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Comment: Re:It isn't the soda. It's the survey. (Score 1) 287

by Smokey Behr (#44595051) Attached to: Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds
All I'm going to do is point out the disproportionate amount of violence and crime that occurs in majority Black neighborhoods, the disproportionate amount of violence that occurs in majority Black countries, and the lower average IQ found in Africa compared to other continents. There is no racism in facts.

Comment: It isn't the soda. It's the survey. (Score 5, Interesting) 287

by Smokey Behr (#44593803) Attached to: Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds
The problem with the survey can be found in the results section of the Abstract. They oversampled males by +4, and 51% of the families were Black. This isn't a soda/soft drink issue; it's a parenting/cultural issue, which is mentioned, but essentially glossed over when you start delving into the "study". The families were already "in the system", as they were part of an ongoing study, which tells me that there were already parenting and cultural issues that go deeper than the family's diet.

Comment: Herp-a-derp (Score 1) 86

by Smokey Behr (#44461739) Attached to: Utah Set To Exempt NSA Datacenter From Power Tax, After All
The fscking NSA is snooping on damned near every American both onshore and offshore, as well as millions of people overseas, snarfing up dozens of terabytes of data on a DAILY basis; yet has no fscking clue as to the legislation that is going to directly affect them and their budget? This is another reason why we need to eliminate as many agencies of the Federal Government as possible, and get back to Article I, Section 8 permitted functions.

Comment: Igor, bring me a Frankenburger (Score 1) 221

by Smokey Behr (#44461615) Attached to: $375,000 Lab-Grown Beef Burger To Debut On Monday
Okay, you've grown meat in a test tube, but who's going to eat it? The whole point of real meat is the flavor that's imparted to it through its feed and husbandry. There's a reason why some people raise and slaughter their own cattle, or grind their own meat, or buy the frozen patties from the warehouse club store. This whole thing is like a Concept Car: Sure, it can be done; sure, it's as expensive as hell; sure, it can be eaten; but who in their right mind is going to eat it? I have a feeling this is going to be Post's "Blinky Moment", where the 3-eyed fish is cooked and served, but whether it's edible or not is a whole different story.

Comment: The 9th Circus fails again (Score 1) 207

Keller should quit whining and be glad for the free publicity. The 9th got this decision wrong, since this falls somewhere between Fair Use and no personally identifiable information. Of course, I agree with some of the posters that EA should totally nerf that character so that nobody will want to play him.

Comment: Re:Praise Legacy Data (Score 1) 336

by Smokey Behr (#44451999) Attached to: How Outdated Data Distorts Doctors' Pay
When I was in between insurance plans (and jobs) I paid cash for a doctor's appointment, and got a 25% discount, plus they changed what was done to a cheaper "procedure", so I paid even less. If the Federal Government got out of the business of providing healthcare, the overall quality would go up, and the cost would go down.

Comment: Re:But dos and older windows 9X apps / os may not (Score 1) 212

by Smokey Behr (#43905827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Supporting "Antique" Software?
I've been running Toughbooks for a while, simply because I have older network equipment that needs a real RS-232 serial connection to talk to it, and I have a plethora of two-way radio equipment that requires programming using a serial port and interface box. The Radio Programming Software won't recognize serial ports above COM4, and most USB-to-Serial converters have issues with sending the signals down the line. I also have Amateur Radio equipment and software that requires a real serial port for sending and receiving data and keying the radio. USB converters can't provide the correct signaling functions.

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