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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Eravau Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

From dictionary.com:

hieroglyphic:
noun
Also, hieroglyph. a hieroglyphic symbol.

Admittedly... the primary definition is as an adjective... but it functions as both.

about 3 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

Eravau Re:MOD PARENT TRENDY (747 comments)

It's more like if you told millions of people that remaining on top of the cliff was a scientifically-proven death sentence for them and their children... and that if they pushed their children over the edge the children would be much more likely to survive. And on top of that... condemning those who left their children well-anchored on top of the cliff as baby killers who obviously hate their own children.

about 8 months ago
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Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

Eravau Read the Summary (466 comments)

locopuyo: The distance between seats isn't changing

summary at top: The seats Southwest has put on nearly its entire fleet are 31 inches apart, about an inch less than before

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Video Monitors For Areas That Are Off the Grid?

Eravau Re:Deer cams (340 comments)

Well they can't exactly get them legally, can they? If they walk into the nearest Bass Pro shop or wherever... they're not exactly going to get great customer service.

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"

Eravau Re:How about just an iPhone and save even more? (372 comments)

Right now the pilots and first officers have to download updates to the printed documents and print them out themselves, if I understand procedure correctly. This isn't an occasional task... but something that takes place on a very regular basis. The documents include everything from standard and emergency procedures to flight plans, airport layouts and so on. Like the blurb above said... it's 35 pounds of paper that they have to carry onto the plane with them... and back off again... everywhere they go. They stick with the pilot... not the plane. But the danger of "hacking" the documentation doesn't go away just because you go with paper. The documents still go through the digital world before they're printed... and still suffer the oh-so-scary danger of "hackers" modifying them. The difference here is that the pilots and officers don't have to lug around a 35+ pound suitcase of books... don't have to waste paper, toner, etc... and can just plug in their iPads to sync all the documentation at once instead of hoping that they got all the documents that had to be updated for their current flight... and got the pages in the right place in the right book. The only disadvantage is that the paper industry will decline faster and the chiropractors won't have as many airline pilots visiting them because their backs were messed up from lugging that stuff around.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Grammar Matter Anymore?

Eravau Re:It's like this. (878 comments)

Thanks. I saw it months ago on Facebook somewhere and didn't have the reference handy.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Grammar Matter Anymore?

Eravau Re:It's like this. (878 comments)

Yes, punctuation may also convey meaning , but has a much shallower effect than grammar.

I beg to differ. Something as small as a comma can make a huge difference in the meaning of what is written. For example:

  • Stop clubbing baby seals: Cease beating baby seals with a club!
  • Stop clubbing baby, seals: Hey you seals! Stop beating that baby with a club!
  • Stop clubbing, baby seals: hey you baby seals! Stop going out dancing!

I'm not sure I would call that shallow. It may be a silly example, but it applies to real-life sentences as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Southpaw Grammar

Eravau Quote (5 comments)

Slightly off-topic... but I find it amusing that the quote at the bottom of this page when I loaded it is: "Everyone was born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it." My dad would have wholeheartedly agreed. Interesting topic, though. I'd never though about handedness in various countries... but then why would I... being a rightie.

more than 2 years ago
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Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

Eravau Let me finish that sentence for you (1127 comments)

...because if you don't have anything to hide... then you won't mind somebody watching your every move and posting it on YouTube.

more than 2 years ago
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Think I'm Not American? Pass the Hamburgers.

Eravau Re:If you cannot beat them (362 comments)

Not in this case. I prefer to consume the vegetarians a little lower on the food chain.

more than 3 years ago
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Think I'm Not American? Pass the Hamburgers.

Eravau Re:If you cannot beat them (362 comments)

Most of my favorite foods are vegetarians. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

Eravau Re:Missing TFP (1486 comments)

The first definition of faith at dictionary.com: confidence or trust in a person or thing. You're arguing that two synonyms don't mean the same thing. You can "disagree" all you want and make up your own meaning for words... but that doesn't change the facts.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

Eravau Re:No. (1486 comments)

So while you need to defer to other people in almost every part of your life, I don't think this qualifies as "faith". Do you "believe" in your CPA, or do you trust him enough to let him do your taxes for you because of his track record and reputation? Do you "believe" in your auto mechanic, or do you just trust that he won't screw up your brakes because of his track record and reputation? IMHO there is a big difference.

First definition of faith (from dictionary.com): n. confidence or trust in a person or thing.

As far as I can tell, you're arguing that two synonyms don't mean the same thing. Unless you are an expert in every possible area of study and accomplishment in the world... you have to believe/trust/have faith that other people know what they're doing and talking about... because you can't specialize in everything on earth.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

Eravau Re:Just don't need one. (618 comments)

And for the past 3 years paying $46.36 per month
[snip snip]
Dumbphones don't really cost all that much less from what I can tell... $20-30 per month plan.

Half of the cost definitely counts as "all that much less" in my book.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance

Eravau Re:I'm not exactly color blind... (209 comments)

There's no doubt that a little bit of pattern added to the colors would make it more universally legible despite computer or optical specs.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance

Eravau Re:Great to live in the US... (209 comments)

Yeah... but the numbers look a little skewed because the Canadian ISPs are using metric bytes, which are a smaller unit than the Imperial bytes used in the U.S... much in the same way that the standard Canadian kilometer measurement of distance is shorter than the U.S. mile or liter smaller than the gallon. ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance

Eravau Re:I'm not exactly color blind... (209 comments)

The three seem fairly distinct to me. You probably just need a better monitor... or some color calibration performed on the one you have. But anyway... for reference, the top "sky blue" line is Comcast, middle is Cable One and bottom is CenturyTel.

more than 3 years ago

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On The Photo Roll Again

Eravau Eravau writes  |  more than 10 years ago After slacking off of my photoblog for most of this year and not posting at all since July...I've finally gotten inspired and gotten back on a roll with photography again. Today I finally posted a new Photo Of The Day on my web page.

Since I spent the money on the domain...and spent the money on the camera...you'd think I'd use it a little more. But after 260-something images I got burnt out for a few months. But the rest has done me good...and I'm ready to go at it again.

May this round of images be as much fun and as interesting as the last round. And I hope some of you enjoy it.

-Eravau (Tony Colter)

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New Camera

Eravau Eravau writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well...after an entire month of no digital camera...following the 3 foot fall and subsequent sudden stop of my Nikon CoolPix 990...I finally have a replacement camera. The Nikon CoolPix 4500 takes the place of the 990. I really liked the macro/close-up abilities of the 990, but the 4500 just improved on those greatly. You can see what I mean with this photo of a lady bug that I took on Sunday.

I'll have a new photo coming out of the camera every day on my Photo of the Day page.

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