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Comment: Re:Measurement (Score 1) 371

by gbutler69 (#37803198) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Radiation Detection For Tokyo Resident?
Just to clarify, when you say "Alpha Particles" and "Beta Particle" are not dangerous unless ingested, what you really mean is, "Alpha Particle EMITTERS" and "Beta Particle EMITTERS" are not too dangerous unless ingested. Once the Alpha Particle or Beta Particle is emitted by decay, it flys off with a given energy until it rams into somethinng (like your DNA). Now, if the emitter is outside your body, your skin will pretty much stop it and unless the source is particularly strong, you're in little danger. But, if you ingest the emitter, then as the Alpha and Beta Particles (Alpha is two protons and two neutrons, if memory serves correctly, basically equivalent to a fast moving helium nuclei with an extra neutron, Beta particles are fast moving, free electrons and positrons). NOTE: I'm 100% sure you know all of the above and isn't meant to correct you, but, to help clarify for others who might not know. I felt that the way you said, "unless alpha and beta particles are ingested" could be misunderstood by someone who hasn't read about this subject much.

Comment: Yeah, that would be impossible. (Score 1) 315

by gbutler69 (#36567992) Attached to: Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum
There's no way I can tell what kind of changes are in a release without the version number telling the whole story. Too bad they don't have some kind of document like "Release Notes" or a "Changelog" or something. Then we could know exactly what was changing and be sure to do some appropriate testing before rolling out.

Comment: I wouldn't be so quick to make that assumption. (Score 2) 315

by gbutler69 (#36567850) Attached to: Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum
I am the IT Manager of a mid-sized Health Care company of about 150 employees. I am currently preparing to switch all our users from using IE to FF (with IE Tab Extension for IE-Only sites/applications). Why? The feature-set of FF is far more standard and is MUCH MUCH faster for just about everything we need to do with our custom-built in-house and web-based business partner applications. For all our internal stuf, we will continue to test with IE to make sure it is as least marginally usable, but, we're not going to worry about the worthless performance of IE any longer. Trust me, it is not even a competition. FF and Chrome both are orders of magnitude faster in every way (actual use). You don't need a stopwatch to see it either. You just need to use it. The difference is DRAMATIC. Testing and deploying new version of FF every 3 months will be absolutely zero problem. Anyone who finds that challenging, should probably be in another profession.

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