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Comment: Re:Ubiquity is unavoidable (Score 1) 110

by Reziac (#49346465) Attached to: Public Records Request Returns 4.6M License Plate Scans From Oakland PD

This weekend I saw a guy apparently picnicking across the road from my house. After a while I went over to see WTF, and turns out he was working for a mapping company (and the company drone was flying overhead, snapping photos). He told me that their maps are accurate to within 1/8th inch.

Comment: Re:Good points, bad points (Score 1) 282

by Reziac (#49336897) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Or someone will figure they can tromp the pedal ALL the time because the car will take care of it... then when they get to a higher speed zone, the car will speed up inappropriately and run someone else off the road, or slide off the road because 45mph was okay on ice but 65mph is not. Or it will slow when doing so is dangerous (frex, when that truck behind you can't slow down that fast), but the sign said to. Situational awareness is not just the speed limit. It's a continuous series of judgment calls based on the whole damn road and everyone on it.

Comment: Re:Good points, bad points (Score 1) 282

by Reziac (#49336833) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

There are roads in California where the speed limit is different on opposite sides of the street, I shit you not. So on the same street, westbound the speed limit might be 40mph while eastbound it's 25mph. When I asked the highway department about this, I was told it's due to the street being on the boundary of different 'zones'.

Comment: Re:I guess she got tired of blaming weed... (Score 1) 334

No. You make the baseline a point the child won't cross again. That way you don't have to ratchet up; indeed, you'll probably never have to repeat it. Think of the time you burned your finger on the stove... you didn't try that again, did you!

I'm a pro dog trainer, and it's the same way. If a dog bites (eg. egregious misbehavior), and you just tap 'em on the nose, pretty soon they figure out your response wasn't serious, so they try it again... a little harder tap, and they figure out they can handle that just fine too, bite again, and it becomes an arms race. (That's precisely how puppy nipping becomes adult biting.) So instead you deck 'em first time around, so they know with certainty that what they did was Dumb and absolutely won't be tolerated, and they never try it again. It may sound harsh, but it's a lot kinder in the long run -- especially it's psychologically kinder, because you've set the solid boundary that the dog (or child) was probing for, rather than making it a fuzzy thing to be challenged over and over in case it's not for real. And when the boundary is fuzzy you do have to punish over and over, and get harsher as they discover how much they can take, and the boundary never does get established because they learn that if only they can take a little more, it'll move again.

Comment: Re:I guess she got tired of blaming weed... (Score 1) 334

Friend had two kids that were different as night and day. The older boy responded to even mild displeasure -- he always wanted to please and never needed so much as a threat of any punishment. The younger boy was rather more willful, had to have it demonstrated to him that the adult was indeed serious, and didn't believe he'd be punished until he actually got spanked. (Timeout and the like was a waste of air.) Once he'd had that demonstration, so long as he knew the adult would follow through, he was a perfect angel. But if he knew he could game the adult, he'd misbehave however he liked.

Younger boy (who was 3 or 4 at the time) was in the habit of ignoring mom when she called (guess who didn't follow through in that household). One day this happened when he didn't realise I was in the ditch behind their house. Mom called, boy ran the other way, and I came raring up out of the ditch. Boy goes Ooops, the enforcer is here, and hitailed it for mom. After that he always came when called!!

Comment: Re:Surprisingly badly written article (Score 1) 143

by Reziac (#49313625) Attached to: Excess Time Indoors May Explain Rising Myopia Rates

I'm a pro dog trainer, specifically retrievers, which need to have good distance vision. I've noticed that if puppies around weaning age don't have a long line of sight available, they never really learn to see distance later on, either. (Incidentally, there once was a bloodline that was infamous for myopia, so there is an inherited component too. Those dogs are not improved by environment.)

I recall a study some years back that found if babies sleep in a lighted room, they are likely to become myopic.

I'm thinkin' there might be a stall point in eye development that can glitch if the eye lacks a certain cycle of stimulation and rest, and the result of this stall is that the eye never develops past the myopia that's normal in infants. (It's certainly normal in puppies from 2 to 4 weeks old; after that they need stimulation.)

Comment: Re:Great example (Score 4, Interesting) 317

The immediate effect I'd predict is more suicides, because the suicidal user who already believes they don't count because no one listens to them now has hard evidence that no one listens to what they have to say -- after all, they're just been silenced by Facebook.

Comment: Re:NearlyFreeSpeech? Are you kidding?! (Score 1) 295

by Reziac (#49292999) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

I checked out their pricing estimator
and while they're inexpensive for most stuff, they'd cost me an arm and a leg for storage. I keep an FTP mirror that while it gets very little traffic, presently has over 40GB of files. That pulled the storage charge up to about 10x what I'm presently paying, and rather considerably offset what I'd save on my two dozen domains.

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Comment: Re:Only if you trnaslate in your head (Score 1) 274

by Reziac (#49292909) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

I speak only a little Spanish (my first impluse was to type "Tengo solamente un poquito de Español"), and read it but slightly better, but I find that I don't translate at all (nor did I during the obligatory semesters of French and German in junior high, nor in a year each of Latin and Spanish in high school... mind you this was over 40 years ago). I either have the word-and-meaning, or I don't. There's no groping for the English word.

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 1) 305

by Reziac (#49271895) Attached to: Prison Program Aims To Turn Criminals Into Coders

If your depression is indeed low thyroid, that's one of the very easiest things to fix, and that in turn fixes loads of other stuff. And if you can persuade 'em to prescribe natural desiccated thyroid instead of or in addition to synth, that's usually better (not always. But I definitely do better on NDT.)

Yeah, the spay/neuter craze has done dogs no good. (In most of Europe it's considered mutilation, and in some countries is even illegal, but that's changing -- not for the better.) Cancer rates skyrocket (four times higher in some breeds). Other health issues that increase significantly: temperament issues, especially fearfulness and inappropriate aggression. Joint disorders, notably ACL and hip dysplasia. Immune issues including fatal blood disorders.

A good overview:

another, with numerous citations:

a few studies I happen to have bookmarked:

a vet's rant:

Unwanted puppies? There's an ancient invention that adequately covers that problem. They use it in Europe. It's called a leash.

Be well. I'd miss you. :)

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 1) 305

by Reziac (#49270939) Attached to: Prison Program Aims To Turn Criminals Into Coders

Forgot to mention -- spaying/neutering in dogs causes hypothyroidism in a significant percentage of individuals (up to 20% depending on which stats you look at).

34. Milne KL, Hayes HM Jr. Epidemiologic features of canine hypothyroidism. Cornell Vet. 1981;71:3-14.
35. Panciera DL. Hypothyroidism in dogs: 66 cases (1987-1992). JAVMA 1994;204:761-7.

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