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Comment: Re:When I was working near asbestos (Score 2) 156

by Piata (#46378485) Attached to: Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution
This seems like common sense though. I've worn one of these masks and it's pretty easy to tell if you have a proper seal. Of course I couldn't imagine having to wear one all day without breaks. My face gets sore and my mouth gets dry after wearing one for just a few hours.

Comment: Re:Disposable Income (Score 1) 320

by Piata (#46285727) Attached to: E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

That doesn't seem to be the case. StarCraft II was $50 at launch but quickly adopted free to play multiplayer options. League of Legends was free from the start. A lot of pro e-sports players come from lower to middle class incomes that rent time on computers at the local internet cafe. In Korea and more recently North America and Europe, teams provide shared housing complete with food and a house maid so there inncentive to get good at these games.

If you need a specific example, Huk had a pretty awful childhood and now lives in a team house, frequently sending money home to his dad and brother.

Comment: Re:The fun is gone (Score 1) 635

by Piata (#46010343) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Uh... drinking and driving is awful. This is something society actually got right.

Also, I live in Canada where the drinking age is 19 (and 18 in some provinces). We got together and drank without a car on a weekly basis. A lot of younger people don't have cars because it's too fucking expensive. Even when I was a teenager 12 years ago insurance was over $4k. Unless mommy and daddy are paying your bills you are not going to have a car.

Comment: Re:WHY??? (Score 4, Insightful) 73

by Piata (#45975501) Attached to: Adobe Adds 3D Printer Support To Photoshop

To be fair, some basic 3D modelling has it's uses in Photoshop, especially if you want a super accurate rendering. Stuff like extending the perspective of a photo or placing a product label you created on a bottle or can. But that's pretty much where the uses for 3D end in Photoshop.

If it were up to me, I'd push for Photoshop to have a more tablet friendly mode (as in Wacom tablet, not iPad or Android tablets) and get rid of the subscription model.

Comment: Might as well push automation to it's max (Score 1) 321

by Piata (#45517817) Attached to: BBC: Amazon Workers Face "Increased Risk of Mental Illness"

Sooner or later humanity will have to deal with the looming "work crisis" so we might as well get this revolution started. One of the big gains of automation should be removing the mudane and insanity inducing tasks required. Sadly the reality seems to be more people ending up in call centers and retail but I don't see how this is sustainable. What's the point in giant mega malls or telemarketers when everyone is too poor to afford anything?

The floor is going to fallout sooner or later so might as well rush the process along.

Comment: Re:Which company bought this 'new' rule? (Score 4, Insightful) 1143

by Piata (#45381093) Attached to: EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

I grew up in a house with a wood furnace, that house still has a wood furnace and not a single member of my family that either grew up or continues to live in that house has any kind of lung ailment. Hell, I run marathons.

More to the point though, you seem to have confused fireplace with furnace. The only reason smoke would get in your house from a furnace is if something was terribly broken.

Thankfully I live in Canada so this law won't effect all the people I know that rely on wood furnaces for heat and would likely have to invest $10,000+ if they ever had to switch away from wood as a fuel source.

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