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Comment: Memory foam seems as effective, and less hassle. (Score 0) 104

by Je-Tze (#42564845) Attached to: Making Earbuds That Fit (Video)

KOSS Sparkplugs just had a memory foam earbud cone. Much like moldable foam earplugs. You just roll/squeeze them between your fingers and it takes several seconds for them to plump back to regular size. Put them in the ear before they plump up and they hold themselves perfectly snug with only VERY slight pressure on the inside of the earhole. Great noise isolation and very comfortable and they were KOSS so they actually had decent sound as well. Nearly all other earbud-type apparati make my ears hurt. Unfortunately they seem to be discontinued, and i've not seen any similar products out there; though mine are still good so i've not spent much time looking.

Anyway: i feel like the memory foam solution is actually better than the semi-permanent moldables from TFA.

Comment: This is certainly a bad trend and all, BUT... (Score 0) 1

WhyTF are browsers still being written to allow this sort of behavior. And more specifically, why is Microsoft whining about this instead of writing their browser with actual privacy precautions. The ball is in the web apps' court on this. Write your damn software with security in mind. The real bad guys aren't just going to agree to stop abusing your loopholes.

Comment: +1 for science. -100 for science headlines. (Score 0) 1

This is not even a little bit new. Not the hypothesis, nor even a lot of the data.
The research and the related papers/reports are solid steps for the scientific method... hypothesis testing and refining, etc.
But this stuff often gets reported as if it's some kind of new scientific revelation, which confuses thing significantly for the public.

Comment: Re:Is this really bioluminescence? (Score 0) 348

by Je-Tze (#34193308) Attached to: Gold Nanoparticles Turn Trees Into Streetlights

Wow that was a shitty article, with very little real info; and i couldn't be bothered to search the actual journal's obtuse listings.
But just for the sake of argument i'm assuming that the sun that normal trees already get their UV from will induce the red emissions. I'm also assuming that the red glow is delayed in some way and happens after nightfall. Like, it's brought about by some reaction during the trees' dark phase of photosynthesis... what is it, i can't remember, respiration?
Or maybe the energy is somehow stored between the gold/chlorophyl interface and takes al night to dissipate as red light...

In any case my point is that the requirement for UV energy input isn't a deal breaker all by itself.
However there is no substantial info here with which to make a determination.
Did anyone who tracked down the actual article have any insight?

BTW did ya'll like how the crappy, crappy "magazine" that TFA was in just dug up some random false-color, infrared pics of completely unrelated trees and posted them with the article. Nice!. ;)

Comment: Re:No radioactivity involved? (Score 0) 221

by Je-Tze (#27237777) Attached to: Spider Bite Allows Man To Walk Again

I hate to be pedantic when you're obviously just setting up a joke, but...
while the natural history and habitat range of recluses(loxosceles) are not well defined or understood, central California is within the accepted natural range of at least one loxosceles spider, and at least one more is thought to have been introduced and naturalized into that range as well. Also, Manteca is nowhere near the Sutter Buttes, it's actually closer to Yosemite, and closer still to the San Fransico Bay. The Buttes are a hundred-miles-or-so north of Manteca.

Sorry... close to home ...

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