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Comment: Re:You know what this means (Score 1) 182

by plover (#48035219) Attached to: Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Why do you keep your Harmony remote charger in your bedroom? I understand if it's a dorm room or something like that, but I would simply move that crap to a different room.

The TV is in the bedroom, and we obviously keep the remote in the room where we use it. The cradle is intended as a convenient place to keep it when not in use - it's not quite like a cord you trot out and plug in nightly. And when it loses charge, it takes a long time to charge it again before it's functional. Keeping it in the cradle ensures it's always ready for use. Anyway, we coped with it in our way, which is essentially no different than coping by keeping the cradle in a different room.

My main point was not to complain about our specific problems or situation, but that their cradle was poorly designed in many ways (one of which was the overly bright LEDs). Also, valuable lessons were learned. I learned that if I'm buying electronics that will be used in the bedroom, I need to thoroughly check their nighttime luminance before buying them. And Logitech learned as well, because their Harmony 1100 has a very positive connecting charging stand, and it does not beep when cradled.

Comment: Re:Contagiousness (Score 1) 376

by ultranova (#48034275) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Assuming you're a survivor, there might not be much of a functional nation to return too, let alone the modern world.

In which case that stocked food won't do any good for you. If food production collapses, you're done for; even if you knew how to live off the land, enough other people do too to deplete any sources in short order.

Comment: Re:depends on circumstance (Score 1) 337

by fyngyrz (#48033927) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

My worldview wouldn't change a whit.

We're already aware of life on a planet. That's what we are. Us, and cats, and dogs, and everything else living here. As humans, we're already aware of the great diversity of life even sourced from just the one planet. Likewise, the range of intelligence. Life, intelligence, on some planet? Spacecraft? Interest in exploring? Nothing groundbreaking there. Not a thing. Already known facts. It happens; we've watched it happen.

So, another case? Ok. Interesting? Sure. Absolutely. But already a 100% fit with what we know. The whole shebang is going to be about things to learn in the areas of culture and technology. Just specifics. The rest, we already knew.

Comment: Re:Different Religions (Score 1) 337

by fyngyrz (#48033853) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Ask the aliens what their views on hacking their own bodies reproductive reward system, in order to avoid the reproduction part but still get the reward.

Hacking? Honey, I'm not hacking, I'm practicing. No, no, don't take them off. I like the way the line of the stocking goes up the back of your leg.

Comment: Re:Religion is a weakness. (Score 1) 337

by fyngyrz (#48033845) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

What makes you think this hasn't already happened?"

The uniform lack of any good advice indicating a technology in any way advanced from those the insights were supposedly given to. Nothing so advanced as "wash your hands before touching any wound", or a reasonable tip about cooking to eliminate parasites (instead of, for instance, forbidding shellfish and so on... just dumb, straight up primitive stuff.)

All religions fail this simple test: Their all-knowing patron (of whatever type) manifests as utterly clueless. So whatever else might have been going on -- and that certainly leaves a very wide field -- visiting aliens can be very cleanly ruled out.

Comment: Re:isnt ice less dense? (Score 1) 119

by popo (#48033531) Attached to: Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

But help me out here. the water is still in the oceans of the Earth. So what causes the net gravitational change? The change in density from less-dense ice to more-dense water?

I would guess that results in a gravitational increase. Where is the net loss coming from?

Comment: Re:About god damn time.. (Score 1) 569

by ShaunC (#48032099) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

In the meantime you might look at QuickEdit mode for the command prompt, if you haven't already. I've spent so much time in PuTTY over the years that I've grown accustomed to right-click being paste when I'm in a shell. This also works in cmd if you set it to use QuickEdit mode (having to hit Enter to copy a selection is just plain unintuitive, though).

Nothing succeeds like success. -- Alexandre Dumas