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Comment: Re:Moby Dick ain't got no Porta Potty (Score 1) 231

by evilviper (#47444469) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

no -40 F rated sleeping bag from Walmart is gonna keep you comfortable even at +30 F, that rating is all just bullshit.

No problem there, I avoid Walmart for a great many reasons.

heads covered, and breathing through a small opening

Instead of a "narrow passage" I've found that throwing a light and thin breathable sheet over your face does a superb job of holding a small amount of heat and warming incoming air, without restricting breathing like anything any heavier. (a T-shirt works, in a pinch)

Comment: Re:Chicken or egg? (Score 2) 200

by russotto (#47442291) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

"I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can't afford to live here anymore."

Ha... cause and effect is a bitch sometimes, isn't it? No doubt she thought all those things would be paid for by other people. If she thought at all.

Comment: Confusing cause and effect (Score 3, Insightful) 200

by russotto (#47442157) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

They're gaining access to high-cost cities like New York or San Francisco that offer so much more than good jobs: more restaurants, better schools, less crime, even cleaner air.

There's more restaurants because there are more high-income college grads to spend money there. There's less street crime because Johnny the Finance Douchebag isn't likely to do anything worse than public urination. (white collar crime is another matter)

As for better schools, hasn't happened yet at least in NYC -- the system is very uneven and the lengths parents will go through to get their kid in a better elementary school are legendary. Lose the battle, and welcome to the suburbs. If it does happen, it'll again be because the well-educated wealthy college students are there.

Cleaner air is mostly because there's little polluting industry left. Which means fewer blue-collar jobs.

The implied narrative that those rich overeducated scum are hogging all the good places and leaving the poor in high-crime areas with bad schools, dirty air, and no amenities gets cause and effect completely wrong.

Comment: Re:Moby Dick ain't got no Porta Potty (Score 1) 231

by evilviper (#47441909) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

And why is all tarp blue? Can't they make them camouflage color for St. Pete's sake?

Silver is also popular, and there are camo tarps:

Also I've seen some shiny travel trailers made out of stainless or nickel plate that's not peeled, but those are small, expensive, and they are meant for more like a desert area to reflect the heat of the Sun.

Reflective coatings work both ways... They also keep heat inside from being radiated out.

I'm currently looking to sell just such a trailer, in good shape. 1950s, 8x36' in Southern California.

Comment: Re:Ewww... (Score 1) 231

by evilviper (#47441803) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Probably the worst part about reverse osmosis is that it eliminates the water "taste" that people are used to because it gets rid of minerals as well.

The loss of minerals is a heath issue. The "taste" is hardly the "worst part" of doing this. And let's not forget that demineraled (RO) water will dissolve metal pipes, coffee machines, pots and pans, etc.

That's why they usually mix it with some other source like lake or ground water before it gets piped out to homes.

So, again, you're getting only a fraction of the minerals you used-to get out of drinking water.

RO should always involve carefully re-adding natural mineral content. Failing to do so is worse than not RO filtering the water in the first place.

Comment: Re:Moby Dick ain't got no Porta Potty (Score 1) 231

by evilviper (#47441775) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Camping out in a nonresidence tent on your lot in the middle of winter to save a few bucks? There is a pill for that too!

There are 4-season tents that are well-insulated and stay nice and warm through mild winters just from body-heat. Active heating can make the colder winters comfortable, too. Heck, a -30F degree sleeping bag isn't that expensive, so you can stay pretty damn warm without any heater.

And is there some regulation forcing only tents on your lot? Most people also consider living in a travel-trailer to be "camping". They are cheap, can be quite comfortable, even in winter, even without direct utility hook-ups. Rain collection, grey water, small septic system, and solar power, can make your trailer camping semi-permanent with only minimal hassle.

Comment: Re:"Tastes about average for West Texas" (Score 1) 231

by evilviper (#47441741) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

I tasted the water in San Diego, Escondido, Ramona, and many MUCH MUCH more rural spots.

"Much more rural" than San Diego... You don't say?! Yeah, San Diego's water has tasted awful for many decades. That's hardly a good test. But they're the worst, not an example of the good stuff.

California water always wins top-honors in water-tasting competitions:

If you can't find good water out west, I suppose you've just become acclimated to the taste of Florida water, and always favor the familiar...

Comment: The important bit (Score 1) 199

by russotto (#47439635) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

Most of it is empty business-speak; I especially like "Today I want to synthesize the strategic direction" for pure meaningless noise. However, there is one meaningful part: "We'll use the month of July to have a dialogue about this bold ambition and our core focus. [...]Over the course of July, the Senior Leadership Team and I will share more on the engineering and organization changes we believe are needed."

Meaning? They'll take July to make up the lists, then layoffs in early August.

Comment: This is just ass-covering (Score 1) 189

by russotto (#47439595) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

NRT, the parent company doesn't procure the footage in the first place. The individual agents do. They don't process it either; I'm not sure what that's all about. They didn't tell the local operating companies they'd be penalized by NRT for using drone footage, they just said of the operating companies "they may be held responsible for all fines, penalties, costs and fees related to the use of that photography". NRT just wants to be on the record as saying they don't encourage use of drones for real estate photography, that's all.

No real estate agent is going to stop using drone footage if it sells houses.

Comment: Re:Holy grey area! (Score 1) 150

by russotto (#47439401) Attached to: Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

Yeah, but that was a more innocent time. We already have to talk to a pharmacist, show ID, and get in a government DB to buy decongestant. That's because you can use it to make meth.

Interestingly, the decongestant is made by yeast. Now all we need is for someone to come up with a yeast which makes the meth directly; no more need for the current sort of meth labs.

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"