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Yes. That's not a strawman at all.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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Anaxagoras wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 11:53 pm
Rob Lister wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 2:16 pm
The only thing sillier than imperial is measuring an LED bulb's brightness in 'equivalent' incandescent watts. It's okay for now but even now there are kids that never met an incandescent bulb. We've pretty much fucked them for life!
Why were incandescent light bulbs measured in watts in the first place instead of lumens?

I think the only answer is that people prefer to use smaller numbers. With lumens you need to add an extra zero on the end.
You're over thinking the customer service angle.

At least in the early days, it was easier to measure watts and then build to spec.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 1:36 pm
Anaxagoras wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 11:53 pm
Rob Lister wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 2:16 pm
The only thing sillier than imperial is measuring an LED bulb's brightness in 'equivalent' incandescent watts. It's okay for now but even now there are kids that never met an incandescent bulb. We've pretty much fucked them for life!
Why were incandescent light bulbs measured in watts in the first place instead of lumens?

I think the only answer is that people prefer to use smaller numbers. With lumens you need to add an extra zero on the end.
You're over thinking the customer service angle.

At least in the early days, it was easier to measure watts and then build to spec.
Funny story about light bulbs. Maybe you know this already.

They're made to fail on purpose. They knew even over 100 years ago how to make light bulbs that could last, well, at least over 100 years without needing to be replaced. But of course, if you make a light bulb that lasts forever, well they were worried of course that they couldn't sell as many light bulbs. So they made a rule that light bulbs couldn't last more than 1,000 hours or something like that (the exact amount I forget). And all the companies that made them agreed to abide by this, and if anyone broke to rule by making a better light bulb, they could be fined.
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They still make light bulbs that last a long time.
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Anaxagoras wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 2:17 pm
Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 1:36 pm
Anaxagoras wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 11:53 pm
Rob Lister wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 2:16 pm
The only thing sillier than imperial is measuring an LED bulb's brightness in 'equivalent' incandescent watts. It's okay for now but even now there are kids that never met an incandescent bulb. We've pretty much fucked them for life!
Why were incandescent light bulbs measured in watts in the first place instead of lumens?

I think the only answer is that people prefer to use smaller numbers. With lumens you need to add an extra zero on the end.
You're over thinking the customer service angle.

At least in the early days, it was easier to measure watts and then build to spec.
Funny story about light bulbs. Maybe you know this already.

They're made to fail on purpose. They knew even over 100 years ago how to make light bulbs that could last, well, at least over 100 years without needing to be replaced. But of course, if you make a light bulb that lasts forever, well they were worried of course that they couldn't sell as many light bulbs. So they made a rule that light bulbs couldn't last more than 1,000 hours or something like that (the exact amount I forget). And all the companies that made them agreed to abide by this, and if anyone broke to rule by making a better light bulb, they could be fined.
True, you can make a bulb that lasts forever, just don't expect much light from it. I suspect that, for any given watt, you'll get the same number of total lumen hours from a 1000 hour bulb as you would a 2000 hour bulb. That's not to say there wasn't some collusion going on; I know there was.

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ed wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 10:38 am
I thought that <desole> was more bereft, elementally saddened, more an absence of feeling with an overtone of sadness. I always liked that word.
18th c. French, "désoler" was still very strong. (Etymologically something like "make a desert of", e. g. an army could be said to "désoler" the countryside.)

Nowadays it's trite, you'll say "(Je suis) désolé !" when you bump into somebody, meaning "(I am) sorry!", or you're slightly late to a meeting, &c.

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"His age was indeterminate. But in cynicism and general world weariness, which is a sort of carbon dating of the personality, he was about seven thousand years old."
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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I will not bother linking it, but a commentary from the The New York Sun on yesterday’s SCOTUS 6-3 ruling that find discrimination against LGBT violates Title VII offers the handwringing that “a man should not fear the law because he fears God.”

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That actually makes no sense
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The silent majority may not stay silent forever
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