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Research Shows E-Cigs Might Be As Good For Quitting As Nicotine Patches

el_gordo101 Re:Might be? (314 comments)

This is the story with me as well, it has become more of a hobby than an addiction to nicotine. If you mix your own liquid, there is an element of chemistry involved (PG/VG ratios, nicotine content, flavorings, all mixed with pipettes and beakers), if you roll your own coils you need to be aware of Ohms law and battery discharge rates, and there are all the new shiny new mods to buy, collect, and trade with your friends. Even if you run around buying all of the latest mods, tanks, and atomizers out there, you are still saving a ton over smoking just due to the outrageous taxes placed on tobacco. It is the perfect hobby for a nerd that wants to consume nicotine in a safer manner. Being around longer for my kids, the health benefits, and cost savings over smoking tobacco products were my main reasons to switch initially, but I find that I am simply enjoying the activity of vaping as well.

about a year ago
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Research Shows E-Cigs Might Be As Good For Quitting As Nicotine Patches

el_gordo101 Re:second hand e-smoke (314 comments)

I know you are going for funny, but e-cigs actually use either propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, or a combination of both. Both of these substances are listed as GRAS, generally regarded as safe for consumption by the FDA.

about a year ago
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MIT Algorithm Predicts Red Light Runners

el_gordo101 Re:Body Language (348 comments)

Interesting to me is when I am in traffic and I think "That guy wants to cut me off" or "This guy wants to get the jump on me when the light turns green". Sometimes I can point to a behavior and say 'there's the tip-off', but often as not I just get a feel that they're driving aggressively. The automotive body language is (perhaps) emitted and read unconsciously.

Some info about that would have been interesting.

Ya, me too. The usual tip off for me is that they are driving a Nissan Maxima or Ultima. I don't know what it is about these two cars that turn normal law-abiding people into road-rage inducing jerks.

more than 2 years ago
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'Invisible Glass' Solves Screen Reflection Problems

el_gordo101 Re:Cool, how durable is it? (216 comments)

A bit off-topic, but I have found that using a very mild dish-soap and water to clean my glasses and drying with a soft cloth or paper-towels helps to preserve the anti-glare coating. I used to use Windex to clean them but found that it just ate up the ant-glare coating. The worst thing you can do is to use your shirt-tail to wipe your lenses clean, might as well take a piece of steel-wool to them.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Employees End Strike

el_gordo101 Re:Sounded like a Verizon corporate press release (591 comments)

Remember, this is about the wired telephone service wing of Verizon.

It's not just the consumer old-school copper phone line workers that were striking, but those from the FIOS and Business (phone, data) areas as well. Both of these are VERY profitable for Verizon, but the spin the company put on was "oh noes, we are losing money because people are moving to wireless". The workers involved are key in these two areas and Verizon knows it. The two unions involved are well aware of the drop in land-line plan old copper and have negotiated in the past to move workers from that part of the company to the FIOS/corporate areas as they have seen tremendous growth in recent years. Don't believe the corporate hype.

more than 2 years ago
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With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

el_gordo101 Re:Darker going in than coming out. (840 comments)

No, he is correct. Hefeweizens are lighter wheat-based beers, but they are unfiltered so there is a good amount of yeast and sediment in the bottle, making the beer quite opaque.

more than 3 years ago
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Using Crowdsourcing To Identify Vancouver Rioters

el_gordo101 Re:Wow (397 comments)

No chance to celebrate, no chance to riot. Which didn't stop a Bruins fan from being killed, incidentally, but apparently no one's bothering to cover that. Apparently sports fans being killed in Boston is no longer news, it's just the status quo.

Link please, I had not heard of anyone being killed in Boston. There were some vague rumors of a Bruins fan being killed in Vancouver, but that seems to be unfounded as well. The Boston police did respond in force after the win, which seemed to keep things relatively calm in the city. Calling them jack-booted thugs is a bit over the top. Boston police do not put up with any hooliganism since the Victoria Snelgrove incident in 2004 and will preemptively quell anything of the sort. It seems that the police in Vancouver were ill-prepared, hence the situation getting out of hand so quickly.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Jonathan Coulton About the Transformation From Code Monkey to Internet Star

el_gordo101 Slashdotted (122 comments)

Jonathan, how does it feel to have you site slashdotted just minutes after your slashdot interview goes live? Does slashdot or Geeknet offer any sort of compensation to replace your poor little melted-to-slag web server?

more than 3 years ago
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7.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Japan; Tsunami Alert Issued

el_gordo101 Re:Fastest slashdot story ever! (313 comments)

Center click (default action _should_ be open link in new tab) is also disabled and double-center-click does nothing either (FF 4.0).

