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Comment: Re:anther direction (Score 1) 324

So you propose to take a nice neighborhood, and put poles and string wires all over? If I lived there, I would back the HOA
covenant against poles and overhead wires. Underground is the way to go, and less maintenance. Consider doing it yourself;
not having the TELCO do it at a Million Dollars a mile, which is a Tariffed rate. To do a mile with a ditch witch to bury the
plastic PEX conduit will be far cheaper. A Ditch Witch looks like a giant chain saw on wheels and will dig up to 6 ft down, but for
Commo cable or fiber you do not need anything that deep. I think the HOA will go along with this plan.

Comment: Two 45s are nice for a 100W (Score 0) 1146

by argee (#45697871) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

I tried the 22w cfl as "100 w subsitute". I was groping in the dark. Finally, I bougt
some two-bulb Y adapters and put in a pair of 45w CFL's. Finally I can see!

By the way, CFL's are generally rated at 120volts and Incandescents at 130v.

I also had some bad experience with grocery store 22w. Three have caught fire!
I don't mean a little smoke ... I mean actual flames the size of a candle. I watched
for three minutes in one instance until the thing fizzed out. Good thing I have
sheetrock ceilings; hate to think about lampshades. Good quality 45's out of
Amazon are spendy, but seem to last forever (none have failed yet in two years).

The quest continues: tires that don't go flat; light bulbs that don't burn out!

Comment: Degenerative Comments (Score 1) 682

by argee (#44995285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

I can predict the future: The guy asked "what phone for his kid" and I bet you 99% of the answers will
be variants of "don't give a phone to a kid" or "its not a good idea for a kid to have a phone" and perhaps
"giving a phone to a kid is bad parenting" or variations thereof.

Can we just give the man a simple, technical answer to his question?

Let the doo-goooders deal with social issues elsewhere.

Comment: Water Pistol (Score 2) 924

by argee (#44150777) Attached to: The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

I brought a water pistol. A nice small one that fit up my sleeve. Not even those around me noticed
when I beaned the bastard in front of me with the screen full bright. But did that guy jump! Went
back to texting, and one more squirt. He quit texting and turned the phone off. Milk instead of
water is also good.

But you need one that doesn't leak or seep. Otherwise when you leave the theater you look as if
you peed yourself. Or worse.

Comment: Hire a Mexican kid (Score 1) 284

by argee (#43944267) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Disconnect Remote Network Access?

Probably cheaper than a hi-falutin' IT solution; you can explain when to pull the plug, when to put the plug in;
he can do all sorts of useful things around the place; fetch the burgers or donuts; did I say its cheaper? And
in a few years, he can probably run the IT department with a big pay raise, and in turn hire another Mexican
kid.

Comment: Re:Stealing Electricity (Score 1) 884

by argee (#42962069) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

I had a neighbor kept doing that; plugging my outside outlet.

I went to the breaker box, disconnected the green wire,
and then moved the white wire to the other hot (red) and
fed 220volts to them. Few hours later I put it all back
together.

A night or two later, the extensions (about 200') had been
rolled up.

Is a person who blows up banks an econoclast?

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