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Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 570

It's more like saying "Why are you buying 93 octane gas when you can use 87"? Except, saying it that way changes the whole meaning.

That's dependent on the context, isn't it? If you have a Toyota Camry, you'd be a fool to use anything higher than 87 octane. I have one car that requires a minimum of 89 octane and another that requires 93 octane. Both are stock engines. When I was younger I had a car with 12:1 compression pistons and a high lift cam. It needed 110 octane. In these cases, running 87 octane would be rather stupid as pre-detonation will lose a fair bit of horsepower and is really hard on your engine too.

I get quarterly water test results from my water company. There's typically some detectable amount of mercury, arsenic, and other crap I'd rather avoid drinking if I can. Yes, it's within what is considered safe levels. But how many "safe levels" have been set because they are simply too difficult or expensive to get any lower? Or don't appear to be a problem within a couple year period? Regardless, tap water just tastes really nasty to me.

Comment Re: GOOD GRIEF! (Score 2) 570

Anyone who can't recognise the industry terms and marketing language in the parent post, and the purpose of carefully crafted structure of it... I have a slightly used bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Actually I'm in the medical industry. But was in the saltwater hobby for a very long time starting in the late 1970's. It's actually where my screen name is derived from. I kept reef tanks.

As far as "industry terms", I'm pretty sure I explained anything other than what ppm stood for, under the assumption that parts per million is a fairly standard measurement for anyone who took high-school chemistry. Everything else is very well known to anyone in the hobby.

I'm not sure what marketing language you think is in there, but, please, do tell what the purpose of my post was. Other than to relay information.

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 4, Informative) 570

Everyone should note that for the most part bottled water is just "tap water" that has been filtered. At $1 plus a bottle (plus the almost always not recycled plastic bottle), why don't people just get a Britta filter for home or office? Filtered tap water is now more expensive than soda!

I'm happy to see you have a slightly better understanding than most of the people I hear complaining about this. I couldn't tell you how many times I've heard that brands like Dasani, Aquafinia, and Smartwater are "just tap water". That's akin to someone saying, "why are you putting gasoline in your car when you can buy a barrel of crude oil for so much less?".

Now that being said, a Brita filter is simply carbon filtration. The brands I mentioned, and many others, are filtered through multistage reverse osmosis units. Typically they start with a 10 micron fiber filter. Then a 5 micron carbon filter, which is probably about what a Britta filter is. The next stage is a 1 micron carbon filter, then through the RO membrane. And usually a final carbon filter. A really effective system with decent source water can get the total dissolved solids (TDS) down to 1 to 10 PPM. The feed water on my system at home is between 400 and 500 ppm, depending on the time of year. Usually the post RO water is in the 5 to 10 ppm range. I run that through a two stage dionization filter that takes it down to a TDS of 0 ppm. I used to keep saltwater invertebrates, so I needed a good filter to mix with salt. Since my tap water was so poor, I started drinking the filtered water and find most water with a TDS above 100 ppm to be pretty nasty tasting. Most of the filtered brands mix in some minerals and usually the TDS is in the 25 ppm range. I'll buy RO filtered water when I'm away from home, but use filtered water for the most part.

I'm not sure what the cost difference is for bottled water, but the fiber and three carbon filters on my system need to be changed every 6 to 12 months and the RO membrane every 4 to 5 years. The filters are $25 for all of them and a the RO membrane is $45. I used to recharge the DI resins, but they're $40 for five lbs. So I don't have to play with muriatic acid and lye any longer. There's also the cost of waste water. In the winter months, when the feed water is cold, the RO membrane rejects about 2 gallons of water for every gallon that passes through. When the feed water is warmer, it will reject more.

Comment Re:Just one patent (Score 2) 153

Your math is off by about an order of magnitude. 30000 days is about 1 lifetime (82.2 years); at two patents per day it would take half as long. Still a damn long time, though.

Yeah, how many judges are going to work for 82.2 years straight without taking a single weekend, holiday or vacation? If you fugue in a five day work week, three weeks of vacation and a dozen state/federal holidays, you're looking at 131.6 years. That's without sick days or personal time.

If you also figure in that no one is born a judge, and have to go through law school and probably some time as a lawyer, five lifetimes sounds about right to me.

Comment Re:Excellent news (Score 1) 62

Their "defense-grade cyber-security" promises to defend, detect, decide, defeat.

The cool thing is that this, being Raytheon, they have the hardware to back this up.

I can see it now:

Raytheon Cyber Security has located the source of the threat. Please choose how to defeat it:

Comment Re:Won't stop the moral hysteria (Score 1) 175

But you have basically come to the end conclusion of a "club" which can already exist.

That depends on the location. In Maryland, you cannot. The only way it is legal to have the main purpose to be retail sale of tobacco. I actually bring that particular state up as I lived there when they banned smoking. The way the original law was written, it also defined a public place by the number of different people who accessed it during a set period of time. The number was very low and many people's homes would have counted as a public place.

According to Wikipedia Of the 28 states that have smoking bans on public places, only 7 (AZ, CT, IA, KS, MA, NY, OH) allow for private clubs that permit it.

As far as I could tell, the states that exempt bars, do so only if they do not admit anyone under the age of 21. So your question about children appears to already to have been addressed.

Comment Re:Won't stop the moral hysteria (Score 3, Insightful) 175

And do you block all children from entering, or atleast the teenagers coming to eat with friends?

Way to move the goal post. Regardless, I would think it would depend on the legal age for smoking, wouldn't it? Hell, bars already deal with this. If someone's under 21, they have to be accompanied by their guardian in most places. There are tobacco bars as well. Have smoking restaurants follow the same policy.

Comment Re:Won't stop the moral hysteria (Score 2) 175

And how would I know when I enter a restaurant that half way through my meal the person in the table next to mine is not going to start spewing unknown chemicals in my direction?

They could be required to post a sign on the entrance that states whether it is a smoking, or non-smoking establishment. By the tobacco stench you would probably notice before opening the door more than halfway. Or the ashtrays on the tables might be a clue.

I quit smoking over a decade ago, but I feel there should be places for smokers to do their thing. I prefer to not be around it, but I'm not a militant non-smoker either. Taxes on tobacco does a lot of good. And smokers tend to be less costly on the medical system as well.

Comment Re: For the love of donuts.. (Score 5, Insightful) 348

Problem with today's American politics right wing america has gone batshit crazy.

No. The problem is that the wing-nuts on BOTH the right and left have gone batshit crazy. They make 99% of the noise but account for 5% of the population, if that. The rest of us are somewhere in the center and can't get a damn word in in edgewise.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.