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The Magic of Pallets

theycallmeB Re:Pallet ecosystem (154 comments)

Don't forget plastic stretch wrap: until they get wrapped up tight many pallet load are too dangerous to move more than a few feet and impossible to move over the bumps of a dock plate. Rope, tape, cargo nets and other options can kinda work but the modern pallet freight system would slog down without cheap, disposable (and recyclable) plastic wrap. (Aside: I have been witness to what happens when a Walmart store runs out of pallet wrap. It is... awkward.)

8 hours ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

theycallmeB Re:The directive does not mention google. (237 comments)

The company I work for has a list of "brands we do not advertise" as a result of the agreements we have to buy stuff from the makers of those brands. But when a print ad goes out listing a "Major Name Brand" laundry detergent next to a picture of a big orange jug, everyone still knows its Tide. The oblong yellow box of melting cheese is Velveeta. And a directive to separate search from all the things that help search make money is an attempt to screw Google.

about three weeks ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

theycallmeB Market size effects (376 comments)

I think that many Americans also think that buzzfeed is crap, some are probably outright hostile. Critics have derided it as fluffy and poorly written. But with over 300 million people in the US, you do not have to attract a large share of the population to still end up with a large enough number of people to make a go of things. Particularly if your cost to produce is low and the cost of distribution lower (real example: http://slashdot.org/). But unless you can really minimize your localization costs (like with machine translators rather than real people), then there will not be enough people in the long-tail of the bell curve in a smaller market like France, so you need broader appeal.

But hey, if buzzfeed can manage a higher level of market share in France by sucking less, perhaps they will try something similar on this side of the Atlantic.

about a month ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

theycallmeB Re:False flag ... (98 comments)

Or the Chinese have gotten lazy and/or really smart

about 2 months ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

theycallmeB Re:Apples and Oranges (buses are not cars) (491 comments)

I see a lot of cars driving around 80% empty. To and from work, I must admit that one of them is mine.

about 3 months ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

theycallmeB Given current tensions, ... (157 comments)

the strategic value of satellite navigation and general asshole-erly at the top of the Russian government, I am guessing that Europe's very expensive satellites ended up exactly where Russia wants them.

about 4 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

theycallmeB Re:Banks Love It - They tax you (753 comments)

People point this out a lot, and it is very true, and merchants love to whine about it, but they never point out the costs of handling cash.

You have to count it into the till, make change, balance the till, count and recount your deposit, and then haul it to the bank to deposit and pick up your change order, or pay an armored car service to do it for you. And hope nobody robs you in the meantime, or slips you a bogus $50.

For cards, big stores don't even need to print slips for their records, it is all in the system. For small stores you can just staple the slips together by type and drop them in a box in case someone gets a stick up their butt and decides to audit you.

about 5 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

theycallmeB Re:Seriously? (1146 comments)

The heating coils are there for situations where you want (or that the controller board thinks that you want) a lot of heat right now. Like when somebody manually ups the temperature setting about five degrees. With a heat pump, slow and steady (and a programmable thermostat) wins the race.

1 year,6 days
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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

theycallmeB Re:Shaky? (369 comments)

No, but is an excellent propaganda phrase.

about a year ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

theycallmeB Re:Taxes in the cloud (1215 comments)

What is really 'funny' is that is probably easier for the NSA to get access to your e-filed tax return via your email account than from the IRS directly, and with less oversight.

about a year and a half ago
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Most precise measuring tool I've used ...

theycallmeB Re:Measuring favourites (328 comments)

Fortunately, I can not. Neither can I put an exact temperature to 'hotter than a freshly fornicated female fox in a forest fire.' Some things are simply better left unknown.

about a year and a half ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

theycallmeB Re:It is a broken system (1145 comments)

'Avoirdupois' has nothing to do with mass, or at least nothing to do with mass in the customary system, much as the UK pint has nothing to do with anything expect British pubs.

You are thinking of that bastard unit the pound-mass, defined as the mass that produces one pound force at normal Earth gravity. The true mass unit for the US customary system is the slug which weighs in at 32.2 pounds at normal Earth gravity. Just as a kilogram weighs 9.81 Newtons in Earth gravity. No tweaking required.

