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Comment Re:Next up: Stone candy. (Score 3, Insightful) 158

I agree with you in spirit, but disagree in terms of basic caloric intake.

Once we have the ability to create tasty foods with effectively no caloric value, it doesn't matter how much our bodies tell us to eat. We can only hold so much worthless food at a time. If we can literally gorge ourselves on near-zero calorie foods, we will have solved obesity, simple as that.

I do have to wonder how our bodies will rebel against this latest way to eat-without-eating, but strictly in terms of energy-budgets, this seems like a win/win.

Comment Re:Dealers cannot die soon enough (Score 5, Insightful) 481

you think Kia wants to open up their own showrooms at malls across america? I assure you not.

Hey, if Kia doesn't want to sell directly to me - Tesla does. I have no problem with both business models competing with one another.

I do, however, have a problem with needing to deal with middle-men because of protectionist laws that forbid companies like Tesla from selling directly to me. But hey, YMMV, right?

Comment Re:Those who can, program. (Score 2) 96

Programming, my boy, is to science what accounting is to calculus. I don't think you have even the beginning of a glimmer of understanding of what science is.

Not entirely true - I can assure you that, on a daily basis, I apply the scientific method to figuring out how to talk to undocumented "black boxes" (whether hardware, OS features, or just how to safely use buggy libraries I can't avoid or rewrite).

That said, your statement holds largely true in a bit different light than how you meant it...

In mathematics, you can spend a career mentally masturbating over your favorite "hard" problem, and retire after decades with nothing to show for it. In programming, if you work on a problem for five years, you'd damned well better get world-changing results, or find a new job.

Comment Re:Stop spying on everyone (Score 2) 508

For that to work you'd also have to come up with a scheme of monetary compensation or none of us will get to play with toys.

If $600 for a phone doesn't cover the cost of production, charge more.

... And then (rightly) go out of business when your customers laugh and buy a $150 knockoff that has all the same features at a quarter the price.

Comment Pathetic. (Score 3, Insightful) 151

Aaand, the OED just jumped the shark. Language may evolve, but at some point we need to draw the line - A pictogram does not count as a "word". Why not include Wood's American Gothic? Michaelangelo's statue of David (Or maybe they consider that more appropriate for the Italian dictionary?).

/ Lumbersexual. Nice knowin' ya, OED.

Comment Re:buy glasses. (Score 1) 197

Remind me again - In what world do you live that forging a prescription doesn't break the law?

"So we consider these things dangerous/important/abusable enough to require a doctor's order to get them."
"Wait, what if someone fakes a doctor's orders to get them?"
"Oh, that would never happen!"
"Heh, of course not, what was I thinking??? Meeting adjourned!"

Comment Re:buy glasses. (Score 1) 197

Well, when we humans learn to read, we learn to infer a few salient points not necessarily called out by the author. Non-autistic readers can deal with the absence of a word or two, taking the implied meaning from context.

For example, when someone mentions you learning how optics work, and then discussing how your eye doctor probably won't mind [possibly missing word here] changing a prescription, that carries the implicit idea of you, not your eye doctor, modifying the prescription. The entire discussion becomes pretty much meaningless if we reduce it to "Hey doc, can you bump this number up by a diopeter?".

But then, I don't know whether or not you, my reader, count as autistic, so feel free to interpret this in the most fucked up light imaginable.

Comment Re:buy glasses. (Score 1) 197

Probably the optometrist will be fine with writing you a prescription for glasses that will focus at your desired distance.

If your professional reputation depended on a layman's interpretation of your advice, would you feel fine with someone altering that advice?

And on the off chance you actually said "yes", imagine that you may actually bear some legal liability for the accuracy of "your" recommendation - "Your honor, Mr. Jones died because david_thornley decided that the safety interlocks on that x-ray machine just wasted the customer's time and disabling them couldn't possibly hurt anything."

it's an easy calculation to make it, say, a half meter: drop two diopters, if I remember correctly.

Seriously, what gives with all of you trying to reduce this to a mere technical matter? "Oh, the doctor doesn't know how much this hurts, I can change that "5mg" to a "15mg", he'll probably thank me for not wasting his time in the middle of the night!". Irrelevant. You have forged a script, no matter how much better you consider your forged version.

Comment Re:buy glasses. (Score 1) 197

Prescription glasses are not prescription drugs.

The crime here has nothing to do with the glasses, Saul, but rather, forging a prescription (and don't get cute about "correcting" it - same crime). It doesn't matter what the prescription deals with, whether drugs or glasses or dental varnish or CPAP machines.

Were I to break a leg, and a Dr to prescribe using crutches using ones that weren't prescribed to me would not be a felony.

If you altered that prescription (even though you don't actually need a prescription for crutches), then yes, you most certainly would have broken the law, however stupid you may consider that distinction.

before you presume that you are both an expert in optics and the law...

Right back at'cha. But feel free to use your "crutches" analogy when you get your day in court.

Comment Re:buy glasses. (Score 1) 197

Honestly learn how glasses are prescribed and how to modify a prescription.

Holy shit, loving all the fabulous advice in this thread!

Let's all assume the OP counts as a complete idiot and hasn't considered glasses or a bigger monitor, and recommend committing a fucking felony rather than addressing his question directly!

Brilliant, lads, just brilliant!

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long