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Comment: Re:Besides the manipulation issue (Score 1) 353

by Sir_Eptishous (#46773081) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs
Really what has been happening to children in the last 50 years or so is an ascending curve of influences, combining to create a new "First World Race"(so to speak).
The effects of these influences have been studied and can be easily found on this "internet library".

Here are a few:
1. The increased intake of Sugar in the American diet.
2. The ill affects of Multi-Tasking
3. How the overuse of consumer electronics is ruining sleep patterns
4. Kids don't play outside as much or at all

So, in effect, we have a new generation that is:
less likely to play outside, interact/understand/empathize with the natural world, can't remember as much due to being able to look things up instantly online, is more likely to display symptoms of ADD/ADHD due to over-intake of sugar and ADD/ADHD drugs, has a much shorter attention span than previous generations, etc, etc.

None of this is any sort of conspiracy, but rather is due to the way technology and our modern world has "evolved" in the last half century.

To me one of the interesting things to note here is that less affluent children don't display these issues because they don't come from families who can afford the ADD-Constantly Connected-Sugar Ridden lifestyle that is now the norm in the middle and upper classes in the First World.

We are now and will continue seeing the affects of this "evolution".

Comment: Power management on Ubuntu (Score 1) 451

by Sir_Eptishous (#46716261) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
So a while back I tried several different Linux desktops. Probably around 6 or 7. I used each one for about a week or two. They all had their Pros and Cons, but I went back to Ubuntu. I went back(it was the first one I tried...) for the stability, ease of use and software available.

And yes, I know all about the concerns with Amazon and how RMS feels about Ubuntu(which for the most part I agree with).
However I would reccommend it.

About a week ago it started automatically going into sleep mode after ten minutes.
As of this writing I haven't figured out how to correct this.
It never did this before and it appears to ignore whatever Power Management settings I give it.
Yes I have Googled this and have tried many things suggested but nothing has worked so far...
If anyone has experienced this and knows the fix I would appreciate advice...

Comment: Re:Its called paying attention (Score 1) 364

by Sir_Eptishous (#46640121) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
This "technique" you describe is something most drivers of standard transmission have used and known about for over a century...

IMHO, it was automatic transmission, and it's "asleep at the wheel" style of driving that is encouraged where nary a thought travels the synapses as one languidly applies pressure to either the brake or gas pedals. People driving automatics are the ones speeding up to lights and stop signs, only to then have to slam on their brakes and repeat the cycle to the next light/stop sign.

Stick drivers are more thoughtful regarding how they drive.

Comment: Cable and Satellite are way too expensive (Score 1) 323

I used to have Direct TV. For years... It was great.

But the monthly bills were too high, and I also had NF. I wondered why I had both and did some hard thinking about it.
I got rid of the satellite and kept NF.

I was totally satisfied with the DVD only plan for a while.
Then streaming came out and I tried that...
It worked great for about the first two years.
Now it is spotty and annoying.
Both NF and my ISP point the finger at the other one.

Right now I'm probably ok with NF not having the latest CRAP you can get from RedBox...
I always have to laugh at people who complain about what NF doesn't have...
I ask what films they want to watch and have to hide my derision.

NF actually has a large amount of incredible foreign and indie films, docs, all kinds of cool shit.
I never have a problem finding something to watch.
The problem is with the streaming itself.

What it doesn't have is the latest garbage peddled by the big studios, that for some reason most people want to watch.

The Hobbit?
Give me a break.

Comment: Streaming is more inconvenient (Score 1) 490

by Sir_Eptishous (#46586405) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
Inconvenient you say? Not for me...

I've been a NF user since they started(2004?) and have had a streaming plan with them since that was possible.
I can say unequivocally that their streaming performance has gone downhill to the point I'm considering cancelling and going back to the 3 DVD at a time plan.
I've called(yes you can do that...) NF several times to complain. I get the same excuses everytime, which boils down to "It's not our fault".
I've contacted my ISP who shows that I've got the latest/greatest DSL modem, etc and that speedtest and streaming others like Youtube all check out fine.

