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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Reziac Re:In school: BAN EVERYTHING outside public domain (404 comments)

Yep, I know the conflict. I'm glad to have had that aspect of my education (dull as it was at the time), but I was already a compulsive reader, so they didn't discourage me. What happens with kids who aren't into reading in the first place?

My high school understood this -- the classes for remedial readers were so much fun that regular students sometimes took them too, and nearly all the kids came out of them with more desire to read, not less.

yesterday
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Reziac Re:Really? (491 comments)

As it was explained to me by the engineering dept. at SoCalEdison, the more power I use, the more it costs them, so they'd rather I used less, and if I used none at all that would be perfect.

Incidentally Sam's Club has started putting little wind generators on the lampposts in their parking lots. Manager at the one I frequented in SoCal told me this had already dropped their power bill by 5%, which is significant if you're in retail (even bulk-wholesale-priced retail).

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Reziac Re:LEDs should be date stamped (595 comments)

I've had CFLs all over the map too, from with lifespan in months to over a decade. When they fail, first they get dim, and at that point the transformer is also getting too hot. I pitch them then as a fire hazard (I've had 'em seriously brown the lamp socket).

On thinking about it, tho, CFL and incandescent lifespan was about the same in a given fixture or socket. I put one of each in several fixtures (both open and enclosed, some old, some new), and in the 13 years I owned the house, not a one of those burned out. Conversely anything I put in the open porch socket burned out in a few months, regardless of the season. The large open desk lamps, always in 3 to 5 years. How much a given light was used didn't seem to be a factor.

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Reziac Re:Its not the CFL/LED (595 comments)

I've found that the first symptom that the transformer is going bad (without going around burning my fingers on 'em) is that the CFL gets dimmer. Without fail, those have overheating transformers.

I've had 'em last anywhere from a few months to over 12 years. Perhaps significant, incandescent lifespan was similar in the same sockets.

3 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Reziac Re:Oh good (903 comments)

There's a guy north of Los Angeles who did that with junk property -- sold it over and over with owner financing, and the expectation that the buyer would default. Last I heard he'd sold the same junk lot five times and made way more than he had in it.

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Reziac Re:Oh good (903 comments)

Back in the ancient times of carburetors, the way most Fords came from the factory, they'd start easy but stall when idling. If you fixed that, they'd idle good but would take two tries to start. (Which I found preferable to having to restart in traffic.)

I like your solution, with the warning light and delayed disable. I'll bet these lenders' liability insurers would prefer it too.

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Reziac Re:Oh good (903 comments)

Just for comparison with the cost of a monthly loan payment, I figured out that major maintenance on my old truck averages around $700 every three years. This includes stuff like having the engine and transmission rebuilt.

OTOH, liability insurance (at best rates) over the lifetime of the truck has so far come to four times what I paid for the truck brand new, in 1978.

4 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Reziac Re:The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (404 comments)

Absolutely, and without 'censoring' any of the language of his time. I wonder if the newly-censored versions realise what the book is about, or even preserve it. (The one I've looked at was a rather horrible editing job.)

4 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Reziac Re:His Dark Materials? (404 comments)

"...The Human Centipede..."

I learn so much from this site.... ;) :O

4 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Reziac Re:Don't stop there (404 comments)

That's a damn good point. How is a kid to learn to think critically about a controversial topic if all he learns is that studying an unpopular or discredited viewpoint (which is to say, reading one of these books) gets him punished? That might create a radical, but it won't create a critical thinker.

5 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Reziac Re:In school: BAN EVERYTHING outside public domain (404 comments)

I think the AC makes a good point, in that if schools stuck to public domain works for teaching purposes, there'd be more teaching and less pushing of modern agendas.

But teachers could make better choices regardless. A lot of the novels we had to study in junior high onward were, bluntly, dull. That does nothing to encourage kids to read. There are plenty of classics that would attract young readers, if only they knew they existed. Why must it be The Scarlet Letter? why not Scaramouche, which is at least a fun read? or if you want symbolism and social themes, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, where at least something happens to keep young minds attentive (I read it when I was 12, so it couldn't be too bad for that). My 8th grade teacher understood this, which was why our studied classic was The Scarlet Pimpernel.

