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Comment High School and the S&E (Score 1) 220

Concise/Sama&Etani ST600 was my go-to in high school. A circular slide rule, it had a little insert with an incredibly detailed, dense plastic cheat sheet (the sheets varied, math-oriented, chem oriented, etc.) and a periodic table on the back. Shirt-pocket sized, if you wore the right pocket protector ;-) Pics at the link just fill me with nostalgia (for my visual acuity at the time; sucker's hard to read now ... sigh).

Comment terrible idea (Score 1) 64

If patients needs to increase or decrease their dosage, the hospital can do so without changing the appearance of the pills

I've overseen family members' hospital stays, making sure that, among other things, drugs and dosages delivered by staff are correct. They aren't correct more frequently than I'd like. This'd make it impossible to tell. Fail.

Comment Re: And suddenly... (Score 1) 259

It's understandable that English-speaking countries have lower rates, but even within English-speaking nations, the US is pretty near the bottom. (Australia is right at the bottom.)

England, America, and Australia make in interesting set of examples; each more isolated than the one before it. It's unsurprising that countries without a lot of foreign languages spoken nearby might be linguistic naifs. The US has a border with Mexico, of course; class/SES differences probably go a long way toward explaining why Mexican Spanish isn't more popular in this country.

Submission + - Wired: Transcript of Silk Road's Boss Ordering 5 Assassinations (

BenBoy writes: From Wired: Many of the ideological supporters of the Silk Road have described its sprawling online black market for drugs as an experiment in victimless crime and a nonviolent alternative to the bloody turf wars of the streets. But prosecutors in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old accused of running that anonymous bazaar, have pointed to one conversation they say shows the contrary: That the Silk Road’s boss was willing to resort to the drug trade’s most violent measures when it suited his needs.

Comment Over-simplification ftw! (Score 3, Informative) 558

LMAO, you don't know how evolution works, do you? What possible advantage could autism provide, when it renders most afflicted persons unsociable and awkward and therefore highly unlikely to pass on their genes?

LMAO, you don't know how evolution works, do you? What possible advantage could sickle-cell anemia provide, when it renders most afflicted persons breathless and weak and prematurely dead and therefore highly unlikely to pass on their genes? The real story here is probably more complicated than this, but it's a *hell* of a lot more complicated than that.

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN