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Comment: Re:Three years and counting (Score 1) 119

by Macman408 (#47408515) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Make sure you're not confusing the "white" you see with, for example, LED flashlights, with the "white" that you would get if you bought good LED lightbulbs. The Philips ones are especially good, in my experience. You can get them in usually at least 3 different colors; warm white, cool white, and daylight. Warm white, usually around 2700K-3300K color temperature, is what most people have in their homes; it's the same as tungsten, and is considered "relaxing". Cool white is more bluish; something like 5000K. It is more often used in offices, because studies show that people are more productive with cooler-colored lighting (perhaps because it's closer to the color of noontime sun than tungsten, which is more like sunrise or sunset). It's also used in kitchens and bathrooms, because it's a fairly neutral color. Finally, daylight is the bluest color, at 6500K; it's also used in work areas or factories and places like that.

Sometimes, the cheapest and most efficient LED bulbs are in the blue end of the spectrum, especially when the color temperature doesn't matter too much - like a flashlight. So cheap lights will have a poor blue color to them. But good quality lights can give you any color you want - so you can pick which color looks best to you. I'd recommend seeing if there is a home improvement or other store in your area that sells light bulbs and has a display so you can compare a variety of lamps when turned on.

In the end, LEDs basically have it all; instant-on like tungsten, longer lifespan and lower energy usage than CFL, and available in any color you like. Not all of them support dimming, and not all dimmers support LEDs, so that's something to be aware of, if you have any dimmer circuits. I replaced nearly all of my bulbs with LEDs (and one of my four dimmers), and you'd never know the difference. My power bill sure does, though...

Comment: Re:Long term jobs are rare and getting rarer. (Score 1) 279

by Macman408 (#47395793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

A not-entirely-dissimilar story; I worked for a small company where there was an HR manager and two assistants. During the downturn in 2000, they had to lay off a number of employees, so the manager directed one of the assistants to prepare and assemble kits for each of the earmarked employees giving them information on the benefits and resources available to them. At the meeting where the layoffs were announced, the assistant handed out these packets to the employees, and was then handed her own by the manager. (Ouch.)

Several years later, when things weren't looking terribly rosy, the HR manager quit; there were rumors that there might be another round of layoffs to come, and she didn't want to go through the painful process of doing them again. (Despite the rough delivery above, she was genuinely a nice person; just forced to be less compassionate by corporate need. Case in point; I burned my finger on a soldering iron while at work, and stopped by her office to ask if we had any ice available. I could see on her face that her first reaction was genuine concern and sympathy, followed very shortly afterwards by an "oh dear, there's going to be some paperwork associated with this" look.)

Luckily, we mostly avoided the feared second round of layoffs - 7 people were let go, which was probably more just thinning the herd than layoffs due to purely financial concerns. Thankfully, I had left by the time that the office was shut down several years later. I think everybody knew it was a sinking ship, but nobody was motivated enough to find a different job until they had the engineers packing boxes and disassembling office furniture.

Comment: Re:The question to me seems to be... (Score 1) 148

by SteveWoz (#47357639) Attached to: Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

End goal: change the constitution. We need a start. It's easy to see how hard this will be and to give up early, but some of us feel the imperative to fight for it. We can change things. The vast will of the masses (corporation political donations are not equivalent to the free speech we enjoy as individuals) needs to be strategically gathered. Critical mass could take decades, as with things like gay marriage.

Comment: Re:Libertarian nirvana (Score 4, Insightful) 534

Libertarians should love this

What's your next guess, asshole?

Libertarians are against the initiation of violence, whether the perps are government thugs or quasi-private organizations like this. You can shove your smug little digs right back up the hole it came from.


To be awake is to be alive. -- Henry David Thoreau, in "Walden"