with adjacent cells is reduced (and battery life improved, etc.).

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