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Comment: Re:It's not facebook's fault you're a jerk (Score 4, Interesting) 292

by Anonymous Monkey (#35348868) Attached to: Facebook Linked To One In Five Divorces In US
It's not quite that simple. Adults tend to become attached to the person of the opposite sex that they spend the most time with. Before facebook and e-mail it was fairly obvious to see who you were spending time with. Now we have tools that make it unnecessary to be physically with some one to feel like you are with them. This can be deceptive for everyone involved. It starts with "I'm not cheating on my wife, I'm must checking an old girlfriends facebook page." But ends up with more personal conversations being had over facebook than in real life with your wife. And it's more deceptive than letters, because if you are writing letters you must get out paper, a pen, an envelope and a stamp, sit down and write, making it obvious how much time you are investing. However, for many people facebook is only as far away as alt-tab, so the amount of time you spend on it isn't as obvious.

Comment: Re:Tea (Score 1) 500

by Anonymous Monkey (#34136506) Attached to: I drink too much...
I start the day with a cup of hot tea (a pot on weekends) and often end the day with one. From after 11am to before 7pm I often drink iced tea. I'm not English, but a few friends of mine who are say I'm the most English non-Englishman they know. I blame it on sci-fi: Dr Who, Douglas Adams, P. G. Wodehouse (ok not SciFi but it's still great)Arthur Conan Doyle, and the list goes on. Some of the best reading and watching comes from England.

Comment: Re:What about the passengers? (Score 3, Insightful) 486

by Anonymous Monkey (#33985748) Attached to: Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life
And if you know your family well enough, you know what they would say. I know my wife would be mad if I wasted time asking her if it was ok. And if my dad took time to ask me I would ball him out for not acting when he needed to. People in the same family tend to think the same way.

Comment: Re:because it's a distraction and dangerous? (Score 2, Insightful) 709

by Anonymous Monkey (#33738160) Attached to: Could Anti-Texting Laws Make Roads More Dangerous?
As a punishment the idea works, but a punishment and a deterrent only work if some one gets caught. However, if the first thing on the mind of the driver is respect for the lives of others, them selves, and a desire not to cause harm, than people would not text or phone to start with. The only laws that are work are self enforced because the person enforcing them thinks they are important.

Comment: Re:Good Stories = Good Viewing (Score 1) 366

by Anonymous Monkey (#33236230) Attached to: Video Quality Matters Less If You Enjoy the Show
Dr Who and Star Trek are fun. They are still fun if you compress them onto a small screen because most nerds want a sonic screwdriver and a tricorder.. Star Wars was cool in a flash-boom kind of way, but not what I would call Nerdy.

Now Star Trek, Scotty could fix anything, he got to clime around the under belly of the ship, and he had armor in his cabin, but no one thought of him as weird. How many of us dream of being able to talk about what we like without people glazing over.

The Doctor can fix anything with the little buzzey thing. Phone needs jalebroken? zzzzz done. Car needs started? zzzzz done. It's like a tool box in your pocket! Letherman has nothing that good...yet.

Comment: Good Stories = Good Viewing (Score 4, Insightful) 366

by Anonymous Monkey (#33230816) Attached to: Video Quality Matters Less If You Enjoy the Show
I could have told them that. My new yard stick for good TV is if it is still worth watching in low res and cut up into 10 min chunks on youtube it's good tv.

Old episodes of Dr Who and Star Trek have held up very well, however Star Wars and Enterprise don't do all that well. The best example I have found of this is Primer, I saw it first on google video and bought it within a week of viewing.

Comment: Re:Prius (Score 1) 1141

by Anonymous Monkey (#33138538) Attached to: My Automobile Gets __ MPG
I have a Fit, and I love it. But you make a good point. A good friend of mine saw my brand new car about a year ago and started raving about how cool the Fit is, he loves how it looks, he loves how the back seat folds up and down, he loves the MPG, he loves the way it handles. What didn't he love? He was well over six feet tall. Me? I'm Five feet six inches (and of Asian decent) the small design fits me very well. The back seat on the other hand fits tall people quite well.

Radioactive Boar On the Rise In Germany 165 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the stay-in-the-car-while-I-check-this-out dept.
Germans who go out in the woods today are sure of a big surprise, radioactive boars. A portion of the wild boar population in Germany was irradiated after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, and the boars are thriving. In the last two years government payments to compensate hunters for radioactive boar have quadrupled. From the article: "According to the Environment Ministry in Berlin, almost €425,000 ($555,000) was paid out to hunters in 2009 in compensation for wild boar meat that was too contaminated by radiation to be sold for consumption. That total is more than four times higher than compensation payments made in 2007." I think the Germans are overlooking just how much money there is to be made from regenerating bacon.

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir