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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

BattleApple Re:HP LaserJet 4M+ (462 comments)

I think that's mostly because of the fuser warming up. It has a hollow teflon coated roller with a 9" long lightbulb inside it to heat it. I don't remember them being more than 250-500W though. I used to repair copiers and printers.

3 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

BattleApple old telephones (462 comments)

Those old rotary and touch-tone phones from the telephone company in the 70s/80s. I think we had the same one from 1976 to the early 90's, and that thing took a lot of abuse from three kids. It was constantly being yanked off the counter but the handset cord, and the plastic cover would come off, but the thing was a tank. It never stopped working

4 hours ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

BattleApple Re:Specialized Pieces (352 comments)

There's no reason kids can't do both. There's something to be said for learning to understand and follow instructions. I really liked doing it as a kid. After that, I'd take it apart and make my own things. And now I don't have to call someone to put Ikea furniture together for me.

2 days ago
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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

BattleApple Re:Why is that nicer? (89 comments)

You'd be better off doing this -
http://gizmodo.com/how-to-use-...

just taping the lens from a $1 laser pointer onto your phone camera lens works well enough to play around with

3 days ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

BattleApple Re:If this were the US.... (408 comments)

I really think it's some kind of disorder/obsession - People that are obsessed with politics and can't help themselves from steering every discussion into "it's the other [evil] party's fault and I'm going to tell you why right now" This one guy I worked with didn't even care if his little jokes made sense. We were walking through a parking garage once, and we were startled by an SUV driving too fast around a corner. He said "Probably a liberal, Massachusetts plates! *chuckle*". Even the more obvious joke about the political bent of an SUV owner wouldn't be remotely funny. At least not to me, it's just unoriginal. He did have a good sense of humor at times, but a dig on democrats seemed to be his default.
He never said anything hateful, he was just very smug. He rarely went into angry rants about politics, but I would avoid conversation with him, because it would inevitably turn into a political discussion. He wasn't a troll, I think he was just preoccupied with politics, it was always at the forefront of his mind, and everything negative in the world could be attributed to liberal democrats.
(He was a libertarian in 2004, probably still is)

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

BattleApple Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

But if it's destroyed, somebody now has the problem of a 950,000 jar surplus of jelly. The whole PB/J balance is in jeopardy!

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

BattleApple Re:Common Examples (285 comments)

I think most true geeks would have looked it themselves before getting to comments, too?

pff, I already had the chart memorized

about three weeks ago
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Titanium-Headed Golf Clubs Create Brush Fire Hazard In California

BattleApple Re:So does this mean... (169 comments)

It was just a joke, I move my ball all the time. I usually stop keeping score by the 3rd or 4th hole anyway. I just don't go around telling people I shot a 72 when it was more like 92. As far as I'm concerned, I've just been practicing golf for 20 years. I'll never play competitively, so there's no reason to be able to hit a ball in every possible situation.

about three weeks ago
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Titanium-Headed Golf Clubs Create Brush Fire Hazard In California

BattleApple Re:So does this mean... (169 comments)

But if you did play golf, you'd know that most golfers cheat on their score cards anyway

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

BattleApple Re:Is that legal in the UK? (306 comments)

It's the other way around. Mean is average. Median is just the number in the middle.

about a month and a half ago
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First Outdoor Flocks of Autonomous Flying Robots

BattleApple Re:Minicomputer? (84 comments)

I know we can, but we don't just do it when we feel like it. There has to be some general consensus. I've never seen the term minicomputer used that way. "Mini computer", maybe. The term "nanocomputer" would have been appropriate here.
Definitions of words aren't constantly changing. How confusing would that be? They change once in a while.

about a month and a half ago
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How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

BattleApple Re:Stupid question (144 comments)

Just thinking about it makes me feel short of breath. I can imagine wanting to blast it away from your mouth by forcefully exhaling, but not having enough air in your lungs to do it.

about 2 months ago
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Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California

BattleApple Re:Still should be hands free (142 comments)

it's not a complete ban

Exceptions to the Laws

        When the driver uses a hands-free mobile telephone, which allows the user to communicate without the use of either hand.
        Using a handheld electronic device that is affixed to a vehicle surface.
        Using a GPS device that is attached to the vehicle.
        When the purpose of the phone call is to communicate an emergency to a police or fire department, a hospital or physician's office, or an ambulance corps.
        When operating an authorized emergency vehicle in the performance of official duties.

http://www.safeny.ny.gov/phon-...

about 2 months ago
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First Outdoor Flocks of Autonomous Flying Robots

BattleApple Re:Minicomputer? (84 comments)

Are you saying we can change the definition of words if they were created before we were born?

about 2 months ago
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Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California

BattleApple Re:Why was he pulled over? (142 comments)

That's driving crashlessly

about 2 months ago
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Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California

BattleApple Re:Still should be hands free (142 comments)

No states ban all cell phone use while driving. Some states ban cell phone use under certain conditions - novice drivers, school bus drivers, commercial vehicles, etc.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

BattleApple Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (257 comments)

I don't know what they're thinking, but I can't imagine they'd spend that much without a very good reason. If they incorporate advertising, that could bring in a lot of money

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

BattleApple Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (257 comments)

I'm not saying they're hard to install, it's that some people are resistant to change. I agree that most people have several chat apps. I do, because some people I know like to use LINE or viber over WA. It's just that there's always seems to be that minority that will only use WA, so I don't really have a choice but to use it if I want to talk to that person

about 2 months ago

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