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Comment Re:Alternate technology, available today (Score 1) 440

Uses 1/2 the electricity of an ordinary dryer. It has no vent to the outdoors, so the whole home envelope can be that much tighter. (It does have a water drain for the condensate.). The mechanism relies on warm, de-humidified air, rather than heavily heated air, so it is more gentle on clothes. They've been available as consumer products for a number of years now - it's not brand new technology

I have a 2 in 1 washer and condensing dryer. Saves a lot of space, and it is handy to just throw a load in and have it wash and dry without having to change machines. Obviously not good if you do a high volume of laundry or if you are concerned about speed - the condensing dryer is quite a bit slower than a regular dryer, whereas the one in the article seems much faster. Apparently these are quite popular in Europe, not so much in North America (I could only find four models when I was looking to buy).

Comment Re:Must have been really surprised by Lake Agassiz (Score 1) 250

Yes, the spot I am sitting right now used to be covered by hundreds of meters of ice.

Then it was covered by hundreds of meters of water.


Then it drained, and here I am. Yes, it took 10s of thousands of years. But it is also a very huge change. I for one am happy to be living during an interglacial.

If you have Google Earth there are some cool kml files here; http://www.geostrategis.com/p_...

Comment Re: Leftisy government (Score 1) 366

The bottom three are Saudi Arabia, India and Egypt........

Sweden's high stats are because everything counts as rape, even things that in some countries aren't even crimes.

Indeed. In addition, which two countries are the kidnapping capitals of the world?

Australia and Canada.

Official figures from the United Nations show that there were 17 kidnaps per 100,000 people in Australia in 2010 and 12.7 in Canada.

That compares with only 0.6 in Colombia and 1.1 in Mexico.

The Julian Assange extradition case has put Sweden's relatively high incidence of rape under the spotlight. But can such statistics be reliably compared from one country to another?

Comment Re:VPNs aren't all that great (Score 5, Interesting) 130

I have my VPN on most all the time with no issues at all. My regular PC only tests around 30 Mb/s on my 150 Mb/s connection, but that is shared with several other computers anyway. They also may or may not use VPNs and I can still saturate my connection if they are all busy. Just can't do it on one machine.

Ironically I mostly turn off the VPN for online banking, since banks and CC companies often flag connections from random geographic locations as suspicious.

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