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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

Akaihiryuu Re:Boiled at 90C? (155 comments)

100C at sea level. Maybe they're at a higher elevation. Lower pressure = lower boiling point.

2 days ago
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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

Akaihiryuu Re:im sure the academic notes are riveting. (155 comments)

Methane itself is odorless. But methane used as fuel (natural gas) has a very smelly sulfur compound added to it so that you will know if there's a leak. Since they said "methane leak" I assume that's what they meant. Your point stands though, a lot of people think methane has a smell because of farts. But farts stink because of hydrogen sulfide and a couple other sulfur compounds.

2 days ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

Akaihiryuu Don't answer the phone (217 comments)

My phone only rings if the caller is listed in my address book with a custom ringtone. My default ringtone is silent. Everyone I know knows that if they call me from an unrecognized number I won't answer it, and all they have to do is leave me a voicemail. I also have premium txt messages turned off on my account.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

Akaihiryuu Re:Renewable energy ist cheaper! (166 comments)

Not as trivial as you might think. Acid/base reactions generate heat. In the presence of heat, nitric acid and tributyl phosphate can form a dangerously explosive polymer called red oil. That's just one example of "what can possibly go wrong". Also, keep in mind that there are *millions of gallons* of this stuff. Neutralizing it all with baking soda would take a LOT of baking soda, and also generate that much more waste.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

Akaihiryuu Re:Renewable energy ist cheaper! (166 comments)

From my observation, people seem to think that "nuclear waste" is green glowing goo that turns people into mutants, and it's all the same no matter where it comes from. Thank Hollywood. Waste from nuclear power plants is basically expended fuel rods. They are radioactive, but the radioactivity is contained to an extent (the uranium oxide that is used as fuel is encased in a zirconium alloy). It's not something you'd want to hold in your hand obviously, but it's not *that* dangerous. These are typically stored in dry casks, that are filled with helium or some other inert gas, to keep chemical reactions from breaking down the zirconium alloy around the fuel pellets. The REALLY nasty nuclear waste (that is typically partially or mostly liquids and is stored in underground tanks at places like Hanford), does not come from nuclear power plants at all. It came from making plutonium for bombs. This stuff is nasty...not only is it extremely radioactive, but it's also *chemically* active (usually highly acidic due to nitric acid being used during the plutonium making process), and also mixed with all kinds of nasty toxic organic materials (another component of the plutonium making process is tributyl phosphate dissolved in kerosene). Take that, mix with nitric acid, mix with all kinds of radioactive salts, and you get something that is very nasty. The process is detailed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... Although keep in mind, PUREX is the latest process, before it was developed there were earlier messier processes that created more waste, and in places like Hanford all this stuff gets mixed together, and who knows what chemical reactions take place in there. But most people don't really know any of this, they only know of "nuclear waste" that Hollywood has told them about.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Akaihiryuu EXTREMELY against it (613 comments)

DST is not only completely useless for its "intended" purpose (saving energy), it is actually *harmful*. It doesn't save energy at all, in fact it uses MORE energy. And every time they "extend" it, it uses more energy still. And that's not counting the health problems it causes. In my case it doesn't harm me *that* much since I can just go to bed early on that one night. But other people are not as sleep flexible as I am. I can pretty much change my internal clock on a whim, but not everyone can do that. And it has been proven to cause a *lot* of health issues (due to stress and lack of sleep due to a lot of people NOT being able to adjust their internal clocks). So in short...not only does it not do what it's intended to do, it does the OPPOSITE (cause people to use MORE energy rather than saving it), while cause major health issues for a sizeable number of people at the same time. It needs to be done away with, the sooner the better.

about 3 months ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Akaihiryuu Re:possible lawsuit? (191 comments)

Belkin has been making defective routers for nearly 11 years now. I can't believe people still buy their products after the 2003 HTTP hijacking fiasco. Did everyone seriously believe them when they said "we won't do it again"?

about 4 months ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Akaihiryuu Re:Another company compromised by NSA (191 comments)

