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Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 283

From what it reads, it only works when someone cuts the lock with an angle grinder, meaning it may be something that is ignited by heat in order to work, plenty of circumstances where such ignition could be severely delayed (eg. in cold climates). If it's just compressed gas, any sort of metal issues (fatigue, bad welds or rust) or impact could release it (eg. if the biker gets hit by a car).

Terrorism charge is the first thing that springs to mind what you'd get charged with if this gas either intentionally or accidentally gets released in a public area (such as a bike stand).

I doubt it is a heat triggered mechanism, more like simple cheap dumb solution; the likely mode of suspected failure is cutting through the D loop which is probably just hollowed out with pressurised gas in it. If it is that the problem is the method of failure for most is they are popped out with portable bottle jacks NOT angle grinders. It just tears out where the Dloop end mates with the end bar if it is anything like normal locks, so it is just as insecure. I have a very expensive bike and never had a problem as I know there is no such thing as thief proof lock.

My bike is very expensive custom I built to spec I needed from scratch and my lock is decent but I know full well it wont stop thieves, the independent tests show it is highly rated because it will just slow down thieves around 60seconds if they are good. With that in mind I only leave it unattended for short periods in places know; pro thieves go equipped but tend to check particular spots I'd not leave my bike at. If there are a few other bikes that can be taken in 10seconds they'll take them before mine especially in high traffic areas as they are worse than very isolated places for pro thieves generally, opportunists take much longer and can't deal with locks as fast or at all due to equipment and oft wont steal it in full view of public like a pro thief will without raising eyebrows of some passers by (people don't give a shit most the time though).

My antitheft device design would work much better (this is a joke btw I've not really rigged this). Carry a customised seatpost with crappy seat (heat treatable steel tubing is cheap), shim post as needed to accomodate the frame, put a block with crude firing pin inside the frame seattube and as big a gauge you can get shotgun slug inside the seatpost. Loosen the seatpost bolt just enough that it gives but only when weight is on it. Obviously joking (shotgun slugs aren't available here unlike shot) but it'd stop them stealing plus you'd have an audible alert when it was taken so you could get the bike back for the price of a hose down and new sacrificial seat (again this is totally tongue in cheek don't do this. Forgetting to swap to your proper seat would also be worse than the legal problems of doing this). TL DR use better than average lock, don't leave your bike unattended for long time, in hotspots or very isolated or sketchy places. Low hanging fruit tends to be the main target.

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 1) 250

That doesn't help all the people who bought HP before they knew this "feature" would activate at a later date.

in fairness most who actually research a printer will steer clear of them as HP are one of the worst and have been for a long time, it is folks who bought it due to sale price or it was the first thing they saw in store etc who'd been burned most likely. Canon and Epson are the only two in the game really and even then you need to research and be careful what you install. With decent aftermarket ink and good resetter etc the right printers from those two companies tend to be fine for their life. I've been through several canon ip4500/4600/4700 that I've printed massive amounts through to the point I had to replace them due to not being worth servicing past a certain point; I'd change waste ink pad and use fw hacks, new print heads and so on a couple of times before death but cheap enough to replace once they are knackered. My pro-10 is still doing fine but I steered clear of the next model up I was going to get as the Pro-1 waste ink and the extra greys didn't make a difference big enough to put up with that. Similar things with epson and some I've dealt with in past or friends who run them are a dream with CIS setups but some models are nightmare to operate like that.

Comment Re:When is epson's turn? (Score 1) 250

Just buy lasers, people.

It really is as simple as that. Why anybody would suffer an inkjet in their house is beyond comprehension.

For photos use any one of the millions of photo printing services out there. You'll get better results, better paper, etc. Does anybody even print photos since we have smartphones?

If you work in graphic design and spend all day long printing photos then fair enough. Get an inkjet. The rest of the world should avoid them like the plague.

you don't get better results and paper from any I've seen apart from the VERY expensive gallery mount services who use the same papers I tend to use. For documents and standard disposable printouts inhouse is needed and it is convenient (I use canon ip4700's mainly with aftermarket ink). For my photos I use precisioncolor aftermarket ink in a canon pro-10 and print on ilford gold FB silk. No way I can get photos printed on paper like that with a gamut like that with no fade issue for a similar price esp 13"x19" size which cost me around £3 a print at home but few hundred £ from places that do similar/same paper giclee prints. Most pro printshops print photos on cheap paper like fuji crystal archive, insta-dry microporous style papers are not better apart from fast turnarounds, most places tend to use high OBA papers to give impression of high dmax BUT that wont last with time. A decent alphacellulose or cotton rag paper done right will keep the colours, all of mine look as good as when I printed them (after they dried) despite being mounted for years.

