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Comment: Re:IQ? (Score 0) 303

by SockPuppetOfTheWeek (#40210217) Attached to: The Real-Life Doogie Howser

While I have worked on my reading and writing skills, which it seems every Grammar Nazi points out, is one of those setbacks that hold me back, however my stronger skills, I have learned to compensate and relay more on them to help push me further.

Aaaaaaag. I cringed reading that.

I'm still not sure whether you meant Grammar Nazis point out your mistakes, or that they point out that the poor reading and writing skills are holding you back. Probably the former, but jeez.

Also, you misspelled rely.

"While I have worked on my reading and writing skills, which it seems every Grammar Nazi points out, they are still one of those setbacks that holds me back. However, I have learned to compensate and rely more on my stronger skills to help push me further."

(Lucky thing I proofread this - I edited in a word and put it in the complete wrong place. That would have been embarrassing...)

Comment: Re:Next step - get rid of those silly bottles (Score 1) 292

by SockPuppetOfTheWeek (#40110955) Attached to: MIT Creates Superhydrophobic Condiment Bottles

I believe the phrase you're looking for is "ultra homogenized", not "ultra pasteurized".

Fun fact, pasteurizationactually actually doesn't require all that much heat - the standard "high temperature, short time" pasteurization heats the milk to 71.7 degrees C for 15-20 seconds. This results in 5-log reduction in microorganisms (99.999% kill rate).

Comment: Re:Well, what about we think a bit.... (Score 1) 277

by SockPuppetOfTheWeek (#40110623) Attached to: Ten Cops Can't Recover Police Chief's Son's iPhone

No. But since fatality rate per 100,000 workers is an annual figure, not a career figure, it actually works in exactly the opposite direction as you probably would have assumed. The figure means that for every 100,000 ranchers, you can expect about 42 ranchers to die in work-related accidents every year, not just at some point in their entire careers. Working well beyond normal retirement would compound that risk further. Retiring earlier means less likelihood of dying in a work-related accident.

Although I imagine there's a pretty big difference between fresh new cops who get put on the streets and the older cops who have been there for a few decades and have seniority to get the less-dangerous desk jobs.

Comment: Re:National Science Tests (Score 2) 580

The purpose of teaching is that you learn, most importantly, how to learn. What you were learning was how to avoid learning (things that you deemed unimportant to remember). Both skills might have useful applications to your adult life, but you were doing yourself a disservice by short-circuiting the learning process.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 580

It was a fairly basic, conceptual-level question.

A graphic of the periodic table was displayed, with the elements Ar, Cl, He, N, and Zn highlighted. The text of the question asked which element would have chemical properties most similar to Ar. As long as you know that the table is arranged so that elements in vertical columns share similar chemical properties, you'll get it correct.


Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.