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Comment: Re:meeses (Score 1) 361

by nycsubway (#45705705) Attached to: How long do your computer mice last?

In college, my friend came to my apartment and saw the lint in my mouse and said "Let me clean that out..." and I was like "No, don't take it off! It's felt on the rollers, its supposed to be there!"
I really thought there was a layer of felt on the rollers that was part of the mouses design... I had obviously never looked closely at a clean or new mouse before.

Comment: Excellent summary (Score 4, Insightful) 249

by nycsubway (#44695981) Attached to: Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant To Close In 2014

I've heard this story on NPR, which tends to be known for accurate reporting and lack of sensationalism. This was an excellent summary on Slashdot. I hope the editors, or what's left of them, continue to pick stories that are factual and not sensational. The comments on Slashdot resulting from those type of stories are often more readable too.

For the story itself, it's interesting to see the business side of nuclear and the real reasons why plants are built and decommissioned. ie, its not always about environmentalism or NIMBY. Nuclear is a decent way to generate power compared to fossil fuels because the nuclear by-products can be contained more assuredly than greenhouse gases, assuming that all of the environmental factors are taken into account. Those environmental factors however are what make it difficult to accept because its very expensive to ensure everything is contained.

Comment: Model cycling (Score 4, Insightful) 213

by nycsubway (#43096763) Attached to: ISP Trying Free (But Limited) Home Broadband Plan

Hopefully the home ISP market won't follow the cyclic model of the cell phone industry. With cell phone data, first you paid by the kB, then they introduced unlimited data plans, then they capped the limits and you paid by the GB, now they're going back to unlimited data plans. I'd prefer the home ISPs to not do that. They've always been unlimited (within reason) so I'd wouldn't like to see some small company changing the model for the industry.

Comment: Yes (Score 1) 445

by nycsubway (#42203477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

I work at a hospital, in a research department. Surprisingly its more efficient to talk to people over the phone than it is through other means. You can only type so fast, and sometimes you need to use a lot words back and forth when you're talking with someone who's in a different field than you.

I'm not talking about help desk stuff... if a scientist needs clarification from an engineer about a technical problem.. the phone is the best method. If you are trying to recruit participants for medical experiments... the phone. If you are talking to someone from a different department about transferring data... the phone. If you are talking to a nurse or surgeon on a medical unit about a patient in a research study... the phone.

As always, just because the engineers think it will people time if they improve technology doesn't mean it actually will. Hospitals have tried replacing phones with other devices, and it just doesn't work. The phone is the simplest device for communication, and it will stay.

One of the biggest challenges engineers face is accepting that the current technology is adequate and that no radical changes are necessary.

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