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Comment Re:Alamo Drafthouses are the model of the future (Score 1) 865

Because many people do not have $5K to spend on entertainment.

(Personally, if I had a spare $5K, it most assuredly is going to some kind of savings, retirement, or educational fund account. Or to pay down the mortgage. $5K on a nice place to spend an hour a week? Not happening. I can get a sitter and go to the cinema with my wife each week for two years, for that kind of cash.)

Comment Re:This is where western medicine has failed... (Score 2) 646

The value that it seems you are seeking to describe is that life, being aware and conscious, is worth anything. What has slipped is that often awareness and mental faculty do not go hand-in-hand with physical homeostasis, and thus the Grandma scenario described. Modern medicine has concentrated on keeping our bodies alive without the same level of effort on keeping our minds sharp. In the extreme, we have wards full of comatose patients who are nominally healthy except that they lack the cranial capacity to feed themselves. Given the growing emphasis on mental health, and the beginnings of collective mental decline of the baby boomers who, like it or not, drive nearly every aspect of contemporary US society, I expect that mental function at the end of life will be given its due attention.

Comment Re:world's largest??? (Score 2) 128

Yeah, that photo is impressive.

1600 WH, for those who are uncalibrated, is approximately enough power to run a hair dryer non-stop for an hour: the maximum amount of power you can get out of a standard US wall outlet, for a solid hour straight. It would run your laptop for 2 to 3 years without sleeping. In other words, a highly non-trivial amount of electrical oomph.

Comment Re:I was with them until (Score 1) 725

I've faced almost identical problems (save for my coordinating locations are in Califorina, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Greece). The solution is easy: use Google. Type "current time in $CITYNAME, $COUNTRYNAME" (without the quotation marks, and instantiating the variables) and above the first hit, the current, correct local time is displayed. And then always express time local to the writer (as in, "Next Thursday, 2pm, Los Angeles time").

Of course, that doesn't help with the problems in Outlook.

Comment Re:Everything would be on the same day every year. (Score 3, Informative) 725

Um, you might want to check that. Equinoxes (and solstices) mostly are. The only variability is because the terrestrial orbit is about 1/4 day longer than an integral number of days, but the effects of that are kept to a minimum due to leap years. We have an approximately astronomical calendar.

That the 7-day social cycle doesn't fit into the 365 day calendar is the source of most of the perceived and actual variation in dates (eg, American Thanksgiving is always a Thursday, President's Day is always a Monday, etc., which means those dates will never be the same from one year to the next), in addition to events which are determined by lunar cycle (like Easter, Passover, or Ramadan) which also doesn't neatly fit the terrestrial orbital period.

But as for equinoxes and solstices, they're mostly stable, varying by date only between two neighboring days. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox .

Comment Re:Get a clue Big Sis (Score 2, Insightful) 256

Funny. My father always thought of the ACLU as a liberal bogeyman out to prevent the government from doing its job. I was brought up to be objective and observant, and in the intervening years I've concluded that the ACLU is neither liberal nor conservative: they just want to cause trouble. At times the trouble makes sense, and at times it does not.

Comment Re:tails (Score 4, Informative) 25

You mean one for electrically charged stuff, and one for electrically neutral stuff, no? Sure, yea, that ends up mostly being ionized gas vs dust, but the reason there are two is because one is affected by the solar magnetic field in the guise of the solar wind, and one isn't.

Oh, okay, I used Google. We're both wrong. There are three tails, as shown in the figure here http://www.astronomycafe.net/qadir/q2805.html --- one for ionized gas, one for neutral gas (hydrogen, apparently), and one for dust.

Comment Re:Configurability (Score 1) 228


I recall having tried this a couple of KDE versions ago and the problem is that Caps Lock doesn't get repeated when held down (like Backspace and nearly every other key). I don't know if that's a problem in the keyboard controller hardware on my machine, or in the system software.

Comment Re:Accidental overdose? (Score 1) 385

I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice.

A proper, correct dose (total amount) of drug is determined by the dosage (amount per body weight) and the weight of the individual. It also should account for individual variations in sensitivity.

Mostly, to save time, doses are determined by multiplying the dosage by an average body weight. For most drugs, which have a very broad dose / response curve, and thus a wide range of therapeutically useful values, that's fine. For some drugs, you have to be more careful.

My wife (yes, this geek got lucky) is quite small, and thus nominally takes about 1/2 of prescribed doses (to be entirely accurate, she should be taking about 2/3, but most drugs have a broad dose / response curve, and 1/2 a pill is easier to create than 2/3 of a pill). I'm about average weight, and so the nominal doses typically work fine for me. Over-the-counter drugs have doses (again, total amount) based on a 170 lb body weight; it's pretty easy to normalize by 170 to get the dosage (again, amount per body weight) and multiply by your weight to get a more accurate dose. If you weigh anything close to 170 lbs, it isn't worth the effort.

This is not medical advice, I am not a doctor, and you should take the preceeding only as interesting information. What you do with it, and any consequences, are entirely your responsibility.

Comment not a fair pricing comparison (Score 5, Informative) 161

"Mass-volume" pricing is manufacturer speak for wholesale prices, as in buying thousands of units at a time. You expect those prices to be half or less of retail. So a $15 OEM price will be about $30 at retail, generally speaking. That compares reasonably well to the $25 retail pricing of the Raspberry Pi, given that this new board has somewhat higher specs.

Comment Re:What shocks me (Score 1) 309

Assuming those numbers follow the standard practice of including production costs, they're about right for the costs of recording his performances (audio and video engineers) and creating the video (editing and other post-processing) in the first place. That might include costs of running the performances as well, booking the venue, paying a manager, etc., although those would have been defrayed by ticket sales, and, arguably could be accounted separately.

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