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Comment: Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (Score 1) 369

Old Sam Kinison joke, about starving kids in Africa: "These kids don't need food. What these kids need is luggage. We have deserts in America, too. WE JUST DON'T LIVE IN 'EM!!! AHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

Except that we do. And we farm vast deserts, too.

Comment: Virtusl mapping of brain areas (Score 1) 51

> virtual dangerous fire escape

"After further study to discern the validity of the virtual-to-real world response, we have decided to rename the region of the brain that lit up in the rescuers as the "minimaxxer seeking rare drops" area and that of those who just fled as the "IDGAF trolls hahahablongota".

Comment: Re:"Just let me build a bridge!" (Score 4, Interesting) 368

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47518365) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

I recall attending a Microsoft Visual C++ Developer's Conference about 15 years ago, when COM and interfaces were all the new rage. I recall one MS guy giving a speech about the complexity of developing with it, bragging, "If it came down to usability for developers or functionality, we chose functionality."

I knew then I was dealing not with real engineers but with clowns proud of a college project.

Comment: Too hi (Score 1) 189

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

In the rare case of necessary future research, it will allow them recognition in their field, leading to alpha status and thus more pussy.

Oh, you meant an analysis lower down within the memetic virtual worldview. Hmmmm. Why does a dog bark at strangers?

Comment: Re:Texas! (Score 1) 172

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47501323) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Their attempt to be more like a federal government than a state with respect to regulation and taxes is like a thousand mile-wide thumb pushing down on the state, forcing fierocious winds out in all directions. Businesses in the state are blown out, and businesses outside are met by a storm wind they have to struggle against to get in.

This is why their politicians have to grant huge tax breaks -- not only for direct competition but also to pay for (pay back) the inevitable reulatory burden they themselves ladle atop the companies.

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 1) 253

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47482149) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

It's called eating well, exercising and losing a significant amount of weight.
I know, I came very very close to having it. Break the sugar addiction, quadruple your vegetable intake, vastly reduce your sugar / heavy foods intake and do a little, tiny bit of basic light exercise.

In a couple of years, guess what,...?

This is absolutely terrible medical advice. Decades of research shows it has a terrible success rate, and, of those who it works for, 95% it eventually fails long-term.

If this advice were a pill, the FDA would never approve it, and people like me and probably you would call it a scam.

Comment: Re:meanwhile overnight... (Score 2) 503

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47482001) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Generic, knuckle-dragging rebels one step away from cavemen, no. Former Soviet military with experience of a 1979-era system, yes. There's probably a numner therr. However, I still think it's a loan with helpers. They're just code red, ass deep in the worst case scenario of needing to CYA with fallback stories.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.