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Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

laie_techie Re:Is the expense of electrolysis the main inhibit (113 comments)

The question is: what is a reasonable distance? most EV have that question too.

I would say a "reasonable distance" would cover the daily needs of 90% of the general public. I accept that my needs are atypical, thus I will have to wait for an EV that meets my needs.

about a week ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

laie_techie Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

I'm a farm boy from Michigan. I just like lime jello, and thought it would be funny in the coffee modification thread. Didn't know it was a Utah or Mormon thing. :^)

Utah is in the Jell-O Belt. Utah eats more Jell-O per capita than any other state. I don't know how that started. And it's easy to assume that any aspect of Utah culture might be part of Mormon culture.

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

laie_techie Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

I was wondering about your name for a while. PCC? Been there a couple times.

My wife is from Kaneohe. She's AJA.

And, no, I'm not Mormon, but that was a good line. :^)

I'm a La`ie Boy; graduated from Kahuku High (go Red Raiders!). Relocated to the mainland for work. I assembled my first computer when I was nine, hence techie. Laie Techie was my very first handle, from way back in the 80s. Not too long ago someone on ./ asked if it was the German word for lay person. Small kine.

If you're not Mormon and not from Utah, why the love for lime Jell-O? I must admit I like lime Jell-O with bottled pears or crushed pineapple, but I can't stand lime Jell-O with shredded carrots (shredded carrots and mandarin oranges are great in orange Jell-O, though).

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

laie_techie Re:Yanks drink too much coffee (228 comments)

I can never understand Americans' preoccupation with coffee.

I can never understand Americans' preoccupation with coffee.

It started when England started raising taxes on tea, leading to the Boston Tea Party.

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

laie_techie Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

Not a Mormon here, but also don't do either.

I used to drink coffee, but nowadays it does terrible, terrible things to my digestive tract. Good beer tastes like piss, and bad beer tastes like the result of me drinking coffee, so I don't mind missing out on either. (I actually don't drink because I come from a long line of professional alcoholics, and it completely ruins them.)

I'm (7th generation) Mormon. While I was in Primary (Sunday School for kids), my teacher took us to the temple visitors center to watch Johnny Lingo and gave us coffee candy. I loved the flavor and am still addicted to the aroma, but after I graduated from Primary I even gave up on coffee candy. I wish they had a good quality coffee scented candle (most are worse than chocolate scented ones). I cook with alcohol, but don't drink.

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

laie_techie Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

You are obviously a Mormon.

Not all us Mormons like lime Jell-O, just the Utah variety. Mormons from other states generally make fun of the Utah Mormon culture, while few Mormons from other countries appreciate the difference. For what it's worth, slightly less than 50% of Utahns are Mormon, while more than 50% of Mormons live outside the US and Canada.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

laie_techie Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (528 comments)

TFS mentions high quality video. You're not streaming high quality video with 10 or even 20Mbps.

Netflix recommends 5Mbps for HD streaming, so you are wrong.

When I called Netflix for tech support, they recommended 5MBps for HD streaming. However, their FAQ do say 5Mbps for HD streaming. Also note that they call 720p "HD". As we get more devices connected to the network and higher resolutions become standard, we will need more bandwidth.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

laie_techie Re: TI calculators are not outdated, just overpric (359 comments)

You can't use a tablet on the SAT, probably not on the ACT, and definitely not in the classroom.

Maybe this is showing my age, but I wasn't allowed to use a calculator on the ACT

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

laie_techie Re:Where's the "yes but never got caught" option (231 comments)

I was the quiet one in elementary and high school. I was known to be a brainiac, but was never caught doing anything wrong. I won't admit to anything specific here because most of it remains unsolved and I'm unsure of statute of limitation. Some of the biggest things I did involved chemistry. I created various small explosive devices trying to find the best formula for fire ball size, combustion speed, and noise level (one of my babies was heard five miles away). I was well versed in safety so no one ever got hurt. Computer wise, I wrote a program to help a teacher recover his password to the grading system. I was the one in th eclass who had the smarts to change grades, but I got high marks without resorting to that.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

laie_techie Re:Squeal (231 comments)

I made a device in my electronics class in high school that would periodically emit a very high pitch squeal for about five seconds. High frequencies are very difficult to locate so you could hide it almost anywhere in a room and it would drive people nuts.

Sounds like the annoy-a-thon from ThinkGeek.

about two weeks ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

laie_techie Re:Official Vehicles (261 comments)

"if traffic is going fast, you probably should go fast, too"

NO NO NO. For fuck sake. NO.

You do not have the privilege to speed just because everyone else thinks they do as well.

I'm assuming you're from the US? If that's a widespread mentality then no wonder you road toll is so high. Oh yeah, it is, good luck not being killed on the road dick head.

