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Comment: Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 1) 247

by reboot246 (#48656545) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords
It wouldn't be so bad if they would just let people mail or ship the banned items back home, but the TSA insists on keeping them.

I guess all those weapons will either wind up at some TSA agent's home or be shipped to drug lords south of the border.

Comment: Re:Deals? (Score 1) 191

by reboot246 (#48613933) Attached to: Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

If you get razors from company X you can't get blades from company Y.

Really? I own two brands of razors - an Edwin Jagger and a couple of Merkurs. I can use any brand of blade I want to buy - Astra, Feather, Gillette, Merkur, Personna, Wilkinson, Sharp, Shark, and Polsilver, just to name a few.

Maybe you're buying the wrong kind of razors.

Comment: Re:Short sighted (Score 3, Informative) 230

by reboot246 (#48595507) Attached to: Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware
I have my settings adjusted so that Windows tells me about the updates, but I choose when to download and install them. It's best to wait a couple of days after they're released to find out if anybody is having a problem with one of them. Let some other poor sucker get his computer bricked.

Comment: Re:Someone has (Score 2, Interesting) 270

by reboot246 (#48576787) Attached to: Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability
High pH would be very alkaline. I guess you meant low pH, because it's a common myth that coffee grounds are very acidic. They are pretty near to neutral and actually get more basic as they decompose.

I just measured the pH of some coffee grounds here in my kitchen. The results ---> 6.9

Keurig K-Cups are for people who don't know how to make coffee. Where did their coffee come from and how old is it? Is it a blend or single origin? What roast is it, or is it a blend of different roasts? What's the grind? What is the temperature of the water in the machine?

I roast green coffee beans, let them rest for a day, grind the beans just right for whatever method I'm going to use to make the coffee (drip, espresso, French press), and brew with good filtered water at the right temperature for just the right amount of time. Even $tarbuck$ can't come close.

Comment: Re:That day (Score 0) 280

by reboot246 (#48560831) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables
If the government keeps putting coal companies out of business, the people refuse to let nuclear plants be built, and we have a President who would like for electricity rates to "skyrocket", then solar power (no matter how expensive) will be able to compete with electric utility companies.

Just a few years ago we had the cheapest electric power one could imagine, and now look at it. Amazing what a few misguided individuals can fuck up in so short a time.

You may like living in the stone age, but most of us would rather be comfortable.

Comment: Re:Everyone? (Score 1) 545

by reboot246 (#48535795) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
I'm in favor of including everyone, especially me!

I'm on a monthly salary and make more than the current limit of $23,660. Sure, I work the full 40 hours on the job and that IS actual work. We are charging our customers by the hour and they don't want me sitting around doing nothing. But driving time to and from the job is not included. Neither is time spent at night doing paperwork. Time at the office doing maintenance on our equipment is not counted. My average week is about 70 hours. I've had a few weeks of more than 90 hours. I'd love to be paid overtime. Where do I sign up?

Comment: Re:Some bozo from the past called it an electric e (Score 2) 29

by rs79 (#48535425) Attached to: Electric Eel Shocks Like a Taser

Go to any decent public aquarium they have electric eel demos all the time. I saw one in the Buffalo aquarium in 1975.

There are also electric catfish, they get to be a foot long. The eels get to be three feet.

Also the "baby whale" and "elephant nose" fish (of which there are many many species) also have this capability, albeit very mild, they use it to find food and navigate much in the way sonar works. They're also among the most evolved and intelligent of all fishes (and make lousy aquarium pets for this reason - you can keep them but you REALLY have to know what you're doing)

Comment: Re:Meh. (Score 1) 163

by rs79 (#48535277) Attached to: New Virus Means Deadlier Flu Season Is Possible

While not nearly as dramatic, my understanding is that flu kills many more people than Ebola does.

Yes and no.

Ebola typically kills between 50% to 99% of infected patients. Each Ebola patient on average infects two other (R0 = 2 - this is the r-naught factor)

The W.H.O. has computed a 70.8% lethality rate for the current strain: GEBOV.

Influenza otoh has a far lower lethality rate, but more people get it. If as many people got Ebola as got influenza, then, um, well, errr, let's put it this way you wouldn't have to worry about slow loading websites.

But yes, 50,000 people a year die of flu in the US, not one American in America died of a disease that's 70% lethal and there are reasons for this.

You see but you do not observe. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes"