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Comment Distrust of the source (Score 5, Insightful) 282

When I see a commercial make a claim about a problem, and the solution to that problem just happens to be "Buy our new product!".....yes, I would say that the proposed solution tends to make me view the claim about the problem more skeptically. That seems totally rational to me.

I don't see why this would be any different. If it sounds like someone is pushing the need for tighter (or looser) gun regulations, it's reasonable to question if they've cherry-picked their statistics about the problem to support their case.

Maybe f they'd had one source give a totally neutral statement about a problem, and then a different source suggest a solution, and managed to prevent the subjects from realizing that the experimenters were responsible for both statements...

Comment Re:Good timing for this suggestion NOT! (Score 1) 322

Bad analogy. What's happening in Ukraine is more like the USA supporting Canadian and/or Mexican rebels with an eye to picking up a province or two up north or a state or two down south"....

Hmm....interesting thought experiment. If the US DID try to pull something like that, do you think Russia (or China) would intervene? Should intervene? If they did intervene, would they be doing it out of self-interest, a desire to stick it to the US, or because they genuinely believe it's the right thing to do?

Comment Re:Not true (Score 1) 499

A lot of meal are simple to cook, like pasta and stuff, but if you want to eat healthy, then you will spend time : 1) buy fresh vegetables and fruit on regular basis 2) wash it 3) cut it and prepare it for a family and by the time you are finished, you are an hour out and the rest of your todo list is nowhere finished.

This has always been my experience. I see recipes that list themselves as "10 minutes preparation time!", and I have to think that they're either assuming my onions are starting out already chopped, or everyone else is much faster in the kitchen than I am.

Comment Re:Lazyness (Score 1) 926

Those laboratory marmosets were all like "Hey, man, we're going to hit the gym for a couple of hours, want to come?" but you were all "I already ordered a pizza and was going to play some League of Legends, you sure you don't want to stay and queue with me?" and the marmosets said "Eh, forget the gym, you've talked us into it."

Comment Re:Don't be evil (some of the time) (Score 1) 555

Your data transmissions should be treated, routed, carried at the same speed, as others provided by the carrier's own services, or the other users paying the same rates.

Stretching this to mean that you can run your own mail server or open your own web store on a residential connection was never part of net neutrality.

What? That's not a stretch at all, that's exactly what it means--your packets should be treated the same whether they're carrying a Youtube video, Facebook posts, data to/from World of Warcraft, or information from a server of your own.

Comment So convenient (Score 1) 312

I originally had all the concerns about DRM, eventually obsolete formats, inability to lend, not supporting local booksellers....but after getting an e-reader, they've pretty much all been trumped by one thing: I can set the book down and have the damn thing lay flat and readable no matter where I'm at in the book. No more trying to find something heavy to set on one side or the other of a hardcover until I'm within the middle 40%, no more setting a paperback facedown any time I want to use both hands at lunch. Almost all of my book-reading time these days seems to be while I'm out at lunch or dinner, so it's a big improvement for me. I think this feature also contributed to finally getting me to start going to the gym (at least occasionally), as I can still get some reading done there.

I've also enjoyed the space savings of not needing the physical books around, and the ability to purchase new books from home and have them immediately available, but lay-flat is the top reason why I frown a little any time I want a book and can't find it in e-book format.

Books-on-tape might be even more convenient for my situations, but the idea of being forced to read at someone else's pace just makes me shudder.

Comment What does "net new jobs" mean? (Score 1) 271

I keep seeing various statistics about where all (or some percentage of) the "net new jobs" come from, but I'm not sure I understand what it means. Are they just saying "Internet startups (or whatever) added 100 more jobs than they lost, and the economy as a whole added 100 more jobs than it lost, so all the gain came from internet startups"? That doesn't seem like a legitimate claim (any number of other categories could have had the same net job gain, as long as enough jobs were lost from at least one other category...)

Comment Trolls? (Score 5, Interesting) 417

The author seems to be using "troll" as a term for "someone posting in an inflammatory manner," but I thought "troll" specifically referred to posters doing it to get a rise out of people. Responding in a reasonable manner isn't going to help if the other party isn't interested in taking the conversation seriously.
PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Therapists Log On To WoW To Counsel Addicts 187

eldavojohn writes "So, you can't find the time to leave the World of Warcraft to seek help for your World of Warcraft addiction? Sounds reasonable. Well, addiction therapists are coming to meet you so you don't have to quit playing as they counsel you and your addiction. From the leader of this initiative, Dr. Graham: 'We will be launching this project by the end of the year. I think it's already clear that psychiatrists will have to stay within the parameters of the game. They certainly wouldn't be wandering around the game in white coats and would have to use the same characters available to other players. Of course one problem we're going to have to overcome is that while a psychiatrist may excel in what they do in the real world, they're probably not going to be very good at playing World of Warcraft.' Send in the level 5 counselor and let the games begin!" What happens when the therapists become addicted?

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