more than 3 years ago
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Massive SQL Injection Attack Compromises 380K URLs

el_gordo101 Re:Sweet story bro (117 comments)

Same with ASP.NET, parametrized SQL queries are built into the ADO.NET model. Of course, some dumbass developer could be concatenating a SQL command using the raw input data without scrubbing it and running the command against the DB. Old school Active Server Pages have no such feature and any data-scrubbing had to be done in a separate function.

more than 3 years ago
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Massive SQL Injection Attack Compromises 380K URLs

el_gordo101 Re:Sweet story bro (117 comments)

After a cursory glance at the search results of infected pages, I saw the following file types:
Microsoft Active Server Pages (.asp)
Microsoft ASP.NET (.aspx)
Java Server Pages (.jsp)
Cold Fusion (.cfm)

Seems mostly aimed towards .asp and .aspx pages, but I would venture to guess that any web app that doesn't scrub the form input data would be vulnerable.

more than 3 years ago
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The Car Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

el_gordo101 Re:Lessee here ... (405 comments)

Look very closely at the user name/UID of the person to which he is replying and I think you will see what metrix007 is referring to.

more than 3 years ago
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Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon

el_gordo101 Re:to echo a commenter on TFA.... (322 comments)

You could use a mirror set at 45 degrees to redirect the sunlight onto the panel, something like this:

/_ <~~~~(sunlight)

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Drops 10,000 911 Calls During Blizzard

el_gordo101 Re:Que the "Can you hear me now" jokes (300 comments)

The quote from Bloomberg in the headline actually did say Wireless (emphasis mine):

"US regulators said Verizon Communications Inc.'s networks may have dropped a 'truly alarming' number of wireless emergency calls during a snow storm last month, and asked the carrier to investigate."

That said, if you have a land-line with Verizon FIOS, you would also be S.O.L. if the power went out for any length of time as the fiber gear has a battery backup that is only good for about five hours. In fact, I used this to my advantage during one of this winter's storms where we lost power and sought out shelter at my fathers' house. I would call my land-line from my cell and if the call went directly to voice mail, I knew the power was still out. Once I heard the phone ring, I knew the power was back up and running.

more than 3 years ago
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Voting Machines Selecting Default Candidates

el_gordo101 Re:I abstain (794 comments)

So, he deliberately chooses not to do that which would give him the right to vote.

Correct, that is his choice.

And just how is that discriminatory, or a failure on the part of the US?

It is not, nor did I say it was.

That's his choice, and he has continually made that same choice for decades.

Exactly, as I stated in my post.

Your father just doesn't value the right to vote enough to do what it takes to become a citizen. However, I don't see how holding dual citizenship would deny his national heritage. Becoming a US citizen does not destroy or revoke any previous citizenship.

Dual citizenship is kind of a grey, murky area. Technically, under US law, there is no such thing as dual citizenship as you are required to renounce your allegiances to any foreign flag when you naturalize. In reality, this is rarely enforced. As I stated in my original post, this is a choice that my father has made, knowing full well what the ramifications are. My point was that here is a man that has been a productive member of society, worked his entire life, always paid his fair share, always followed the law, and served in the US military. I don't think giving him a vote would be such a terrible thing.

more than 3 years ago
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Voting Machines Selecting Default Candidates

el_gordo101 Re:I abstain (794 comments)

Maine for one. In fact, until the 1920s, many states allowed legal immigrants to vote in state elections. I don't see this a being particularly outrageous, actually. My father, for example, has been a resident alien (aka green card holder) in the US since the 1950s. He has a social security number, pays federal and state income taxes, social security taxes, local property taxes, automobile excise taxes, etc. Hell, he was drafted and served in the US army, but he cannot vote. He fully understands that he could very easily become a US citizen and earn that right, but he chooses instead to hang on to his national heritage.

more than 3 years ago
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The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

el_gordo101 Re:Keyboard (715 comments)

Agreed. I just replaced a keyboard in my little Acer Aspire One. New keyboard was $18 US shipped and the whole replacement process took me 5 minutes to do, and that included opening the box the part shipped in.

more than 3 years ago
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Security Guards, Alarm Companies Object to Australia's National Fiber Network

el_gordo101 Re:But on he other hand (156 comments)

Speaking with my brother-in-law who is a FIOS installer, Verizon is leaving the old copper up nowadays instead of pulling it like they did in the past. I think this is more of a labor-saving measure than anything else, but it does leave the option of falling back to POTS/copper if need be. I believe they do rip out the termination box for the copper, though, so there would be some work if you needed to roll back.

more than 3 years ago

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