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

I used HP printers for years starting with a LaserJet II. From about 2000 on, they were nothing but trouble, constant cartridge errors, clogs, etc. With both OEM and non-OEM ink. One with a scanner had the scanner self-destruct after about 20 page scans. About 5 years ago, I bought a canon. It's been through about 150 non-OEM cartridges. It's sat idle for a month and it's printed 200 photos in a day. And it works like a dream every time. This isn't really a plug for Canon, but HP is just so unbelievably bad. Nobody should buy their printers.

Canon have similar shitty tricks, you're right on them being miles better than HP or lexmark for that matter. Canon and epson are the only two with more good than bad but they both have issues. My main printer is a Canon Pro-10 (precisioncolor aftermarket ink refilling of oem carts) for photos and 13"x19" stuff and I also have a few ip4600 and ip4700's and still use the latter model. The general low ends like the IP4700 have issues with excessive cleaning cycles though despite using oem carts and good resetter, some claim it is much worse if detects 3rd party carts or disable the ink monitor (it isn't optical these days). Nasty habit of spraying out half the cart in cleaning cycles in short period for no real reason.

The pro-10 is MUCH better and only downside is it wont manage ICC profiles it printer for the paper I want in borderless mode (I use ilford gold silk mostly) BUT I disabled printer management and do it all in software with full 10bit start to end workflow and it is perfect. It isn't the cost difference between models though as I stayed away from the Pro-1 as many say it is MUCH worse on ink hogging/wasting for no percievable difference in prints despite extra greys.

Comment Re: Not a nice way to die (Score 1) 429

CO2 is toxic?

Yes. CO2 forms carbonic acid when it is dissolved in water, and acidifies the blood to lethal levels when above about 7%. With conditioning you can tolerate slightly higher levels.

No. You're talking MONOXIDE.

CO is much more toxic than CO2, but either can kill you.

CO2 only deprives the air of usual ratio of oxygen, and is not notice in itself.

No. This is wrong. If you add 7% CO2, you still have about 18% O2, which is more than enough for a healthy person. It is the CO2 that kills you, not the absence of oxygen.

CO2 is taken in by the body despite what highschool ed may say. It is how the blood acidity is regulated as well as important in some other ways. We actually have receptors for that and breathing too much throws things due to that not just mere O2 displacement. You can look up the full process in something like Stryer if you're interested, mine is an old 4th edition (isbn 0716720094) as long time since I used it for study (BSc Biochem) but you can probably find a digital version or more recent edition cheap enough if it interests you.

Comment Re:Not a nice way to die (Score 1) 429

I'm with you, don't give two shits about rats. Good riddance.

Anyone who wants to defend the rats, then surely must feel the same about roaches, so lets just fill their houses with roaches and rats and we'll call it the roach and rat reserve.

wtf are you on about talk about missing the point, they didn't say something like don't kill them and infestations make lovely house pets, they claimed there are more humane ways to kill them cheaply. What don't use understand about that, you response is relevant to a completely different conversation. It is called civilisation. If you start drawing lines between what does and doesn't deserve humane death and what circumstanced that species qualifies for it things get messy compared to blanket respect for anything you cull. Sure some thing need culling we GET that, but doing it in a humane manner is not an unreasonable request in educated civilised societies. If you're gonna argue back, play devils advocate or whatever at least make sure you're making fucking sense first.

Comment Re:Goodbye Quality (Score 1) 69

I'm not confident this won't just result in Saitek being pilfered for engineers and then allowed to stagnate or close, while we are still stuck with Logitech quality. I have had a number of lousy experiences with Logitech gaming devices. Most recently, a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro that developed an annoying permanent yaw to the left, for which calibration has not worked to solve or alleviate. Of course, Windows 10 borked calibration, but still...similar experiences with several other Logitech sticks.

Now mice, that's a different story. Logitech makes a good basic mouse. I've got a few that are 10+ year old laser mice that still work just fine.

