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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

Reziac Re: Citing Wikipedia (174 comments)

Maybe online sources should be cited via an archive.org link rather than a direct link; that way sources won't disappear (at least not nearly so often).

9 hours ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Reziac Re:Lies and statistics... (559 comments)

How expensive it really is? or how much they've decided each procedure can net?

The list of charges if you pay cash-in-advance on the wall at the Los Angeles County clinic in Lancaster CA. The most expensive item is:

Any surgery: $400.

Yep, four hundred dollars. Someone else the counter asked the desk nurse how they could do surgery for that price, and she said that's what it actually costs the clinic, and that pay-later get billed at a rate 3x higher, to make up for the large number of deadbeats and the difficulty collecting at all.

yesterday
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Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

Reziac Re:Most of you have it... (99 comments)

Considering that wild mice who live in proximity to humans markedly prefer to eat stuff humans have touched ... I imagine you'd have to find wilderness mice to study!

Zoo primates could be 'contaminated' as well.

Looks like some future researcher is in for a long tramp through the back of beyond. :)

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Reziac Re:COST (540 comments)

Obviously the time is right for someone to invent a little portable keyboard (possibly with its own battery) that plugs into the phone's USB port and lets you type like a normal person, instead of like a demented monkey chasing termites.

(Which is what I feel like when I use a stylus, but it's still better than fat-finger syndrome.)

2 days ago
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Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

Reziac Re:Most of you have it... (99 comments)

Have you looked at animal samples too? Seems to me it would be easier to get those upper gut samples...

Is it human-host only, or opportunistic wherever its favored bacteria thrive?

Has any of this virus been incorporated in our DNA?

Completely OT, having been preconditioned by the crAss cracks, my brain decided to parse your username as "robed wards" which made no sense. :)

2 days ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Reziac Re:Why "morphing" (138 comments)

No need; I'll just park out in this handy Montana hailstorm. Free dimples!

Actually, that happened to my old truck -- got hailed on pretty good and had small dimples pretty uniformly over its entire upper surface. Didn't do shit for its MPG. And after a few years the dimples went away (let's hear it for Ford steel!) and you couldn't tell it had ever happened.

5 days ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Reziac Re:recoiling in disgust is not the same as apathy (198 comments)

It helps considerably when that state legislature is a part-time avocation, not a full-time career. Frex, here in Montana it's 90 days every other year -- not enough time to pass bullshit and certainly not enough income to make a living. So the nimrods who are unhireable except as politicians don't thrive here; you can't live off being a politician in MT. (And a lot of local positions, like some county commissioners, are volunteer.)

Conversely, look at California where the legislature is a fulltime job, and observe what a crowd of Peter Principles it's attracted...

And yes, I have considered it, because common sense has to start somewhere. Hell, there's a opening on the local mosquito abatement board... not every job has to be ruling the world. Fixing your little corner is most of it.

5 days ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Reziac Re:Vote (198 comments)

I don't know about other stuff or what's current, but back in the 1980s Southern California had basically two telcos: Pacific Bell (good service and reasonable rates), and GTE (horrible service and much higher rates). GTE, being the poor little put-upon underdog company, was given protected monopoly areas where PacBell was not *allowed* to offer telco service.

Fast-forward to the massive restructuring that eventually turned GTE into Verizon, and now Verizon enjoys the legacy of GTE's protected monopoly areas.... which they remained even tho Verizon was now the 800 pound gorilla.

5 days ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Reziac Re:yeah, why can't they suck boundary layer ...? (138 comments)

Okay, since the effect is apparently speed-related -- your thought about channels underneath made me wonder if an air intake feeding a channel system could be designed to regulate that airflow according to forward speed, and therefore regulate dimpling, without the tedium and moving parts of yet another pump.

5 days ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Reziac Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

So you do it on the sides (which naturally drain), but not on the roof (which doesn't), and possibly on the undersurface (if practical). The sides are about 2/3rds of the surface area of a big truck box anyway. But per this interesting comment from an AC:
http://tech.slashdot.org/comme...
the benefit is speed-related, and "always drives at the same speed" is an absurd assumption for a car, let alone for a big truck.

Occurs to me to wonder, tho, what happens with drag if you reverse the dimples (as one would to prevent water accumulating). Someone who actually knows, pipe up!

5 days ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Reziac Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

I'm wondering if it's more efficient only in limited speed ranges, and at other ranges actually increases drag.

But nominally-identical vehicles often get different MPG (my truck gets almost double what other supposedly identical trucks get!), and that MPG can change over time as well, so given how small the differences reported are, in this case it may be individual vehicle variance.

