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Comment: Re:I don't even... (Score 1) 193

by TapeCutter (#48654401) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline
"Talking" simply means telling the kid what they did was wrong before you punish them, if you haven't told them beforehand then don't punish them. The worst thing you can do as a parent is to be inconsistent, the kids will soon learn the rules are based on your mood and by the tender age of five will be playing you like a fiddle.

Comment: Re:I don't even... (Score 1) 193

by TapeCutter (#48654221) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline
I'm a grandfather, when it comes to things like kicking the cat a 2yo has a pretty good grasp of right and wrong, what they don't understand is that sound travels when they are up to no good. Also I would, and have, encouraged a 2yo to play with woodworking tools and a piece of wood. Yes, they will bang their fingers and scratch their hands, but they will persist because they are hard wired to mimic adults, and if the nail stands up by itself in the wood they get a natural rush of reward chemicals. You certainly don't give a 2yo a nail gun but at the end of the day there isn't a tradesman on earth who hasn't hit himself with a hammer.

Comment: Re:I don't even... (Score 1) 193

by TapeCutter (#48653857) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

I think what they really want are children who are so unruly that their parents can't control them, and they can't function in society. They make for perfect lemmings fully dependent on the government.

If you honestly think it's a government conspiracy then you are at least a little bit "broken, psychotic, or socially maladjusted".

Comment: Re:and they make big bonfires, too (Score 1) 218

by drinkypoo (#48653129) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

Considering all the other toxic chemicals that a typical palette is treated with, I'm not sure the galvanized nails are the wort of your worries.

That's a valid concern, but in theory pallets are marked so that you can identify what they're made of, and some of them are just made of untreated wood. I would imagine that this mostly applies to domestic-only shipments.

I know welding is a BAD idea without a breather, but is a wood fire even hot enough to cause problems?

Yeah, zinc vaporizes right around a mere 500 degrees, you can easily exceed that by burning a stack of pallets. Whoops! Been to that bonfire already.

Comment: Re:I saw How We Got To Now too (Score 4, Informative) 74

by hey! (#48652689) Attached to: How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

Old ways of doing things often hang on an unexpectedly long time because a mature technology has the advantages of ubiquity. People are comfortable with it, all the kinks have all been worked out, and its popularity gives it a huge structural cost advantage.

You can't think in terms of how expensive it would be to have a 50 lb block of ice delivered to your doorstep today. The *marginal* cost of having ice delivered is nil when everyone on your street is getting it. Everyone had an actual "icebox", and since it had no moving parts it never needed servicing or replacing. So when electric refrigerators became available it was a choice of keeping your perfectly good icebox with its reliable, regularly scheduled ice delivery, or buy a cranky, complicated, expensive piece of machinery that would pay for itself just in time to need replacing. If the ice industry killed itself by shipping polluted ice, it's probably because they couldn't expand their supply to meet demand.

I'll bet the grandchildren of kids learning to drive today will find the whole concept of a massive, truck-based gasoline distribution network absurdly complicated. But it works because it's massive, and because it's ubiquitous we assume it is simple -- which it is on the consumer end. On the production end it is fantastically complicated and labor intensive.

Speaking of the Boston ice industry, I live a half mile from a 20 acre (8 ha) pond that supported a major ice operation in the 1800s. Pictures show men harvesting blocks of ice eighteen, even twenty-four inches thick for shipment around the world. In the non-winter months the companies operated water-powered mills. Ice was a classic case of exploiting slack resources. Ice meant no head for the water powered mill, and an idle workforce. So electric refrigeration wasn't the only pressure on the ice industry: electric factories would have raised the price of winter labor.

Today that same pond never gets more than a couple of inches of ice, even in last year's "polar vortex" event -- you can't make ice that thick in a couple weeks, you need a cold winter that starts early and doesn't let go for months. When I was a kid this pond iced over in December. Now it ices over in Janurary, or Feburary, or some years not at all except for the lee end. In January I can fish from my canoe on ponds where I would once have been ice-fishing.

Comment: Re:and they make big bonfires, too (Score 1) 218

by drinkypoo (#48651221) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

Many nails are made from steel with too high of carbon content, and are not magnetic.

Steel with too high a carbon content to be magnetic is called stainless, unless it's over 4% and then it's called hypereutectic and it's very difficult to produce and nobody is making nails out of it, just like they aren't making nails out of stainless — especially not for pallets.

Comment: Re:and they make big bonfires, too (Score 1) 218

by drinkypoo (#48651215) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

Then burn them and drag a magnet through the ashes to collect the nails. Why go through all the effort of removing the nails when you're about to remove the wood?

Of course given the number or lazy, irresponsible assholes in the world

...someone might actually try to carry out your plan, and then destroy their lungs with zinc from galvanized pallet nails from china.

Comment: Re: Multi touch while driving? (Score 1) 112

by drinkypoo (#48651167) Attached to: "Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

Right. You do NOT fiddle with it while driving. However, the same can be said of regular car buttons.

No, it cannot. Regular buttons stay in the same place all the time, and you can feel for them while not looking at them. You can't feel for touch controls.

Fact is, the tesla controls are LESS bothersome to me than the old buttons.

Fact is, that's only true if you take your eyes off the road, and keep them that way until you're done.

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.