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Comment Re: Isn't the Model X a prototype? (Score 1) 243

ummm, rocket fuel. Hydrogen & Oxygen. Two extremely common elements, available for (almost) free. Cost of it is energy to split them apart. And it doesn't require huge amounts of rocket fuel to land, that first stage is mostly empty (most of the fuel got burned during liftoff). Overall, a win since they don't need to design, build & lift parachutes, which, for somethat that size and weight, would weigh more than the fuel used.

Comment Re:A Living Donor's viewpoint (Score 3, Interesting) 64

Fully recovered, no restrictions on anything. I was out of work for 4 weeks, and took a few more weeks to fully recover.

Interesting sidenote: I went in for a post-donation checkup, and my doctor felt a very small lump in my throat. it was checked out, and turned out to be a very early thyroid cancer. I had surgery on 2/29 to remove my thyroid, and have fully recovered from that. The tumor was extremely small, would not have been found except for the kidney donation. I have to be on thyroid medication for life, but I can live with that.

So, looking at it, I can say that donating a kidney saved two lives: the recipient and my own.

Comment A Living Donor's viewpoint (Score 3, Informative) 64

Last June I donated one of my kidneys to someone I didn't know. It saved his life.

Currently, there are over 93,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list. The wait for a deceased donor could be 5 years, and in some states, it is closer to 10 years. Patients are prioritized by how long they’ve been on the waiting list, their blood type, immune system activity and other factors. 80% of the people on the waiting list are on kidney dialysis. The longer a person is on dialysis and has to wait for a transplant, the short and long term success rates are negatively affected. On average, receiving a kidney transplant can double someone’s life expectancy.

  Each day, 18 Americans die waiting for an organ transplant.

Please consider donating your kidneys after death, it can save lives. Better yet, consider doing a living donation such as what I did. All medical costs are covered by the recipient's insurance company. The results after a living donation are much better than after a post-mortum donation.

While the risks are not zero, they are about the lowest you can expect for any major surgery you can undergo as a donor

Comment Hmmm. Not everyone needs to replace all hardware (Score 1) 551

Gaaahh. My MacBook Pro is 6 years old. Still does a great job. That comment is from a throw-away viewpoint, which seems to feel that everyone has lots of money to give Apple, and no need to spend it on anything else. Let's see: I have a house to pay for, a sick wife, a son in college, a dog, 2 cars to pay for, insurance for everybody, all the associated bills needed to pay for a house, etc. Left over is a few dollars I try to put towards retirement. I don't need to waste my money on useless Apple crap. Before all the Apple fanboys start getting on their high horse, be warned that I am (used to be) a long time Apple customer, starting with the original Apple ][, Apple ///, Apple Lisa, original 128K Apple Macintosh. More recently, (back in 2010) I got a Macbook Pro 17" laptop, my wife has an iPad Air 2. So I'm speaking from experience: Apple stuff is overpriced. Yes, it is usually reliable, although we just had to replace the 6 month old iPad, and the apple cables leave a lot to be desired. But my father got an Asus laptop for $300, and he was very happy with it until he died of cancer.

Comment Memory is useful (Score 1) 350

One word: RAMDisk
Two words: Disk Cache

I have 32 gig of memory on my system. 16 wasn't enough, i was running out of memory. with 32, I have an 8 gig ramdisk which I load my games onto (I'm only actively playing one at a time, so if I switch games, I load another). While I don't need it because of extremely fast D drive (RAID 10, 8 drives) and an SSD C drive, a good disk cache is also useful in reducing access time.

It really depends on how much disk access you need to do. I'm writing some mods for a game, and found that when I started compiling on the RAM disk the compile times dropped significantly.

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