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Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

Pyrion Re:So... (351 comments)

Moreover, the fever itself is the body basically attempting to "burn out" the infection, and suppressing the fever allows the infection to remain for much longer?

If so, it makes sense, cuz the last few times I've caught the flu I've been over it within two days. They're a miserable two days, shivering my ass off while bundled up in bed and sweating my brains out, but I've had friends take antipyretics and be miserable for a solid week.

about 6 months ago
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OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

Pyrion Re:Linked article is clueless (292 comments)

PCP&C's are just rebranded Seasonic power supplies, so you're not liable to miss out on much if they disappear.

about 9 months ago
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Iran Tests Naval Cruise Missile During War Games

Pyrion Re:Would love to see some naval battle (547 comments)

What "global" allies? Russia won't do anything beyond complain loudly because energy supply is the centerpiece of their foreign economic policy. China likely won't mind as long as it doesn't spill over into their territory because, like Russia, they don't particularly care so long as it doesn't negatively affect them. Sunni Arabia will be munching popcorn and cheering the impending demise of the Persian heathens, and the rest of the oil exporting nations are too small and irrelevant to mention.

more than 2 years ago
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PC Makers Run Short of Popular Drives

Pyrion Re:What do they expect? (353 comments)

It's also what they get for building on a floodplain.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

Pyrion Re:He couldn't use a License Plate (579 comments)

Would it have killed him to have backlit LCD screens mounted in place of the license plates to otherwise display what a regular license plate would anyways?

Heck, there's enough available characters on CA license plates to allow for "IDOUCHE" so if he ever felt like lampshading his need for an attitude adjustment, there was at least one good reason for using a license plate.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

Pyrion Re:What a douche (579 comments)

Actually, reserved parking for the CEO would have to be farther away than the handicapped spots, per ADA distance requirements for handicapped parking spaces. This is why handicapped parking spaces are always the closest available spaces to the front entrance anywhere you go, I think the limit is something like 150' from the front entrance, and at least one spot has to be van-accessible (with an adjacent loading ramp).

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

Pyrion Re:not trying to defend these actions... (579 comments)

Wait, no, nevermind that. The initial comment of California state law requiring a certain number of handicapped spaces sidetracked me into thinking this was a question of enforcing an adequate number of handicapped spaces being made available on the private lot. Silly me.

Yeah, local police would probably have jurisdiction, even if the lot is private, if somebody called to complain about the unauthorized use of a handicapped parking spot, but yeah, city police wouldn't be actively patrolling Apple's campus. I doubt Apple would have any legal standing to obstruct the police from entering the private lot to conduct an investigation if somebody called to complain, in much the same context that Apple would have no legal standing to obstruct paramedics or firefighters from entering the lot if circumstances demanded it.

(IANAL, tho.)

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

Pyrion Re:not trying to defend these actions... (579 comments)

I doubt the city (or state, for that matter) would have jurisdiction. What little I've found online regarding this indicates that the complainant would have to file a complaint with the Department of Justice for an ADA Title III violation.

more than 2 years ago
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6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Coast of Japan

Pyrion Re:This isn't interesting. What is interesting? (69 comments)

This is why we need to stop relying on the earthquake's peak energy output for determining newsworthy events - deep strong quakes can do diddly squat and yet the idiot journalists see the big number and automatically think it's newsworthy. Rate earthquakes based on how much damage they do, not based on how much energy is released. A 5.0 under St. Louis would be several orders of magnitude more newsworthy than a deep 8.0 out in the middle of fucking nowhere.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Chinese Suppliers Accused of Causing Significant Environmental Damage

Pyrion Re:Again Apples business (346 comments)

If you really worked for a defense contractor, then you'd know that government contracts aren't worth the paper they're printed on.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Chinese Suppliers Accused of Causing Significant Environmental Damage

Pyrion Re:Again Apples business (346 comments)

No need to train replacements. I'm sure that while the labor itself is dirt-cheap, it takes time and effort and thus money to train replacement laborers as the turnover rate has to be ridiculously high. If a laborer falls ill, dies or otherwise quits, you have to spend time and money to train a replacement. If a machine breaks, you just replace it and continue with little downtime. Also machines can work 24/7/365 until failure, whereas human laborers will fail in less than a day with such a workload.

Even if the machines themselves are expensive to procure, they'll likely still end up saving money in the long run.

For added hilarity, wait for the inevitable sob stories of Chinese laborers going unemployed because they got replaced by machines.

more than 2 years ago
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China Catches Up With Google's Driverless Car

Pyrion Re:slashdoter sore grape comments (258 comments)

China would do themselves a favor by copying our driving laws.

more than 2 years ago
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China Catches Up With Google's Driverless Car

Pyrion Re:Expressway? (258 comments)

If a Chinese driverless car were to stop at a red light, it would get rear-ended almost immediately by the masses of Chinese that never obey traffic lights.

more than 2 years ago
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China Catches Up With Google's Driverless Car

Pyrion Re:Useless slashdot title, once again (258 comments)

140,000 miles across China with only two minor accidents would mean the Chinese would basically have to shut down all cross-traffic that could possibly get in the way. Otherwise, statistically, there's just no way their robot car would avoid getting hit by cross-traffic thinking it has the right of way.

Remember, this is China we're talking about. They don't have sensible driving laws like we do in the West. They don't obey traffic lights or stop for anyone or anything - they assume they have right of way until the laws of physics get in the way.

more than 2 years ago
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China Catches Up With Google's Driverless Car

Pyrion Re:probably more of a social/political problem (258 comments)

If we were to take a realistic bar for safety, China's bar is pretty much nonexistent - their driving laws amount to "first is right," meaning whoever is first in line has the right of way, period. Meaning they don't stop for anyone. A robot driver in China needs only to keep moving and not hit anyone, and it's as good as everything else on the road.

more than 2 years ago
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NAND Flash Better Than DRAM For PC Performance

Pyrion Re:One Problem (205 comments)

Yeah, Linux won't touch swap unless it absolutely needs to, it'll exhaust physical ram first.

about 3 years ago
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German Parliament Backs Nuclear Exit By 2022

Pyrion Re:Regulating the regulators (364 comments)

Simple. The politicians want to keep their jobs. Reforming the system means biting the hands that feed their reelection campaigns.

about 3 years ago

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