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Comment: Re:and they make big bonfires, too (Score 1) 202

by drinkypoo (#48651221) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

Many nails are made from steel with too high of carbon content, and are not magnetic.

Steel with too high a carbon content to be magnetic is called stainless, unless it's over 4% and then it's called hypereutectic and it's very difficult to produce and nobody is making nails out of it, just like they aren't making nails out of stainless — especially not for pallets.

Comment: Re:and they make big bonfires, too (Score 1) 202

by drinkypoo (#48651215) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

Then burn them and drag a magnet through the ashes to collect the nails. Why go through all the effort of removing the nails when you're about to remove the wood?

Of course given the number or lazy, irresponsible assholes in the world

...someone might actually try to carry out your plan, and then destroy their lungs with zinc from galvanized pallet nails from china.

Comment: Re: Multi touch while driving? (Score 1) 101

by drinkypoo (#48651167) Attached to: "Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

Right. You do NOT fiddle with it while driving. However, the same can be said of regular car buttons.

No, it cannot. Regular buttons stay in the same place all the time, and you can feel for them while not looking at them. You can't feel for touch controls.

Fact is, the tesla controls are LESS bothersome to me than the old buttons.

Fact is, that's only true if you take your eyes off the road, and keep them that way until you're done.

Comment: Re:several search engines were important earlier (Score 1) 77

by drinkypoo (#48651161) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google

Hotbot was the best. I still miss it, because Google sucks.

If you still miss it, you stopped using it because it became useless. And that's what happened to it before it was shut down, because it had no meaningful concept of relevance. It just searched for your terms and produced whatever were the first results. It didn't try to do anything clever on your behalf, which is now necessary due to the size of the interwebs. It just returned pages and pages of too-similar results.

Comment: Re:Stamps? (Score 2) 77

by drinkypoo (#48651159) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google

But then the question just becomes "where can I buy a vernier caliper?". It's not like they had amazon.com either, and I doubt it was in the Sears & Roebuck catalog.

It was in the Sears & Roebuck catalog. The fashion today is to underestimate just how great S&R was back in the day, because Sears is so godawful terrible today, but you really could get pretty much anything from S&R. You could get a doorknob, for example, and a house to go with it.

Comment: Re:Library Science was and is a true profession (Score 3, Insightful) 77

by drinkypoo (#48651147) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google

So is Hotel Management, now sometimes known as Hospitality and Hotel Management.

Hotels are older than schools. Maybe the hoteliers should teach the schools a thing or two, such as how to run within budget. Hint: reduce administrative staff, everyone needs to do actual work

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

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