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Comment Re:It's pretty simple (Score 1) 272

Yes, the efficiency levels for most classes of appliances vary greatly. Some factors that matter for a washing machine:

Did you know that some models/parts of the country, even on the cold water setting the washer will run a heater to get the water up above ground temperature? (Think about the alternative when doing laundry in Minnesota in the winter)

Is it using a shitty electric motor, or does it have a reasonable efficiency rating?

If a washing machine does not spin dry effectively, it increases the energy used to dry the clothes. Efficient water extraction is credited to the washer,


Dryers have CEf (combined energy factor) and most other appliances have plain EF (efficiency factor).

Comment Re:Look at Android (Score 1) 84

1. Simply turn GPS off except when needed.

2. Since when? I run ICS at have disabled the Play Store because an update to Play Services a few months ago began eating 100% CPU, however in the process of isolating this I uninstalled and disabled multiple things including Play Store without issue (other than no app updates, or easy way to install apps without reenabling the store).

5. Never seen any such thing.

Submission + - Meet the Classic Game Designers

belg4mit writes: In collaboration with AMC in support of their fictionalized account of the history of video games, "Halt and Catch Fire", Motherboard TV is releasing a series of mini-documentaries about people involved in the history of gaming including Dona Bailey, the author of Centipede, and John Romero of id Software fame.

Comment Re: Let's get this out of the way... (Score 2) 200

Osteopathy itself is pretty wacky, but the trend is for schools to fall more in line with the practices of conventional medicine. It's also worth noting that osteopathic schools have a tendency to accept more non-traditional students e.g; late career change, or non-scientific undergraduate degrees.

Submission + - Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: When web browsers started implementing 'do-not-track' settings, Yahoo got some respect for being the first of the huge tech companies to honor those settings. Unfortunately, that respect has now gone out the door. As of this week, Yahoo will no longer alter their data collection if a user doesn't want to be tracked. They say there are two reasons for this. First, they want to provide a personalized web-browsing experience, which isn't possible using do-not-track. Second, they don't think do-not-track is viable. They say, '[W]e've been at the heart of conversations surrounding how to develop the most user-friendly standard. However, we have yet to see a single standard emerge that is effective, easy to use and has been adopted by the broader tech industry.' It looks like this is another blow to privacy on the web.

Comment Hiveminder (Score 1) 133

Hiveminder.com is a freemium task tracking service with an IMAP interface available.
It's pretty nifty, and means many criteria, although I no longer use it because I found
myself spending too much time managing task relationships. That's more a manner
of how I was using it though, I think...

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