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Forum: Other topics Today, 12:06 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,390
Posted By ERD50
Agree that many things don't last as long as they...

Agree that many things don't last as long as they should. I'm not sure it is the chips, I suspect buttons and connections, etc. And the fact that many electronics are upgraded faster than in the...
Forum: Other topics Today, 11:46 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,006
Posted By ERD50
I seem to recall that while this is cleaner, it...

I seem to recall that while this is cleaner, it uses up a lot of energy in the conversion. So on the mining side, we will need to mine more coal, with those environmental impacts, for the same energy...
Forum: Other topics Today, 08:02 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,390
Posted By ERD50
paraphrasing.... 1) Even though they're...

paraphrasing....

1) Even though they're less capable and ...

2) as an option cost 3-4 times as much as the best Garmin GPS,

I'll probably think twice about getting an in car nav system...
Forum: Other topics Today, 07:43 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,390
Posted By ERD50
There are GPS apps that allow you to download the...

There are GPS apps that allow you to download the maps while on wifi and store them. The directions are calculated by the device just like the portable GPS units.

No cell connection required, no...
Forum: Other topics Today, 07:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 284
Posted By ERD50
That might warp the benefit/effort ratio too low!...

That might warp the benefit/effort ratio too low! ;)

Clever idea, can't hurt to try it. Don't expect miracles (hopefully, no one is!), with the speaker already mounted in the device, and no real...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 02:18 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,528
Posted By ERD50
:laugh: But then I couldn't sleep at night....

:laugh:

But then I couldn't sleep at night. So I'll pass, even if I do come up with such a 'fantastic' idea!

-ERD50
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 02:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,006
Posted By ERD50
.Didn't that already happen? ;D ...[/QUOTE] ...

.Didn't that already happen? ;D ...[/QUOTE]

You missed my point. It made sense to buy an expensive, bulky 'lugable' computer in the 1980's if you had a need for it that justified the expense and...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 01:49 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,528
Posted By ERD50
Emotional versus Logical thinkers?

Emotional versus Logical thinkers? : Yes, I find it surprising, and as I alluded earlier, dangerous and unsettling. If this many people were actually willing to put up their own money on this...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 10:05 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,006
Posted By ERD50
It is certainly complicated, so I can't speak...

It is certainly complicated, so I can't speak with any authority, but coal does strike me as a pretty awful thing from an environmental view. In very general terms, burning it creates more of just...
Forum: Other topics 07-27-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,528
Posted By ERD50
I have a minute, so I'll take a stab at it. ...

I have a minute, so I'll take a stab at it.

It is interesting and it might have some niche applications that make sense. But the law of conservation of energy tells me this can't create any...
Forum: Other topics 07-27-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By ERD50
The info REWahoo posted about the 'Movie Box'...

The info REWahoo posted about the 'Movie Box' site specifically mentioned 'public domain' movies. Does that apply to 'Pegleg'?

I think I've seen some apps/sites that try to play a cat/mouse game...
Forum: Other topics 07-25-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,528
Posted By ERD50
OK, I can't help myself... The earlier video...

OK, I can't help myself...

The earlier video did a good job of busting the idea of using panels to melt snow, but they used big, country-wide numbers, and I think that loses perspective. So let's...
Forum: Other topics 07-25-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,528
Posted By ERD50
No, it is not all speculation. It is a fact...

No, it is not all speculation. It is a fact (geometry anyone?) that a panel laying flat will absorb less solar energy than one angled to the Sun.

It is a fact that a car parked over a solar panel...
Forum: Other topics 07-25-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,528
Posted By ERD50
You need to understand, the thinking has already...

You need to understand, the thinking has already been done. Solar photo-voltaic panels have been around a long time. They are understood and characterized. There is more than 30 years of 'thinking'...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 07-24-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,196
Posted By ERD50
Yes, even disconnecting the battery (for any...

Yes, even disconnecting the battery (for any reason) can reset the codes and require you to go through a driving cycle before it can pass. Maybe this should be held in non-volatile memory, but then...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,528
Posted By ERD50
No, no, no. The parallel is that he was scamming...

No, no, no. The parallel is that he was scamming people. By telling them something they wanted to hear (great returns, low risk!).

This is a scam and they are telling some people what they want to...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,599
Posted By ERD50
Air quality? Far better today, not worse at all....

Air quality? Far better today, not worse at all. Unless maybe if you live in Beijing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_pollution_in_the_United_States




-ERD50
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 07-24-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 5,196
Posted By ERD50
OK, this is a total sidetrack from the thread, so...

OK, this is a total sidetrack from the thread, so I hope to just pop in and out on this, but...

I'm one of the last people here you'd expect to defend government efficiency, but actually, those...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,958
Posted By ERD50
May I make a suggestion, that seems to be working...

May I make a suggestion, that seems to be working for me?

Don't offer an opinion ('I think you should do this or don't do this'), but offer information ('xyz can be a good idea in some cases, but...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,958
Posted By ERD50
Interesting timing. I just started reading Scott...

Interesting timing. I just started reading Scott Adam's (Dilbert writer) book - (wait, his name is Adams with an 's' - so is that Adams's, Adams' ? - arghhh, I FAIL at possessives):

How to Fail...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,528
Posted By ERD50
Well, I don't think scams perpetrated on the...

Well, I don't think scams perpetrated on the public are funny, and this is a scam, and he's getting tax dollars, and I think 'crowd-sourcing' funds. Was Bernie Madoff 'cool'?

If you want to judge...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,528
Posted By ERD50
+1 I think he knows enough about...

+1



I think he knows enough about electrical engineering to dodge any direct questions from technical people (see their web site), and I think her psychology degree may be applied here to...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,599
Posted By ERD50
That is sad, and it's great that you are able and...

That is sad, and it's great that you are able and willing to help. But I'm not sure of the context to this thread?

Are you saying things like this did not happen in earlier times? Why did we have...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,599
Posted By ERD50
I'll agree with sengsational that it is a problem...

I'll agree with sengsational that it is a problem that pharmaceuticals have a higher business interest in ongoing treatment than they do cures. But I don't think that quite fits the premise of today...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-23-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14,740
Views: 672,257
Posted By ERD50
Years ago we did the CFA (Chicago Architectural...

Years ago we did the CFA (Chicago Architectural Foundation) River tour. I chose that one as I wanted the serious educational type tour. It was great, but they throw so many facts and figures at you...
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