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Comment: Re:Structural Fatigue (Score 2) 34

by GrumpySteen (#47870283) Attached to: Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

Oh look, a 370 year old house made of wood.

Building a house out of wood doesn't automatically mean that it'll fall down in 10 years. If a wood framed structure fails that early, the fault lies either with the architectural planning or the use of low quality wood that isn't suitable for construction.

Comment: Re:But it's safe! (Score 1) 147

by GrumpySteen (#47853399) Attached to: Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Back at you. I don't see any reason I need to answer that any more than you do. One could also read my post.

I'm happy to go on record as saying that earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons (and they damage they cause) are natural disasters. I'll even go so far as to say that only an idiot would argue otherwise.

Comment: Re:But it's safe! (Score 1) 147

by GrumpySteen (#47852865) Attached to: Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Are you suggesting that the earthquake and ensuing tsunami were somehow not natural disasters?

Or are you suggesting that this was a disaster that couldn't have been prepared for, despite the fact that TEPCO had been warned of the possibility years before? They dismissed the prediction as an unrealistic scenario and literally didn't bother preparing for it, so yeah... they were unprepared.

Comment: Re:It is much smaller than the iPads screens (Score 1) 116

by GrumpySteen (#47816383) Attached to: E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

It is less than 1/9 the size of the 10" of an iPad.

You either entirely missed the point of the submission or you are actually trolling despite implying that you aren't.

The $20 cell phone is less than 1/15th the cost of the cheapest iPad. There are a lot of people who don't have an extra $300 for an ebook reader and live in areas without easy access to books.

A $20 device may not be the best reader available, but it's affordable and provides access to books that might not be available any other way.

Why cares?

This may be hard for you to believe, but some of us aren't entirely self-centered and we actually give a shit about poor people who can't afford the same access to information that others have.

Why is this slashvertisment posted on /.?

A slashvertisement would be an article about a specific product, not a general discussion of $20 cell phones and their capability as ebook readers. If you're going to throw insults around, at least try to make them relevant to the thing you're insulting.

Comment: Re:Illegal (Score 5, Funny) 182

by GrumpySteen (#47760701) Attached to: Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

It's really no different than getting cut off while driving, tracking the plate number through the DMV for a physical address, and then setting up your stripper friend to show up while during their family dinner.

If I'd known it would cause strippers to show up for free at my house for dinner, I'd have started cutting people off the moment I got my driver's license.

10 to the 12th power microphones = 1 Megaphone