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Comment: Re:is it 4/1 already (Score 1) 424

by Mr D from 63 (#49140091) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

this seems to good to be true...

And what do they say about things that seem to good to be true?

The new rules appear to accomplish 2 things. 1) Put in place net neutrality restrictions. 2) Regulate ISPs. Most of us like number 1, some of us worry about number 2. I predict it won't be long before regulatory fees are established, thus enabling an expansion of the FCC. Then, they'll have enough people to think of more aspects that need regulation... and the cycle begins. Not to mention that lobby money becomes even more influential on what ISPs can now do.

Comment: Re:Inquisition (Score 0) 333

by Mr D from 63 (#49139929) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics
So, this is focused on investigating just one person? That's even more of a witch hunt than I thought.

I believe we should use science to deal with the claims of scientists. Funding source investigations may bolster suspicions or give some people an excuse to ignore, but they do nothing to prove if the claims have a basis or not.

Comment: Re:Inquisition (Score 2) 333

by Mr D from 63 (#49138519) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics
Well I suppose you would support an equal amount of investigation into the funding of those that might be considered GW activists, you know, to make sure they are not funded by the renewables industry, or their lobby or other activist organizations?

Personally, I think when science allows itself to get into witch hunt mode, it is damning itself to staying there. Scientist should stand up and say "we got this, politicians, please stay out of it".

Comment: Re:I got a butt chewing for giving my daughter hon (Score 1) 236

by Mr D from 63 (#49122415) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy
I would suspect that on average the parents who are afraid to feed honey to their kids have a much longer list of "don'ts" than the honey feeders. It is that cumulative restriction of exposure that may impact a kid's development, life, health, or whatever, its not just the individual 'no honey' restriction. Of course, there is the other end of the spectrum where anything goes.

I can say my kids love honey. Its one more pleasure in their lives.

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 395

That's irrelevant. There are always going to be things going on in people's lives. I can tell you for certain that nothing else significant changed in his life during that timeframe other that smoking pot. We were the type of friends that spend all of our free time together.

I'm seeing a lot of attempts to deflect any blame from pot. I find it quite interesting. I've had one person call him a liar, others claiming it must be some other cause. And now you searching for something else.

Here's the thing... there are always multiple factors that affect people's behavior. In that sense, the word 'cause' becomes the excuse for others to deflect because it certainly can't be proven philosophically, and certainly there are a list of contributors. But there is a level of common sense that can be applied and it is clear that smoking pot is, if it makes you feel better, a primary contributor.

I could claim that when a drunk driver kills a family, we should not blame the role of alcohol, that there must have been some reason he drank so much and acted so irresponsibly. But that would be avoiding the real point, and the fact that alcohol was a primary contributor.

So please, everyone, stop looking for excuses for pot. Its OK to use common sense and admit that a mind affecting substance can have a negative impact on people's lives. There is ample evidence, I've seen if first hand. It doesn't mean its an evil substance, or that you are wrong for using it. Denial and scapegoating is your own problem, not mine or my friends.

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 1) 27

by Mr D from 63 (#49122145) Attached to: Rapid Test For Ebola Now Available
No, thats not my point but appears to be yours. My point is that you are vilifying the only entities that are providing the solutions, and the system that enables them to be deployed, albeit not on your time schedule. But, it seems you have a vision in mind of a world where things like priorities and trade offs don't come into play.

+ - Study: Peanut Consumption in Infancy Helps Prevent Allergies->

Submitted by Mr D from 63
Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "From the article; For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do.

Its interesting how this peanut allergy fear is a bit of a self fulfilling prophecy. I believe its driven by a complete mus-perception of risk by many parents, and it doesn't stop at peanuts. What do you think, is there a bigger underlying problem here?"

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Comment: Re:Canadians (Score 4, Informative) 175

by Mr D from 63 (#49119879) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

Everyone seems to imagine those holding H1-B visas to be from poor countries who are ready to work 12 hours a day as a slave to avoid being shipped "back to the slums."

My experience with H1-B engineers is that they all have very different situations. I know several that wanted a few years in the US simply for the experience and contacts, then they would go back to Asia in a better position than they left. Some Europeans want to live here for a while for the experience but eventually plan to return home, those individuals often have a lot of experience. Others have little to return to and hope for citizenship here, they tend to be younger, less experienced people.

I think there are a certain number of engineers with certain skill sets that can demand a quite high pay, skewing the average upward for "engineers".

Comment: Re: FFS (Score 2) 395

Your friend could be lying. .

LYING? I was with him the whole time, there is nothing to lie about, a blind man could see what was happening. You are lying to yourself if you have to try that hard to take blame off pot.

Unbelievable! You have no clue about the situation, and you accuse him of lying because you don't like the association. That says a lot about you. Good day.

+ - Only twice have nations banned a weapon before it was used; they may do it again-> 2

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Seth Baum writes about international efforts to ban "killer robots" before they are used. China, Israel, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States are apparently developing precursor technology. 'Fully autonomous weapons are not unambiguously bad. They can reduce burdens on soldiers. Already, military robots are saving many service members’ lives, for example by neutralizing improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq. The more capabilities military robots have, the more they can keep soldiers from harm. They may also be able to complete missions that soldiers and non-autonomous weapons cannot.' But Baum, who founded the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, goes on to outline the potential downsides, and there are quite a few."
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Comment: Re:FFS (Score 2) 395

It was his choice to smoke pot, which led to his skipping school. It makes sense that it affects different people differently, if you want to assume otherwise go ahead. Compared to those who have accidents, "a considerably larger number of people" who drive drunk arrive at their destination with no incident. That would be foolish logic to apply.

My friend knows very well it was smoking pot, he admits it freely and regrets it. It is quite clear in this situation that if he didn't start smoking he would not have dropped out.

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 2) 395

Causation is hard to identify in your example though: does smoking pot encourage teens to drop out;

The answer is absolutely yes, it can cause some kids to drop out of school.

I have witnessed my best friend go from a straight A student throughout high school to dropping out the last half of his senior year so he could smoke pot. This set him back a long way, and he had to go back and get a GED 3 years later. It was a clear case of pot's impact on this particular kid, it didn't have the same impact on my or other close friends who all started about that time.

+ - Google Lunar XPrize teams partner for a 2016 SpaceX moonshot

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Two competing teams for the Google Lunar XPrize have announced that they are partnering for a mission to the moon in the second half of 2016. From the article: "The Google Lunar XPrize , a $30 million purse of prizes encouraging private teams to put lunar rovers on the moon, this morning took if not quite a giant leap, then at least a big step. Two of those teams, Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic and Japan-based Hakuto, signed on to share a rocket ride to the moon in late 2016. Hakuto, which developed a pair of rovers to explore the lunar surface, will hitch a ride on Astrobotic's lander, which plans to set down in Lacus Mortis, located in the northeastern portion of the moon. Once on the surface, both teams will deploy their rovers and go exploring. The first to cover 500 meters (around 550 yards) while broadcasting high-definition footage will take home the $20 million grand prize.""

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