I've had issues with their mice, razer and corsair too. Only company whos mice work perfect for me are Mionix. Opening mice up I notice most are not made to be repaired but mionix ones although aren't made for that are designed in a way swapping a switch to differentactuation pressure or changing cable for shorter one etc are easier than a few other brands. Only issue I actually had with my stock naos 7000 was the middle button jammed hence opened it up but it was fine, just some crap had got in the hole hence the jam. I noted how easy the insides would be to mod but not felt the need yet. Usually I have to swap switches or recable due to it breaking easy on other brands. Also the software is good. Stay away from the 8200 laser models though as they are more expensive and not as good as the avago optical sensor ones. Only company I found who get the most from that sensor with no built in -/+ accel and so on.

As for sticks I haven't used logitech but most sticks are rubbish aside from CH and VKB. I like twist so went with a Cobra M5 (vkb design but defender makes it unlike the other higher end vkb sticks) and highly recommend them for the price especially if you want to tweak stuff. The sensors are 2 per axis so you don't get that yaw issue as sticks wear due to 1 sensor with a +/- setting. You can swap out the controller so can support more switches and toggles etc whatever you want (upgrade is njoy32 based), also change the twist sensor (pot) to a mag one. The Warthog is a bad stick imho due to flimsy plastic gimbal, good engineering plastic would have been better but it is abs or something, sim forums have worrying threads on warhogs breaking. VKB sticks either have metal gimbal or in case of M5 you can get gimbal upgrades. If you have cash get a Fat Black Mamba instead (yeah sounds like a sex toy I know).

Comment Re: Shocking! (Score 1) 527

It's also worth mentioning that HFCS is not all fructose.

HFCS is about 5% more fructose than table sugar. Whoopee shit. Replacing sucrose with HFCS is not the problem. The problem is [still] replacing vegetable oil. Oil spoils and goes rancid, which means things made out of fats have short shelf lives. So they replace the fats with HFCS, which has a similar textural result in the finished product, and they kill the sweetness with citric acid. Citric acid is one of those things that's lovely for you in small quantities, and causes gastrointestinal distress in large ones. So for the sake of shelf life, the processed food industry is willing to give you heartburn and diabetes (we know beyond any doubt that excessive sugar intake can at least bring on if not actually cause Type II diabetes.)

The other big problem with processed foods is divorcing sugar from enzymes in food. Eating a piece of fruit raises your insulin levels much less than drinking pasteurized fruit juice because the enzymes help to break down the sugar. You can actually buy cultured fruit enzymes to add to your fruit juice... or just eat the goddamned fruit. Oh, but that doesn't keep on the shelf for a year and a half...

the type II caused by sugar was revised some time back. Don't get me wrong there is a link and it seems to be a trigger but genetics and other things play bigger role in causing. I know as there was a big issue when I was still a student (late 90's biochem BSc) because one of the old close to retirement lecturers was refusing to change what he had been teaching in previous decades despite modern research showed it was likely wrong and sugar wasn't a cause (but is related to it thus the original mistake of labelling it the cause). Also the thing with fruit isn't just enzymes but fibre and macrostructure, think of slow dissolving "modified release" drug that are often pearled large grains. They break down slow in the digestive system. Not if you powdered them and ate them they will be taken up much much faster. That is why juice has higher GI. A lot of the enzyme difference etc is BS made to sell people stuff. Yeah some things can make a difference but often not what is claimed, and also out of context of nature adding stuff often wont work hence a lot of vit suppliments aren't taken up by the body.

Comment Re: Shocking! (Score 1) 527

Fructose is far worse than glucose, so any sugar with a higher percentage of fructose, (such as HFCS), has measurably worse health effects. Evidence is here, and many other places as well. All it took was a quick Google search for "fructose glucose liver", and a click on the third link. But then, I've been following this for a while, so I knew what to look for. The bottom line is that glucose is used by every cell in the body, whereas fructose can only be processed by the liver. Excessive consumption leads to liver disease almost exactly like that caused by excessive alcohol consumption, whereas excessive glucose consumption does not. There is also evidence that consumption of fructose in concentrations common in the current North American diet actually increases appetite. So yes, all sugars can lead to increased body fat through excessive calorie consumption; but fructose, in more than limited amounts, messes with the body's metabolism in ways that both cause more damage and more inflammation, and make weight gain more likely. The effects of fructose in causing obesity and poor health go far beyond its mere caloric content.

