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Comment Re:Scared Idiots (Score 1) 286 286

Well, you're wrong about the constancy of isotope ratios. There're plenty of processes, chemical, biological, and physical that lead to isotopic fractionation. The question is whether bananas enrich the radioactive isotope of potassium in the fruit. I don't know whether that is the case for bananas, but it is so for other fruit.

Wikipedia often provides an incomplete picture. You might want to read other sources before using all that bold text on uninformed shit.

Comment Re:Chinese Stamp? (Score 1) 184 184

I full heartedly agree with your second sentiment. What gets me is the abundance of American flags and such gear that is made oversees -- and people gobble it and feel damn patriotic about the whole thing.

Side note: Apple is opening a plant in Mesa, Arizona and will employ about 700 people. http://cdn2.geeknation.com/gee...

Comment Re:Here in Baltimore (Score 1) 290 290

As a former Missouri resident, I suggest shoveling when you can as it's a lot easier to just lay down salt or other heating agent on the ice when it forms. If the snow is already gone, you won't need to shovel. If the snow is still there, the salt/whatever won't work well and you'll have to break up the ice/snow conglomerates, which is tough stuff.

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 333 333

Apparently you missed this statement:

"At some point a PC will cost more than it's worth to repair, but that's the point you chuck it and get a new one, and even then you can harvest parts as spares."

Replacing the motherboard certainly qualifies as the point that the pc is cost more than it is worth. But then, as stated, you can salvage the other components for another system.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 706 706

In 1999 when I was a freshman in HS, I saw another freshman walk up behind another kid and jokingly put a plastic knife from the lunch room to his back. He said, "give me all your money."

Unfortunately, a teacher also saw this harmless joke. The kid was arrested and expelled from the entire school district.

Comment Re:What a scam (Score 1) 166 166

This, and the chemicals used in the manufacture of semiconductors are of extremely high purity and precision. I work for a manufacturer of such chemicals, and I'm amazed at the amount of thought and innovation that is thrown at maintaining and improving the quality of our product. Additionally, the solutions are typically custom tailored to the application, even down to the customer's process line. Everything that can even obliquely affect the final product is regulated and and detailed at length. I can't so much as move a printer in our lab without writing a whitepaper and requesting the change from the customer. We're talking a 2-3 month turn around time. This sort of service does not come cheap. And I'm just talking about the chemical side of the business.

Comment Re:Smart watch not such a smart idea (Score 1) 196 196

In my opinion, the smart watch should be considered a peripheral for the smart phone I already have in my pocket.

This means it won't need to be a high powered device. I agree with you that this is not practical at this time.

But, if I'm able to check notifications such as text messages, subject lines of received emails, and navigation commands from my GPS, I'd be happy. I should be able to change music tracks without pulling out my phone. It could display a grocery list.

Stop thinking of it as it's own computing device, and more as a display device with limited input capabilities, and I think it'll make a lot more sense.

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