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Comment: Re:The diet is unimportant... (Score 1) 392

by frank_adrian314159 (#47808927) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Granted, it's not clear quite what he was trying to say, but he seemed to be saying that a package containing a whole, bone-in chicken costs about $8 where he is. Given that a chicken (at least here in the US) is between 4 and 8 pounds, at your price point of ~$1/pound, I could see him paying up to $8 for a chicken - especially if he's trying to buy organic chicken, for which you pay about a 30% premium.

Comment: Re:Let's get this out of the way... (Score 1) 72

by frank_adrian314159 (#47785301) Attached to: Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

So maybe if you loaded the magnets into a shotgun, then fired them through your brain, you'd notice an effect.

You know, I've heard that you get the same effect by using rocks as with magnets. You don't hear about that as much because the medical industry wants to keep you in the dark and hooked on expensive magnetic technology instead of actually curing the issue for once and for all, cheaply and effectively. But take my word for it - rocks work just as well and only costs the time it takes to find the right sized chunks of gravel. It's just like how the medical industry suppresses cannabis.

Comment: Re:Can we stop using the word 'TAPE' (Score 1) 620

by frank_adrian314159 (#47778089) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

So, I think we may be stuck with "tape" as a synonym for "record," probably for decades to come.

Yes! And isn't it great?

Think of how barren English would be without the presence of archaic phrases - you'd not be able to bridle your enthusiasm, take a particular tack, or a million (OK, maybe a few hundred) other things. Languages change, but they have inertia, too. And I can't stress enough how good that is! I as a man of advanced years would sound particularly stupid using the vernacular of today's hipster, as both he or I would sound if either of us brought up phrases like "23 skidoo" or called a woman a "tomato", unless doing so in some ironic manner after viewing an ancient black and white film.

Or just look at it like what it is... Something that makes fuck all for sense, just like our fun, fun language.

Comment: Re:The US slides back to the caves (Score 1) 523

by frank_adrian314159 (#47775249) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Pushed too hard, too fast? Horseshit.

In reality, this was something rolled back by a Republican administration because (a) it would cost money, (b) it was instigated by a Democratic Congress and President, and (c) the fact that it was a chance to kick the Dems because they were being "international" (as if that's bad in and of itself) and to promote jingoism and American exceptionalism, was just icing on the cake. So, of course, it had to go. But it wasn't because it was too hard, too fast. It was pure political calculation wrapped up in a political campaign to kick the Democrats. All brought to you by the Republicans (Their motto: "Wrong since Roosevelt and proud of it").

Comment: Which is why... (Score 1) 185

Knowing this, I would also assume that various forms of senility and other issues are baked into our meatware. Instead of spending so many research resources dicking around trying to fix these faulty vessels, we should instead focus our efforts on uploading consciousness so that it can be preserved. Once we know how to do that, we can start working on new, more reasonable body forms, or just start cloning folks to use serially, replacing their minds after we've purchased them. Because what better way is there to accumulate funds than being eternal? That's what economics is all about, huh?

Comment: Re:Zooooom! (Score 4, Interesting) 233

Well, that depends on the amount the jobs pay, doesn't it? Have average salaries for manufacturing jobs (with respect to inflation) increased, decreased, or remained the same over the past 20 or so years?

That's how you can have an increase in the number of jobs while simultaneously collapsing a middle class. You can also convert full-time positions with benefits to part-time positions without, decrease sick and vacation days, require people lucky enough to have health benefits pay increasing amounts for them, etc., not to mention taking actions that simply raise stress in people's lives like making people work more erratic shifts, threatening them with off-shoring or outsourcing, basically any psychological gambit that makes the employee feel powerless - which has the follow-on effect of making them too cowed to asked for a fair share of the company's profits, again leading to less money for what was equivalent or better work. Plus that latter thing makes it less likely that workers would organize as a labor block or politically in their communities - a fine multiple win for the factory owners vs. their employees.

So yes, I can see several ways that a middle class can be hollowed out, even while increasing numbers of even worse, lower-paid jobs are created (and taken). That you don't see how this doesn't make things better for most demonstrates that either you are unaware of how the real world has been working for quite a while or you have some sort of odd ideological ax to grind.

Comment: Re:agreed (Score 1) 426

No, the main issues with Vista were the fact that for most of its life, its driver support sucked (It was v1.0 of a new line, what do you expect?) with many really broken ones out of the gate (because they released the OS way too soon for the hardware manufacturers to be ready) and it's broken security model which incessantly asked its users if they were sure whether they wanted to let this or that do something or the other.

They fixed both of these issues (for the most part) in Win7. Which is why people still want Win7.

Comment: Re:income (Score 1) 371

I'm sure that's the case overall. Adding in such managers as fast food and chain store shift managers (as well as project managers in tech) will do that for you. What's the average management salary level for people managers in high-tech? That's what the discussion's about.

I'd peg that at average engineers salary about where you put it, but the average for managers is going to be at the $120-140K range.

Comment: Re:Incentive Bug Finding (Score 1) 331

by frank_adrian314159 (#47689671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

You already know that unsecure use of these languages can lead to serious security breaches throughout the system. We have several methods to deal with this kind of insecurity - but they cost, either in development time or needing more people or more process or simply not being able to do certain things. All of which suck.

Honestly, at this point, I really don't see much choice other than putting most of the web on lockdown. We've built our libertarian utopia and due to the intrusion of the real world, it's sort of become a bit of a crapfest. It's time for us to grow up and actually figure out how to govern the place (or at least parts of it) for the greater benefit of all of us, even at the cost of some of our liberties (and, before you yell "I am BennyF's BFF and he who s willing to give up...blah, blah, blah", I'm hoping this governance would be democratic, representative, and permanent, rather than temporary, resulting in a greater enjoyment of this resource for all into the future), rather than letting the whole shebang collapse in a riot of fraud and idiocy.

The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation. -- Lew Mammel, Jr.