5 days ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

Reziac Re:I take offense! (165 comments)

It should also be noted that this same military, which integrated early, is also one of the most conservative elements of society. Which should inform some folks, but probably won't.

5 days ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Reziac Re:The finding (125 comments)

Examine the pool of Slashdot users, then assume the opposite.

5 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Reziac Re:PBS covered this (376 comments)

And I have to wonder how that's being figured... consider the Owens Valley to see how Los Angeles' water use far exceeds what was formerly extensive ag use with plenty to spare.

about a week ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Reziac Re:Lumping everyone together.... (376 comments)

That's a good point -- stored water might as well go into the ground (and be used) as into the air (which one might argue becomes rain somewhere to the east, but that does Utah no good, and Utah needs it a lot more).

In the process of moving back to Montana from SoCal, I made numerous trips along both I-15 and routes further west, and I was quite struck by how the states that scream the loudest about conservation and that do the most enforcing against common use of resources... are also in the worst shape. Utah looks the best both agriculturally and industrially -- it seems to have a great deal more local industry than any other western state, yet it looks the most pristine and green, and sports a healthy ag sector. Montana and the agricultural parts of Nevada are also in good shape, as is much of Idaho. But you can just about draw a line around CA and OR solely by the poor condition of what used to be good graze and forest land, and now looks a great deal more drought-stricken than do drier areas further inland.

about a week ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Reziac Re:ALL RIGHT! (376 comments)

Where I lived in the SoCal desert, the water was so high in calcium that for those drinking tap water (which mostly came from deep wells), there was no such thing as calcium deficiency. It was largely a retirement community, and you never saw so many 80 year olds with ramrod-straight spines. You could actually spot older folks who drank bottled water -- by their curved spines.

And it's good-tasting water. Personally I don't like soft water, it tastes like dust.

When you get bad water in SoCal, it's usually not the water -- it's the pipes. Plastic pipes react with chlorine and the result tastes like a corpse. Let the water run til fresh stuff from the mains reaches the spigot, and suddenly you have good water again.

Now, northern plains water from shallow wells, that's nasty stuff -- too much magnesium so it tastes like Epsom salts, or occasionally like rotting plastic. Drill down to a deeper water layer, tho, and the problem usually goes away.

about a week ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Reziac Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (376 comments)

In Los Angeles County, what they did about it was confiscate all the private wells. Consider that a well out in the north county costs around $50,000 (give or take 10 grand) and you'll see it's not a minor taking. After a major flap they graciously ceded 3 acre-feet back to each landowner. I haven't heard how they plan to enforce this; probably by making everyone pay for a limiting meter on their well.

It's actually much cheaper to hook up to a private water supplier: about $15,000 and water costs about 1/4th as much per gallon. (Well water is not free if you pay for diesel or electricity to pump it. At current electric rates, domestic water is about 1 cent per 10 gallons.) However, private water companies only serve very limited areas, and are not an option for most people... but they're trying to grab everyone they can reach, and have gotten county law changed to enforce this... I was told that to my face by the owners of two different private water companies out in the desert. Guess who has wells down into the deep aquifer, and were not affected by the confiscation.

about a week ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Reziac Re:The "Your mileage may vary" problem (547 comments)

That's interesting about the bruising. I've had maybe a dozen blood draws in my life and never a bruise, but I have thick tough veins that defy all but the most experienced phlebotomists. (I don't usually bruise unless whacked really hard, and sometimes not even then. I also have tough thick skin; I wonder if the two are related. Per actual tests, I clot about average.)

From a safety standpoint, I doubt anyone has ever died from Lasik itself (anaesthesia reactions aside). But from what I've read, there is a broad range of competence, and one does well to research prospective doctors.

about a week ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Reziac Re:Lumping everyone together.... (376 comments)

Despite which, Utah is one of the greener western states -- even in its desert ag areas. Methinks when you actually manage your water, you also get more use of it. And contrary to city-slicker belief, there is no one more conservation-conscious than farmers; it's their very livelihood.

And on your list of cities, don't forget that California diverts a great deal of water to its major metros, with scant regard for what becomes of agriculture. I guess city folks don't need to eat.

I rant about that somewhere above, but here's an example:
http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/...

about a week ago

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I understand friends. I understand fans (tho I wonder where I got some of 'em). I understand foes. But WTF are "freaks"?? I don't recognise any of those people. Maybe it's time to clear brush from under the bridge again. ;)

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

And sorry, trolls anonymous and otherwise, but I don't respond to your ilk. Just in case you came here to find out if there were any available goats.

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hell, I didn't know /. *had* a journal, til I found a link appended on someone else's comment!!

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