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Comment: Re:Plastic, huh? (Score 1) 128

by Neil Boekend (#49134925) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

Most plastics (including food grade) are remarkably resilient to acid.
Now metal, that is a different story. Wise people don't put acidic foodstufs in metal. Not even stainless steel (not SS316(L), not Hasteloy, not Duplex nothing).

I believe the biggest difference between glass bottles of honey and plastic bottles is that much of the stuff in plastic bottles is sugarwater with some flavor additives. Glass bottles are often considered premium so the manufacturers don't do that.
The "fake" honey doesn't include all the flavor chemicals that real honey does, just like candy cherries do not have the same flavor as real cherries.
Mind you: I don't think this would be a bad thing per se, but the manufacturers would need to put it on the bottle.
"I can't believe it's not honey!"
"Honey substitute".

Comment: Re:I got a butt chewing for giving my daughter hon (Score 1) 239

by Neil Boekend (#49125835) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

I have no clue why game meat is excluded but I have 2 points:
1. In cows the BSE prion can survive everything short of 3 hours at 1000C (must be done in an oxygen free environment). Prions can be seen as primitive virusses. This is not a risk in game.
2. Back in the stone age miscarriage and infant death were far higher. We have really solved much there, partly because we now know what not to do while pregnant.

Comment: Re:Artists paid 16 times as much for Spotify than (Score 1) 303

by Neil Boekend (#49117889) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

Irrelevant. I, and most people I know, did not spend $10 a month on CD's. We downloaded MP3s (back then this was legal 'round here)
In my specific case they went from getting $0.00 per track per time I listened to them to getting somewhere between $0.006 and $0.0084 per track per time I listen to it. That's a lot more.

Comment: Re:To answer your question (Score 1, Interesting) 279

by Neil Boekend (#49117401) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

Those are the Tock's in Intel's Tick/Tock model.

Tick is smaller structures.
Tock is new architecture.

Each new architecture is optimized for the most common tasks at that time, together with a bazillion other changes. If they figure out a general optimization technique that still works with the x86 instruction set in the mean time, they'll go for it.

The problem with some optimizations is that they do not work with the x86 instruction set. Abandoning that instruction set is expensive, although we are doing it with the ARM chips in phones and tablets. Slowly it is working it's way to cloud based computing.

Comment: Re:Something I've never understood.. (Score 1) 133

Dumping a gun in a trash can or river is fast. Grinding it to filings is not fast.
Now I don't know how fast the cops often gets the perpetrator but I imagine some crooks are afraid they'd get caught before grinding it down.
Also, grinding it down is a lot of work. People are lazy.
The serial number can be filed down before the crime.

Comment: Re:Location, location, location (Score 1) 212

by Neil Boekend (#49110043) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

Replace those damn coal plants with nuclear plants. It lowers the amount of radioactive material the power plant produces.
Many coal plants even dump all of their radioactive material in the atmosphere as a component in the dust. Others filter the dust out and sell it as a filler for concrete and plaster. Including the radioactive materials.

Lower the amount of radioactive materials around us. Build nuclear plants!

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?