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Comment: I found a solution to this problem years ago (Score 0) 214

by wcrowe (#46809643) Attached to: Reinventing the Axe

When I was a kid in the 70's, fireplaces were all the rage. When my father finished out the basement he had a Franklin fireplace installed. Of course this meant that one of my chores was splitting wood. And the wood we had was oak, which usually cannot be split with an axe, and requires wedges and a sledgehammer to split. Most of the time I didn't mind the work, but chores are chores and not a lot of fun.

I decided there had to be a better solution to the wood-splitting problem, and when I became an adult and bought my own house I came up with a fantastic solution: I bought a house without a wood fireplace. I haven't split wood in 27 years. Problem solved.

Of course, if some of you Grizzly Adams wannabes like this sort of thing, knock yourselves out. To each his own. :-)

Comment: Who wants this? (Score 2) 163

by wcrowe (#46648985) Attached to: Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

Apart from a few technology companies here and there, does anyone really want the "Internet of Things"? I have yet to hear someone say, "Gosh, I wish my washing machine were internet-capable". Yes, I understand that tech firms can come up with all sorts of scenarios where they can try to convince us that this technology will be useful, but what have you really gained with an internet-ready appliance, apart from yet another vehicle for advertisement?

Comment: Will people use them? (Score 1) 518

by wcrowe (#46629661) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

"An estimated 13 to 15 deaths and 1,125 injuries may be prevented with the implementation of this new requirement."

Assuming people will actually use their backup cameras. If they can't be bothered with looking behind them or even using their rear view mirrors now, why should we think they will look at their backup cameras in the future?

Comment: It's a bad deal all around (Score 1) 653

by wcrowe (#46526133) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Well, it's not like this is something new. Companies have been able to trademark colors for some time. And it's not like Fluke is some unknown company -- they've been around for a long time and everyone in the industry knows their multimeters are yellow around the edges. I'm skeptical that Sparkfun is completely innocent in all this. A quick look at their website shows that their company colors feature red, which appears to even apply to their circuit boards and tools. One would think their multimeters would be red, not yellow.

And as for forcing them to be destroyed, well that's how customs has always worked. Thirty years ago I had some alcohol brought back from Europe that I failed to declare. The choice was to pay the tax or have it destroyed and pay for the destruction. Either way you're gonna pay.

Having said all of that, there seem to be lots of other things like this that do make it through customs, and one gets the impression that Sparkfun would have had no problem if their bribe had been big enough.

Comment: Motive? (Score 2) 99

by wcrowe (#46523877) Attached to: More Troubles For Authors of Controversial Acid-Bath Stem Cell Articles

I'm perplexed at the motive behind such shennanigans. What is to be gained? Grant money? But surely that's too short-lived to be worth it. Does it just boil down to laziness on the part of someone seeking a PhD?

I guess it's like embezzlement. You have to know, you're going to get caught eventually. There is no escaping it. But people do it anyway.

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