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Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 1146

by theycallmeB (#45699603) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month
The heating coils are there for situations where you want (or that the controller board thinks that you want) a lot of heat right now. Like when somebody manually ups the temperature setting about five degrees. With a heat pump, slow and steady (and a programmable thermostat) wins the race.

Comment: Re:It is a broken system (Score 1) 1145

by theycallmeB (#43819115) Attached to: White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care
'Avoirdupois' has nothing to do with mass, or at least nothing to do with mass in the customary system, much as the UK pint has nothing to do with anything expect British pubs.

You are thinking of that bastard unit the pound-mass, defined as the mass that produces one pound force at normal Earth gravity. The true mass unit for the US customary system is the slug which weighs in at 32.2 pounds at normal Earth gravity. Just as a kilogram weighs 9.81 Newtons in Earth gravity. No tweaking required.

And don't forget the metric system's own bastard unit: the kilogram-force. Which, I might add, is far more commonly used than pound-mass, unless all of the metric world's cheap bathroom scales are really sophisticated mass-balances in disguise. And whereas pound-mass is always specifically stated, kilogram-force seems only weakly attached to the force.

Comment: Re:Outsourcing Manufacturing (Score 1) 237

by theycallmeB (#42564311) Attached to: FAA To Investigate 787 Dreamliner
Actually, there are at least two and possibly three different variants of the 787-8 model in commercial service right now. And they won't actually reach the 'final' configuration off the factory floor until somewhere around the 100th airframe. There have been changes to the engines, systems and the airframe itself, some will be retrofitted to the early deliveries during heavy maintenance, others are permanent and adversely affect the fatigue life or range of the aircraft.

And then there are the first few flight test airframes which are so different that Boeing had to abandon its plans to actually deliver them to customers.

Comment: My experience so far... (Score 1) 675

is that Win8 is an utter pile of crap. Windows 8 Pro might possibly be less crappy, and is apparently the version all of the pre-release 'you can get used to this' reviews were based on. But from the pointless non-locking lock screen that you can't disable, to the tiles thing to its ridiculous insistence on making documents full screen on a widescreen laptop, regular Windows 8 does nothing but get in the way of user. And I will be darned before I pay Microsoft another penny to remove some of the suckage they went to extra effort to ram in there. And so, my shiny new core i3 laptop is less useful than my 10 year old pentium-m/WinXP system, at least until I get some flavor of linux installed.

And once that happens, Microsoft, know full well that I will not be going back.

Comment: Re:"Do Not Deliver to an Intoxicated Peson" (Score 1) 118

by theycallmeB (#41997971) Attached to: Amazon.com: Earth's Biggest Wine Cellar?
With alcohol, they will indeed wait at your door for you to show some ID, and they have billed the shipper accordingly. UPS at least will make three attempts, waiting each time, and absolutely ignoring any notes saying 'please leave with my neighbor' because that is a know vector for kids trying to get some booze.

About the only thing that was controlled more strictly than wine were the thousands of envelopes known to contain tickets to a big college football bowl game.

Comment: Re:Better... (Score 5, Funny) 881

by theycallmeB (#41881719) Attached to: Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

http://www.mittromney.com/
Lots of information there on Romney's policies and ideas.
Why not simply inform yourself, rather than repeat these tiresome and slanted charges planted in your mind by partisan news sources?

Because if his website is anything like the public appearances of Romney himself, it changes content based on the state your IP address maps to.

Comment: Re:Where do the Presidential Candidates stand? (Score 4, Funny) 255

by theycallmeB (#41560721) Attached to: Stolen Maple Syrup Found and Returned To Strategic Reserve
The first debate was supposed to be about domestic concerns. The bacon shortage news originated in Europe, and this maple syrup caper is a product of Canada (also, by the by, a leading exporter of frozen waffles), so you will have to wait until the foreign policy debate to find out where the candidates sit on breakfast table issues.

Comment: Re:News to us in Texas (Score 1) 416

by theycallmeB (#40609137) Attached to: Is Our Infrastructure Ready For Rising Temperatures?
At DFW the airport runways, taxiways, and parking aprons are also very nearly 100% concrete, not asphalt. Concrete is much more expensive, harder to repair, and the expansion joints can be rather murderous. Which is a point the summary left out: a good asphalt surface has fewer joints that can be split open by snow and ice.

Comment: Re:How Long? (Score 4, Insightful) 336

by theycallmeB (#39745517) Attached to: India Test Fires Long-Range, Nuke-Capable Missile
North Korea got nuclear weapons technology from Pakistan, and possibly from China many years ago, not from India. Since India is not, unlike their neighbors to the north-west, bat-shit insane, they probably know that selling asymmetric weapons tech to countries that are bat-shit insane does not advance any of India's political or economic interests. As such they have probably already taken measures comparable to the US or France to secure their project rather than cold calling every drug exporting, famine inducing, hereditary dictatorship in their Rolodex.

And for similar reasons, nobody is any more worked up about this than if France tested a new missile, and maybe even a little less concerned than if the US developed a new ICBM.

+ - Bee research details harm from insecticides->

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tedgyz writes "The Washington Post reports that new research points to pesticides as one of the causes of the disappearing bees. Ironically, these pesticides are considered more environmentally friendly than their predecessors. The neonicotinoids do not kill the bees outright, but disorient them so they cannot find their back to the hive. The study also shows an 85% decline in production of queens."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Even more efficient (Score 1) 168

by theycallmeB (#39359645) Attached to: The Laser Unprinter
Which means it becomes a case of one printed, signed and dated document and another printed, signed and dated document. It is just like having two differing files with the same checksum and same digital signature. But I bet buying an unprinter won't require as smart a crook as producing a good MD5 hash collision.

Unless there is a clear way to tell which has been unprinted and then reprinted it simply devolves into a case of who has more lawyers on speed dial.

And to build on another poster's reply to my first comment, with a little malice aforethought, the unscrupulous could print the originals on paper that has already been unprinted a few times as an 'eco-friendly' feature. If this tech really works as summarized then the only truly safe document is one that can't be unprinted cleanly.

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