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

by BenBoy (#48993289) Attached to: Washington May Count CS As Foreign Language For College Admission

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.

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

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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.
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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.

Comment: Starve the children (Score 1) 1255

by BenBoy (#44740567) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil
I, myself, only feed my child what the poorest kids in the world eat. How else will I stay motivated? My child may not have chosen to do this, but wtf, he's only an object in my self-motivational strategy, right? Tomorrow, I plan to shoot at him until all the worlds violence stops as well. I'm only thinking of the children. Well, all except the one I'm in charge of.

Comment: 80% *including* waste heat (Score 2) 379

by BenBoy (#44597023) Attached to: Dishwasher-Size, 25kW Fuel Cell In Development
Great, so if you use the waste heat it throws off, you can get 80% efficiency. How is this different from the efficiency of using a Bunsen burner-heated teakettle to turn a little turbine for power, and claiming the waste heat as usable energy? Plus there's the entertainment value of the whistling sound of the kettle itself ... What are the figures without the waste heat thrown in? RTFA was no help ...

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