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Comment: Re:Blacksmithing (Score 1) 727

by Fjandr (#46745321) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

You don't need good charcoal to produce basic tools. As for making good charcoal, all that takes is time and manual labor once you know how the process works. I suppose there are those who think anything requiring manual labor is hard, but I'm not one of them.

  As for the pejoratives, you should look in the mirror first if you're going to trot them out. They almost always apply more easily to the person using them.

Nothing in my comment implied anyone would work from scratch in normal circumstances. The discussion is not about normal circumstances. You can make basic tools when you have nothing but primitive materials. Period.

Unless all the iron and steel in the world magically disappears in this hypothetical catastrophe, mining ore isn't an issue. Getting metal to work with is trivial, and would remain so after just about any catastrophe.

Comment: Re:Blacksmithing (Score 2) 727

by Fjandr (#46738257) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

A decent blacksmith needs nothing but raw materials. Producing charcoal is easy, as is making basic tools from scrap. With those basic tools, advanced tools can be made. Anyone who believes otherwise has never met a real blacksmith. Graduating from apprenticeship requires actually making your own tools from raw materials.

Comment: Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (Score 1) 465

There are a lot of people who find the false drama of unreality shows to be an utter turn-off. I would have loved to watch something like this without the injection of false drama. Unreality TV plays to the least common denominator, which is why they tend to perform poorly when targeting technically literate people as a demographic.

Comment: Re:How dare they make the user experience better (Score 1) 205

by Fjandr (#46619525) Attached to: Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

Yup, there's only so many ways you can make a keyboard. Ergo, anyone copying the key bevel and switch technology is justified in doing so. After all, there's no difference between the tactile feel of Cherry switches and cheap membrane switches, just to name one single aspect of keyboard tech.

Oh, wait...

(Cue someone random popping in to say a cellphone doesn't use a full-size keyboard, failing completely to understand the concept of an anaolgy.)

Comment: Re:Are we not advanced enough to use UTC Time? (Score 1) 310

by Fjandr (#46453313) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time ...

People would only be confused until those used to the current system (and unable/unwilling to learn a new one) died off.

All we need is a 24-hour clock, and anyone giving a time to anyone else would simply note their zone (0-23). Determine the difference in the two zones, and the larger zone subtracts that many hours to figure out the relative time of day at the other location (and vice versa). There are other ways to calculate the relative difference in daylight/working time between locations too. Some are easier for certain people than others, and some are easier depending on whether or not the difference is =12.

Both systems obviously have pros and cons. The current one means people don't have to calculate anything to know whether it's day or night when already talking to someone. Coordinating action, especially if more than two locations are involved, can take significant calculation though. Changing to a unified time system makes coordination a snap, at the expense of immediately being able to tell the relative daylight/working time in another location.

Comment: Re:last thing? (Score 1) 294

by Fjandr (#46385633) Attached to: Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

And anyone who says Ibuprofen or Tylenol works better for them is likely a DEA shill or got placebos, because that's a load of crap. I can understand the nausea, yes, but to say opioids are less effective than over the counter counter analgesics is ridiculous.

That's not entirely true. There are people who do not metabolize opioids effectively. They are, however, very rare. I'd guess most people who say the above actually have little or no experience with opiate painkillers, and are instead spouting BS they heard from someone else in order to look informed.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun