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Comment Re:Regulation Please (Score 1) 302

In general, when an ecig blows, it's because the user ignored the manufacturer's instructions about the correct battery type/rating. That's the bad choice part.

To be fair, it can also be a scuzzy seller who re-labeled salvaged batteries. We already have laws for that, but these tend to come from China and we have no good way to push back on that ATM.

Comment Re:It's not bad batteries at all.... (Score 1) 302

They should be using lmr (Lithium Manganese) batteries, not LiPo. LMR do not need a protection circuit since they don't vent violently with flame when they fail. They can get quite hot and smoke if sufficiently abused, but they won't rocket the device into your face. Generally they are rated at 35-45A continuous with momentary 100A discharge.

I still prefer a regulated PV (ecig) with short circuit and over discharge protection.

Comment Re:False comparison (Score 1) 302

True, but most devices are quite clear in the instructions what kind of batteries should be used. If you follow the instructions, you don't get explosions. For example, they say to use lmr batteries, not LiIon. Those can still fail if abused, but they get hot and smoke rather than venting violently with flame.

If you put gasoline in a kerosene lamp, it will be bad. Same for the wrong kind of battery in an ecig.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 302


Many newer e-cigs specify that their batteries must be rated for at least 20A discharge and they mean it. If you put old laptop cells and such it them (or flashlight batteries), there is a real risk of it failing "dramatically". Given how many people do that, I'm actually impressed and surprised that it's only 66.

Of course, I notice the FDA lumped everything from mild redness due to an overheat and something that might be describable as an explosion into the same category to fluff it up to 66.

So, use only batteries rated for 20A discharge or greater. Since a few "cloud chaser" devices need even more, be sure to read the instructions and use the appropriate rated batteries. Also make sure your PV's battery case is SIDE vented or has a magnetic battery door so it can't rocket itself into your mouth.

DO NOT use old LiIon batteries, use lmr batteries. The formulation is intrinsically safer.

Comment Re:Proposal (Score 1) 367

I guess you've managed to miss the several articles here pointing to various HOWTO avoid the "upgrade". People most certainly have not agreed to an upgrade now or ever when they get this latest trick.

When I say ask PERMISSION, I do not mean assume permission and then mumble something about confirmation.

Sorry I overestimated your knowledge.

Comment Re:If not now... (Score 1) 946

It looks like the only real options to choose from are basic income or torches and pitchforks (these days, more likely baseball bats and Saturday night specials).

I suspect most unskilled laborers can learn useful skills given the time and money necessary to do so. They've just not had that opportunity due to the constant treadmill of living paycheck to paycheck. Especially if they have needed "assistance". Our current programs actually punish saving money or incremental increases to income.

Means testing isn't even logical. Fundamentally, means tests are a demand to prove a negative.

We may have to accept that some portion of the displaced workers have been on that treadmill too long to recover. That sort of "living" is corrosive to the mind and spirit. We even have research that suggests neurological damage. Add that to damage from environmental toxins and they might really not have the normal ability and motivation to move up to skilled labor. Of course, a lot of skilled labor is being robotized as well (for example, a lot of factory welding)

Submission + - American Schools Teaching Kids to Code All Wrong 1

theodp writes: Over at Quartz, Globaloria CEO Idit Harel argues that American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong. She writes, "The light and fluffy version of computer science — which is proliferating as a superficial response to the increased need for coders in the workplace — is a phenomenon I refer to as 'pop computing.' While calling all policy makers and education leaders to consider 'computer science education for all' is a good thing, the coding culture promoted by and its library of movie-branded coding apps provide quick experiences of drag-and-drop code entertainment. This accessible attraction can be catchy, it may not lead to harder projects that deepen understanding." You mean the "first President to write a line of computer code" may not progressed much beyond moving Disney Princess Elsa forward?

Submission + - Site that exposed scam is being attacked

MikeDataLink writes: The Geek Pub posted an article about the woodprix scam, a scam where the scammers have stolen plans from numerous woodworking websites and magazines and are selling them on their site.

Now the scammers are attacking The Geek Pub site with spambots, and posting disinformation all over the web attempting to extort the site owner to delete the information about the scam (in exchange for deleting the derogatory posts on other sites).

Have you ever been attacked by scammers for exposing them? How did you fight back?

Comment Re:If not now... (Score 1) 946

One note, in all the minimum wage increases I know of, it takes place over a period of a few years, so there is no sudden jump to $15/hr.

Of course, with the news that Foxconn is replacing people with machines, it's evident that even making less money than it costs to drive to work doesn't exempt you from replacement.

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