I am from the US, as it happens, but the same applies to all countries. Most traffic accidents occur when one vehicle goes substantially faster or slower than the general flow of traffic. You should try to safely match the traffic's velocity. Yes, you do need to adjust driving distances based on velocity and road conditions. No, if a single car is going 20mph over the speed limit it doesn't mean you should, too; However, if 90-95% of vehicles are going 10mph over the speed limit (very common here as cops rarely give speeding tickets if the infraction is 10mph or less), then you should try to match.

about three weeks ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

laie_techie Re:Official Vehicles (261 comments)

Besides, who cares how your speeding is detected? If you're speeding you're speeding. There's no "it's ok as long as I don't get caught"-clause.

I agree with you 98%. The system must detect if it's on public roads or private property, and also the flow of traffic (if traffic is going fast, you probably should go fast, too). I agree that our laws need to be obeyed even if there's little chance of getting caught.

about three weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

laie_techie Re:So? Old news. (53 comments)

All we need is for white people to be at risk and the investment will be there:

http://www.theonion.com/articl...

Being White doesn't cut it; you need to be rich. BTW, why don't people give rich Blacks as much grief as they give rich Whites?

about three weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

laie_techie Re:So? Old news. (53 comments)

Success in a test tube and/or monkeys doesn't mean much as far as hope for a drug viable for humans. After all, the trials for Tekmira's drug are on hold by the FDA due to safety concerns ( http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ho... ).

I don't know how to ethically do human trials for this. With monkeys, they infect them with the virus, then give the vaccine and see if the animal develops symptoms. Would we knowingly and purposefully infect humans with Ebola? Or are there enough people out there who have been exposed within three days and are as of yet symptom free? The particular strain of Ebola they tested with has a mortality rate of 90% - too high to responsibly give someone.

about a month ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

laie_techie Re: No no no. (138 comments)

How do you feel about the Latter Day Saints?

Wait... that isn't a parody religion too?

The Latter Day Saints Movement was never meant as a parody religion. Joseph Smith Jr truly believed what he preached. He saw inconsistencies among the various Christian sects of the day and the King James Translation of the Bible. What Joseph taught was supposed to remedy that; it was never meant to be taken as a work of fiction, or used to parody the mainstream. Whether he taught eternal truth is a matter of faith. I believe, you probably don't. Let's live and let live.

As another poster pointed out, the Flying Spaghetti Monster was created as a strawman to religion. The idea of the FSM is so ridiculous that no one would take it seriously, but there's just as much scientific evidence for this fantasy as for the creation stories of religions. People invoke the name of the FSM to mock treating religion as science, and to laugh at all blind faith.

Another modern example of a created religion is the Jedi movement. Jedi groups have a philosophy based on a fictional movie. We can trace down the origins. The creator is still alive and doesn't claim it was meant to become a religion.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Confessions

laie_techie Re:I wonder when... (234 comments)

Hell, they do that already, at least for their business accounts. I wanted static IPs so I bought a business account for my home. Every month or two I get a letter in the mail from Comcast offering "a free account review!" How kind of them to offer to upsell me for no extra charge, lol.

I have residential cable and business internet (yeah, for static IP). Every month or two, Comcast residential calls me up to get me to sign up for internet, and Comcast Business calls me to sell me cable TV. Both want me to sign up for phone service, too.

about 2 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

laie_techie Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (317 comments)

I'm actually surprised people still have CDs. My first gen ipod touch is smaller than a CD box and fits much more, plus I can easily change the contents when I bring it back home for a recharge/sync. For the record, still lasts about 10 days of playback in the car (omg battery not replaceable!).

While it's getting better, MP3s you legally buy have relatively low bitrates. With a CD, I can rip based on my requirements and limitations. For example, I can determine if space or quality is more important, given the storage size and qualities of my speakers. I still buy CDs to have a physical back-up in case of HD failure, and to be able to rip to a newer technology in the future.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

laie_techie Re:Advantages? (146 comments)

And you can to this at the application layer. You do not need a firewall to restrict service to particular clients.

You seriously expect every piece of software to act as its own firewall, instead of a system-wide firewall?

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

laie_techie Re:Advantages? (146 comments)

If an application doesn't need to listen for connections, it shouldn't open a port. A firewall won't make any difference here. If an application does need to listen for connections the firewall will need to let them through. Again, the firewall doesn't help - at least not at the level of sophistication you'd see in a home router's firewall.

Except I want my legal music collection to be accessible to computers within my home (DLNA server), but if external computers have access (without use of a VPN), I may be guilty of illegal sharing. Ditto for other things which should be available on a LAN, but not be public facing.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

laie_techie Re:Advantages? (146 comments)

Frankly there's no excuse for any modern software to be vulnerable even if connected directly to the internet with no firewall. This isn't 2003 any more, and in any case it's commonplace for computers to be connected to all sorts of untrusted networks such as public wifi. So anything that assumes "a firewall will take care of it" is utterly irresponsible.

I think you misspoke. It's irresponsible to think an external firewall will take care of it, so every computer / virtual machine should have its own. However, it's asking for trouble to allow untrusted traffic to arrive to any software. Just being accessible opens it up for a DDoS attack.

about 2 months ago

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