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Comment: Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (Score 1) 646

by 93,000 (#47271467) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

The Sioux debate has gone on for decades. The NCAA declared it derogatory around 5 or 6 years ago. After much fuss and many lawsuits, the 'Sioux' name was officially retired two or three years ago. UND is currently without a mascot.

As I noted, my timeline is approximate at best... but you get the idea.

Comment: Re:Two Problems (Score 1) 164

> People who have to use their own money / satisfy investors / secure a loan tend to plan ahead and think about how much they need and why.
People who have their hand out tend to ask for whatever they can get and think about how to spend it later.

Sure. Clever phrasing. The first group is satisfying self interests. The second is hoping to do something charitable or somehow beneficial to others, and still be able to buy groceries. We have different spreadsheets. For instance everyone who's not Levar Burton of TV fame.

Comment: one device to rule them all (Score 1) 288

by Strange Ranger (#47080607) Attached to: HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

They could totally turn themselves around if they offered exactly what just about everybody wants..
 
A ROCK SOLID home multifunction office machine. Rock Solid meaning slick bomb-proof drivers as well as a machine that didn't crap out on a black and white report because the yellow ink was low. This machine would also need a paper feed that didn't require the moon to be in proper alignment during a squirrel sacrifice in order to feed mostly whatever you put it in.
 
Then, offer them like cell phones. Charge less up front but only a bit less. Quit selling junk and hoping to cheat everybody on ink. Let me sign up for a quality service and ink renewal plan that works like a cheaper version of a smart phone. Make it as trouble free and pain free as your average smart phone. I'll sign up tomorrow.

Comment: misleading (Score 1) 462

by Elwood P Dowd (#47079785) Attached to: Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

The issue is that in California they have to sell a certain portion of their fleet with zero and low emissions. He is saying that in order to convince people to buy the zero or low emission vehicles in adequate proportion, they have had to subsidize the price by $14,000. He does not expect that they will "sell too many" â" they picked this price because it's the number they expect will sell exactly the right amount.

Comment: 2nd SOMALGET country leaked by contractor resume (Score 1) 241

by Elwood P Dowd (#47079741) Attached to: WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

The 2nd SOMALGET country was first leaked by defense contractor resume. Hinted at, in any case. Defense Contractors put all the illegal shit they do in their resumes to get more jobs doing those things.

Christopher Soghoian's tweet on the subject.

Erica A's resume

Erica A spent December 2012 to October 2013 in Afghanistan, is an expert in "Somalget Retro GUI" and is available for hire immediately.

Comment: Re:And for the exact opposite effect... Homeschool (Score 1) 278

by Strange Ranger (#46556077) Attached to: Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

The Stigma and Social Effects scare me. Yes ideally I'd like to dismiss all that as trivial or superficial; shallow, or beside the point. But parents are weighing real effects, of real life, on our very real children. You can't teach a 6 year old to Be Yourself and Fuckitall.

How does one vet home schooling?

Comment: Re:How is $99 prime? (Score 1) 276

by Strange Ranger (#46479595) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

How is Prime not better than Netflix? Unless you're an old kung fu and anime buff Prime is in a tie with Netflix. They're pretty close with the free streaming. But Amazon lets you rent all those new On Demand Titles that your cable company sells you, but in HD for a doller less.

Netflix seems beneficial if you have b-sides and/or foreign or specifically eclectic tastes. Otherwise if you're an On Demand User then Amazon Prime pays for itself. 8 dollars / movies per month plus free shipping easily buys the membership. And the delivery is beautiful and with a seemingly un-compressed 1080 stream. Something not even Verizon Fios seems to be able to deliver lately.

Comment: Re:Food. (Score 1) 794

by Strange Ranger (#46374059) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

What if the gold-plated ones actually sounded much better because they were better made, and more expensive, and didn't rust sitting on the warehouse shelves. What if they also didn't destroy as much groundwater in the making and the workers we're happer and better treated?
The gold/organic doesn't matter, it just makes things easier to find.

If we all demanded organic Orange Juice from Florida, the reduction in fertilizer alone could solve a lot of problems:
 
    https://www.fit.edu/research/p...
http://unclematts.com/dev/conv...
  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04...

That's just orange juice, in one state. There are thousands of examples.

It often tastes better too, which is a bonus.

Comment: More actually... (Score 4, Interesting) 270

by 93,000 (#46306247) Attached to: How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

10 years ago my son was two. All diapers and chasing kids around... no time for anything. When he was about six I showed up with a PS2 and a copy of lego star wars 'for the family'. Not to mention an undisclosed Star Wars Battlefront game for me (though he and I were playing two player on it before long. I told my wife 'they guys in the white are robots, so it's OK. He's not shooting people' ).

Now he's got an xbox and I play it when he's gone or in bed. I grab a used game for $10 every now and then and get obsessed with it for awhile. I find it's a good way to unwind without killing brain/liver cells.

Comment: Dog smarts (Score 4, Insightful) 139

by Strange Ranger (#46301433) Attached to: Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

We've had carefully selected Golden Retrievers in our extended family for 30 years. For a point of reference this is a breed that's ranked #5 in intelligence compared to all breeds. Our family dog is amazingly human-like, even after carefully trying not to anthropomorphize him and our feelings about him.
 
He has a vocabulary of about 50 words. He understands short sentences, or at least enough words in them to understand what we mean. "Go upstairs and find your ball", "Hey I put food in your bowl", "Go see your mom" (since he's an adopted pet we're his adoptive parents, dogs are not things to own). He responds like a human. He can practically tell you a whole story with his facial expressions. He can roll his eyes sort of by looking at the ceiling and making a face when he thinks we're being ridiculous, and it's different than a similar face when he thinks we're being obtuse. He even has a favorite movie, Snow Dogs. He pays close attention to the dogs and has done the eyeroll to the ceiling thing when the humans start making out. He cracks us up daily.
 
We've all seen a dog lift an eyebrow and tilt their head to say "what the heck are you talking about?" Tip of the iceberg. When you have a really smart one for a decade it's like having a furry kid in the family. A very well behaved one, but there you go.
 
I sort of feel sorry for people who never get to be "dog people", call a dog "it" and think the rest of us are crazy and just anthropomorphizing our pet. Most of us "dog people" don't need these studies to tell us anything. But I'm still glad they're studying.

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