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Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?

SA_Democrat Re:are the windows.. (474 comments)

Sorry to chime in with a me too, but double or triple glazing is the answer.

When purchasing double glazing for the street side of my home, the glazier asked if it was for noise reduction.

In my case it wasn't, but ordinary double glazing reduced the street noise a lot. (Two panes 4mm and 6mm from memory).

Where noise reduction is intended, the manufacturer adds an internal gel-coat which reduces external noise much more.

about 2 years ago
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A Suicide Goes Viral On the Internet

SA_Democrat Re:Calm before the hyperbole (566 comments)

Yes. I'm saddened to say that I really feel for the dog. He probably had (to him) good reasons for the dog to die too, but burning to death is just horrible. I feel for anyone who gets into a position where suicide seems to be the only way out, but setting anyone or any animal on fire is just horrendous.

about 2 years ago
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A Suicide Goes Viral On the Internet

SA_Democrat Re:Copycat suicides (566 comments)

No sure what planet you live on, but on mine, GLBT people have and raise children. (Hint fertilisation of an egg doesn't require a man and a woman to share a sexual encounter). From your somewhat weird point of view, you may be interested to know that children raised by parents who are homosexual, are less likely to be homosexual themselves. If you see that as a problem, you should probably take all of the children away from the hetero parents.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

SA_Democrat Re:Looks nice so far (1052 comments)

That's ubergruppenfuehrer son, try to keep up.

about 2 years ago
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Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

SA_Democrat Apples and Oranges? (630 comments)

The Author doesn't seem to make the point that he's trying to make. Computer Science degrees may not be a good predictor for coding in language-of-the-week, but computer scientists would not make the kind of dumb rookie errors that you see every day in the real world. I still shudder about a self-taught contractor who wasted weeks trying to write a sort. I'm surprised that an article as poor as this one made the front page.

about 2 years ago
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8th Circuit Upholds $220,000 Verdict In Jammie Thomas Case

SA_Democrat Re:yikes! (285 comments)

Hear hear! I only wish that I had thought of this comment myself. Thank you.

about 2 years ago
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Employee "Disciplined" For Installing Bitcoin Software On Federal Webservers

SA_Democrat Re:JavaScript Miner? (86 comments)

I have seen exactly this problem when I am compose-typing, never when I'm copy-typing. My guess, like yours, is that the part of the brain that is doing the thinking, is in someway communicating with the part of the brain which does the typing, through a mechanism that is similar to the way the brain processes heard speech. I'm glad that you've posted this, it's nice to know that the phenomenon is not just in my imagination. Thanks for that.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?

SA_Democrat Re:Photographic prints! (350 comments)

If you're interested in printing your own, I'd recommend a visit to a quality camera shop. Ink jet printers with archive quality inks and varnish, and appropriate acid-free paper, creates photographs that will last for a very long time. I recall this kind of printer being available at my local camera shop for approximately AU$180. The inks work out to about 10 cents per A4 page (IIRC).

more than 2 years ago
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Solar Power Is Booming — Why Do We Want To Kill It?

SA_Democrat Re:Screw the subsidies (415 comments)

Kudos to you. I changed my habits and retrofitted my home with insulation, solar-water heater, awnings and a rain water collection system (with a mains pressure pump). More recently I've added a 1.5kW solar system, with the money put up by the electricity retailer (on a two-year interest free loan). Because I had my own consumption down to such a low level before I went solar, I find that my system generates twice as much electricity as I use. The system will be paid off in two months, and I'm currently sitting on a $600 credit with the power company. These things are achievable now, and you don't need to live like a cave man to do it. I have whole of house air-conditioning, space-heating, computers, television, internet, etc. Individuals can make a difference with a little bit of thought.

more than 2 years ago
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France To Invest One Billion Euros In Nuclear Power

SA_Democrat Re:This is good news (308 comments)

It is part of the hidden cost of nuclear power plants. If nuke plants paid insurance, the power generated would not be cost-competitive with other sources. Therefore governments all must give all nuke operators an iron-clad "hold harmless" clause, guaranteeing to make the pubic wear the cost of any "accidents". Are you starting to understand why so many people despise nuclear power yet?

more than 3 years ago
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Diebold Patch May Be Evidence of '02 Election Tampering

SA_Democrat Re:Anybody surprised? PS... (526 comments)

As much as I hate replying to my own comment, another five minutes googling reveals: The typewriter you're looking for is the IBM Executive, Model D. It featured variable spacing, superscript characters (as required), and while the model D may not have been in every office, was a simple matter to order and use. It was also customisable in terms of individual keys being replaceable. I also note with interest the various font experts who have explained that the MS Times New Roman font has many differences from the IBM font that was used in the document in question (particularly in the numerals). Have a nice day.

more than 6 years ago

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58% of South Australia's Power Generated by Wind Farms

SA_Democrat SA_Democrat writes  |  about 2 years ago

SA_Democrat (682459) writes "You've probably heard people saying that wind energy doesn't work, well, South Australia would beg to differ. Ongoing investment in wind farms has resulted in wind providing 58% of demand . Australia has a National electricity grid, so excess energy is exported to other states. Of course, in a country this size, the wind is always blowing somewhere."
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