There is a problem with NF streaming.

Should I assume this has something to do with the recent ruling about Net Neutrality?
In my case the problem started about six months ago and has gotten worse in the last two, so it was before that.

So when I watch a DVD I don't have all the bullshit to put up with that I do with streaming. To me NF streaming is akin to the early days of telephone or telegraph.

And yes, I do TOTALLY blame the ISP, but I really have no way to prove it.

My other choice of ISP?

Comment: Re:People like you increase pollution (Score 1) 97

by Sir_Eptishous (#46585011) Attached to: WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

But AGW Warmist Fanatics such as yourself don't want to reduce the air pollution that causes health issues (Carbon MONOXOIDE, Sulfur dioxide, CFC, various particulates, etc) - they want to reduce CO2.

So you force efforts and money away from REAL pollution reduction to waste on reduction of a pretty much harmless gas that the entire biosphere of Earth has spent millions of years evolving to process in mass quantities.

This is in fact really my only beef with AGW religious fanatics such as myself, otherwise I wouldn't care how much you lie or mislead to make your case. But you are harming the environment directly, which is why I work to stop your dark and twisted philosophy from taking root where possible.

Wow, where do I begin replying to this...
1. When did I say I "don't want to reduce the air pollution that causes health issues"?
2. When did I "lie or mislead" to "make my case"?
3. Explain how I am "harming the environment directly", anymore than you are...?

And now to the piece de resistance(this is too good for words):

which is why I work to stop your dark and twisted philosophy from taking root where possible.

Do you know how nutty that sounds?
"Dark and twisted" philosophy? You need to crawl back into under your rock...

Damn Kendall, you gave me the best laugh I've had in a while!
Good luck on the comic book writing, and don't quit your day job!

Comment: The Threshold... (Score 1) 870

by Sir_Eptishous (#46584821) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
There will come a time when the profits made by the corporations will start to be affected by the unemployment created by automation and robotics. It's inevitable.

How will the corporations and governments deal with mass unemployment?
That is as important a question as any of the other major crises that are headed our way.

Will we end up "living" in the "Foam Cubes", guarded and monitored by a Robot Police Force?
Will we end up like the people in "Surrogates"?

It is fascinating that no one wants to really take a hard long look at what is coming, isn't it?

Yes, we could live the utopian dream Marshall Brain presents in "Manna", but how likely is that to occur?
It is obvious with the manipulation that the 1% is marshaling, they are not going to let that happen under any circumstances...

Comment: AGW Douchebags (Score 1, Flamebait) 97

by Sir_Eptishous (#46578105) Attached to: WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012
This right here is something that anyone who lives in a highly polluted urban area knows instinctively. You don't need studies and scientists to point out that pollution(air) is not healthy, and that exposure to it over time(years) is bad and probably contributes to Asthma and Emphysema(would appear obvious) and also things like Lung Cancer and Heart Disease... Common sense would dictate this observation.

This Common Sense observation, that air pollution is bad, is my main, MAIN point of animosity towards all the "there is no human caused global warming due to pollution or putting carbon into the atmosphere" douchebags.

Who gives a flying f*&k if the billions of tons of air pollution each year are causing climate change? Really! Why worry and argue about that when we know beyond any sort of Koch brothers funded propaganda that air pollution, the same air pollution putting billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere, is also killing the oceans via acidification, browning the forest and(drum roll please...) killing humans.

We should be doing everything in our power to reduce the amount of air pollution we put into the air, if not for what it is doing to the climate, at least for what it is doing to our health.

Comment: Thank God! (Score 1) 703

It always amazes me these idiots who make bold and sweepingly broad statements about California: "It's a desert! It's always been a desert!" Well, people, WTFU, because California actually has quite a few different climatic zones, and declaring the Central Valley a desert is nonsense.

Thanks for pointing this out!

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