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You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

grrrl Re:Which one? (315 comments)

for skiing, Seattle

about 4 months ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

grrrl Re:Substrates (195 comments)

Thanks for the info, it has been a while since I talked to anyone who knew anything about commercial growth.

If 8" wafers have those issues then do you think it is then feasible to expect an iPhone screen out of sapphire any time soon?

Or will iPhone screens be thicker and thus can absorb more issues seen in thinner wafers, or do screen-grade sheets simply have a higher tolerance for fault densities and not need to be substrate grade?

about 5 months ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

grrrl Re:Substrates (195 comments)

They will be in a position to strong arm if they get manufacturing cranking, however I don't think the Apple of today would use something like this simply as extreme leverage against a supplier (though some pressure will of course be inevitable).

If they're smart (and don't for a second think they are not) then they really will move forward with this as another development in the American jobs and fabs and labs that they've started with the Made in USA Mac Pro (I'm not even American but I support smart manufacturing to keep an ever-changing creation industry local).

about 5 months ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

grrrl Substrates (195 comments)

Sapphire is not just for external materials, it is also a commonly used substrate for growth of various semiconductors for a range of devices (main substrate for GaN (blue LEDs), silicon on sapphire (SOS) tech). There are many reasons to use it as a substrate (transparent, radiation resistant, excellent thermal conductivity but low electrical conductivity) though some disadvantages which have largely been accounted for (poor lattice match to Si, GaN).

We used to get GaN grown on piddly little 2" sapphire wafers, which were themselves to start with hideously expensive. Growing on larger sapphire wafers is very interesting (think of how most production fabs are geared for 12" Si wafers).

Before you know it you may also find internal components made from material grown on sapphire made by Apple in Apple products.

about 5 months ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

grrrl Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

I've had the same issue with male colleagues who regularly leave at 3pm to pick up their kids.

  It's a business issue, not a gender one.

about 5 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

grrrl Re:well, think about his (408 comments)

Agreed that seeking "medicine" and professional therapy is a bad overall habit.

You could also, rather than nothing, try other things like exercise to make her actually tired, talking it out with a friend who can sleep, a more comfortable environment, a bedroom that is ONLY for sleeping (do homework etc in other rooms of the house), or getting her to read books in bed.
Seriously, I can no longer read two pages in the day before nodding off I have conditioned myself so effectively to sleep after reading.

about 5 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

grrrl Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

In the US, if you use a debit card, it gives you the option of using "debit" or "credit". But that's not entirely true. the choice just determines how you verify: debit to verify with a PIN, credit to verify with a signature. Both come out of your bank account.

It is (or it was - and should still be) be possible to have two accounts on the same card - a debit and a credit (a proper credit account that does NOT have anything to do with your debit account).

In Australia the difference is "Visa debit" versus "Visa" - I think most credit cards that take money out of your debit account have "debit" after the Visa/Mastercard logo on the card.

about 7 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

grrrl Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

You can have a debit card where the "credit" option uses Visa/Mastercard but debits from your cash account (as you suggest).

BUT you can also have a combined debit/credit card where, depending on which account you choose, accesses your cash account (debit) or a "standard" loan-based credit account (credit) which is *not the same as your debit account*.

These are less common now that most banks offer the "credit" access to your debit account, but I do believe it is still possible.

about 7 months ago
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Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

grrrl Re:I've been here awhile (271 comments)

It is NOT about us "grumpy old men" saying "get off my LAN" because we hate change.

Some of us are grumpy old women, you insensitive clod.

about 7 months ago
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Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

grrrl Re:Beta woes (271 comments)

Ditto.

about 7 months ago
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iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

grrrl Re (100 comments)

>http://web.archive.org/web/20000305021033/http://slashdot.org/

oh that page made my heart a flutter

(posting from the beta OMG WTF BBQ)

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

grrrl Re:Here's the $64,000 question (2219 comments)

Can you imagine people sharing your specific posts on their Facebook? O__o

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

grrrl Ponies (2219 comments)

All I want is the ability to have the OMG Ponies theme permanently.

But really, the only reason to change the look of slashdot is to make it less obvious when you're reading it at work. Which you can switch back to classic when you get home.

about 7 months ago
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Ford and GM Open Car Software To Outside Developers

grrrl Re:Why not pause on shift out of park? (82 comments)

Ironically my 1982 car with tape player is more compatible with the latest smartphone than my 1999 car with CD-player with no auxiliary inputs.

At least both of them have standard sized head units that can be changed. There was a period (maybe 2004-2009) where custom head units were all the rage, but they largely lacked iPod or even aux inputs, bluetooth, even mp3 support and they can't be easily updated today. Totally whacko.

Totally agree the car of the future docks your smartphone and off you go. Possibly docks two, if your passenger wants to put their music on ;D

about a year and a half ago
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Ford and GM Open Car Software To Outside Developers

grrrl Re:Why not pause on shift out of park? (82 comments)

If you live where there's no reception then just buy the TomTom app for iPhone. A dedicated GPS isn't anything special.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Denies Leak of Users' Private Messages

grrrl Re:Facebook has changed a LOT (63 comments)

That sucks!

Probably best to go in and delete old private conversations as well.

I'm hardly surprised this has happened given all the changes - they probably changed their scheme for categorising posts/messages/etc a million times. You'd have to think (hope?) it is far less likely that deleted posts/comments/messages suddenly re-appear... but no doubt one-day they will sell the whole lot to data miners before they go under...

about 2 years ago
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Facebook Denies Leak of Users' Private Messages

grrrl Facebook has changed a LOT (63 comments)

funny how our memories are so short - Facebook has changed a LOT in the (relatively) few years it has been running. you did used to have conversations via wall post! there was nothing BUT a person's wall. these days there are far less wall posts on other people's walls because I find the new view doesn't really encourage it, and I find that I post less on other's walls because timeline puts them out in everyone else's view - "you know these people! look, they're talking!! it is relevant to you!!".

most people won't scroll to the end of their own wall let alone anyone else's, but if you do you really can find out a LOT about people. even though Facebook keeps all your data I still try to delete a lot of my old wall when it is no longer relevant.

about 2 years ago
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How I treat my books:

grrrl Re:It really irks me... (171 comments)

the only action that was too much for me (aside from loss) is when I visited my mates house and my book that I had lent him was in the bathroom next to the toilet. YUK!!

I refused to take it back. no, he didn't buy me a new one (and no, we're no longer friends).

about 2 years ago

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