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Comment Re:99% safe = death trap (Score 2) 80

People tend to think that saying something is 99% successful is a good thing but in reality that can be a terrible outcome

I keep seeing those ATT internet commercials where they brag about 99% reliability as if that's a good thing. I can only think: that means my internet service is down more than 7 hours a month. That's about right, in my experience, so at least you can't accuse them of false advertising. But 7 hours of downtime a month sucks, especially as it usually seems to happen at the most inconvenient times.

Comment Re:Spectrum limits not related to net neutrality (Score 1) 199

So if one service becomes unusable to someone else because you demand full priority access to a file download, that's ok.

Yes, that's exactly what I'd want. If the ISP can't provide the bandwidth for all of their demand, then they can't. They have no business deciding that my demand is less important than some other user's demand.
The fact that high-bandwidth, low-latency applications have been shoehorned into TCP/IP is a technological achievement, but there are better ways of providing those services, if that's what you need and your ISP can't give you the bandwidth without throttling the bandwidth of other paying customers.

Comment Re:Unit conversion not needed (Score 1) 225

[the meter is] just about as arbitrary a measurement . . . as we can get. . . The meter is the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second. . . Such a absolute logical base kinda makes one quiver, eh?

Yes, but if you think that's so arbitrary, remember that the yard is officially defined as 0.9144 meters.

Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 709

Air conditioners typically reject 20%± more heat to the environment than they remove from the cooled spaces. The only way to get that down to 0% would be to have no temperature difference between sink and source, but then you wouldn't need A/C. Even a reversible, maximum efficiency refrigeration cycle can't avoid thermodynamics.
Still, compared to other sources of heat in a city, I can't see how that would make an appreciable difference in the outdoors temperature, let alone 2C.

Comment Re:It was user error, not a spreadsheet problem .. (Score 2) 349

This is just a display problem, not even a conversion problem.

No, it is a conversion problem.
True, if you make the column text in the import .csv "wizard" , it won't convert.
But if Excel does convert text to a date or to a number, you lose the original text and have to import again to get it back.
Numbers displayed in scientific notation (or any other format) and dates displayed however Excel is set up to display them, are stored internally as just numbers, and the original text is not saved anywhere.

Comment Re: Does this mean... (Score 2) 138

It doesn't grant foreigners rights that citizens enjoy, nor does it guarantee those rights to our citizens outside the U.S.

Nor does it grant rights to US citizens. It enumerates certain of the unalienable rights that all people have been endowed with by their Creator (notwithstanding that those rights are routinely trampled on by governments of all persuasions) See the ninth amendment: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." See also the debate the framers had about adding the 'Bill of Rights' amendments to the constitution.

Comment Re:I've tried Walmart's ecommerce... (Score 1) 98

Fact: when you give Amazon a post office box number to ship to, poof; there goes your Prime 2-day shipping

That should be obvious since UPS, FedEx, et al, cannot deliver directly to a USPS Post Office Box.
By the way, where do you live in the U.S. where the USPS does not deliver to you?
I know there are places in the US where UPS & FedEx won't go, but will instead forward the package to the USPS for final delivery, but I'm not aware of any place where it's the other way around.

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