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Comment: Re:are the windows.. (Score 1) 474

by SA_Democrat (#41504269) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?
Sorry to chime in with a me too, but double or triple glazing is the answer.

When purchasing double glazing for the street side of my home, the glazier asked if it was for noise reduction.

In my case it wasn't, but ordinary double glazing reduced the street noise a lot. (Two panes 4mm and 6mm from memory).

Where noise reduction is intended, the manufacturer adds an internal gel-coat which reduces external noise much more.

Comment: Re:Calm before the hyperbole (Score 1) 566

by SA_Democrat (#41504069) Attached to: A Suicide Goes Viral On the Internet
Yes. I'm saddened to say that I really feel for the dog. He probably had (to him) good reasons for the dog to die too, but burning to death is just horrible. I feel for anyone who gets into a position where suicide seems to be the only way out, but setting anyone or any animal on fire is just horrendous.

Comment: Re:Copycat suicides (Score 1) 566

by SA_Democrat (#41504053) Attached to: A Suicide Goes Viral On the Internet
No sure what planet you live on, but on mine, GLBT people have and raise children. (Hint fertilisation of an egg doesn't require a man and a woman to share a sexual encounter). From your somewhat weird point of view, you may be interested to know that children raised by parents who are homosexual, are less likely to be homosexual themselves. If you see that as a problem, you should probably take all of the children away from the hetero parents.

Comment: Apples and Oranges? (Score 4, Insightful) 630

by SA_Democrat (#41308085) Attached to: Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?
The Author doesn't seem to make the point that he's trying to make. Computer Science degrees may not be a good predictor for coding in language-of-the-week, but computer scientists would not make the kind of dumb rookie errors that you see every day in the real world. I still shudder about a self-taught contractor who wasted weeks trying to write a sort. I'm surprised that an article as poor as this one made the front page.

+ - 58% of South Australia's Power Generated by Wind Farms->

Submitted by SA_Democrat
SA_Democrat writes: You've probably heard people saying that wind energy doesn't work, well, South Australia would beg to differ. Ongoing investment in wind farms has resulted in wind providing 58% of demand . Australia has a National electricity grid, so excess energy is exported to other states. Of course, in a country this size, the wind is always blowing somewhere.
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+ - NASA:Dry ice snow lands on Mars – no word on school closings->

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coondoggie writes: "NASA said today new data show carbon dioxide-based snow, or what's more commonly known as dry ice, falls on the Red Planet's south pole -the only known such weather in our solar system.
Frozen carbon dioxide requires temperatures of about minus 193 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 125 Celsius) and the new analysis is based on data from observations in the south polar region during southern Mars winter in 2006-2007, identifying a tall carbon dioxide cloud about 300 miles (500 kilometers) in diameter persisting over the pole and smaller, shorter-lived, lower-altitude carbon dioxide ice clouds at latitudes from 70 to 80 degrees south."

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Comment: Re:JavaScript Miner? (Score 1) 86

I have seen exactly this problem when I am compose-typing, never when I'm copy-typing. My guess, like yours, is that the part of the brain that is doing the thinking, is in someway communicating with the part of the brain which does the typing, through a mechanism that is similar to the way the brain processes heard speech. I'm glad that you've posted this, it's nice to know that the phenomenon is not just in my imagination. Thanks for that.

Comment: Re:Photographic prints! (Score 1) 350

by SA_Democrat (#39936855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?
If you're interested in printing your own, I'd recommend a visit to a quality camera shop. Ink jet printers with archive quality inks and varnish, and appropriate acid-free paper, creates photographs that will last for a very long time. I recall this kind of printer being available at my local camera shop for approximately AU$180. The inks work out to about 10 cents per A4 page (IIRC).

Comment: Re:Screw the subsidies (Score 1) 415

by SA_Democrat (#39503727) Attached to: Solar Power Is Booming — Why Do We Want To Kill It?
Kudos to you. I changed my habits and retrofitted my home with insulation, solar-water heater, awnings and a rain water collection system (with a mains pressure pump). More recently I've added a 1.5kW solar system, with the money put up by the electricity retailer (on a two-year interest free loan). Because I had my own consumption down to such a low level before I went solar, I find that my system generates twice as much electricity as I use. The system will be paid off in two months, and I'm currently sitting on a $600 credit with the power company. These things are achievable now, and you don't need to live like a cave man to do it. I have whole of house air-conditioning, space-heating, computers, television, internet, etc. Individuals can make a difference with a little bit of thought.

Comment: Re:This is good news (Score 1) 308

by SA_Democrat (#36607664) Attached to: France To Invest One Billion Euros In Nuclear Power
It is part of the hidden cost of nuclear power plants. If nuke plants paid insurance, the power generated would not be cost-competitive with other sources. Therefore governments all must give all nuke operators an iron-clad "hold harmless" clause, guaranteeing to make the pubic wear the cost of any "accidents". Are you starting to understand why so many people despise nuclear power yet?

Comment: Re:Anybody surprised? PS... (Score 2, Interesting) 526

by SA_Democrat (#24257011) Attached to: Diebold Patch May Be Evidence of '02 Election Tampering
As much as I hate replying to my own comment, another five minutes googling reveals: The typewriter you're looking for is the IBM Executive, Model D. It featured variable spacing, superscript characters (as required), and while the model D may not have been in every office, was a simple matter to order and use. It was also customisable in terms of individual keys being replaceable. I also note with interest the various font experts who have explained that the MS Times New Roman font has many differences from the IBM font that was used in the document in question (particularly in the numerals). Have a nice day.

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