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Comment: Re:Activity Rewires the Human Brain (Score 1) 291

by eam (#47108061) Attached to: Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Sounds like your wife got all of motherhood and half of fatherhood ;-)

I experienced the same thing. When I was alone and in charge, everyone got fed, bathed, bandaged, etc. Everyone survived despite the fact that mom was at work. When she was home, I didn't do things "right".

What I discovered over the years (kids are now 15, 13, and 11) is that if you are patient, the children will make your argument for you. Eventually, if she isn't completely delusional, she will realize she doesn't know any more than anyone else. At that point she will welcome the opportunity to share the decision making as well as the blame.

Of course, it probably helps in my situation that we usually agree, and love each other, and our mutual goal is to get the kids raised well enough that they can get jobs and move out of the house.

Comment: Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 2) 860

by eam (#46412067) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Unless you share your home with children.

When our silverware (decent, stainless steel, not cheap, but not silver) started disappearing, I determined it was because of yogurt. Our kids would open a yogurt cup, grab a spoon, eat the yogurt, and toss the cup...and the spoon.

I've stopped trying to figure out why. My mother says they'll stop being stupid when they live on their own and have to pay for their own spoons. However, her and my mother-in-law both confirm that none of their children were as dumb as ours.

My solution: I bought a 36-pack of cafeteria grade stamped stainless steel spoons & another one for forks (knives didn't seem to be disappearing as fast).

After 10 years, I just had to buy another set.

Strangely, they get excellent grades, and do really well outside of our house. They are admired by all the other parents. My wife and I are the only ones suffering, and I have maintained that I consider that reasonable.

However, In another 8 years, I'll be able to legally throw them all out of the house. I look forward to changing the locks and having nice things again.

Comment: Re:Internet of Things (Score 1) 76

by eam (#46209973) Attached to: Hackers Penetrate Top Medical Device Makers

I haven't re-read the article to see if I've missed something, but it seemed more about corporate espionage than causing heart attacks. Seems like the perpetrators were looking for a quick and easy path to the top of the medical device manufacturing food chain.

Would be morally wrong to set up a honeypot loaded with subtly but fatally flawed designs such that the manufacturer stealing said designs would be destroyed by the resulting lawsuits from their customers and/or victims?

Comment: Re:"Creationism" is overbroad here. (Score 1) 1774

by eam (#41154845) Attached to: Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children
Chaos Theory allows God a place in evolution.

If you believe that God is truly omniscient, then creating the universe as it exists (or as it will exist) is trivial via evolution. One well placed fart & the entire universe would spring into being (over millions of years - insignificant to a being that is infinite). It's the butterfly effect taken to the ultimate extreme. There wouldn't have to be any fingerprints, because the initiating action is so far removed from the results we can see that there is no hope of us ever being able to detect the cause. However, there could still be far reaching intent, if the being initiating the process could truly know everything.

This is incompatible with a fundamentalist view of God. However, so is just about everything else. The fundamentalist's God is a stupid, stupid being. Incapable of using metaphor to communicate...individually hand crafting every single life form from scratch...then wasting time planting fake evidence to disprove his own existence...just doesn't make any sense.

...and yes, if God created the universe, I believe it started with a cosmic fart. It makes sense to me.

Comment: Re:Speaking of Sodom... (Score 2) 1774

by eam (#41154401) Attached to: Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

I never took the pillar of salt thing to be a punishment for looking, but rather merely the consequence of looking. It would be as if the angels said, "Whatever you do, don't touch the hot stove with your hand or your hand will be burned." Lot's wife wasn't being punished. That's just what happens when you look directly into the wrath of God.

At least, that's how I read it.

Now, if you want an example of God's pettiness, read Job.

It's basically the movie "Trading Places", only with God & Satan making the $1 bet about whether Job would turn from God if God turned his life to shit. God's response when Job calls him on it, "where were you when I created the universe", seems like a bullshit response to me. God should have said, "yeah, sorry, I was an ass, but I'm God, so suck it." It would have been more honest.

The bogosity meter just pegged.