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Comment: LEDs need much closer tolerances (Score 2) 585

by gelfling (#48002137) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

LEDs are FAR FAR more sensitive to bad manufacturing tolerances which is why cheaper, relatively speaking, units are such shit. On the other hand a quality unit from Cree is probably going to last as long as it should. I would also stay away from dim-able bulbs since they require more circuitry. Same with dim-able CFLs. The transformers are fragile enough as it is.

Comment: It's the heat that kills LEDs/CFLs (Score 1) 585

by gelfling (#48002099) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

LEDs, while they are very bright for the energy they use, throw off fantastic amounts of heat given their overall power consumption. This is why large LEDs like floodlights actually look like radiators with their backing fins. Without them LED's would self destruct in minutes. This is relevant in a high hat or recessed lamp. Too much heat build up and they blow.

CFL's don't generate much heat but their transformers do. And it's the transformers that usually dies before the CFL tube. Again, a poorly made or mounted fixture will collect more heat and kill the bulb that much faster, maybe even start a fire.

Comment: That's not what Obama actuallyt believes though (Score 1) 337

by gelfling (#47975847) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Obama's views on nuclear weapons are shaped by the 'neo realists' of Dr Ken Waltz. And Waltz believed proliferation was a GOOD thing not a bad thing, that the MORE countries have atomic weapons the MORE stable the world is. Waltz, and his acolytes Walt and Mearscheimer have Obama's ear on this topic more than any other advisers. This is why Obama quietly doesn't really worry about Iran. He would like to see them acquire The Bomb.

Comment: No and they never did, much (Score 1) 252

by gelfling (#47975785) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

To the 10 or 15% who are early adopters maybe. To everyone else, no. Doesn't matter never mattered never will. And for what it's worth most carriers tweak their images so much they eat up all performance variables with their shit code and bloatware. Moreover, if you're a Sprint customer, you don't have a network unless you're on WiFi, so performance is meaningless bullshit anyway.

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