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Comment: Re:Recycle and bioplastics (Score 1) 98

by michrech (#49294237) Attached to: Some Biodegradable Plastics Don't Live Up To Their Claims

Take your used motor oil and batteries (I'm assuming you're speaking of the automotive type) to your local auto-parts store. They will accept both (and, in the case of batteries, quote you a price for the new battery that includes you returning the old one). Oil collections are free, not sure about batteries, though I suspect it'd be free since they'd make cash selling back the lead.

Comment: Re:Bill Gates sponsors quackery (Score 1) 140

by Stormwatch (#49288515) Attached to: Gates: Large Epidemics Need a More Agile Response

Now here is an explanation of why that study is simply worthless, why that "60%" number is meaningless, and how, even if it was absolutely correct, it would mean 56 circumcisions would be necessary to prevent a single case of HIV infection, and it would still fail to prevent another case -- whereas giving everyone condoms instead would have prevented both cases.

Comment: Re: There might not be Proper English (Score 3, Funny) 667

by Stormwatch (#49264843) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

You've got to be kidding me. I've been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, it is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. It's just common sense.

Comment: Re:freedumb isn't free (Score 1) 328

Let's see, in the past year I've had... 2 dead CFLs (1 year old), four dead LED bulbs (flickering, globe failures, etc). Don't try to tell me my TCO is a win. No doubt you'll assert I'm "holding it wrong" or some other retarded result of your confirmation bias.

I'm curious as to what type of fixture you had these these were installed. It's unfortunately not common-knowledge enough, but they aren't meant for enclosed fixtures (and the boxes / packaging *does* state this). I didn't know this until my bathroom fixture kept killing CFL's, and then an LED. I finally read the package of the LED and noticed the "no enclosed fixtures" warning.

In my case, I swapped out the fixture for one that looked nearly the same, but was open at the top (the glass shade hung down about an inch, or so, from its base) and haven't had an issue since.

Comment: My schadenfreude (Score 2) 445

"Schadenfreude", German for "harm-joy", is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. And that's what I feel when I see Microsoft finally slipping. I surely don't have to list all the shit they've done before, but in this specific case: their trojan horse Stephen Elop destroyed Nokia from the inside. He killed the most successful mobile platform ever (Symbian), and the one that had the most future potential (MeeGo), to push the Windows shit that no one wanted -- all for the benefit of an external party, not the one who had hired him. (how the fuck was he not sued for breach of fiduciary duty yet?)

By all means, Microsoft, keep trying! Keep wasting money on a project without future. I hope I'll live to see you crash and burn at last.

Comment: Re:Yes, I agree (Score 2) 564

by michrech (#49171867) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

The condescending My Docs, My Music, et al should also go.

WHY?! This actually teaches / encourages people to store their documents / pictures / music in *one spot*, which makes things much more simple to back up. Granted, not every user actually uses these folders for their intended purposes (I recall backing up a ~120GB "My Documents" folder becuase the user threw *all* files, picutres / music / videos / documents into it, with *no* sub-folders to sort everything, for example)...

I am a computer. I am dumber than any human and smarter than any administrator.