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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

Reziac Re:Personal Experience (131 comments)

I know of one grocery chain that deliberately rotates everyone's shifts, so you have a different shift EVERY DAY -- the object is to try to prevent anyone from making it to the 20 year mark, which triggers a big benefits package. Quit before the 20 years are up, and you lose those benefits.

about three weeks ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Reziac Re:what's the point? (136 comments)

That may be, but there are always folks who want to build something with their own hands. Considering how many different kits are available, there must be plenty of demand, and they must work well enough to stay in business against the integrated solutions.

And total price may be a factor, especially if a person already owns the two major parts.

about three weeks ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Reziac Re:Doesn't solve the problem (136 comments)

Speaking as one who used to get around town on a bike during Montana winters, with no special equipment (just the winter outdoor gear I'd wear anyway) -- nonsense. Tho you do quickly learn to never, ever use the front brake on ice.

about three weeks ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Reziac Re:what's the point? (136 comments)

Remember the ones that had little gasoline engines rather than electric? They'd use a lawn-mower engine. Don't know how well they worked but you can still get the conversion kits.

http://www.bicycle-power.com/d...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Reziac Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

Not at any school I ever went to. At winter solistice, we'd arrive in the dark and get out at dusk.

Can't find it again in my overcrowded inbox, but today on someone's blog there were a bunch of good stats on the effect of daylight savings on energy use. In short, with DST there's more energy used in the morning but less at night, with a net usage increase of about half a percent.

about three weeks ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

Reziac Re:Louisiana too (468 comments)

The exceptions were the few who weren't warlike enough; they got conquered, run out, enslaved, or killed.

Look up the Iroquois just for starters.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

Reziac Re:Politically correct travel restrictions claptra (294 comments)

I recall seeing that death rate from gunshot wounds is about 1 in 2 for rifle and 1 in 7 for handgun. Ebola death rate is what, about 2 in 3? So which one should we restrict?? /sarcasm

about a month ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

Reziac Re:I wish I'd thought of that (221 comments)

Like locks in general keep honest men honest...

Figure if someone really wants to steal 'em, well, that's why they're insured.

about a month ago
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YouTube Considering an Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

Reziac Re:pay money for youtube? (225 comments)

How about letting individual channels choose if they want to go subscription? Cuz what a subscription model will cut down, drastically in the case of casual-content videos, is the impulse watcher who generates ad revenue whether they really care enough about your video to watch it or not.

about a month ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Reziac Re:Why dont they screen doctors before they come b (372 comments)

Considering that he discovered the virus and has established expertise, I'm inclined to give his opinion a lot more weight, including where he thinks it could go.

about a month ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

Reziac Re:I wish I'd thought of that (221 comments)

It Depends. New plate every year used to be fairly standard practice, but that was a Long Time Ago.

Back in the olden days, Montana used to sell you new plates every year, which is quite the nuisance. This went away in the 1970s (I believe in 1975 since I recall changing the plate on my first car only a couple times), and tho current law says plates shall be replaced every five years, I suspect that's gone by the wayside with the switch to a one-time, permanent registration for vehicles 11 years or older.

At least as of 1984, California sold you one plate (which could be transferred to a new vehicle) and an annual sticker.

about a month ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

Reziac Re:I wish I'd thought of that (221 comments)

Presumably anything can be cut, given a hard enough blade, but are those "recommended locks" actually any better than the cheap standard locks for the job of discouraging a bungler armed with a hammer?

[The main thing I use padlocks for is to make stealing my trailers too inconvenient for the casual thief.]

about a month ago
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Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

Reziac Re:Extracts from the Notebook (63 comments)

I've read Amundsen's account. The problem with Scott's party wasn't the type of food (Amundsen's party largely ate their surplus sled dogs on the return route, which was planned as a way of not having to haul as much weight on the return leg) but that Scott simply didn't bring =enough= food, and they were unable to find some of their caches on the return route. More than that, their clothing was inadequate, especially their footgear.

about a month ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Reziac Re:Research in this area is probably a good thing. (152 comments)

Yeah, I remember someone mentioned how requiring bicycle helmets correlates with an increase in serious car-vs-bike accidents, presumably because of the false sense of security (but also probably because it impacts peripheral vision -- we use that far more than we're consciously aware).

Or as someone's sig says, "Safety is a tyrant's tool; no one can oppose safety."

With enough such tools, it becomes possible to oppress the citizenry in complete "safety".

about a month ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Reziac Re:Research in this area is probably a good thing. (152 comments)

Safer is good (and more information via research is good too), but I think what will happen is more use against the public for more trivial reasons, because after all, it's "safe".

Kinda like how pepper spray and tasers were safer than being shot, and LEOs became inclined to use them against the most trivial or even no resistance.

about a month ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Reziac Re:Why dont they screen doctors before they come b (372 comments)

If the choices boil down to "wall them off and let them die" or "spread the epidemic far and wide" -- yeah, I know which one I'd choose.

So far it appears that the more treatment is attempted, the worse it gets, because the caregivers are at such risk, and some will need treatment in turn... rinse and repeat until there are no caregivers left.

Quarantine may not be kind to the victims, but spreading it around so everyone can share isn't kind to anyone.

about a month ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Reziac Re:which idiot is letting these people fly... (372 comments)

I suggest sending Air Force One to Liberia, with Obama aboard. Wonder what tune he'd be whistling then...

about a month ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Reziac Re:Responses: for New York etc (372 comments)

Even if that worked, high doses of vitamin C can cause bleeding. Hmmm... maybe it was the gun after all.

about a month ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Reziac Re:Why dont they screen doctors before they come b (372 comments)

And if an individual's immune response is slow or poor, there may not BE any antibodies until too late for the test to catch.

The obvious solution is a 4 week quarantine (to make sure every case is discovered -- a few may incubate beyond the usual) everyone who's been in West Africa.

This isn't "denying a citizen entry"; it's delaying it due to sheer common sense.

Better, tho, would be to quarantine the affected parts of West Africa as best we can; let people in, but don't let them back out. Because what we're doing now is pretty much guaranteeing ebola's spread.

about a month ago

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  about 12 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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