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Comment: Re:Spock: 'member (Score 1) 278

by twosat (#47437119) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

I remember reading news stories that during the 9/11 attacks that the telephone networks were set to record conversations in the hope of retrospectively tracing terrorists and their sympathisers. Afterwards, there were multiple stories of terrorist "chatter" being monitored by the government. Given all of this, I was left wondering why there were no reports of mass arrests of terrorist sympathisers.

Comment: My experiences with CFL and LED light bulbs (Score 1) 278

by twosat (#47413393) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

The last energy-saving light bulb that I've bought turned 1 year on July 1. It's a Philips 1055 lumens/13 watt LED that's roughly equivalent to a 75 watt incandescent. I had prevously been using a 800 lumens/15 watt CFL, but I thought it was too dim, and swapped it to our hallway. We have had mixed experiences with CFLs in our house. We found that in our dining room they would only last a few months, I think that they didn't like being turned on and off all the time and they were right in front of a hot fireplace. I would keep the CFL in my bedroom going all the time at night until I went to bed, negating some of the potential energy savings. Used this way, I seemed to get at least 2 years out of them, but they would get quite dim for a few months before they would fail. I have deliberately been switching off my LED light bulb whenever I go out of my bedroom, so far it's still going strong. I paid 24 NZ$ for it and I calculate that at roughly 6 hours a day of usage at NZ $0.24 per kW/hr I have more than recovered the initial purchase price in power savings, if it were to fail tomorrow I would be happy to get another just like it.

Comment: My experiences with CFL and LED light bulbs (Score 1) 196

by twosat (#47366753) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

By chance, the last energy-saving light bulb that I've bought turned 1 year yesterday. It's a Philips 1055 lumens/13 watt LED that's roughly equivalent to a 75 watt incandescent. I had prevously been using a 800 lumens/15 watt CFL, but I thought it was too dim, and swapped it to our hallway. We have had mixed experiences with CFLs in our house. We found that in our dining room they would only last a few months, I think that they didn't like being turned on and off all the time and they were right in front of a hot fireplace. I would keep the CFL in my bedroom going all the time at night until I went to bed, negating some of the potential energy savings. Used this way, I seemed to get at least 2 years out of them, but they would get quite dim for a few months before they would fail. I have deliberately been switching off my LED light bulb whenever I go out of my bedroom, so far it's still going strong. I paid 24 NZ$ for it and I calculate that at roughly 6 hours a day of usage at NZ $0.24 per kW/hr I have more than recovered the initial purchase price in power savings, if it were to fail tomorrow I would be happy to get another just like it.

Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 1) 305

by twosat (#47358157) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

I remember reading about this many years ago. It's because the monkey (and other animals doing similar things) is just picking things at random. The money managers, on the other hand, are being swayed by emotion and the current perceived wisdom, they end up acting together to distort the market and ruining the areas of their interest.

Comment: Re:Neat... (Score 1) 74

by twosat (#47023983) Attached to: Measles Virus Puts Woman's Cancer Into Remission

My mother died of multiple myeloma nearly 5 years ago. She was told that she had about 18 months to live. She died after about 3 months when it spread to one of her lungs - something rare in a rare disease. Looking back on it, I'm kind of glad that she did not have to suffer a long, drawn-out sickness and slow death.

Comment: Year 16 here & Most of my coworkers (Score 1) 177

by twosat (#46159863) Attached to: At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

I worked in a central city public library that was closed down after a major earthquake in our city. Several of our team have retired after 20+ years on the job, others moved overseas, or were transferred to suburban or temporary libraries. I am now one of the most experienced in our team after nearly 16 years in my position. In the meantime, several new staff members have been employed that I know little to nothing about. Once our new central library is built in about 2017, it's going to be a strange feeling when our team is re-formed again from the remnants of our original team and several other libraries.

Comment: Re:Bzzzt (Score 1) 371

by twosat (#46096495) Attached to: How loud is your primary computer?

When I got my first computer with speakers, I had a similar problem: whenever I would move the mouse I would hear a buzzing sound through the speakers. Eventually, I noticed that the master volume was set low and that the speaker volume knob was on maximum. I fixed the problem by turning up the master volume and turning down the speaker volume knob.

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