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Comment Re:Wind and Solar are Environmental Disasters (Score 1) 480

I understand that plutonium oxide from a breeder isn't as dangerous (one reason a breeder reactor would be a good thing) but don't you agree that it's still dangerous enough that you need to protect it well?

Are you advocating no or low security (like "Joe the unarmed security guard"?)

Comment Re:Energy (Score 1) 189

Nope. I treated hundreds of people who were (and are) messed up from typing and mousing for a living. And I've also fixed them when they had tablet neck (from hanging their head over the tablet), and messed up shoulders, and messed up thumbs and fingers (from texting.)

There are entire manuals for my practice that have techniques to fix specific problems from specific activities and I train regularly to find new methods.

If you over use a tiny muscle- it will go into spasm. And in many cases, guarding will cause a cascade across related muscles.

Another poster said it was age and that is partially true. But I've had clients who were in their young 20's who were in severe pain from overuse. If it's bad enough that I can't fix it- then they go to the doctor and it takes a shot to fix it (and each subsequent shot is less effective so you have a lifetime limit on how many times that will work).

When we are young we have excess capacity, we haven't calcified yet, and we heal quickly when we do damage ourselves.

In the rare case that it really is carpal tunnel, you really need to back off or get surgery (tho if you keep abusing it, it will come back in a year or two). But in many cases, it's simply that part of a muscle seized up. our muscles are meant to be contracted and released. They are not meant to be held contracted for long periods of time. One of the crazy injuries i encounter is cell phone arm. Just from holding a cell phone up to your ear for too long. Can cause a knot in your lower bicep that won't let go.

Comment Older gear. (Score 1) 189

Older gear (probably not going to get updated, either. Because we have a good viewing and listening experience already.) Discrete components; pre-pro, amps, speakers, etc. The pre-pro could be remoted, perhaps, but it's very early on the curve of network control, and I've found it's not even reliable to tell to turn on and off. Denon bought Marantz, and they have been pretty sad about proper updates to nominally update-capable components.

OTOH, if a proper STT interface ever hits the streets (and no, I don't count the Echo - the number of negative developer and privacy issues there are ridiculous) I might be motivated to undertake such a setup. Mainly change the pre-pro to one that's smart enough to reliably remote and dedicate a computer with lots of storage to the theater as an AV source. But I'm 60, and every year that passes, I'm more satisfied with what I already have, so... perhaps not.

Already pretty much ignoring the 4K thing. Aside from very low media availability at this point in time, 1080p looks great on a big screen (and your average movie director still thinks it's "artsy" to soft focus and/or use a lens with horrific DOF, either/both of which completely waste all that fine resolution goodness anyway.)

Comment Re:The problem is what you consider useful (Score 1) 189

It was -40 degrees here just a few days ago, and it's not very nice now. And it's icy. And windy. Outside = awful.

Also -- you know why it's really nice to talk to an exercise measuring device? Because you can do it while you're exercising.

So how about you take your presumptions and re-evaluate.

Comment lol (Score 2) 189

Found the 1%-er.

No, you most certainly didn't. You found the guy who doesn't spend even a tiny fraction of what others do on children, booze, drugs, bars, travel, going out to eat, long trips, interest, hotels, sports events, video games, software, "apps", new cars, parties, education, or junkfood — and hasn't for quite a few decades now.

Which left me way more than enough to build a very nice theater into my home, the entire interior of which I built and wired by hand, after buying the property. Even with a modest income. Also, I bought the property with the specific intent of putting a theater into it - it was an abandoned church, a classic tabula rasa. Just a huge, empty room. And I had mucho help - my SO is awesome, and very much like-minded.

We each have our priorities. Home entertainment and at-home convenience are some of mine, that's all. In fact, almost every optional expenditure I make is in pursuit of a concrete, lasting improvement to my physical circumstance. If you don't have enough left over to do what you dream of by the time you're my age (I started this particular undertaking when I was 50, I'm 60 now), then you're Doing It Wrong.

Up till now, anyway. I don't know what's going to happen to the younger people going forward. Looking a good deal more bleak than it did for me.

Comment Re:Sad to see Trump... (Score 4, Insightful) 327

Because many recognize that just one number like "50k jobs" isn't the only number that matters. How much is the State giving away in freebies of taxpayer money to subsidize these jobs? How permanent are these jobs? If it's a large subsidy for temporary (like construction) jobs which will dry up long before the return-on-investment has been reached, the State would be better off just hiring these workers themselves to do something more long-lasting instead of having Foxconn skim off the top, make a killing in profit with very little cost, only to layoff these workers in a few years.

The problem with Trump and most of his campaign is that he's promising a quick, easy solution to a difficult problem: how do American workers stay competitive in a stage of increasingly easier global shipments? This is yet another example of something that feels good in the short term but can be a terrible deal in the long term.

Comment Re:Energy (Score 1) 189

It's lost a lot of ground on Dragon Dictate (which I could use to play everquest for long periods).

The inability to put in paragraph marks, delete words, and the loss of my profile as I change to a new device (why???) plus a complete lack of documentation are all factors.

I had things working pretty well on my last phone and now on my new phone my voice typing has gone all to hell.

Voice typing saves a TON of wear on your thumbs, hands, wrists, and shoulders.

You may not realize it when you are younger but when your fingers turn numb or you are in so much pain that you are reduced to tears, you'll come to appreciate voice.

Comment The problem is what you consider useful (Score 3, Interesting) 189

When I can say from my couch "Alexa, make me a steak, medium rare, and bring me a beer, IPA" and a robot hands me a beer in 1 minute and a plate with a hot steak 18 minutes later, I'll give a shit and I think other consumers will, too.

Reasonable enough. Other than the stock capabilities (weather, time, shopping list, timers, alarms, "what's playing at the movies?", "what's the phone number for Tire-Rama?", oodles of music sent to the theater system), the only third-party capabilities we use regularly are:

o Adjust the lighting via TP-Link smart plugs
o Adjust the heating / cooling via Sensi smart thermostat
o Check Fitbit stats / progress

Is it worth $49 or so out the door, plus hardware cost for associated devices to be able to do all this without having to otherwise go and do it? Well, it is to us.

For instance, sitting in the theater, it's either get up, make a 20 foot walk to the light switch, flip the switch, a 20 foot walk back in the dark, and sit down again, or just say "Echo, Turn off the lights." Likewise, when the show is over, it's just "Echo, Turn on the lights."

But when it'll cook a meal, see it delivered to the table, even see that the dishes are washed... yeah, that's going to be a fine day. At consumer prices, I'd hazard a guess that's still five or six years off.

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