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Comment: Re:Gold (Score 2) 400 400

[_] Cashless
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[x] Anonymous

You're really referring to fiat currency and not cash-carrying in a broad sense. Although given that the penny's metal now has intrinsically more value than its decree, anything can change. Imagine how valuable paper bills would become if some catastrophe destroyed the world's forests? (Let's assume it also destroys book scanners. ;)

But it can work.

Comment: Re:If Poor Acquire Capital, If Not ... (Score 3, Insightful) 335 335

Yep, I worked for 5 years after high school, mainly in a grocery store. Best decision I ever made, before going to college.
There just aren't a lot of employers who want to hire a high school grad for anything approaching a complex task. Ten years from now OP will probably understand why... nah, he's a smart kid.. probably 5 years. :-) Need to see your current self in the rear view mirror first.

Something to be said for knowing what you want to do with your life, there's also something to be said for letting yourself change minds. If you're still a programmer in 20 years, good on ya. Probably set for bigger and better things though.

Comment: Re:That Moment (Score 3, Insightful) 414 414

What's wrong with using them? Not to do that would be like using a pencil and paper instead of typing when you're preparing a publication – I'd think that brain power and time should be used constructively.

It's not a matter of the tool is wrong. It's a matter that assuming one tool is always best is wrong.
Your premise is based on: using a computer is easier and better for 100% of humans. That's not true. Allow me to introduce you to my parents. Allow me to introduce you to senior engineers who can craft new formulas on a whiteboard faster than juniors can wake their laptops.

Different areas of the brain are involved with the act of handwriting than with touch typing or pecking. Make LCARS speech recognition a reality and we have a winner. Solving problems that stump otherwise intelligent humans for *hundreds* of years, *clearly* requires some creatively alternate use of the brain, and not Microsoft Clippy. ("I see you're trying to solve an unprovable theorem, would you like to Quit without Saving?") I don't even need to cite sources that say poor UIs slow people down. That's how it is. Computers add cruft, otherwise there wouldn't be a market for applications that remove distractions when writing.

...like using a pencil and paper instead of typing when you're preparing a publication...

Poor analogy. Publication implies mass reproduction and distribution. An *author* can write however they want to form their ideas, the result is the same. How the idea gets distributed is irrelevant to the core point. (Also there are such things as shorthand.)


Exposure to Wide Variety of Microbes May Reduce Allergies 120 120

sciencehabit writes "A new study reveals that people who grow up in more rural environments are less likely to develop allergies. The reason may be that environments rich with species harbor more friendly microbes, which colonize our bodies and protect against inflammatory disorders." From the article: "To test whether or not biodiversity does indeed create a shield against such conditions, the team investigated the microbial diversity of 118 teenagers. The study participants, who had lived in the same houses their whole lives, were chosen at random from a 100-by-150-kilometer block in eastern Finland. Some kids lived on rural, isolated farms, while others lived in larger towns. ... surveyed all of the types of plants growing around the adolescents' homes. The participants were part of a separate long-term allergy study, so the researchers took advantage of that data to investigate the connection between biodiversity and allergies. ... Whether there is just something special about Finland's native plants or whether this finding can be applied around the world is still an open question, Hanski says. 'Many research groups worldwide could easily attain these data from their study populations, and then we'd know how general these results might be.'"

Comment: Re:Security through obscurity (Score 1) 333 333

On one of the photography sites I frequent, there was a poll years ago about: if you could choose, what would be the last photograph you ever take?

I said "Elvis". A good one to retire on.

I could've said "Bin Laden", but that would give an entirely different connotation to "last".

Comment: Re:Realmedia codec (Score 1) 182 182

I kind of wish VLC or MPlayer OSX Extended would implement this.

Try MPlayerX. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. The current version doesn't have a playlist or individual loop feature, but that's really about the only things it doesn't have, IMO. It does a reasonable attempt at detecting episodic files in a folder.