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Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 709

If you think that the people not thinking enough are a problem, then you're the poster child of the kinds of issues that arise from someone overthinking things.

The primary reason why we use ceiling fans is because air movement across skin helps increase evaporation

Nope, the primary reason is exactly what you said in the next sentence:

it distributes the air so the overall temperature becomes more uniform

Pretty much any ventilation system, forced air, even open windows, does a poor job of distributing the cooler air throughout a room, especially in houses. So in a very real way it does make parts of a room cooler than they would otherwise be without the fan.

You also seem to be laboring under the assumption that every house in the world is some kind of ideal, perfectly insulating chamber. This is where your overthinking comes in, I assure you that they are not. The miniscule amount of power consumed by ceiling fans (about 50 watts for the average home's ceiling fan at full speed) is dwarfed by the amount of power from solar irradiation and leakage of heat from the outside.

You're correct in the technical sense, which is only the best kind of correct in cartoons.

Comment Re:Humbug (Score 2) 643

It's starting to get unaffordable in Texas as well: http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews....

It's almost funny that this is happening because people are moving in from California and are used to paying insane prices for housing, and are in more than a few cases even paying over asking prices for housing! Developers have been building up new apartments and neighborhoods like mad and it still hasn't been able to keep up with the demand.

Comment Re:Re-what? (Score 1) 139

Have you tried buying a gift card with a credit card? ... if you try it at a grocery store, they'll deny the purchase.

Yes, I do it all the time, and no it doesn't get denied. The only catch is that if I buy one and put enough money onto it, the POS terminal asks for my DL# for verification.

So I don't know where you got your information from, but it's flat out wrong.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

Meanwhile my VW is only at 63k miles, bought new, and has had to have the intake plenum essentially replaced twice due to excessive carbon buildup, has had the gas cap "door" get stuck shut twice requiring a replacement of the spring loaded part that pops it open both times (this is especially annoying because by the time you notice it, guess what - your gas tank is nearly empty), and had the water pump fail just last week.

Not to mention other annoyances like being unable to replace the rear brake pads on your own without the $300 VW computer tool or without bringing it into a garage or - worse - the dealership.

My Fiat has been trouble-free by comparison, and that is particularly embarrassing when the Italians managed to build a more reliable car than the Germans.

Comment Re:/system/lib/libstagefright* (Score 2) 203

They just haven't been paying attention to their history lessons.

Outlook used to do the same sort of thing, with similar results: it would automatically display emails and certain attachments, and it turns out that some types of media or emails could have had malware embedded in them...

But hey, that was over ten years ago so surely this sort of problem could never come up again, right?

Comment Re:The Dark Age returns (Score 2) 479

Unfortunately I think you'll find that your example won't change any minds because:

1. Creationists won't accept this as an example of evolution. What they're looking to "disprove" is the idea that man evolved from apes, or rather that given time, one kind of animal species will transform into a completely new and distinct species. But in your example the moths are still moths, just in a different color.

2. More seriously you can't fight illogic with logic.

Comment Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 4, Informative) 438

With 3 bits per cell, how long before the data fades?

This is the reliability issue that nobody wants to talk about. I am sure that many others are like myself, with a closet full of old PCs. I like the idea that if I were to pull one out and power it on after having sat unplugged for a span of years, it would still boot (CMOS battery BIOS issues not withstanding) and would still have all of the data I left it with.

SSDs on the other hand won't even guarantee that your data will still be there after *only one year* of being powered off, and as we've dipped below the 34nm process, sometimes SSDs are warranted for even less.

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