Be careful searching as there is a LOT of bullshit surrounding hfcs vs sugar. Yeah only glucose feeds direct into Krebs cycle. Been a while since I finished my degree (Biochem BSc in late 90's) but things haven't changed biochemically since then. What has changed is a bit more studies on certain sugars having a harder impact on body function and you're right fructose is one. Taken out of context of nature (eg. fruits) it is worse as no fibre etc to slow down its uptake. Now the stuff about obesity and it is turned into fat is BS. Only 1 or 2% of human fat at most tends to come from that route and although we have that pathway we don't use it unlike the likes of ruminants. What does happen is because muscles prefer fats for energy production at rest if you have high blood sugar level all the time the body never switches to rest mode and saves the fats for after the blood sugar is normal. Many people have bad diet so never eating into glycogen nor fat reserves. This is over simplicifation somewhat but can answer in more detail if it helps. Obviously we need some glucose in blood even at rest as fats wont cross blood brain barrier thus brain uses glucose as energy source.

Also there is a lot of sucrose vs hfcs and people forget sucrose splits quick and yields fructose too so isn't comparable to glucose either (prob know it is disaccharide made of glucose-fructose) although you could argue it is only half as bad. Even high glucose diet is bad from point of view you never burn up fats at rest and eat into glycogen in exercise. Basically stressing pancreas which is constantly mopping up excess blood sugar and living off this glucose in blood and never touching stores. Part the reason refined sugar is bad is the spikes in blood sugar. Something with fibre to slow the uptake and complex carbs that take much longer to split and convert to glucose (eg. not stuff like potato) .

Comment Re:Good ole ink (Score 1) 294

I just use a black marker to darken the surface. You can essentially black them out or leave a little light passing through.

I tend to use some ND gel to darken it to the level I want so it is just the right level of visibility. Worst is my canon pro-10 printer and my card reader (front panel mounted) which light the room up in darkness to the point they can keep me awake (I have DSPD). After sticking ND gel over stuff problem solves without affecting functionality. You can stack and get multistop gel, half and quarter stop so could really fine tune if cared that much (I don't). Cost is negligable, ask photographers/hobbyists as they are likely to have some they've give you for free as it is so cheap and a single small sheet would do a whole house of electronics for life probably.

Comment Re: Single use? (Score 1) 761

All my family's iPhone earbuds are still unopened as well, even going back to the older ones wrapped in a plastic band instead of a case. Never used, not once. The reason for that is the quality is so crappy they're unusable.

apple uses average DACs even in dedicated DAP/PMP not just phones, not great but they are not the worst. They tend to use below average headphone amps in anything capable of audio output though. Hooking them into analytical gear you'll see that apple is mediocre for audio with pretty much all their products so the stock buds being awful is no surprise. Problem is even with my average headphones (vsonic gr07) apple stuff sucks compare dto what I can get for similar money elsewhere.

Comment Re:Imagine the stupidity of the average person (Score 1) 156

Some are even dumb enough to think that "average" only means "mean", and that a median isn't a kind of average...

oh if only I had mod points, never when I neeed them most. Please upvote this if you have some, getting tired of people thinking just that. From assumed majority science/IT educated community it worries me

Comment Re:Maybe Elliot hacked uTorrent and had their sour (Score 1) 118

I am really baffled by the consultant suggesting uTorrent for such an elite character. Really, what is the chance of an elite super paranoid libertarian anonymous hacker to be using Evil closed sourced rootkit ridden software? I would understand seeing that scene from Angela's screen, but Elliot? Really?

A simple rule of thumb for screenwriters: ELLIOT USES ONLY OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE. PERIOD.

The only twist that would salvage this mess is if Elliot hacked uTorrent, got their source code and compiled his own version.

I suspect the choice of client was from one of the other none techie writers who chose it because of the popularity so it was what they are familiar with. Doubt the tech consultant (who has been upgraded to writer now I heard) would if their history is true (industry consultant including for fbi) and because of how accurate in general the rest is; save for the gnome better than kde comment, tried using gnome and forks so many times since '98ish and I can't see why people love it so much, but admittedly it isn't technical thing but preference thing just got me the way it was stated like fact when I don't know any friends or family who prefer gnome and forks over alternatives.

Comment Re:don't trust uTorrent (Score 1) 118

Do you have a suggestion for a different client? I originally chose Torrent, because it was lightweight and unobtrusive, but those qualities have been lost over time, but I just don't use it often enough to be assed to go do the research on a new client, myself.

most I know switched to likes of deluge and is what I use on my linux box but I've been using tixati on my windows box for some time now and much prefer it in many ways.

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