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Comment Re:the remaining 16% (Score 1) 192 192

I can speak from experience on this. I have a relatively mild peanut* allergy - by relatively mild I mean I don't have to carry an epi-pen and I've never had any life-threatening reactions though they can be very unpleasant.

The first/most common reaction I get is a scratchy throat which results in coughing. I don't find it hard to breathe beyond the coughing but my throat feels very irritated and slightly constricted. The best way to describe it might be like feeling incredibly dry. This reaction is usually pretty quick and if I feel it coming on I know I'd better stop eating whatever is causing it. It's not fun but if the coughing isn't bad I don't always have to excuse myself from social situations and it gradually fades over the course of an hour or so. But sometimes the onset is more gradual, perhaps due to lower concentrations. In this case if I ingest enough I can end up curled up in a pretty miserable ball of the worst stomach pain I've ever felt.

Bendadryl and time help. When I was a child in school I usually carried a benadryl capsule with me, but now I'm just cautious. I'm grateful that my reactions aren't life-threatening and also that I have no problem being around other people eating peanuts, but they can certainly be unpleasant enough for me to read ingredient labels closely and ask when offered things like cookies/brownies/etc.

*known allergens - peanuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts; known non-allergens - cashews, pistachios (both of which I love)

Comment Re:Modern Denisovans and survivalinternational.org (Score 1) 93 93

They look so kind! But, let us pray WWF and Greepeace doesn't get too involved in this. Or, in other words, How un-pc can this untangling get?

The World Wrestling Federation and Greenpeace? Seems an unlikely combination but could be interesting ...

Comment Re:No, it runs on sunlight. (Score 1) 103 103

As I recall, it's actually the sand worms (or rather their younger form - sand trout) that sequestered water and effectively terraformed the planet's surface so that it'd be suitable for adult sand worms, for whom water is poisonous.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandworm_(Dune)#Sandworm_life_cycle

Comment Re:I should probably upgrade my netbook (Score 1) 455 455

I have a dual-screen setup with my main monitor on the right, so the left-handed, fixed menu really is a pain: either I make it collapse, and then have to target a very slim pixel-wide bar to un-collapse it, or I have to leave it there and waste screen space.

My setup at work (software engineer) is what you described: dual-screen, main on the right with the windows start bar collapsed on the left side so it's in the "middle". After quickly getting used to targeting the pixel-wide bar instead of heavy-handing the cursor to one side I found the bar was in the ideal place to be reached quickly from either monitor. That's my personal preference.

But I agree, I don't see why the menu location shouldn't be customizable.

6.023 x 10 to the 23rd power alligator pears = Avocado's number

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