5 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Reziac Re:Can't help plugging Atwood (404 comments)

General fiction is a much larger market. But I've yet to see anything that called itself "speculative fiction" that I cared for, so I'll consider myself warned.

5 days ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Reziac Re:The best-case scenario is out. (275 comments)

Which viruses, and which antibiotics? Is it the virus itself or does it rely on a host that's susceptible to antibiotics?

about a week ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

Reziac Re:I'm not surprised (92 comments)

Oh, then my WinME definitely had some VxD drivers, cuz I recall it fishing a Win95 driver out of several options via pawing thru INI files (I can't recall if this was for the SCSI card or the sound card), and the Matrox vidcard definitely had the old type. Whether it had any of the WdM type, then ... dunno. Mainboard was a Tyan server board which was rock solid (and did not have the rollover bug -- didja know that's actually in the hardware, and in only about half the hardware -- Windows just triggered it), and that helps under any circumstances. I'd seen others that were dead-stable too, even on seriously junk hardware like Packard Smell... which woulda had all older drivers and OS never touched since it left the factory.

Main reason I keep looking at linux (other than masochism) is that it's good to have alternatives, but as you say it's never really going to be viable for the masses unless and until they restructure the driver mess, and stop "removing" drivers for older hardware (while saying how good it is for old hardware, WTF? Few versions back Ubuntu pulled support for all vidcards over 5 years old!) ... dandy for a headless server that does one job. Not so dandy for people with random hardware that does many tasks. It needs a wrapper so it can run any damn drivers including Windows drivers, instead of trying to force everyone to come to them with a linux driver.... and keep it updated. If it's supposed to be the OS for everyone, then stop locking out anyone who won't bow to your system, and to the GPL (which in its current incarnation is coersion, not 'freedom'. The BSD license is truly free.)

I've often said that developers should have to work on the slowest hardware that will even run their programs, so they know how the rest of us feel. The fullblown linux desktops are a prime example.

Yeah, I've heard all the excuses... they all boil down to "works for me, sucks to be you". That's not going to draw everyday users, tho it may draw ivory-tower bigots. It's been what, 20 years now? and it still has only about 1% of desktop users. You'd think that alone would cue 'em they're goin' at it wrong if they truly want to attract ordinary users. Most of us don't run server OSs. If you're only going for the server market (and there'd be nothing wrong with that, BSD as an example), admit it and stop bullshitting the rest of us.

All I've seen about Win9 so far is that it kinda reverts to Win7 in the interface dept (at least MS eventually learns from their mistakes, and does something about it!). What's this about $40 or even free?

about a week ago
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

Reziac Re:Governmental ?? (122 comments)

I don't know anything about Alibaba as a company, or about their stock arrangements. But I do know that over the years the website has worked to become more buyer-friendly and to earn buyer trust. My main concern about this is that they don't go overboard with growth and ruin what so far seems to be a good thing.

about a week ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Reziac Re:Known for a long time (223 comments)

Absolutely true. Canids and felids in particular hunt more for sport than for food. Wolves have been observed having all sorts of fun killing an entire flock of sheep. Foxes hunt and kill mice and birds without eating 'em. And I used to have a cat who did nothing but hunt gophers all day long; within 3 years he'd completely exterminated them in my neighborhood.

Incidentally my neighbor runs a twice-weekly foxhunt, tho the usual quarry is coyotes (mostly chasing, they usually don't shoot 'em). The local coyotes have gotten so into being chased by dogs that they come down to the kennel the night before a hunt and get the dogs all riled up and ready to go.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Reziac Re:Recent claims by whom? (223 comments)

Female dogs that have never had pups will often kill puppies. Presumably fewer of someone else's offspring means more resources when you have your own.

[This is a consistent enough behavior that I warn clients in no uncertain terms to never ever leave the new puppy alone with the adult dog, most especially the spayed female adult dog.]

about two weeks ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Reziac Re:Recent claims by whom? (223 comments)

Dogs, cats, chickens, horses, various fish, some insects...

Hmm. Maybe it's just a living organism thing.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Reziac Re:confused (358 comments)

Another scheme by the labels is to sign up promising bands who are seen as competitors... and now that they're locked into a contract, they're never let produce an album. So basically they're eliminated as potential competition for the money-acts.

about two weeks 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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