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Comment Re:Sounds very complicated. (Score 1) 24

Sorry I haven't been around much. Since I retired I've been concentrating on writing and haven't been to slashdot much.

A lamp my grandmother gave me will be an antique in fifteen years. Sad that antique literature is still under copyright.

Comment Re:It's a trap! Don't do it! (Score 1) 24

If something is broken I do have to worry about it, because if the landlord's costs go up, your rent goes up. The renter bears all the costs of ownership plus profit. Even after the inevitable repairs and taxes, owning is cheaper than renting. I've both owned and rented,

And yes, a homeowner can lose his house, I lost both of mine. The first was because the ex cleaned me out before she left, and the bank swindled me out of the second. The Illinois AG sued them and they paid me $1200 for stealing my house. And someone I used to know's parents lost their paid off home because the taxes rose to more than their mortgage had been. But again, it's harder for a homeowner to lose his home than a renter. I've never been evicted, but I know a lot of people who have, through no fault of their own.

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Journal Journal: Ask Slashdot: What SF Magazines do you read? 2

I'm actually looking for two things: good magazines I haven't found, and good magazines to submit science fiction stories to. I also want to know where I can find your favorite magazines; I've been getting them at the Barnes&Noble in town, but they sell out quickly. Once all they had was three copies of F&SF, and I found it to be excellent. Another time I found five titles, but I haven't seen Asimov's there, and I always liked that one.

Comment Re:It's a trap! Don't do it! (Score 1) 24

I plan on dying in whatever house I buy (hopefully a very long time from now), so resale value is of no importance to me. I just don't want to have to deal with a landlord. You can't do any renovations on a rented house, and you're paying the landlord, his property taxes, and loan interest. He can evict you, sell the house to someone else.

I hate moving, I only want one more move.

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Journal Journal: Where's my fridge?? 24

I plan to buy a house next spring, so I'll almost certainly need a new refrigerator. There's a problem: they don't make the fridge I want, and never have. I can't figure out why.
Refrigerators today are quite different than antique ones, using a different coolent because of the ozone layer, better insulation, the use of rare earth magnets in the motors, and other improvements.
But they're still incredibly wasteful.

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Journal Journal: Plutus' Revenge

It was the only life-bearing planet in the entire universe; the very first planet to have life. It was the only planet in existence to have the conditions necessary for biogenesis, including being a double planet, each orbiting each other. The double planet was one of the keys of biogenesis, because of the tides. The timing of orbits and gravities had to be perfect, as well as chemical and photonic conditions.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 1) 688

You want some harsh criticism? And some direct, blunt communication?

People don't scare quote "hetero", because it's the antonym of "homo-". So why the hell are you scare quoting "cis-" when it's the antonym of "trans-"? This is basic Latin, and if you didn't take Latin, then it's basic Chem, and if you didn't take basic Chem, then GET OFF MY INTERNET.

Unless you're going to argue that transgendered/transsexual people don't exist, then stop scare quoting "cis-" like it's some sort of boogie word. It's the natural choice for referring to individuals who are not "trans-". And if "trans" is a word, then "cis" is a word. Just like "hetero" and "homo".

Don't like it? TOUGH! That's how language works.

"The Avis WIZARD decides if you get to drive a car. Your head won't touch the pillow of a Sheraton unless their computer says it's okay." -- Arthur Miller