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Comment: Re:LEDs (Score 1) 594

by Meeni (#48004771) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

My experience too. My CFL have lasted a long time, possibly more than rated, for some. The only one that failed were exposed to adverse conditions or heavy use pattern (cold, auto-timer with lots of on-off cycles, closed fixtures).

My two grudges against CFL is inconsistent, often poor color quality and contamination of your home with heavy metal when you are clumsy (yes, it's my fault I let the bulb fall on my 2yo toy box, but this is infuriating anyway).

Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 594

by Meeni (#48004747) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

One of the reasons is that LED do not emit infrared light (the major source of waste in regular bulbs), but instead generate most of their waste as direct heat in the electronic components at the base. The global waste is a lot less, but it is also a lot more concentrated, thus the heatsink.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 460

by Meeni (#47948421) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

No, the problem is not with permanent tenure or whatnot. When they are reported, they are dealt with appropriately. The problem is that the cost of reporting is very high for victims, as they may not be able to complete their Ph.D. which is costing them tens of thousands (if not more) in lost future revenues, and 3 or 4 years of their life. So many can be effectively coerced into staying silent, because the cost is too high.

Comment: Well.... (Score 1) 425

by Meeni (#47921821) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

What you call "claryfying their marketing point" I call false advertisement. As your second point about Android people, first that's not true (I for one is an Apple customer on other products), and second, if you let a bad apple (haha) in the basket, you know what happens. If Apple can play false advertisement without retorsion, other companies will follow to remain relevant, and before we know it, all advertisements will be smoke and mirrors and full of lies, including those for non-Apple devices, and it would have started by letting one company get away with it. Wether you care about buying the device or not is irrelevant about the legitimacy of pointing that the ad is fake, as this is relevant for the health of the whole industry.

Comment: Re:Um... good for whom in the US? (Score 1) 111

by Meeni (#47582021) Attached to: French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Yes, but that's exactly what the broadband and GSM US market needs. This is an encroached bunch of crooks with sleezy marketing practices and a captive market. The prices are artificially high, there is little to no competition (except for recent Tmo moves in feb that have resulted in an across the board slash in prices at all operators). The fact that Free is not "so good anymore" because others have matched is exactly what is exciting. I am actually happy with ATT wireless, technically, but not about the price of the service, and the fact that a $75 bill becomes a $100 bill with bogus "tax recovery" BS minilines and overarges for pretty much looking wrong at the phone.

Comment: Re:Um... good for whom in the US? (Score 4, Interesting) 111

by Meeni (#47578941) Attached to: French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

20 euros is inclusive of taxes. France taxes are not super heavy, but still on the upper side, and I'd bet US taxes are lower overall.

When I lived in France I had Free. Excellent service, very disruptive market strategy. I'm very excited with the news. I'd switch in an eyelash.

Comment: Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (Score 1) 383

by Meeni (#47475531) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

You do not know what you are talking about, and you are wrong. The forms are checked, and very often acceptance is conditional to an increase in salary. The administration do check the numbers and is not shy of bumping the salary requirement to match prevailing wages.

The only difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman is that the car salesman knows he's lying.