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Comment: Re:god dammit. (Score 1) 434

by HuntingHades (#47713797) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead
If feral cats are spayed and neutered, then they can't have feral kittens, which then 2-3 years later have more kittens, etc. Its not an immediate reduction in the number of birds killed, but by reducing or reversing the population growth of the feral cat population, less birds will be killed as prey.

Comment: Re:Old News (Score 1) 172

by HuntingHades (#47224435) Attached to: Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall
Do you have a citation to back this up? I can't find anything indicating that blood banks (at least in the US) were ever entirely based on a system of personal credits. The first "blood depots" were setup in the UK during World War I to store blood for treatment of battlefield injuries, and "blood bank" now almost always means the storage are of the hospital or medical center where the blood is kept Most, if not all, American blood centers allow both replacement blood drives which can replace the units used by someone and put credits towards their hospital bill, and some allow you to get credits in advance for yourself if used within a short period (like 2-3 weeks). Additionally, many of them will allow you to make autologous donations, or to donate for a specific person in advance, but those cases both require doctor's orders and processing fees. Here's an example:

Comment: Re:$30,000 per year (Score 2) 1040

by HuntingHades (#47156151) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
Plenty of adults are stuck working part time as well. They may be perfectly willing to work full time, but the new management style in retail and some other areas is to use software at the last minute to create the schedules and get the optimal number of employees on site at any given time without ever having any extra employees. As a result they will typically be scheduled with erratic schedules of 30 hours or less a week, and because they schedule is constantly changing, they can't easily schedule in a second job either. It's even worse for employees who need to juggle work schedule with arranging child care. And the argument of "they should find a better job" doesn't really hold water either. Depending on location, transport and the local job market, there may not be any other better jobs available. You can find plenty of articles about this over the last few years if you search for "just in time scheduling". Here's one representative article discussing the problems it causes for a significant portion of the workforce.

Comment: Guess I'm one of the lucky ones (Score 1) 216

by HuntingHades (#47010807) Attached to: Who controls the HVAC at work?
I have a thermostat control in my own office, as does everyone else in this building and all the newer buildings on our campus. On the first campus of office buildings built a few years earlier, it was divided into zones which you could control through your own info page on the company intranet, and you could also see the history of who else in your zone was changing the setting. Our system is regulated by a ground-source heat pump system with thousands of geothermal wells. Overall our temperatures are pretty well maintained in the low 70s, and I find the more common problem is that it sometimes feels a little stuffy in the winter, so I just keep a small fan on my desk to create some airflow when its too cold or too hot to open a window.

Comment: Re:1KW/hour? (Score 2) 1010

by HuntingHades (#45598961) Attached to: EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet
What the writer most certainly meant to use is - kWh or kilowatt-hour. The wikipedia entry on the kilowatt-hour even includes separate sections on both the confusion between kilowatt-hours (energy) and kilowatts (power) as well as the misuse of "watts per hour".

1 Kilowatts/Hour, can make sense, but not in this context. It could be used to describe the change in power of a system. For example, if a generator reaches its maximum power output of 5 kW from 0 kW in 10 minutes, then it has a ramp-up rate of 30 kW/h

Comment: Re:Article troll (Score 1) 312

by HuntingHades (#43527907) Attached to: The Dark Side of Amazon's New Pilots
Of course, half the shows you listed are on subscription service only channels (HBO, Showtime, Starz) and the others, except for Doctor Who are/were on cable only. Doctor Who does eventually show up on PBS in most markets, after a significant delay. There is some decent TV out there, but there's also a lot of crap, especially all the "Reality" shows.

Comment: Re:I've yet to encounter an automatic with no neut (Score 1) 1176

by HuntingHades (#42903219) Attached to: Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph
That assumes either the gear shift is mechanically connected to the transmission, or the onboard computer which is currently making you accelerate actually responds when you change the gearshift and attempts to move to neutral, and it doesn't have software telling it not to move to neutral if the rpms are over a certain speed.

Comment: Re:It's called the key (Score 5, Informative) 1176

by HuntingHades (#42903175) Attached to: Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph
The article mentions he's epileptic and the car is modified for disabled drivers. I'm guessing its got an automatic transmission. When it mentioned he had two seizures during the situation, I'm actually wondering if he was having a seizure and the whole time and depressing the accelerator without even realizing it.

Comment: Easter Eggs (Score 2) 79

by HuntingHades (#42337869) Attached to: Game Review: <em>Street Fighter X Mega Man</em>
The game has a few great Easter Eggs as well. The only one I've tried and confirmed so far is the Guile's Stage music trick. In any level, pause, hold down jump, and press Up, Down, Down, Down. You'll get Guile's Theme in place of all background music until you reenter the code. There are also some codes out there to remove Mega Man's helmet, and to always have Ryu's Hadoken even if you haven't beaten him yet, but I haven't tried either yet. You can also face Akuma if you manage to get 3 Perfects.

Comment: Re:Just messing with that last night and this morn (Score 1) 79

by HuntingHades (#42337817) Attached to: Game Review: <em>Street Fighter X Mega Man</em>
I haven't tried in WINE but even in Windows it didn't recognize my controller fully the first time until I got into a stage (but it works fine since then, so I don't know). I used Enter to get into a stage, then Enter to pause, and then I think it was F2 to setup controller buttons for jump, fire and pause.

Comment: Re:Fantastic fun but needed a SAVE feature (Score 1) 79

by HuntingHades (#42337801) Attached to: Game Review: <em>Street Fighter X Mega Man</em>
I've been playing this and have a couple of ideas why there's no save feature: 1) Since its Street Fighter x Mega Man, Street Fighter does not have a Password or Save feature. Instead, they gave us infinite continues, which is what Street Fighter has (and the continue screen looks sort of like the Street Fighter continue screen) 2) Each level is relatively short - shorter than the typical Mega Man levels I remember (about 5 minutes per stage or less) so you should be able to play through it in one sitting Also, it runs as a stand alone .exe without any install process to setup where it would save games.

Comment: Re:Only 244 million? (Score 2) 428

by HuntingHades (#38876767) Attached to: Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft
A large amount of that cost is the electronics system on board (countermeasures, surveillance systems, radar, etc). The plane itself is a modified Boeing 707-300, with upgraded engines and other equipment, so the actual plane is probably somewhere in the $35-60 million range (although I'm guessing there, I can't find solid numbers) Based on that its probably more economical to salvage the equipment to be reused in a new unit, or as parts to repair other units as needed.

Comment: Re:3DS == Virtual Boy (Score 2) 425

by HuntingHades (#37059002) Attached to: How Apple Is Beating Nintendo At Its Own Game
I'm actually interested in the 3DS, and the reason I haven't bought one isn't because of the 3D being a "gimmick" - its simply that there aren't any "must own" titles out for it. This is really the same problem the Wii had as well, and it looks like the WiiU might have next year. There launch lineups for the last few systems have been fairly weak. In the old days, every Nintendo system launched with a brand new Mario title to show off what the system could do, and a lot of other Nintendo properties were available shortly after launch as well. What Nintendo really needs to do for all of their new systems is make sure one of their main properties has a title out at launch, like a new Mario, Zelda or Metroid, or for the handhelds, there should probably be a Pokemon game at launch.

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