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Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1838

If they really offend you just avoid reading/commenting on them.

This is exactly why I come back to /. year after year.

Some days I'm in the mood for a debate, and some days not. I can choose to click through to the comments if I'm in the mood , read the summary or (gasp) click through to TFA if I want the less-debated viewpoints.

And for debate, compared to some of the other places on the internet, I can't find a community better then /. Our standards for flame wars (e.g. the coin toss article) look like a kid's 7th birthday party by comparison... which isn't to say they're pretty, which you'd know if you have ever hosted a 7th birthday party! (hint: don't serve hotdogs unless you can stand the penis jokes)

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Comment Re:Why not let children develop their interests (Score 3, Interesting) 106

This, for what its worth our strategy which seems to have worked so far was to spend time on a bunch of Parks & Rec classes on diverse things and see what clicked. If it clicked she got more of them. Since P&R courses were (relatively) cheap, we could afford to do the shotgun approach.

We ended up with a kid who loves electronics, piano and skiing.

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Comment Re:The Dumbing of America (Score 2) 200

My (Canadian for the record, but who cares) 7 yr old daughter has been soldering since she was 4, was taught by some nice folks at the Defcon Hardware Hacking Village. So there are kids out there doing this stuff still, but it requires a bit more intent on behalf of the parents and the kids, because it is a bit counter culture now.

It's getting better tho. Groups like the defcon r00tz group, kids-targeting maker groups, etc, are rolling back the crazy a bit. If anyone can tell me where to buy a real chemistry kit, that'd be awesome.

And yes, she's been burnt by a soldering iron. We didn't sue the folks teaching her, and they pointed out to her they'd done the same thing a bunch of times. No big deal for any of us.

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Comment Re:America (Score 2) 206

No generalized health insurance - Good. Why should I, someone who takes good care of his body, fund the risky behaviours of others who don't? Although I agree that congenital disorders should be

Because you're a moral person?
Or you believe in a religion that says you should care for those less fortunate then you?
Or you are completely self-interest driven and are so full of yourself to be sure sure bad things can't happen to you but would prefer not to be mugged for money by someone who happens to be less lucky then you and is willing to risk his life to get enough cash to pay for his treatment?

Or because you believe in living longer. Here's a link to look at: http://theincidentaleconomist.... - spoiler alert: The US spends the most in health care and gets a life expectancy equivalent to Czechoslovakia.

One of those reasons?

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Comment Re:An interesting concept (Score 1) 365

I find it interesting that when I see people on the right talking about these sort of 'solutions' - which I'm not implying I support - I see language like "Use in this order: Voting Box, Soap Box, Ammo Box", yet I see this type of post in reaction when the left suggests using the same 'solution'.

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Comment Re:Women's reaction to protential a price drop (Score 1) 119

Mehaps you're not finding the right women then? My wife and I have a running joke about me spending too much money at Tiffany's - then I buy her what she really wants, which is typically some piece of gaming PC hardware, or a Raspberry Pi, etc. Don't get me wrong, she loves the occasional nice piece of jewelry, but she'd kill me if I did something so impractical with our money as buy an overpriced piece of jewelry from Tiffany's. She'd rather get a shiny gaming laptop :)

More and more women and finding that they can stop behaving like cardboard cutouts from commercials. My wife pretended for years not to be a geek because she thought it was wrong for girls to be a geek. Go find one :)

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Comment Re:the new Swiss watch crisis (Score 2) 86

I stopped wearing a watch ~20 years ago due to this fact. Started wearing one again last year because a smart watch reminds me subtly of my next appointment and helps with my tendency to get caught up in things and miss my next meeting. It's also more socially acceptable in my company to look at your watch during a conversation with someone then pull out your phone and if I can see that my boss is ending emails with more and more !'s in the subject line I can excuse myself from the conversation and put out whatever fire has cropped up while I was away form my desk.

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Comment Time shifting (Score 1) 211

The other thing that self driving vehicles will do is allow us to timeshift some of the traffic to when freeways aren't busy. E.g. freight can be moved to 10pm - 5am in urban areas, since we won't need to worry about the driver's exhaustion level. Fright would also be more efficient as driverless trucks don't need to take rest stops, and can be lighter because they don't require human amenities.

Also, if I had a driverless car, and a comfy seat, I'd not mind sleeping while my car drives me somewhere overnight and I could wake up wherever I needed to be in the morning.

I expect we'll see the first innovations in the transport industry.

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