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Comment Re: Cooling towers (Score 2) 118

They still use a compressor, but instead of running normal outside air across dry coils, they run the air across wet coils. The evaporation makes the coils cool faster and more efficiently, at the cost of losing water. The non evaporated water is reused and pumped back to the top. Because the water is reused it can get kind of nasty and needs frequent cleaning. (Note I'm a licensed technician, but I don't work on cooling towers).

Comment Re: Get rid of the fucking adverts completely (Score 2, Insightful) 194

Why would you be willing to pay that much to watch a bunch of sweaty men running around hitting a rubber sphere with their feet? How can that be so entertaining you'd pay $100/month? I understand how sports can be fun for the players, I just don't get people paying money to watch others play them.

Comment Re: I'm a bit conflicted (Score 3, Insightful) 616

Personally I don't think it goes far enough. Not vaccinating your child is child abuse and attempted murder. I think if a child gets a preventable disease like this for any reason other than the doctor not allowing the vaccination due to health concerns, the print should be charged with child abuse for their own children as well as any child who contracts the disease from this child.

Comment Re: Look around you (Score 2) 95

While I slightly disagree with his comment, I think it just needs to be phrased differently. When we say "smart" we may mean depth of knowledge in one or more subjects, or able to grasp new things quickly, but there is a much greater diversity in useful intellect. My father is not what most people would call "smart", he's not great at learning new things, has a below average grasp of math, doesn't read or enrich his mind, etc. yet he can look at a problem in the real world and find a solution to it in a few moments. He can't always articulate it well to others, but it's astonishing to see. He will often build something with 1 person as efficiently as 2, because he comes up with contraptions for anything you'd need another person for. He rarely uses brawn, he uses simple machines, jigs and more. He's so much smarter than I am in those areas. I can sit down and read a book on a subject and remember everything I read, and often be able to do that thing immediately afterwards. I bought books with all my income growing up, I taught myself programming and started a software company, but I will never be as good as my father at seeing a problem and solving it rapidly without the help of others and without the use of costly devices. He's "smarter" than me in that area. If IQ tests tested for that he'd be in the top 1%, Id be in the bottom 10%. There are many gifts we all have and devaluing others gifts, because they differ from our own by calling them dumb, shows just how much more you need to grow.

Comment Re: *cough* bullshit *cough* (Score 4, Informative) 183

It's not bullshit. Many commercial buildings in hot dry climate use evaporative chilers. You can also get devices that do it indoors. The issue with doing it indoors, is that once the air becomes saturated with moisture it stops working. Plus the room gets wet and cold, which is not a good environment, it leads to mold and mildew. Indoor evaporative coolers are best used in places that you only want to cook on rare occasions, that are very dry, and are located far from a window.

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