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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

DrDitto Re:And I have a huge supply of 75W / 100W incadesc (944 comments)

And why am I batshit crazy? Because I had a bad experience reading EPA websites about CFL mercury and had a significant emotional response to my child's possible exposure? And because I bought a dozen packs of 75W and 100W bulbs and just plan on using them? My house is solar equipped anyways.

about 9 months ago

60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

DrDitto And I have a huge supply of 75W / 100W incadescent (944 comments)

About 6 years ago I switched over to CFLs. I dealt with the crappy light quality, flicker, and high failure rate. Then my wife broke a CFL literally inches from my 2-year old's face. I'm thinking "meh, I played with mercury thermometers as a kid. big deal". But then I read about vaporized mercury (yes, it goes to solid dust when not pressurized but still) and visited the EPA website which, at the time, recommended I replaced the carpet in the bedroom. Not cool. My wife was in a state of panic over the possible mercury inhaled by our 2-year old. We obviously have no idea about how much mercury he was exposed to. I know that eating several fish is probably equivalent to the same amount of mercury, but there is a difference between inhaled dust and food digested by your stomach. At which point I switched the entire house back to incadescent. And I bought a shitload of 75W and 100W bulbs (probably a 10 year supply). Now granted nowadays I'd just buy LEDs, but cheap LEDs weren't available in 2009-ish. After that experience and given my stock of incadescents, I'm going to keep using incadescents until my stock runs out. I can afford it and I don't a flying fuck about what others think. I do far more to reduce carbon emissions in other ways. That said, I'll only buy a small stock of 40W / 60W. LEDs are good enough nowadays that I see myself switching to those (but you never know when you want a cheap lightbulb for a cheap temporary lamp or something).

about 9 months ago

When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?

DrDitto 56 Kbps of landlines voice quality is noticable (329 comments)

I can't stand talking on mobile phones. I'm really sensitive to noise, and mobile codecs are typically in the 9.6 to 14.4 Kbps range. A POTS landline is 56 Kbps and it makes a HUGE difference for me, even if the other side is using a mobile phone (since the signal is garbled/compressed once instead of twice).

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Game For Young Kids?

DrDitto (338 comments)

Or Assuming Linux has decent flash support.

about 2 years ago

NVIDIA Responds To Linus Torvalds

DrDitto Re:At least open the specs. (497 comments)

nVidia device drivers have the complexity of an entire operating system (yes, seriously). Much of the functionality and competitive advantage comes from the software drivers.

more than 2 years ago

The bicycle I most often ride is ...

DrDitto Re:Touring bike (356 comments)

IMHO, a touring bike makes the ultimate commuter. An upright riding position, durable, and can take a load of cargo. The LHT has a longer wheel base which makes it handle more like a "truck" compared to my road race bike, but I can't see how this is possibly an issue for city riding. I've been commuting on my LHT for the past year.

more than 2 years ago

Remembering America's Fresh Water Submarines

DrDitto Highly recommend USS Cobia tour in Manitowoc, WI (225 comments)

I've been on a lot of tours of WWII vessels-- everything from the USS Arizona in Hawaii to the USS North Carolina in North Carolina to the submarine exhibit at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. I have to say the very best tour I've done was the USS Cobia sub tour in Manitowoc, WI. The tour was given by an old WWII submariner (yes, he was old!). It was a far better experience than any other sub exhibit. The sub is in the water and it is quite the feeling to go beneath the water line of a WWII sub. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend it! Granted that was 12 years ago and nowadays the old tour guides may have either passed or are too feeble...

more than 2 years ago

Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

DrDitto Pure FUD. Available on iTunes (1004 comments)

$2.99 for an HD episode on iTunes. Stop the FUD. I haven't checked, but there are probably other purchase options as well besides HBO/cable subscriptions.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Threatening To Raise Rates After Merger Failure

DrDitto Re:"cellular" means frequence reuse (247 comments)

I don't recall the specifics. I thought the IS-95 CDMA had several channels with each using ~ 1MHz of shared spectrum. Even so, CDMA does use very fine-grained power control. Make the cells smaller and the transmitters reduce their power such that interference with adjacent cells is reduced (and battery life improved, etc.).

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Threatening To Raise Rates After Merger Failure

DrDitto "cellular" means frequence reuse (247 comments)

One of the core concepts of "cellular" phones is that "cells" enable frequence reuse. Now this has to be carefully done to prevent interference, but in general, decreasing the size of cells will increase capacity. Of course this adds infrastructure cost.

more than 2 years ago

24-Year-Old Asks Facebook For His Data, Gets 1,200 PDFs

DrDitto Re:It should be illegal..... (291 comments)

Dude, go smoke some pot or something. You are way too angry for your own good.

more than 2 years ago

NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

DrDitto Re:Great idea! (938 comments)

Studies consistently show that your mind doesn't lose focus when talking to passengers in the vehicle compared to talking on the phone. Perhaps because your passengers realize when a traffic situation is momentarily tense and stops talking?

more than 2 years ago

Student Loans In America: the Next Big Credit Bubble

DrDitto Re:bankruptcy on student debt (768 comments)

You either didn't learn the very basics of finance in college, or you shouldn't have qualified for a loan in the first place (since your only post-bankruptcy option for buying a BMW and house would be cash or handouts from Daddy).

more than 2 years ago

Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

DrDitto Re:Dangerous mercury vapor does not belong near ki (990 comments)

Dear AC, Thanks for calling me a moron. The GOP candidates around here are all Tea Partiers. I'll change my voting strategy when I see fit. What makes LEDs viable? I would like 1000 lumen output for $50/bulb.

more than 3 years ago


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