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Comment: Re:Disabling Heartbeat - scroll down! (Score 1) 148

by justthinkit (#49384821) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released

have to admit that it's completely stupid the way chrome has 10 same-named processes in an emergency with me having zero idea of which ones will kill which tab or the whole browser session.

This, and the "use all memory" bug are the reasons I don't use Chrome. At least with Firefox I can (1) close non-essential tabs, (2) shut it down, (3) reload it and get reasonable memory usage.

Using all memory, with nothing but Netflix player running, is supremely uncool of Chrome.

So, my browser pair is Firefox and Opera...

Comment: Re:Disabling Heartbeat - scroll down! (Score 1) 148

by justthinkit (#49382981) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released
Ahem, major memory use issues in Chrome...

The browser will use all of computer's memory. Forcing a shutdown of Chrome eventually, or total dog performance. Tons of people having this issue and clogging up the forums. I'm just telling Chrome users to do a full shutdown once a day, but this is hardly a solution.

I submitted a story about this but...oh, shiney!

Comment: Re: Invisible hand (Score 1) 536

Everything is hired out. I still can't figure how stuff gets built.

By contracting out, you get people who actually want to do good work for reasonable pay. Unlike union workers, or "set for life" big company employees.

Where I live the city has contracted out extensive sewer work. These contract workers are superb. You wouldn't see one-quarter of this efficiency with a union city crew. Everyone, including the city (and the city union bosses!), knows this.

Comment: Nice try (Score 1) 134

Nice try.

Drinking is drinking. It is physically and psychologically addictive, whether from regular "light" embibing or binge drinking.

Those "wonderfully reasonable" French are probably ALL addicted. They would suffer, especially physically, if they tried to stop.

My father was a "reasonable" drinker. Glass of wine at dinner, and nothing else. I lived with the guy for 17 years, then (after moving out) would visit for summer holidays each year.

I got a chance to watch the problem develop. The man was addicted, and it wasn't a pretty sight. But he never drank more than 2 glasses of wine, and only at a meal.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 52

by justthinkit (#49272271) Attached to: New Compound Quickly Disables Chemical Weapons

This catalyst is for destroying stockpiles, but for helping with decontamination. Previously they were using an enzyme that is hard to deploy, and they've replaced that enzyme with an engineered catalyst that does the same chemistry, albeit less efficiently.

So, they already had a way. But it was "hard". And now they have another way but it is "less efficient" (i.e. probably costs more). How is any of this news?

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 52

by justthinkit (#49271841) Attached to: New Compound Quickly Disables Chemical Weapons
The destruction of a chemical weapon is rather trivial, when you can conveniantly dunk the toxin in a vat of acid, or base, or solvent or whatever. Dioxins burn really well, for example.

The sticky bit is stopping it from entering people via their skin or lungs, eyes, etc. when the toxin is already dispersed.

In short, this wonderful new compound is utterly useless.

Comment: Re:Here are two tablets... (Score 1) 447

by justthinkit (#49247133) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions
Thank you. Not sure how that meshes with people drinking wheat grass juice -- having seen it grown, when the shoots are young, they look exactly like wild grass.

This WebMD page suggests a few reasons, including "One published study reports on a miniature poodle that ate grass and then vomited every day for seven years. Three days after putting the dog on a high-fiber diet, the owner reported that the dog stopped eating grass entirely."

This WebMD page says that "dogs today seek out plants as an alternative food source. Most commonly the plant is grass". It goes on to say: "A dog will seek out a natural remedy for a gassy or upset stomach, and grass, it seems, may do the trick. When ingested, the grass blade tickles the throat and stomach lining; this sensation, in turn, may cause the dog to vomit, especially if the grass is gulped down rather than chewed."

"Although dogs don't typically graze on large amounts of grass like a cow, they may nibble on grass, chew on it for a while, and not throw up (an unwell dog will tend to gulp the grass down in big bites and then throw up).

This seems much more like why my dog eats (or bites at) grass.

"Whatever the reason may be, most experts see no danger in letting your dog eat grass. In fact, grass contains essential nutrients that a dog might crave, especially if they're on a commercial diet."

It seems to me that humans don't know why dogs do it. But that it is good for dogs. And no, I've never seen my dogs "drunk" from grass eating.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.