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Comment: Come again? (Score 3, Insightful) 432

by Kittenman (#48032575) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?
" He realized that people's reactions will be heavily influenced by their religious beliefs," Really?

The religious will do this because they can't distinguish between their god and an alien?

Even as an atheist, I'm insulted for the believers among us....

And yes, is this a slow news day, I guess.

Comment: The American Dream? (Score 1) 185

by Kittenman (#48023151) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
Not snarky - but I've noticed that some Hollywood movies explicitly (or implicitly) state that if you want to do anything really, really well, you just have to practice, practice, practive. This sounds like a restatement of the 10,000 hour rule. Oh, and you have to really want it.

I suspect everyone always knew this was nonsense. But is this (Gladwell) where it came from?

Comment: Re:It doesn't take a genius (Score 1) 113

by Kittenman (#48016533) Attached to: Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

You guys make it sound like making millions in the stock market is dead simple. All your posts are missing is a link to an ebook that tell you all the secrets.

Maybe downplaying his gains makes you feel better about yourselves? But making that kind of scratch doesn't happen by change. Even best advisors from open hedge and mutual funds average around 25%.

Count the hits, ignore the misses. Maybe he was just lucky. And yes, someone can be that lucky. People win lotteries (not me!). And slashdot wouldn't have an article along the lines of "Several normal people played the stockmarket and on average did so-so".

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 96

Totally agree. But it's akin to a pub/saloon/nightclub having a 'beer pong' game or some other drinking game set up. You 'have fun' and they sell booze.

Nothing wrong with that if you want to drink like a fish. Likewise, if the Central Americans want to learn to program, sign up ...

Comment: Re:Computers computers computers... (Score 1) 206

by Kittenman (#48016209) Attached to: My toy collection is ...

I'm sitting right now in a room with about a dozen 'obvious' computers. Let's see: 3 PCs, one laptop, one Mac Mini, 2 Raspberry Pis, 3 Android tablets, one iPhone, one iPad. Yep that's 12. And of course there's also the wireless router and cable modem. And I'll go ahead and count my LCD TV since it's clearly a computer as well (especially when it locks up). Oh, and I shouldn't forget the Wii and PS2 even though I don't use those very often. Clearly computers -are- my toys.

I take it you're single? No slight intended. Whenever my PC count got above , where was the number I could keep off the floor, my wife would suggest that I 'pass on' a few to deserving homes.

Comment: I know one... (Score 2) 275

by Kittenman (#47969729) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light
My brother-in-law is a Apollo hoax believer. He challenged me once to debate the arguments for and against. I replied (quoted someone) 'You can't have a rational argument with an irrational person".

By the way, he's also into water divining... but that doesn't always work, for some reason. Now, there's a thing...

(Americans - the moon landings were among your finest achievements. In my opinion, history and the human race in general owes you a debt).

+ - NZ government denies 'mass domestic spying'->

Submitted by Kittenman
Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC and several domestic NZ sources are covering the latest revelations raised by Kim Dotcom, who is funding a political party in NZ as it heads to a general election on the 20th. Dotcom flew in a US journalist, Glenn Greenwald, and arranged for satellite links to Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, in their respective hideouts, at a 'disclosure' presentation in Auckland.

The NZ Prime Minister (John Key) has denied all claims. No-one making the claims can actually come up with a plausible reason why the NZ government would want to spy on its citizens."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Heard on NPR (Score 4, Funny) 121

by Kittenman (#47886833) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

When Fitzgerald died in 1940 in Hollywood, his last royalty check was for $13.13. Remaindered copies of the second printing of The Great Gatsby were moldering away in [publisher] Scribner's warehouse.

World War II starts, and a group of publishers, paper manufacturers, editors [and] librarians get together in New York. And they decide that men serving in the Army and Navy need something to read. ... They printed over 1,000 titles of different books, and they sent over a million copies of these books to sailors and soldiers serving overseas and also to [prisoners of war] in prison camps in Japan and Germany through an arrangement with the Red Cross.

The greatest distribution of the Armed Services Editions was on the eve of D-Day. Eisenhower's staff made sure that every guy stepping onto a landing craft in the south of England right on the eve of D-Day would have an Armed Services Edition in his pocket. They were sized as long rectangles meant to fit in the servicemen's pockets. (Her assertion was it was this service which reintroduced American's to Gatsby)

--Maureen Corrigan talking about her book, So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

I remember once that someone carried a bullet from d-day around with him, and kept it in his pocket for luck. Once he tripped, landed on his back in the street. At the same time, someone in the building dropped a book from a window accidentally. The book was a hardback, fell - but bounced harmlessly off the bullet in the guy's pocket.

The guy always said that if it hadn't been for that bullet, the book would have killed him.

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik