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Comment Re:I think the problem is overstated (Score 1) 662

No problem at all! I meant to come across that way in my post. It's the people that seem to expect the world to be mind readers, or just not talk about, or even censor, using certain words that MIGHT trigger SOMEONE. The real way is to communicate that certain phrases might upset you, and to please not use them around me. That is certainly acceptable and the basis of a respectful relationship between people.

Comment Re:I think the problem is overstated (Score 1) 662

I think the issue with trigger warnings is the desire for it to take over the public. Anybody can trigger off of anything, it is impossible to predict what can bother a person.

In the real world, conversations should kind go like this. You are talking to your friend one day, you mention you got bit by a dog, describe the incident in detail, and he stops you, tells you about his trama, and you go, oh sorry man. From that point on you try to avoid bringing it up, because he asked to not bring it up, and that's what you do.

In the world that I have been reading about for the past year or so, they would have jumped down your throat for even mentioning a dog attack, talked about your privilege in growing up in an area with leashed dogs, and you should know better not to even talk about them in the first place.

I'm all for trigger warnings on sites on very specific topics, like on a support site for rape victims, it is a good idea to have the trigger warnings in there, in there if someone were to describe something in detail, that makes sense, and fits within the framework of the space. But they don't belong out of there 'in public' as it were.

I thought I did read that trigger warnings are actually harmful to people that have actual trama, that most people shouldn't be rendered catatonic when the same word describing their attack comes up in normal conversation, and if they are affected by it, the best way to heal through it is repeated exposure to it such that it doesn't cause any reaction at all.

That said I can still see respecting another enough to let them choose when they do or don't want to deal with a thing.

Still, trigger warnings and the like are ok in specific areas, just that group that wants them out there, to sanitize the world to fit their space, well, that scares me if things like that come to pass, it really does. That's my trigger.

Comment Re: Obligatory (Score 1) 662

I think both you and the GP hit the nail on the head. The difference is the internet. And I'm not talking about 'oh your head is down and not looking around you' kind of internet, I'm talking the global reach and ability to talk to almost anybody world wide in seconds.

One big issue is, is this an issue? What are examples of collage kids being offended by microagressions that is outside a vocal minority? If one were to walk around on campus would there be an air of this PC polluting the place, or would that only be an outward facing view they all have to share because of the slew of internet stories telling them that everyone else is offended by them?

As people our brains are also easily manipulated by anecdotal evidence. Well, I just read 200 slashdot comments supporting/opposing me, this must be the world view everybody shares!!

Offending people generates clickbait which leads to ad revenue. This leads to offensive, polarized discussions, which generate the most traffic and comments, getting payed the most to do so. While not everybody has set out to do this, there are hundreds of sites that this is their aim.

Find a random blog post/twitter complaint, elevate it to "People are OUTRAGED over the new "Blue Baby" flavored bubble gum" and just ride the wave of clicks for cash.

I think a lot of people are really unaware of how often this is being done, and are regularly pushed clickbait articles about offense everyday, it starts to generate within them the world view that everybody is mad all the time about everything.

I could be off, I'm older and no longer on campus, but even in my time (about 15 years ago) there were some pretty loud people pretty angry at just about anything, it's just, everyone has a louder voice, and the groups can get bigger, and the ad revenue driven entertainment we still call news thrives off of this.

It's the internet, unleashed in the wild for enough time now to start affecting an entire generation. We'll have to figure it all out as a people, but, I think we'll make it.

Comment Re:2B tears (Score 1) 63

I do honestly think the isolation of becoming suddenly rich is probably difficult enough to the point that I would wonder if I were better off working at a good salary in a field I enjoyed rather than sitting on mega millions. I mean look at the posts about notch ever since he hit it big with minecraft, everybody is just mad at the guy all damn time, he can't win.

I think being 'new money' is probably pretty isolating, and what really is the point and joy of life, of creating anything really, if you don't have people to share it with. A huge house, the stress free management and freedom from daily chores, unlimited travel /vacationing...but you can't go anywhere and interact with people and make connections. It'll always be suspect.

That has to be hard. And I get it, it's not "I can't pay my rent/mortgage" hard, but, its kinda like you got your life and place in life figured and sorted out, then it's all turned up side down, everybody you know treats you differently, has expectations, wants you to solve their problems. You, stop being the you you though you were.

I saw notches post about his new house and the party he has with celebrities in it, and just thought how big, sad, and lonely that house looked, and wondered if any of those people were really his friends.

Objectively, what you really want is 2 billion dollars in the bank and nobody with a clue you have it. Live a normal, comfortable life, that's the true dream. Drop fame, I can't imagine that has ever been good for anybody.

Comment Re:Unison (Score 1) 748

Right exactly, the sophistication would increase over time. Accidents always happen all the time.

But I tell you the damn computer could avoid so many more than we can as people. Hell, if you have a heart attack in your car a good system could route you to the hospital and turn your vehicle into an ambulance getting everyone out of the way and notify the hospital that you are incoming. Without that the guy would most likely swerve off into traffic causing a cascading accident.

The whole idea is that cars will have inhuman reaction times coupled with greater sensory perception and awareness. This whole 'steer into 5 people or murder the driver' is probably such a complex thing for a machine OR human to even sense in the amount of time that an accident occurs. At least if a machine could see actually determine it in time, you damn well bet the machine had time to make a more informed decision than a person would.

I mean life is not 100% predictable. "Hey, didn't your car detect that nuclear launch and get out of the way of the blast zone? NO? It won't help!" It is so damn obvious how many deaths and accidents and just general frustration in driving could be avoided by automated and networked roadways, really I don't see why humanity isn't jumping for joy at the thought of something like this.

Comment Re:the new slow dummies in the left lane (Score 1) 748

This is exactly why control of cars needs to be out of human hands.

Optimal flow of traffic is too hard and large a problem for any driver to determine what they should be doing from their point of view, let alone the expectation that each driver is capable and conscious enough to make 'non obvious' moves, like going slower.

I have no doubt that with some algorithms and real time traffic stats that we'd all get to where we wanted to go much faster and safer than we can now, but we have to take our human hands out of it.

I don't understand why the pride issue or whatever either, there is no way that over the 70 years or so we'll probably be on the roadways that we can guarantee full cognizance at every given moment of driving. We all get distracted, mad, happy, surprised, excited, and each mood will affect our driving.

Eh, I'll never see it in my lifetime, but I tell you it'll be a much better world of transportation when computers are getting us from point a to b.

Comment Re:wah wah wah clickbait (Score 1) 400

Just saw a story today with someone putting out a "Despecialized" edition of starwars, which you should be able to find with some googling. They tried their best to remove all the 'fixes' added to the movies and do some color correction and a bunch of other stuff you'd probably like if really into that stuff.

Also saw on youtube some recuts of the 'new' trilogy that tried to remove as much cheese as possible, and after skipping around them I think they do a pretty good job improving the movies as much as they could.

Anyway didn't read clickbait article, but periodically rewatch star wars with the kids and still enjoy it. I especially like empire and the fight at the end, and honestly with age I get a bit more enjoyment out of it. As I got older I noticed that each section of the fight vader was trying to make a different point, from toying, to lessons, to dead serious frustration at the end. You don't need overly flashy choreography to tell the story, even within an action sequence, and I think empire does it really well there.

It's like anything though, takes a bit of mental gymnastics to still appreciate media that doesn't hold up technically as well. I can look back at a lot of games I loved and still see how amazing they were for the time and understand why I used to spend hours on them. I can certainly do the same with movies, star wars included.

Comment Re:Flipped Classrooms (Score 4, Interesting) 307

I hear you there. In high school I struggled so much with "How are ya?" As a depressed person living in my head with a huge amount of anxiety, the true answer to that question involved minutes of conversation. Knowing that nobody wanted those minutes still took me several seconds to blast over and discard, then trip and stumble through an answer before landing on something. It took a lot of work to just be able to say "good", even when that wasn't the true answer, or even an appropriate response to the question asked. They are just simply social barks of no meaning.

It was a long time coming before I realize what you said above, that most of the time people aren't in the mood to engage their brains and have a serious discussion right as soon as you meet up, that you have to work up to that kind of thing.

In terms of learning, I've always been of the mind that you have to keep the difficulty proportional to the skill. I game a lot so they are useful analogies for me, but when teaching someone, you can't throw them in against a professional player and expect growth, you have to first teach the person to be average level and familiar before time with excellent players is beneficial in the slightest.

Ironically, middle and high school is probably some of the most treacherous and brutal social situations we all have to go through, and at a time when we are all weakest at doing so. Interacting with most sane adults is generally the best practice before people get thrown to the lions, but that never seems to be the way it goes.

In some ways I wonder that its generally easier to interact with adults because we have all been mostly scarred at one point or another in high school, and thus learn empathy properly, but eh.

Comment Re:And they didn't (Score 1) 528

It's funny because when an advertisement does it's job right and I notice it, I file it away as explicitly to avoiding the brand when making an impulse buy in the store. I mean I get the point, when I look at the rack, I am familiar with the brand, and pick it over the competitor. Except your stupid advertisements have made me do the opposite, avoidance!

I think advertisements can be done well, subtle and non intrusive, fusing their product to a good image. I don't know about all their methods but say red bull's take on advertising is novel and actually creates things of interest that they plaster their logo on,

I'll never understand why people think the bullhorn and siren methods work... unless they do, maybe they do? If so, that is probably our fault.

Comment Re:Conservative. (Score 3, Insightful) 319

Just sounds like you are getting old and seeing that is is fatiguing to learn the same thing over and over again... I mean it is, but that is computing in general. I grew up with DOS and norton commander, then we hit windows 3.1 to learn things, then windows 95x and upwards. Even between windows versions everything shuffled around and I had to relearn where it all was.

Back in college I finally got some unix/linux command line experience, had to learn some stuff there but nothing too deep. In the working world I was back to windows for a while, but a new job got me stuck on OSX and once again had to relearn everything, then back to ubuntu again (What asshole greenlit those scroll bars and 1px target to resize a window?!) and learning more and more.

Oh yeah, there is also the ipad, ipod, iphone, and android devices with their own OS's and quirks to learn too. Not to mention console dashboards and navigating around their social networking features.

I mean, it all keeps changing, and some new stuff sucks, but overall, I think its getting better. I find myself just as lost as I've always been, but the answer is usually auto completed for me when I start typing it into google, I don't even have to search through 30 pages of altavista to find a good webring to browse for good information.

I mean taking the editor, yeah some suck, but some are great, sublime text for example, it is pretty hipster like, but damn, it was really built for people like me. I like keyboard shortcuts but I like GUI's a lot as well and sublime seems to marry the two really well.

So yeah, software changes, more and more TYPES of people are building software for more types of people, there is a lot of crap out there, but filtered out, the gems are really great gems.

Comment Re:Well ... (Score 1) 203

This right here. Nobody really is in love with the company in general, but it is the people you've worked with and for that actually might have made working there tolerable. The last thing I wanted to do leaving a long position I had was strand any one of them by being lackadaisical during my final two weeks.

Comment Re:Having security meet him at his desk (Score 1) 279

Agree here. Worked at a place where their policy involved treating people like criminals as they went out the door, didn't even get a moment to say goodbye to some people I was friendly with or had the security guy hovering over them like they were going to take a rifle out and start shooting any moment.

It's like others said, if they were going to do something crazy it would probably be before they put in 2 weeks. One guy they took him out for lunch for his birthday then fired him when we got back.

Obviously I got out of there as fast as I could.

Comment Re:Parents keeping kids away from peanuts? Not rea (Score 1) 243

We waited a while to introduce our oldest to peanut butter, my wife was pretty scared about it because she had a friend growing up with a peanut allergy. It just kinda got to the point where we didn't have peanut butter in the house anyway, it just wasn't a staple, not out of any real thought to specifically avoid it.

There is no history of food allergies in either family, though my side does have some heavy animal allergies. We finally gave him a spoonful of peanut butter and he broke out in hives and then threw up about 10 minutes later. We freaked out of course and had him in for some allergy testing, he had a pretty big blow up with the skin prick test and his blood levels came back very high.

This is where everything gets to be an approximation. We still don't know his allergy. A skin prick test just proves that the allergens on his skin react to it. The blood test proves he has the potential for a big reaction to peanut proteins in him. Apparently there are 8 proteins in peanuts, and some cause stronger reactions than others. It is possible your blood test comes back 'high' yet your body doesn't react to the proteins that will cause an anaphylaxis reaction.

Further, it depends how your body breaks down the protein in your digestive system, it could be possible to come back with high levels on the test yet your body breaks everything down into small enough quantities that the allergen never triggers even though you have the potential for an explosive reaction.

The only authoritative way to determine the allergy is an oral challenge, but due to our son's high levels and his previous reaction, would be really dangerous for him until he is a bit older. The only thing to do is keep testing and hoping the levels drop enough to try a challenge.

Right now hes in 'avoid cross contamination' mode and it really is a bit life changing. We have to take an epi pen around with us and be 'those people' that ruin it for everybody. My son has to ask if new food is safe, because we put peanuts in every god damn product. We had a sunblock we put on him that caused him to break out in a rash and we looked up the ingredients and one of them was derrived from peanuts. It is insane.

And nobody gets it, even here some of the comments are really insensitive because they love their peanut butter. For us that substance is a deadly poison that targets our son and it is everywhere, every, fucking, where. I've been on there other side where I've gotten on a plane and couldn't eat the snack I brought with me and complained, but I guess once I get on the other side of it, I realize how scary it can be.

We were playing at a rec center after a group class and he was making new friends playing at a pool table when I noticed a dad come over with a half eaten sandwich to give to his kid... whats on the sandwich... peanut butter! SHIT they've all been at the same table touching the stuff, that kid is little he'll be all over with that food, we have to GET OUT OF HERE NOW.

That is the bullshit you have to deal with with this thing, the world is suddenly full of boobytraps that'll put your kid in the hospital or kill him if you aren't fast enough to stick him with the epi pen. It SUCKS, way more than having to wait to eat my snack until after I got off the plane.

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