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Comment: Re:Predictable (Score 1) 172

by Threni (#49618947) Attached to: SurveyMonkey's CEO Dies While Vacationing With Wife Sheryl Sandberg

No, if you're obese you risk a lot more than "a few" (what is that? 2? 3? 5?) years. It puts extra stress on just about every part of your body especially, crucially, your heart. 1 in 5 americans die from obesity related illnesses. People eating obviously unhealthy foods watching the news and worrying about Al Queda when there's a 9/11-sized death toll every day from what they're eating.

Comment: Re:Upstart or Systemd? (Score 2) 493

by Threni (#49544905) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd

> But no , the "Not Invented Here" meme popped up its ugly head again and some know it alls
> decided they could reinvent the wheel better. Well so far the jury is still out on that.

You say that, but why have nearly all distros moved to systemd? You're saying there's not a sound technical reason for it? NIH makes sense as a criticism in a few areas, but linux distros, largely run for free by hobbiests? They're imposing it on themselves for no good reason? Really?

Comment: Re:Unity next (Score 3, Interesting) 493

by Threni (#49544885) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd

Agree but i've had problems with Mint for a while, and the official forums for it are dead; you're much more likely to get help on AskUbuntu or UbuntuForums, so I've gone back to Ubuntu then upgraded the ui to xfce. Problem solved! (I tried briefly but unity is still a mixture of awful and buggy).

Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 686

by PeeAitchPee (#49539281) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
The trend is to attempt to censor "damaging" or "distressing" (read: conservative / libertarian / right-leaning) speakers and provide "safe spaces" free of any opposing view points, literally in a room supplied with with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets, a video of frolicking puppies, etc. And unfortunately, I'm not exaggerating in the least bit. The NY Times had a great profile on this last month (and from the comment section, its readership, to their credit, was generally appalled by this phenomenon). It's truly frightening when you think that the people advocating this type of crap are supposed to become America's next leaders. How on earth will they deal with difficult situations in the real world, where they can't run away or simply ban those who disagree with them?

Comment: Re:IQ, Standard deviations, and propaganda (Score 4, Informative) 686

by PeeAitchPee (#49538907) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Do you really think that people who think Kim Kardashian is interesting and like the NFL are really going to give this any serious thought?

Whoa . . . don't conflate the enjoyment of professional sports with contrived, superficial, reality TV bullshit. There are plenty of us geeks out there who follow both the NFL closely (the draft is a week from tonight and I'm hoping my team lands Bud Dupree!) *and* are interested and aware enough to carefully analyze what Snowden did and form our own opinions. :-)

Comment: Re:This is nothing. Think lik multi trillion dolla (Score 1) 238

So your argument is that because some Republicans fucked up, it's OK for Democrats from NY to get a free pass when they fuck up and waste tens of millions in taxpayer money? Your attitude is the absolute embodiment of everything that's wrong with this country, and literally how we got into the mess we're in now.

Comment: Easy fix (Score 0) 114

by PeeAitchPee (#49398489) Attached to: DHS Wants Access To License-plate Tracking System, Again
Pass a law that all politicians' and lobbyists' vehicle whereabouts are automatically posted to a publicly accessible website 24x7x365. In fact, that type of thing would pretty much immediately fix all fucked up laws in the country. E.g., I wonder if the CA governor's mansion is subject to the meaningless, bullshit water restrictions he's inflicted on the serfs?

Comment: STEM + Critical Thinking is what's needed (Score 1) 397

by PeeAitchPee (#49379537) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
Yes, this country needs more kids studying the sciences, and going into science and engineering-related fields. However, just as important (if not moreso) is the ability to critically think -- something that has been typically emphasized in a traditional liberal arts / humanities-centric education. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater by "de-emphasizing the humanities" here, or else you'll end up with a nation of code jockeys who make shitty decisions and can't think for themselves.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman

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