And don't forget the metric system's own bastard unit: the kilogram-force. Which, I might add, is far more commonly used than pound-mass, unless all of the metric world's cheap bathroom scales are really sophisticated mass-balances in disguise. And whereas pound-mass is always specifically stated, kilogram-force seems only weakly attached to the force.

about a year and a half ago
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Defense Distributed Has 3D-Printed an Entire Gun

theycallmeB Re:A good thing for reducing gun violence? (712 comments)

While I work in a different department of the store, I still hear the stories in the breakroom and 'mostly rational' is not an accurate description of the now diminished hysteria shown by gun buyers over the past six months.

about a year and a half ago
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FAA To Investigate 787 Dreamliner

theycallmeB Re:Outsourcing Manufacturing (237 comments)

Actually, there are at least two and possibly three different variants of the 787-8 model in commercial service right now. And they won't actually reach the 'final' configuration off the factory floor until somewhere around the 100th airframe. There have been changes to the engines, systems and the airframe itself, some will be retrofitted to the early deliveries during heavy maintenance, others are permanent and adversely affect the fatigue life or range of the aircraft.

And then there are the first few flight test airframes which are so different that Boeing had to abandon its plans to actually deliver them to customers.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Has Been Watching, and It Says You're Getting Used To Windows 8

theycallmeB My experience so far... (675 comments)

is that Win8 is an utter pile of crap. Windows 8 Pro might possibly be less crappy, and is apparently the version all of the pre-release 'you can get used to this' reviews were based on. But from the pointless non-locking lock screen that you can't disable, to the tiles thing to its ridiculous insistence on making documents full screen on a widescreen laptop, regular Windows 8 does nothing but get in the way of user. And I will be darned before I pay Microsoft another penny to remove some of the suckage they went to extra effort to ram in there. And so, my shiny new core i3 laptop is less useful than my 10 year old pentium-m/WinXP system, at least until I get some flavor of linux installed.

And once that happens, Microsoft, know full well that I will not be going back.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon.com: Earth's Biggest Wine Cellar?

theycallmeB Re:"Do Not Deliver to an Intoxicated Peson" (118 comments)

With alcohol, they will indeed wait at your door for you to show some ID, and they have billed the shipper accordingly. UPS at least will make three attempts, waiting each time, and absolutely ignoring any notes saying 'please leave with my neighbor' because that is a know vector for kids trying to get some booze.

About the only thing that was controlled more strictly than wine were the thousands of envelopes known to contain tickets to a big college football bowl game.

more than 2 years ago
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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

theycallmeB Re:Better... (881 comments)

http://www.mittromney.com/
Lots of information there on Romney's policies and ideas.
Why not simply inform yourself, rather than repeat these tiresome and slanted charges planted in your mind by partisan news sources?

Because if his website is anything like the public appearances of Romney himself, it changes content based on the state your IP address maps to.

more than 2 years ago
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Stolen Maple Syrup Found and Returned To Strategic Reserve

theycallmeB Re:Where do the Presidential Candidates stand? (255 comments)

The first debate was supposed to be about domestic concerns. The bacon shortage news originated in Europe, and this maple syrup caper is a product of Canada (also, by the by, a leading exporter of frozen waffles), so you will have to wait until the foreign policy debate to find out where the candidates sit on breakfast table issues.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Our Infrastructure Ready For Rising Temperatures?

theycallmeB Re:News to us in Texas (416 comments)

At DFW the airport runways, taxiways, and parking aprons are also very nearly 100% concrete, not asphalt. Concrete is much more expensive, harder to repair, and the expansion joints can be rather murderous. Which is a point the summary left out: a good asphalt surface has fewer joints that can be split open by snow and ice.

more than 2 years ago
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India Test Fires Long-Range, Nuke-Capable Missile

theycallmeB Re:How Long? (336 comments)

North Korea got nuclear weapons technology from Pakistan, and possibly from China many years ago, not from India. Since India is not, unlike their neighbors to the north-west, bat-shit insane, they probably know that selling asymmetric weapons tech to countries that are bat-shit insane does not advance any of India's political or economic interests. As such they have probably already taken measures comparable to the US or France to secure their project rather than cold calling every drug exporting, famine inducing, hereditary dictatorship in their Rolodex.

And for similar reasons, nobody is any more worked up about this than if France tested a new missile, and maybe even a little less concerned than if the US developed a new ICBM.

more than 2 years ago

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Lunar orbiter images Apollo landing sites

theycallmeB theycallmeB writes  |  more than 5 years ago

theycallmeB (606963) writes "Today NASA released a series of images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) showing 5 of 6 Apollo moon landing sites. Though the LRO has not yet reached its final orbit around the moon there is still a fair amount of detail in the images, including a path left by the Apollo 14 astronauts. Coming just three days before the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing, these pictures are a nice treat. In case of slashdotting, CNET has also has a shortened article here."
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