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Comment: An important caveat is missing (Score 5, Insightful) 483

by baudilus (#39420431) Attached to: All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen
Violent video games may cause aggressive behavior in a subset of individuals, likely already predisposed to said aggressive behavior.

The same argument was made about violent movies and the now more prevalent incidences of school shootings. I content that the movies didn't make the kids violent; they were already that way and probably should have had help beforehand.

Comment: Beauty in the Beholder's Eye (Score 1) 111

by baudilus (#39420219) Attached to: Optimize Offshore Wind Farms Using Weather Modeling
The visual appeal is subjective at best - I for one think that offshore wind farms are very cool looking and wouldn't mind seeing a line of turbines off in the distance when I walk out of my backyard and onto my pier.

This overwhelming sense of peace and contentment is probably because I have a mansion in Nantucket with a private pier.

Comment: At the risk of sounding patriotic. (Score 0, Flamebait) 308

by baudilus (#39417409) Attached to: Is It Time For the US Government To Back Fusion At NIF Over ITER?
I think the DoE should reward homegrown projects first, and all things being equal, a domestic project should get priority on funding.

America didn't become a superpower by international collaboration; it did so out of invention and innovation, and a sense of patriotic duty.

On a very basic level, I'd like to know just how many jobs are going overseas because of our government's international investments as opposed to the good that funding can do right here on our soil.

How much international funding did Fermilab get when it was initially built?

Comment: It must be . . . (Score 1) 1054

by baudilus (#39416683) Attached to: Teacher Suspended For Reading <em>Ender's Game</em> To Students
. . .the shower fight scene - that's the only point in the book that could be construed as even remotely pornographic. The word itself means 'designed to arouse lust.' At any rate, I think the parents in this case should justify their complaint with the offending excerpt from the book and explain why they think it's worthy of jail time. I just can't imagine that the school board and / or police department wouldn't do their due diligence.

Comment: Instead of buying ad-free versions . . . (Score 1) 214

by baudilus (#39405951) Attached to: Free Apps Eat Your Smartphone Battery
You could just purchase ONE application that manages all of this for you. Besides, I don't generally make it a habit of using applications that request location services yet don't seem to have a reason to do so. Oh right, you use an iPhone and you can't see those permissions before you download. Sorry.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234