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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

PortHaven Re:YES!!!! (252 comments)

I thought I read that the HTC One (M8) does NOT have a removable battery. I was going to get it until I saw that fact.

2 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

PortHaven Re:No...no...no... (635 comments)

No, not really serious....

But theoretically, it would be very capable theory that would essentially explain ALL of our present climatic changes.

2 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

PortHaven Re: I'm sold on LED bulbs... (595 comments)

I bought those....they were crappy. The light was poor, not uniform. Returned them all and bought more of the Feit from Costco.

No coating. Best bulbs I've ever owned.

***

Feit 40 watt equiv (8 watt actual), 500 lumen bulbs.

http://www.costco.com/Feit-Mul...

2 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

PortHaven Re:I'm sold on LED bulbs... (595 comments)

It's a misnomer that CFLs last longer than incandescents. Their potential lifespan is far greater, however, that is only in continuous use. CFLs lives are greatly shortened by intermittent use, incandescents do this much better.

So if you have a closet, bathroom, etc, that you turn on a couple of times a day for a minute or so, the CFL may burn out much earlier than an incandescent. However, if you have a light that you leave on for long periods of time. CFLs have a very long life. For example, I keep a 60 watt CFL on in my basement continously. That bulb is probably 3-4 years old now. But it is NEVER turned on/off.

2 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

PortHaven Re:Costco bulbs almost too bright -- really? Reall (595 comments)

Recommendation, see if you can find a socket splitter. Since the Feit 40 watt bulbs are 500 lumens @ 8 watts. If you can find a socket splitter you can put "two" 40 watt Feit and hit 1,000 lumens and be at a meager 16 watts.

Or if your fixture will fit it, these are a 100 watt replacement at 1,000 lumens, for a whopping 17 watts.

http://www.costco.com/Feit-BR4...

2 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

PortHaven Re:Costco bulbs almost too bright (595 comments)

I paid $9.99 for 3 bulbs. That's $3.33. And the brand to get is Feit. I've tried a couple others, and the quality was crap. I haven't tried any other brands for quality, because all the others are priced 2x-3x what Costco's Feit bulbs run.

http://www.costco.com/Feit-Mul...

They are 40 watts, but in brightness are much more comparable to a 60 watt bulb.

2 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

PortHaven Re:Costco bulbs almost too bright (595 comments)

Agreed, CFLs were about 70% the brightness. Many of the LEDS are outputting the same lumens as incandescents. That was a big marketing scam where the CFLs were allowed to use the low end of incandescent ratings for watts to help push them.

It looked great reading only 7.5 watts for a 40 watt bulb. But 12 watts for a 40 watt bulb while still good, wasn't quite as impressive.

2 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

PortHaven Re:Spacewar 1962 (446 comments)

I thought there was an update to Space War where the missiles were affected by gravity. I recall firing a stream of missiles, than having to accelerate out of the way of my own missiles. And if you over-accelerated you'd fly through the stream of your own missiles.

2 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

PortHaven Probably like JMS' "Babylon 5" (446 comments)

I remember the first time I saw the scene of an Earth Alliance "Starfury" fighter being pursued by an enemy. Rather than pull the typical "immelman" in atmosphere free space. It simply fired thrusters to rotate 180 degrees, and shot the enemy behind it as it continued to drift at speed.

Because unlike most science fiction shows, B5 was aware of physics - that an object at rest remains at rest, but an object in motion remains in motion.

=)

2 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

PortHaven I'm sold on LED bulbs... (595 comments)

I've tried 3 brands.

1. One cheap generic (long center square stack with LEDs), this model failed quickly and had poor light.
2. Discount sale LED bulb at Home Depot, with a soft rubber like coating on the exterior. Poor non-uniform light, returned.
3. 3 pack of LED bulbs from Costco. 60 watt replacement. These bulbs have about 50% more lumens than the CFLs. I've had one failure out of about 20+ bulbs. The light is in fact brighter and more uniform than even my incandescent bulbs. At $9.99 for 3 when on sale at Costco. I've decided that ALL my bulbs will be replaced by these LEDs.

(Oh and the one failed bulb was replaced by the the manufacturer.)

5 days ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

PortHaven YES!!!! (252 comments)

1080p Screen
Expandable Memory Card Slot
Removable Battery
(preferably front facing stereo speakers)

^ Please show me the phone with those four simple specs???

And since Google screwed up Android by not allowing apps to save to the external memory, a 128gb internal memory.

about a week ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

PortHaven No...no...no... (635 comments)

Everyone is not getting it....

It is not global warming, CO2, solar output, it is planar sinking!!!

You see, the earth orbits the sun on an eliptical path. (Yes, everyone is exclaiming we know that.) Okay, but there is also an elevation to that. And clearly, the earth's elevation has sunk, and this results in the northern hemisphere receiving a greater share of the sun's output and the southern hemisphere less. All of our favorite snowflakes have decided it is just getting to warm in the Arctic and have begun a global migration south toward the Anarctic.

Downward Frost Migration

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

PortHaven Re:The GAzN Network (85 comments)

Right, so I'd much prefer to be the product at $20/month than to be the commodity at $150/month

about three weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

PortHaven Re:REALLY??? (427 comments)

No, translation....

