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Comment: To their defense (Score 4, Insightful) 314

As a normal person I never had use of large bills like that. Even 100 is an annoyance as you have to get it accepted for change somewhere. So in essence nothing of value would be lost. Then the claim that it would be effective at curbing illegal business is not very strong either.

Comment: Replicate the experiment (Score 1) 973

In science, you replicate the experiment to prove it's not a glitch, randomness, a trick or a systemic measurement error. Looking sideways at a blackbox with poor measurement tools under the supervision of a known con-man is nowhere near replicating the experiment in a separate setting.

Comment: Re:More feminist bullshit (Score 3, Interesting) 716

by Meeni (#48111399) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

This is not a problem exclusive to women. [...] but if you are subject to it as a man you'll get much less support to cope with it.

That's true, and an independent yet important problem as well. However, I think we can agree that when men get less support (or even suffer stigma from not being "manly enough" to cope with it, which is pure BS), women face an echo chamber of aggressive misogynistic a-holes, ready to take on a crusade against them on a scale that most men never face. Just read the first comments here. In short, the harassment of women is more intense (from more harassers) and is pandemic.

Comment: EU numbers (Score 1) 402

by Meeni (#48095787) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

EU numbers are well known and documented to be extremelly optimistic. So much so that nobody even cares about them when buying a car. The DOT numbers are much closer to the reality (if still overstating a bit, not by a big bit). Making the correction because europe does not use MPG, so it seems there was some sort of confusion that the overstated numbers were relevant in the US where MPG are the unit of the land.

Comment: Re:LEDs (Score 1) 602

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) 602

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.

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