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Comment: Kindle or Nook (Score 1) 63

I have a friend who's been legally blind all of her life. She has a Kindle and finds it very easy to use and read because she knows how to adjust the text size to what she needs. I have a high-end Nook that I'm very fond of. I've let my friend experiment with it and she told me that if she didn't have a Kindle, she could get along just fine with my Nook. Depending on just what you need, either one may be the right answer for you.

Comment: Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (Score 1) 786

by techno-vampire (#48785551) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science
If all that hatred came from moral indignation, why is it that almost all of the protesters were college students who were worried about keeping their student deferments. Somehow the 4-F's were drastically under-represented, possibly because they didn't have to worry about the draft.

Comment: Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (Score 3, Interesting) 786

by techno-vampire (#48785527) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science
Incidentally, since you're judging others from such a high horse, when did you serve and what battle ribbons did you earn? Or perhaps you didn't serve at all.

I spent over 7 months in Tonkin Gulf in '72, most of it on the Gun Line doing shore bombardment, and I have the service-connected hearing loss as a souvenir. My ship was one of the 38 that helped throw back the NVA during the Easter Offensive by taking advantage of the fact that their plans had completely ignored the fact that the USN completely controlled the eastern flank of the battlefield.

And, as far as how we were treated by the anti-war movement, I must congratulate you on your selective memory.

Comment: Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (Score 1) 786

by techno-vampire (#48785009) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science
Why does opposition to war automatically mean you're anti-military and vilifying soldiers?

Nobody ever said that it does, and there are many people today who oppose our nation's current overseas adventures but support the troops. However, back during 'Nam, that wasn't true, and those who opposed the war (mostly because they didn't want to be drafted) constantly showed their hatred of anybody in the US Armed Forces.

Comment: Re:Better way? (Score 1) 289

by techno-vampire (#48749649) Attached to: Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30
Only once every 40 years or so. Not so wrong in reality, for most applications anyway.

No, Leap Seconds are added at irregular intervals to adjust for the slowing down of the Earth's rotation. The last one was added on June 30, 2012, only three years before this one. The 40 years you're referring to is how long the system has been in place. Do try to keep up.

Comment: Re:Cocoa is also disgusting without sugar (Score 1) 224

by techno-vampire (#48743081) Attached to: Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You
You get that even without the cocoa powder. What I'm talking about is the effect the dark brown cocoa has on the surface color and the way the cocoa's flavor enhances that of the meat. To see for yourself, grill two burger patties, but sprinkle a little cocoa on both sides of one of them before cooking. Then taste them and see the difference. If you can taste the bitterness of the unsweetened cocoa, you've probably put too much on.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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