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Comment: Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (Score 5, Insightful) 1193

by bladesjester (#33975600) Attached to: How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

Who's "they"? And, assuming you're referring to google, how are they shafting you?
It's not your money.

I disagree. The taxes they are avoiding paying would be used to pay for infrastructure, services, etc, so, in a very real way, it *is* his money because without those taxes, the system is not as well funded and projects/services/infrastructure have to be cut

Comment: Re:AMERICAN CITIZEN KILLED BY TURK ON ISRAELI GROU (Score -1, Offtopic) 1123

by bladesjester (#32449790) Attached to: Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

Israel was enforcing a blockade, a number of countries do and have done for centuries.

Israel boarded ships in international waters by force, which is an act of piracy. They also practice apartheid (which we have shunned other nations, like South Africa, for in the past) among many other things.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 353

by bladesjester (#30880382) Attached to: Rumor — AT&T Losing iPhone Exclusivity Next Week

When starting on 3G and moving out of 3G coverage area, it will try to keep a signal by shifting to a less optimal signal.

However, it may not work the same in the opposite direction. If it starts a call on Edge/2G and moves into an area where both 3G and Edge are available that it might *not* try to switch to the better service, but instead stay with what it's currently on.

This is, of course, just a guess, but it would explain the behavior.

Comment: Re:That's just Western prejudice (Score 1) 403

by bladesjester (#30597166) Attached to: Ginkgo Doesn't Improve Memory Or Cognitive Skills

Yup, right up there with leeching

Actually, leaching *does* have medicinal benefits. Doctors have learned that leaches can be used effectively in the reattaching of severed body parts. They've also found benefits in the use of maggots (they eat infected flesh, but don't bother the healthy flesh surrounding it)

Got a headache? We'll drill a gaping, untreated hole in your head to release the "bad spirits"!

Hate to break it to you, but this is used by modern medicine too in order to relieve cranial pressure caused by fluid buildup.

So, despite your cries of "it's all bunk", "new" discoveries involving old techniques are not uncommon. That's not to say that *all* old cures and treatments work, but just because someone scoffs at something as unenlightened doesn't mean it really is.

Comment: Re:Green, no turkey day for us (Score 1) 272

by bladesjester (#30279886) Attached to: National Satiety Alert System should be set at ...

We /are/ resigned to not getting to eat out at a nice restaurant for a long time without finding a sitter first. :)

I would just like to say thank you. I like kids as a general rule, but parents who insist on taking the kid everywhere with them and who make no effort to quiet the child or make him/her behave (provided the child is old enough to understand) drive me up the wall.

Comment: Re:But it goes both ways (Score 1) 652

by bladesjester (#29325429) Attached to: Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

His IQ is indeed rated at 160 or 180 depending on where you look. However, I'd say that his intellect is much higher than that score would indicate. Among other things, distraction caused by pain would throw the test score off pretty dramatically judging by the difference in scores I got when I did it in a normal manner and while working on other projects at the same time.

Xue and I both test in the 140-145 range. However, we both have areas where our aptitudes would, in all honesty, put us rather above that.

Comment: Re:But it goes both ways (Score 1) 652

by bladesjester (#29313019) Attached to: Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

And yes, of the two of us, my IQ's higher. ;)

Yeah. Yeah. We're in the same 5 point range so it's debatable whether or not there's any real difference in scores :P

Though to get a woman *twice* as smart he'd probably have to drink a hell of a lot of alcohol and kill a fair few brain cells since we're both rather high up on the scale.

Not to be immodest, but to get a partner twice as smart as either of us, we'd basically have to find someone on a level with Hawking and even that might be debatable...

(This would be bladesjester's girlfriend of... shit, how many years has it been now? are we up to four?).

Probably, yeah. Possibly a little more.

Comment: Re:But it goes both ways (Score 1) 652

by bladesjester (#29307773) Attached to: Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

Women are much better at deception than men, and they're smart enough to know that stupidity is a turn on for guys...

I must be weird then, because stupidity is a *huge* turn off for me. I have met incredibly beautiful women before that pretty much instantly turned me off because they had no freaking brain.

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