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Comment: Re:Also... (Score 1) 212

by Richy_T (#47966511) Attached to: Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

I also believe that there's an egg boiler that has a metal container that surrounds the egg. The theory being that the microwaves heat the water but not the egg directly (which can have quite explosive consequences). On the other hand, I have seen gold edging on dishes cause arcing, presumably because the metal is not actually continuous.

Comment: Stocks & IPOs (Score 1) 111

by Richy_T (#47957209) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

It all went wrong when government tax policies caused companies to stop giving dividends and rely on growth in price to reward investors. It makes it tricky to judge value and means you're relying on "greater fool" strategies instead of sound investment practices. Throw in inflation, pushing prices up and you have a recipe for disaster (in fact, valuing stocks that way allows for much more inflation than they'd otherwise be able to get away with since they can just keep dumping money into the stock market and everyone thinks they're better off. Until the correction).

Comment: Re:Gotta say... (Score 1) 122

by Richy_T (#47929561) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

OK, now let's run with that analogy, it's close enough for illustrative purposes.

So, 1/3 of all cars are exposed to this radiation which weakens seatbelts anyway.

Now, a small proportion of all cars, we could go by model but let's go by circumstance instead... Maybe let's say 98% cars used for off-roading are exposed to this radiation.

So now, instead of 33%, it's what, 34%, 35%? If this is an issue, then the 33% is also an issue and we should be doing what we an to eliminate that. Sure, it's not ideal if you're a farm worker or an off-roader (in the car analogy case) but many jobs and activities have negative aspects.

I just think that statistics are being used here to generate a story when there isn't one. "Farm workers have increased risk of infection" just doesn't have the same ring for pulling in the $$$

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