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Comment Re:I generate my power with solar (Score 1) 507

Actually, yes. I can tell you exactly how much (electrical) energy I've been billed for every month for the past several years. In theory this tracks closely with actual energy consumption. I can further tell you that my energy consumption from gas for heating slightly exceeds my electrical energy consumption, but they're quite close (within 1% for the past 12 billed months). My condo association dues include hot water, so my true energy consumption is somewhat higher, and specifically underestimates gas.

I also burn on average 1.4gal/day of gasoline, or about 18.7MWh/yr, which exceeds the combined gas and electric usage for my home by a comfortable margin. There are further energy expenditures at work and of course in the production and transportation costs of the food and other materials I consume on an annual basis. Plus miscellaneous other expenditures of smaller magnitude.

Comment Use your local computer store (Score 1) 606

If you're saving money by building machines yourself, you're paying too much for your computers. Which you knew, having asked the question in the first place.

Find a local computer store that builds whitebox machines. My workplace is lucky enough to be next door to such an outfit, and they build our machines for us. Basically, for the Newegg price of the components, we get an assembled, tested (they have a burn-in suite that runs for a day) machine with a 1-yr system warranty and our custom drive image installed. Customer support is great - walk over there and talk to a real person who isn't following a script and knows what he's talking about.

Your local computer store may be crap, but it's easy to tell, and if you have a good one it beats the hell out of buying from Dell.

Comment No shipping IE results (Score 4, Insightful) 203

TFA: "The first table is a summary of the test results with the May 2010 IE Platform Preview and each of the major shipping browsers running on Windows."

So...IE8 isn't a "major shipping browser" that runs on Windows?

If IE8 scores so terribly that Microsoft is embarrassed to post its scores, that's fine, but it would be less dishonest and more informative then to include recent betas of their competitors' browsers in addition to the latest shipping version.

Medicine

Swine Flu Kills Obese People Disproportionately 661

Philip K Dickhead writes "Bloomberg is reporting that the World Health Organization discovered a single, surprising characteristic that's emerged among swine flu victims who become severely ill: They are all fat. Infected people with a body mass index greater than 40 suffer respiratory complications that are harder to treat and can be fatal. The virus appears to be on a collision course with the obesity epidemic. WHO officials are gathering statistics to confirm and understand this development. 'It's very likely that if we went back retrospectively and looked at people who did poorly during seasonal flu, what would shake out is that obesity would be one of the risks.' Fat cells secrete chemicals that cause chronic, low-level inflammation that can hamper the body's immune response and narrow the airways, says Tim Armstrong, a doctor working in the WHO's chronic diseases department in Geneva."

Comment Re:Isn't this a little overkill? (Score 1) 436

Sure I leave my browser running all the time. FF runs from a few minutes after I log in until Windows gets flaky and slow weeks-to-months later. Browser tabs are a great to-do list, with context and history. Why would I ever close my browser? 5 seconds to load it up (or 3 minutes, if it's restoring my ~100 tabs) is a waste of time, and RAM is cheap.

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