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Comment: Re:Feynman (Score 2) 172

I haven't seen the movie but this is also covered in Feynman's book "What Do You Care What Other People Think?". Lots of other good stuff in there too.

Of course don't forget to read "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman". Feynman was a guy I would've really have liked to have known.

Comment: Re:Yes they did. (Score 1) 572

Exactly. I have my phone set up as a wifi hotspot over its 4G connection (unlimited data) and connect any personal devices (usually just my tablet) so I can browse, send, and receive personal communications. I can't imagine logging in to any social network, getting my personal email, or anything else that I wouldn't feel free to forward or print out for my boss.

It's my employer's network and I use it for work.

Comment: Re:much ado about nothing (Score 2) 506

by Headrick (#46362045) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Given that this article is not about the United States government or its constitution I think a better analogy (if we still want to use the US) would be to look at how certain state-wide laws are inapplicable at border towns.

Not so long ago you could not buy any alcoholic beverage on Sunday in Massachusetts (at a store, restaurants were exempt). This gave the liquor stores of border towns in northern MA a disadvantage as some folks made their "regular" store just over the border so they need not worry about the day of the week. Even if they didn't use it as their primary source of alcohol on Sunday it was the only solution. So these border towns, which did not cross in to New Hampshire, were allowed to sell on Sundays (I can't recall exactly how many miles you had to be from the border).

As we gradually eliminate our so called "Blue Laws" in Massachusetts it is now legal to purchase alcohol in MA stores so long at it is after noon.

I'm in no way defending this law, merely presenting a somewhat analogous situation.

Comment: Re:We're the best country in the world!!! Woo!! (Score 1) 357

by Headrick (#46275595) Attached to: US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

An apt passage from Joel's "Angry Young Man" which you appropriately mention:

I believe I've passed the age of consciousness & righteous rage
I found that just surviving was a noble fight.
I once believed in causes too, I had my pointless point of view,
Life went on no matter who was wrong or right,

The quotes in bold represent the sentiment of a lot of the populous, even those who were or are somewhat "active" in the political spectrum. It's more important to make the paycheck and feed the kids even while we know another drone strike in Yemen (or wherever) is imminent.

Comment: A Song (Score 1) 197

by Headrick (#46247901) Attached to: Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

If you're a musician, even a mediocre one, how about a song? If you already have the instruments and equipment it's free and it will win you *massive* brownie points.

CSB: Last year I wrote, played (guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion pads), mixed, and produced a song for my girlfriend. Now in all honesty I do this sort of thing as a hobby so the mood and lyrics were the main challenges but even if you have just have an instrument, mic, recording device, and you know four chords even a horrible song will be great. You're not distributing it.

BTW we're still together. Also, this is why I also always make my own cards.

Comment: Re:Grow up. (Score 1) 448

by Headrick (#33682836) Attached to: Facebook Is Down

I agree with your assertion that email is the more valuable resource but that's pretty much a given.

FB is absolutely the right medium for a band, comedian, or any other type of event coordinator to notify people. Sure, they could try to get people to sign up for a mailing list but with FB I might hear of a band because I see that a friend of mine became a fan of it (or "liked" it or whatever they'll change it to next). I hear about shows that it's unlikely I would've heard of. And since my FB friends know my taste in music they can share an invite when the band sends one out to them.

I can also see which of my friends are planning to attend a show and decide whether or not to invite anyone else. I can't count how many events I've attended and likely would've not known about if not for FB.

Sure, FB has some creepy aspects but you're ignorant if you think FB isn't an excellent medium for some things.


NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee 507

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-am-I-going-to-align-my-chakras-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Homeopathic remedies work no better than placebos, and so should no longer be paid for by the UK National Health Service, a committee of British members of parliament has concluded. In preparing its report, the committee, which scrutinizes the evidence behind government policies, took evidence from scientists and homeopaths, and reviewed numerous reports and scientific investigations into homeopathy. It found no evidence that such treatments work beyond providing a placebo effect." Updated 201025 19:40 GMT by timothy: This recommendation has some people up in arms.

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment: Re:Copying MS? (Score 1) 158

by Headrick (#30055354) Attached to: Google Gives the Gift of Free Airport Wi-Fi

In general I agree with your comment but I don't think it's completely foolish to get to the airport early and a number of people (like me) live in one of the covered airports and will be traveling soon. I tend to arrive at the airport a couple hours early, get through security, and find a decent place to have a meal and a drink or two. I'm much less stressed and will enjoy the free wifi.

So yeah, maybe it's a bit of grandstanding but it's not useless for many thousands of people.

Comment: Re:What about suicide (Score 1) 512

by Headrick (#29225545) Attached to: Depression May Provide Cognitive Advantages

It is my understanding that in general truly depressed people do not kill themselves. It is too much effort for them. Even getting out of bed is an effort. This is why anti-depressants come with suicide warnings -- not because they cause suicidal thoughts directly but because they give the depressed enough motivation to actually off themselves.

Comment: Re:I have an idea. (Score 3, Interesting) 247

by Headrick (#28998299) Attached to: Poor Passwords A Worse Problem Than Poor Antivirus

Agreed, but unfortunately it's not that easy. I just started a new job and got my AMEX corporate card in the mail today. The online account had a maximum password length of 8 characters with no special characters allowed. A phrase would never work when we have companies that are still limiting their passwords to 8 characters.

You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner