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Comment: Re:Burden of proof (Score 1) 140

And what about those of us who actually are removing a car from the road? Since I can chauffeur her around my wife does not need a license or car, so she has neither. This removes a car from the road and I carry an unlicensed driver frequently.

It is erroneous to assume that the lack of a license is indicative of a lack of need for a car; it only indicates that a person has chosen an alternate to driving their own car for some reason.

Comment: Re:Dog (Score 1) 327

by Lemmeoutada Collecti (#49038435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Panic Button a Very Young Child Can Use
And we don't want to forget the other benefits a well trained service dog provides:

They don't require wifi, internet, or electricity. By law (in the US) it can go anywhere she can go, and can do so on its own.
They are self recharging - they typically sleep on their handler's schedule. They will still wake up if something happens when they are asleep, and can still respond.
It can be trained to alert medical responders, guard her from others if she collapses in public, and protect the public from accidental injury.
Seizure dogs can often detect a seizure well before the person goes into a full grand mal state, and move the person against a wall so that they do not fall and hurt themselves.
They can also help the person remain calm (by being dogs) which may help reduce the chances of an episode.

And when they are at home, they are still dogs, so can play, cuddle, and love your family like any dog.

Comment: Re:I don't even... (Score 1) 323

by Lemmeoutada Collecti (#48655571) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline
It might also be that they perceive the cat as taking attention that they want, so be careful of escalating by giving the cat more attention. Most of the time, repeated behavior indicates that there is a reaction or reward that they are seeking; the remainder of the time it indicates a negative they are attempting to avoid. Use good judgement, observe what leads into that behavior, and what reactions they get - not just from you, but also from the cat and others.

Comment: Re:Personal Experience (Score 1) 131

by Lemmeoutada Collecti (#48312985) Attached to: Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance
Of course, all of this describes what some of us feel working the day shift. And others feel it just working a steady night shift. I think what needs to be studied is how much working against one's internal clock affects all of these scenarios.

And for the love of $diety, admit that not everyone is a morning person.

Comment: Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (Score 1) 367

And it's not just dogs. There is ample evidence that dogs, cats, and several other animals have us humans well trained in their care. Some could even argue that it is the dogs who domesticated us as much as we have them.

Now if you will excuse me, the Master and Mistress of the house have determined that it it time for a lap and attention.

Comment: Re:"Talented C students" (Score 1) 389

by Lemmeoutada Collecti (#48072943) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?
It's interesting that the "C grade means lazy" argument is trotted out so often in these types of discussions without any consideration for what inputs went into getting that grade. As an example, here are a few factors that might have played into that result for a bright student:

* Boredom with the presentation of the materials
* Having to work for the family (or otherwise) after school so that they cannot keep up with the (usually high) level of homework per class
* Realizing that getting straight "A" grades makes them a target for bullying and ostracism
* Difficulty with the presentation of the material (for one example, see the common complaints of Common Core)
* Over or under treated ADHD or similar conditions
* Parents who do not support and encourage scholastic achievement (for example the athletics are everything parents mentioned elsewhere)

These are just a few of the factors that go into the grade the student receives as their overall GPA. Curves, weighting of classes, non-grade (pass/fail) classes, and many other things can lead to a "C" GPA without indicating anything about the student's personal ability to focus and learn.

Comment: Re:Patent Attorney chiming in (Score 1) 92

by Lemmeoutada Collecti (#47944695) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back
There are, from my observation, two kinds of people who call themselves lawyers; there are those who believe in rule of law and understand that laws are meant to benefit the people and there are those who view the law as a tool for profit. From your postings, I am under the impression that you are one of the former. If so, then I congratulate you for maintaining ethics in a field where they are frequently counterproductive.

The social problem is the same as many industries. A few high profile practitioners draw the majority of the public attention and thus are viewed as the exemplars of the industry as a whole. The average person builds their understanding of what you do based on those exemplars and the wildly inaccurate portrayals of the media. By doing so, they never get to see the real workings of what you do. In many cases, they do not have any desire to learn the truth, and would prefer to just stand comfortably in their beliefs.

From that perspective, lawyers spend all of their time in front of a judge and/or jury, arguing whatever will best benefit their client, in as dramatic a manner possible, with little regard for truth and law. Programmers sit in front of computers eating chips and drinking sodas and miraculously code up a complete application in hours (or minutes if it is a crime drama). Juries are all composed or rational, well dressed middle class Americans. The reality is that your profession, like many others, consists of up to eighty percent knowledge and routine work with only a few or no media friendly, exciting moments. Most judges would throw a lawyer who acted like those on television and in movies out of the court and move for them to be disbarred.

So having said all of that, I for one would like to thank you and the other hard working, honest lawyers for the good things you do on a daily basis. Thanks to you, mortgages are completed properly, disputes between neighbors can be settled without a court (or violence), contracts are detailed and accurate, and day to day business continues.

Comment: Re:Defeats the purpose (Score 5, Insightful) 232

Wonderful, your world can keep going. Please contact my alternate (as indicated by my OOO reply) and they will make sure your world maintains its vital impetus. If it's not worth contacting them, then it's not that important at all, and you can reach out to me when I get back.

Comment: Re:Freud's problem too (Score 1) 172

by Lemmeoutada Collecti (#47593281) Attached to: Psychology's Replication Battle
Of course, that selection bias could also be read as those who are willing to pay to avoid something unpleasant have less patience than those who are not. Or that those who have a lower tolerance for pain are also less likely to value quiet and solitude - e.g. they are more likely to be extroverted - than those who have a higher tolerance. The data is clear: based on the chosen subset of the male population, there is a correlation between the subset and the dislike of and/or inability to endure solitude. That is pretty much all it does clearly indicate. It is not generalizable to the population as a whole, nor even to the subset of the population as a whole.

We cannot command nature except by obeying her. -- Sir Francis Bacon