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Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 1) 314

"gets more awesome the more news I hear about him"

You mean like screaming about evolution being not true?

Or giving Rhode Island taxpayers the shaft when his completely failed as a businessman, and left them holding the bag?

I'm just really curious about your definition of awesome?

Comment: The 38 Studios mess (Score 0) 314

and the screwing over of the Rhode Island taxpayers to the tune of ~115 MILLION forever puts him on the scumbag list (especially given his hardcore right wing rants about welfare, etc when he's happy to take corporate welfare)

HOWEVER, his daughter has nothing to do with him being a raging a-hole complete douchebag and anti-science nut.

Comment: Carpe Diem (Score 1) 698

I think many other people have posted very thoughtful and hopefully appropriate/useful ideas for you.

Mine would be this... say to yourself in a Monty Python-esque voice "I'm not dead yet..." and make as many memories as you can with her now, while your body still allows it. If you are financially and physically able, maybe travel with her a bit, but it doesn't have to be something grandiose even -- you know what your daughter would enjoy more than any of us.

2-6 months isn't a lot of time, and I sincerely hope you have more than that -- BUT seriously, carpe diem, I don't mean that to sound as cliched as it does, but really use the time wisely to give her as many good and important memories as you can.

I think the videos are a fine idea, but you will never be able to make enough to cover every situation and milestone she'll reach, or not reach. Helping her to be a strong, healthy, happy, inquisitive, confident, fearless young woman will be your be gift, and knowing she'll 'be ok' might make things a bit better as your time draws near.

Best wishes to you, and I'm sorry you have to deal with this shit. As a parent with a young daughter myself, I can't even fathom what you're going through

Comment: Re:I got a butt chewing for giving my daughter hon (Score 1) 240

by Morpeth (#49121571) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

Actually there IS some justification on holding off on honey until 12 months, floppy baby syndrome is a real thing. Not saying you did anything wrong, but that's one that does have some scientific reasoning behind it (not just some 'I read it on Natural News blog' kind of pseudoscience)


Comment: Re:Dumb question (Score 5, Interesting) 240

by Morpeth (#49121529) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

Our pediatrician once told me, every kid should have eaten a pound of dirt by the time they're two. While she didn't mean it literally (at least not that much dirt), she's talked about the 'immune system needing exercise', and that helicopter parenting actually denies kids a certain amount of exposure that's healthy. To be clear she's NOT an anti-vaxxer, on the contrary, but thinks both natural and pharm assisted immunity/resistance is a good idea.

Comment: Re:Not "like Slashdot" (Score 1) 225

by Morpeth (#48866663) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Perhaps not, but I've had several religious friends 'unfriend' me when they realized I don't believe in magical invisible sky fairies.

Which I find funny, as I don't unfriend someone who believes in invisible special friends, otherwise I'd have a hard time hanging with my adorable 5 yr old.

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 0) 225

by Morpeth (#48866523) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

But...but... the bible tells me so, therefor it MUST be true! (/sarcasm).

I always liked Stephen Roberts quote "I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

It never fails to baffle me how people of religion A will say how ridiculous the god(s)/stories/tales of religion B are, but completely fail to apply the same analysis and logic to their own religion that brought them to conclude the other one is so absurd or wrong.

Comment: Get a warrant first and I'm ok with this (Score 1) 290

by Morpeth (#48858457) Attached to: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

As others have said, this definitely seems to be a warrant required device -- cops should in NO WAY be able to just run around willy nilly doing this. The opportunity for abuse is too great.

I think in the case of a say a hostage situation (or something along those lines), you could argue it's an exigent circumstance and could exclude a warrant. But the exclusion should only in extreme circumstances.

Comment: PCs are still awesome imo (Score 4, Insightful) 130

by Morpeth (#48807125) Attached to: PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

1) Gods help me if have to type anything of substance on a phone or tablet (without a full keyboard)
2) I'm a gamer, enough said,
3) I like a nice big clear monitor to work on, no tablet comes close
4) Though it doesn't apply to people outside of the /. crowd so much, I love building/upgrading my own systems, it's fun and cheap.
5) Processing/GPU power and cost. If you're not worried about physical contraints, as is the case with PCs vs. phones/tablets, you can get SO much more power for less money. Yeah my desktop case is big, but you simply can't get the kind of graphics power I want for gaming in anything else.

I think people are starting to realize the PC is still very, very useful.

Comment: Sample size a wee bit small (Score 1) 179

by Morpeth (#48658205) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

12 people is really small for a study imo. I think there might be something to the idea, but the study seems lacking.

There's so many variables that a much larger pool would be helpful.

Are these 12 all regular bedtime readers? Which ones regularly read with an ipad/kindle vs. paper book? Are these 12 normally good sleepers or not? Why did they make them read for 4 hours (personally, that's much longer than anyone I know of reads before falling asleep)? I dunno too much left out of the study.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.