You're telling me it's hotter than ever, based on your assignment of modern temperature collecting methods

about three weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

PortHaven Re:REALLY??? (427 comments)

Right, but it's been a couple years of record breaking cold around much of the world.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

PortHaven I don't know... (471 comments)

It might be nice to be able to just look at my wrist to check the time, rather than always having to yank out my cell phone.

about three weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

PortHaven Um....DUMB? (368 comments)

$2,000,000,000

Divided by $100,000,000 million in profits. Means what, a 20 year return on investment?

--

That said, it could eliminate the whole GPL issue. Microsoft has lawyers in abundance.

about three weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

PortHaven REALLY??? (427 comments)

Well, this was the coldest summer in my memory. I don't think I've ever experienced 50 degree weather in July/August (and I used to live further north).

Oh, this is just localized. Except, wow...I've got friends over in Europe experiencing the same. Okay, perhaps it is just the northern hemisphere of Earth. I haven't checked with my Aussie and S. American friends as to whether this year was warmer or colder for them.

But if this is in fact the highest CO2, and one of the warmest global temperature years. Something is very lacking on the observable real anectdotal evidence. And yes, folks dismiss anecdotal evidence. But if anecdotal evidence is in fact in conflict with your theory. You should pause and reconsider. If you say, penguins can't fly, and suddenly see a penguin fly.....it's time to pause and re-analyze and assess whether you've discovered a new type of penguin or whether your premise is not globally valid. Perhaps one must revise to "most penguins" don't fly.

Now granted, we have not discovered any flying penguins. But we've found a lot of equivalent questionables in regards to Global Warming claims. Enough that I think there needs to be some honest re-evaluation.

about three weeks ago

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Adobe launches AIR, open-sources the Flex SDK

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today Adobe launched several products and initiatives:

- AIR, Adobe's integrated runtime environment which brings Flash to the desktop has gone live.
http://www.adobe.com/products/air/

- The release of Flex 3,and the Eclipse based Flex Builder 3, were launched! Along with the new release, Adobe's Flex SDK has also gone open-source. Adobe has launched a new website in support of the Flex SDK, BlazeDS & Tamarin.

Definitely an exciting day for many of us RIA developers."
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1-ton ROUS found...

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "The fossilized remains of a rodent measuring nearly 3 meters and weighing approx. 1 ton has been discovered.

The scientists believe the rodent, named Josephoartigasia monesi, roamed the earth about four million years ago...obviously readers of "The Princess Bride" know that these large rodents of unusual size continued to exist until the late 1800's in select regions of the world.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/01/16/super.rat/index.html"

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One million doses of vaccine recalled

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today on CNN.com a recall of one million doses of vaccines. The doses were not properly sterilized and could pose a risk of infection.

Recently, there was a post on Slashdot regarding YouTube videos containing misinformation on the dangers of vaccines.

While I agreed that most of the information put out is misinformed, outdated, or fear-mongering. I expressed concern that while the vaccines by design might be safe, there may be bad batches from the manufacturing process. Those seeming to suffer such ailments from vaccinations may have received a batch of subpar quality. A scientific study may show the vaccine to be safe when manufactured properly, while not taking into account the affect of poor quality batches.

However, even expressing such concerns on Slashdot easily gets one labeled as being anti-science. I am far from being an anti-vaccine advocate but I am also aware of modern day manufacturing processes and failure rates. Numerous studies have shown that manufacturing processes tend result in a portion being defective or of sub-par quality (be it chemical testing standards, Snickers bars, or Xboxes) — so how is it unscientific to point to this as a valid concern regarding vaccinations."

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PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PortHaven writes "Just received a notice from Comcast regarding future rate hikes. Essentially, Comcast is trying to force all it's broadband subscribers to use their TV service.

The rates were as follows:

$39.95 internet+TV
$49.95 internet only ($39.95+$10 additional fee)

The new rates for 2007 are as follows:

$42.95 internet+TV
$59.95 internet only

There is nearly a 40% cost difference if you decide not to subscribe to Comcast's TV. Yes, it is common to offer discounts for bundled services but Comcast has gone way beyond a mere bundle discount. The new pricing scheme is akin to McDonald's announcing that you can no longer buy a hamburger unless you also buy a coke and fries. Everyone understands the concept of the value meal. Buy a #1 and save 70 cents on your big mac, fries and coke. But what Comcast is doing is charging $7 for a #1 value meal. And if you just want to buy a big mac charging you the same $7.

Essentially, this pricing is designed to prevent customer from moving to alternatives. Now any difference in savings you'd gain by using satellite TV + cable internet is lost because there is now a $20 surchage. Presently, my household does not own a TV or subscribe to TV service instead we utilize Netflix and iTunes. The only real alternative to cable broadband is DSL. However, the telephone companies require you to have a landline (approx. $20). I, like many others in the younger generations have found no need for a landline (our cell phones do quite nicely) nor for TV service.

It appears I have no choice but to choose one or the other if I want broadband internet access. It's Monopoly! Do you choose to land on Boardwalk or Park Place?"

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