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Comment: Hi speed chase, hum? (Score 3, Insightful) 443

So, in who's interest is it that the police perform these "for show" stunts?

Wouldn't it be much better to deploy a helicopter, drone or other means of tracking the car from a distance, and not risk killing several bystanders in a crash? This time only the bad guy died, but even him did not deserve capital punishment for a car jack ...

Comment: Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (Score 1) 146

by Koyaanisqatsi (#46751725) Attached to: The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

Very nice indeed! But out of curiosity, what makes the eclipse an interesting moment to do this (which I suppose is intended for exact distance measurements), as opposed to say, any new moon? I don't mean this out of spite, it is really my curiosity kicking in, can you ask your wife what data is this intended to gather and to what end?

Comment: Re:144KWh on my last bill (Score 1) 327

by Koyaanisqatsi (#45471191) Attached to: Monthly net electricity use in my household:

Well, different from a central HVAC, where you set the thermostat and forget, with individual units I make a decision when to turn on and in which rooms. In the end, I only use cooling when temp gets higher than 26C (79F), and only on rooms being used, taking care to close doors. I calculate in a given week I have a total of about 20 hours of AC running, give it or take it.

And only during summer, winters are mild enough that no heating is needed (it would be electric if needed, not propane or oil)

Comment: 144KWh on my last bill (Score 1) 327

by Koyaanisqatsi (#45464799) Attached to: Monthly net electricity use in my household:

Weather turning warmer here in the south hemisphere, so there's more A/C. Should peak at some 200KWh at the height of summer.

And I telecommute, so I'm at home most of the time, but usually only one room has the A/C turned on (it's not central, but very efficient inverter split units on each important room)

Other costs are the refrigerator, lighting, TV gear, etc.

Comment: Hanselman: not (yet) an artificial pancreas (Score 1) 119

by Koyaanisqatsi (#44990909) Attached to: FDA Approves Wearable "Artificial Pancreas"

From Scott Hanselman, who actually depends on this sort of stuff to stay alive:

"It's WAY too early to call this Insulin Pump an Artificial Pancreas"

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ItsWAYTooEarlyToCallThisInsulinPumpAnArtificialPancreas.aspx

Read the article, it is very interesting and he makes some very compelling arguments as to why this is a bit too much hype...

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake

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