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Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1) 330

by berberine (#46798829) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Well, ok, but then again, in Europe, you don't need a car. Not even to "get away".

I've lived there. Yes, you do. You can get around any U.S. city just as well by public transport, but you can do a LOT more with a car in the U.S. or the EU...

This is not true. I'm an American. My hometown, which is a city, (East Coast) has no public transportation. When I lived in North Carolina, the city I lived in had no public transportation and still doesn't. The state I live in now has public transportation, but only if you live in the eastern part of the state and only in the two major cities. If I want to travel anywhere, I have to take my car. There are numerous other cities, large and small, in the US that have no public transportation.

Comment: Re:Um, right. (Score 2) 278

by berberine (#46556621) Attached to: Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework
My mom had to work nights as a kid, so I had to stay with my grandma. My grandma didn't help with my homework, but she always checked it after I was finished. She would put little pencil marks next to the problems that were wrong. she only helped when I couldn't figure out what I had done wrong.

When it came to math, she was old enough that high school didn't really teach her more than basic Algebra, so she learned along with me. I always thought it was cool that she would sit with me and watch how I did problems and that I could explain Algebra and Geometry to her. I hated math so this made it more fun and I was a lot more willing to try to learn it even though math made me want to punch things.

I have recently seen some Common Core math problems and heard some parents talking about it. I have to admit, I don't understand the reasoning at all behind some of the basic math that they're changing. I'm not sure if a lot of parents will ever be able to help their kids anymore.

Comment: Re:Gas price probably has more to do with it. (Score 1) 635

by berberine (#46006779) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why
I live just a few miles from our movie theater. It has six screens. It's an old one, with sticky floors and seating so bad, if someone sits in front of me, I can't see the screen. Anyway, most of the movies I want to see never come here. They only show blockbusters and kids movies. If I want to see anything else I have to drive 2.5 hours. When I do this, I have to plan an entire Saturday or Sunday and make it worth driving that far. As a result, I've seen far less movies in the past six years because it's a pain in the ass to arrange an entire day just to see a movie.

Comment: Re: Decreased Costs (Score 1) 1043

by berberine (#45938091) Attached to: Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs
And what if the girl had five children and her husband died or walked out and now she's scrambling for a way to help pay for her family? You going to deny that woman too? Where do you draw the line? Do you know what will happen if she's charged with child endangerment? Her children will be taken from her home and placed into the system. Now you will be paying five additional people to look after her children plus pay for those children to eat and be able to seek medical care.

Comment: Re:Change food stamps... (Score 1) 1043

by berberine (#45938063) Attached to: Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs
The problem with this, is that things will be mandated that people won't eat, thus increasing the fraud. If you mandate that people get orange/apple juice and they prefer water, then they are going to be forced to sell the juice so they can purchase water.

I think maybe a better way would to just eliminate a lot of things that are unhealthy first and then people will make better choices. If you take soda off the list of choices, but keep milk, juice, water, they will make a better decision.

Comment: Re:Good Journalsim, Good Article (Score 3, Interesting) 68

by berberine (#45781377) Attached to: Who's Selling Credit Cards From Target?

rare is the teenager who knows not to brag...

Not quite on the same level, but my local paper recently ran a story of a convenience store robbery. The person who did it stole a lot of junk food and close to $1000. The police admitted they had no leads and were clueless about who did it. They were basically saying that the perpetrator was going to get away with it. Two days later, they arrest a 16-year old male because he was bragging to his classmates at school about how dumb everyone was and how smart he was because no one knew it was him.

Comment: Re:So is it libre or not? (Score 1) 162

by berberine (#45560403) Attached to: Encrypted Social Network Vies For Disgruntled Facebook Users
In the early 2000s there were a few places that had free binaries. I tried them out. They were slower than dialup and a pain to use, but if you wanted to wait several days to get your binary files, they were there. I didn't like to wait and I had kept my paid usenet account so I just went back to it. The last time I tried one of those free ones was around 2005.

Comment: Re:lolwut? (Score 1) 165

by berberine (#45289225) Attached to: Spy Expert Says Australia Operating As "Listening Post" For US Agencies
Amazon did exist 15 years ago. It went online in 1995 and I've been buying books from them since around 1997. Ebay was founded in 1995 as well. Google was founded in 1998, so it just makes the 15 year old mark. They may not have been the behemoths that they are today, but they were there and they were well known even in the late 90s.

Comment: Re:maybe EVERYBODY should be wearing cams & mi (Score 1) 221

by berberine (#43573463) Attached to: The Coming War Against Personal Photography and Video
When I lived in New York it was common knowledge that you had to be doing 10+ MPH over the speed limit before you got stopped. I moved to Western Nebraska for work and am routinely stopped for doing 2-4 MPH over the limit. They all result in warnings. 22 in a 20? Warning. 69 in a 65? Warning. 72 in a 65? Ticket.

I've been told by the locals who have lived here all their lives that there is some government grant that they get if they have enough citations. I don't know if it's true and have no way to verify it, but I can tell you that this happens far more often in town than on the surrounding highways with the exception of the Banner County police. Their tickets are a main source of revenue for their county. For the 20 minutes or so that I have to travel through their county, I don't do more than 67 because they can, and do, give out tickets for anything above 67.

Comment: Re:Smells? (Score 1) 158

by berberine (#43487745) Attached to: <em>Iron Man 3</em> To Debut As a 4DX Film In Japan

How can the movie theater product smells from the movie? What technology it uses, how does it work?

I don't know the technology of how they make it work, but when I toured Dover castle several years ago, they had tour of the secret bunkers used from WWII and they had some smell-o-vision thing where you could smell bread baking and other stuff that I forget now. I assume that the theaters will use something like this technology as well.

Google

Google Releases Street View Images From Fukushima Ghost Town 63

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-fallout-map dept.
mdsolar writes in with news that Goolge has released Street View pictures from inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima disaster. "Google Inc. (GOOG) today released images taken by its Street View service from the town of Namie, Japan, inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. Google, operator of the world's biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement. All of Namie's 21,000 residents were forced to flee after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the town, causing the world's worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl. Baba asked Mountain View, California-based Google to map the town to create a permanent record of its state two years after the evacuation, he said in a Google blog post."
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

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