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Comment: Re:Good Luck (Score 4, Interesting) 313

by mr_mischief (#49357061) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers
See the part that says "any product or service". That's entirely too broad. Have you seen the breadth of things Amazon sells? This could probably only be enforced if someone was taking proprietary information about how Amazon does things and improves the processes at a competitor.

Comment: Re:He's just in a hurry to get to the future (Score 1) 78

by mcgrew (#49338655) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Wants A 7-Day Workweek, No Days Off

I don't vote party, except that I avoid both D and R whenever there's a candidate who doesn't want to put half the people I know in prison for smoking pot.

If anyone but Bruce Rauner had run against Quinn I would have voted for the Republican, becuase Quinn just wasn't a good governor. I think Rauner will be even worse, maybe even as bad as Ryan(R) or Blago(D), both were crooks. I don't know if Rauner is a crook but his policies are terrible. There were only two named on the ballot, so it was indeed a choice between two evils.

Look, Republicans are against the Social Security I paid into all my life and am now enjoying, against unions, without which I would have no pension, against the single payer health care system which has countries with it in place enjoying half the costs we face with far less infant mortality and longer life spans (Obamacare is really Romneycare in disguise); against the Medicare I again paid into and will get in a couple of years; against food stamps (that's simply un-Christian, yet they claim to be Christians?); against taxes (again, an un-Christian stance). Tell me, what Democrat views that the Republicans don't share are detrimental to me, a middle class retired guy?

But both parties are against pot legalization, for our insanely long copyrights, and quite a few more where there really isn't a valid choice.

Comment: Re:Is today Tuesday? (Score 1) 7

by mcgrew (#49338157) Attached to: We've been spelling it wrong for over a quarter century

Well, when a child says bye-bye, it sounds like a contraction (b'bye), but bye-bye is not a contraction. It's more like Cory Doctorow spells sidewalk: side-walk. Wnat contraction uses a hyphen instead of an apostrophe? Not bye-bye, it isn't a contraction of anything.

As to "SyFy", that's a trademark, not a word. It only applies to that bad cable channel. Hi-fi and sci-fi aren't contractions of high fidelity and science fiction, but new words made out of old ones.

I guess that could argue the validity of e-mail and e-books, though.

Comment: Re:talk to me when you lose 100 and keep it off (Score 1) 491

by mr_mischief (#49333417) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds
My back was so screwed up from an auto accident I could barely walk upright for months. When you can't get from the bed to the car or the car to your desk without wincing the whole way, a bike or elliptical is a pretty big challenge. That sort of thing can get better, and I lost the weight later. It can take some time, though, especially when still working crazy amounts of hours.

Comment: Re:talk to me when you lose 100 and keep it off (Score 1) 491

by mr_mischief (#49330323) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds
Yeah, it takes someone incredibly lazy to work 80 hours a week and suffer injuries that keep one from working out properly. Incredibly lazy. Nobody's everyone's hero for their fitness level. They might be their own personal hero, or a hero to a friend or family member, but they aren't public heroes like people who save someone stranger's life. It's something that lots of people do. Doing it doesn't make any of us an expert in it. A weight loss expert is someone who knows how to help a lot of other people overcome their specific situations to lose weight. It's someone who can actually give advice based on a deep understanding of the various issues. It's not someone who says "this is what worked for me so it's definitely going to work for everyone on Slashdot."
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Journal: We've been spelling it wrong for over a quarter century 7

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I'm surprised that this hasn't been addressed by the academic communities. Someone with a degree in English or linguistics or something like that should have though of this decades ago.

This word (actually more than one word) has various spellings, and I've probably used all of them at one time or another. The word is email, or eMail, or e-mail, or some other variation. They're all wrong.

Comment: Re:Getting Older (Score 1) 4

by mcgrew (#49318947) Attached to: Are printed books' days numbered?

Yes, if I were in college I'd certainly only lug one book around -- my notebook computer. I'd keep all the schoolbooks on the computer.

As to elderly eyesight, when I was a kid, all the geezers wore glasses, but few young people. Now all the youngsters have glasses and few geezers do. Why? The young are ruining their eyesight with computers, tablets, and phones much like I ruined mine with books.

But when I was a kid, cataract surgery was still rare. The patent on the CrystaLens should expire around 2023, so most oldsters won't need any glasses, since it not only cures cataracts but nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It won't be long before I have to get the other eye done.

Comment: Rauner (Score 1) 78

by mcgrew (#49318937) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Wants A 7-Day Workweek, No Days Off

We now have a "right to work" billionaire as governor of Illinois. He's calling for "right to work" zones, fortunately the legislature isn't going to let him.

If I weren't retired and lived in a "right to work" state, I would demand that the state's government supply me with employment. After all, if it's my RIGHT to work...

"Right to work" is a flat out bald faced lie, and any working person who supports it is a moron.

Comment: Learn to read before you blast (Score 3, Insightful) 179

by RingDev (#49314487) Attached to: WHO Report Links Weed Killer Ingredient To Cancer Risk

Uhh, did you even bother READING the article you linked?

"The Working Group classified glyphosate as âoeprobably carcinogenic to humansâ (Group 2A)."

The "Working Group" is:

"In March, 2015, 17 experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC; Lyon, France) to assess the carcinogenicity of the organophosphate pesticides tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate"

NBC had nothing to do with the word "probably". The group of EXPERTS that met on the topic did.

Further more, if you actually read the article, and more importantly, the scientific studies they cite, you would probably realize a couple of things:
1) The concern is not for end consumers or even joe-schmoe gardener, it's for factory and field workers that are exposed to higher concentrations in greater volume than anything joe-schmoe would ever see.
2) Some of the studies are a bit tenuous. Sure, if you put a rat on an LD50-1 diet of glyphosate for their whole life, freaky things are going to happen.

Don't get me wrong, Monsanto is the fsking devil, just not for their work on glyphosate. Their business processes, the way they exploit farmers, their enforcement of IP, etc... is more than enough to warrant the hate that they deserve. But glyphosate, even with the risks we know about it, is so much better than the alternatives.


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