At least, in the case of Windows, you can forcibly disable this "feature" with registry edits...or you can just block Microsoft IP's at your router. Routers have no way to disable stuff like this other than flashing custom firmware which is not always available depending on model.

about 4 months ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Akaihiryuu Re:One rule comes to mind... (191 comments)

I use a custom built mini-ITX Linux machine as a router, running Gentoo.

about 4 months ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

Akaihiryuu Re:Star Trek Communicators (139 comments)

Star Trek communicators actually have a serious range limit. They do need a relay infrastructure to work beyond short distances, it's just that the ship itself acts as the relay.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Akaihiryuu Re:Windows 8 reverts the hosts file (230 comments)

Or better yet...turn off Windows Defender and disable the services it needs to run. Yes, Windows will complain at you. But you can forcibly turn off those warnings as well. And if the warnings do pop up and annoy you, you can disable the service that shows the warnings as well. It's my computer, I will do whatever I want to with it, and the OS will let me, or I will modify it until it does.

about 5 months ago
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New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

Akaihiryuu Ammonia production (117 comments)

I have a device that produces ammonia from water and air already. It's called a "cat".

about 6 months ago
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Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

Akaihiryuu Re: Funny (135 comments)

Keep in mind, barring some models like the Galaxy S4 that support both...CDMA phones will not work on GSM networks and vice versa.

about 6 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Akaihiryuu Re:I don't assemble computers. (391 comments)

That might sound funny today, but at one point before they went under, 3dfx made the Voodoo5 6000. That card did actually require an external power supply that plugged into a wall socket. There were a few of them made, but 3dfx went under before it could be released.

about 6 months ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

Akaihiryuu Re:It's just a mater of time... (150 comments)

I'm not against the idea of cameras in my house. What I am against the idea of is cameras in my house that are not under my control. Cameras that I have full control of, that I can control access to (and limit to myself), preferably connected to my Linux server (which again only I have access to) - perfectly fine. Cameras that some random third party can access? nope.jpg

about 7 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Akaihiryuu Re:What choice do we have? (710 comments)

From a DS9 episode. [Bashir has suggested to Rom to form a bargaining association to prevent exploitation] Rom: You don't understand. Ferengi workers don't want to stop the exploitation, we want to find a way to become the exploiters.

about 7 months ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

Akaihiryuu CFL (196 comments)

I converted my entire apartment to CFL approximately 10 years ago. I have moved once since then...when I did the conversion I saved all of the incandescent bulbs the apartment complex put there, and just put them back when I left and took my CFL's with me. I have about 8 incandescent bulbs under my sink for when I move again (the apartment doesn't get to keep my CFL bulbs). I've had to replace...1 CFL bulb since then. I am thinking about converting to LED's, but I haven't seen the need to replace perfectly good CFL's. When they do eventually die I will probably replace them one at a time with LED's.

about 7 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Akaihiryuu Re:Custom routers (474 comments)

Yep. I actually don't have Comcast...I had Insight, which was then bought out by Time Warner (service has improved dramatically since TW took over by the way). The modem that was originally provided me was garbage and didn't support any of the higher speeds. Although, when it was Insight, it didn't matter, because they neglected the network for years until TW took over (the fastest speed available was 10mbit until the TW takeover, it took them a year but it's 50mbit now). I just went and bought a Motorola SB6141, not only do I save the $6/month, I have a much better device, so when the 50mbit service was made available all they had to do was upgrade my service.

about 8 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Akaihiryuu Custom routers (474 comments)

This is why I don't use ISP provided equipment. I have my own cable modem (which is just a "basic" model without router functionality), and my "router" is a custom built Linux box (it handles the wifi as well with hostapd).

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Akaihiryuu Re:I am using Windows 8 (516 comments)

Indeed...Classic Shell removes all the suck from Windows 8 and makes it act like Windows 7, while keeping the "under the hood" improvements that Windows 8 has for CPU scheduling.

about 8 months ago

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