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Comment: Re:Generous effort but... (Score 1) 374

by hyades1 (#47337715) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

Very, very well said! I never seem to have a mod point lying around when I really need one.

I'm with a charity that goes into elementary schools and teaches science topics to the students. What they're missing (and what we bring) is hands-on stuff. When you let kids do something besides sit at their desks and be lectured at, they can learn astonishingly fast.

And by the way, I've found that in many cases, learning-disabled kids do much better when they get a chance to use more than their eyes and bums.

Comment: Honest, they'll just put the tip in... (Score 1, Interesting) 431

by hyades1 (#47257647) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

The first few shipments of Chinese Volvos will probably have been built by people who know there will be...consequences, if they don't do an exemplary job. And then every car will have been inspected in detail by other people who know they'd better have an exit strategy for themselves and their family if a lemon sneaks through.

But once they've got other auto makers locked into a race to the bottom nobody can win without a ready supply of slaves, standards will change. This is a country that shipped poison dog food and children's toys laced with lead and other heavy metals. The only thing they worry about is getting caught.

I love my family. I'll never put them in a Chinese-made car.

Comment: Re:Battery Life (Score 1) 191

You said, almost verbatim, exactly what my friend with the S4 said. And all that garbage is sitting there occupying space that YOU paid for, too. Talk about adding insult to injury! My buddy has now had his S4 rooted for about three months, and he's had no problems whatsoever. Mind you, he was very careful to get it right when he actually performed the operation.

Comment: Re:Battery Life (Score 1) 191

You nailed it, my friend! Even worse, most of the frickin' apps kept turning themselves back on, as though there was some kind of "auto-update" function that couldn't be disabled. He actually let me watch while it happened, and I have to say, he wasn't exaggerating. He'd turn an app off, then disable it, then shut off his phone. When he turned the phone back on...guess what.

Comment: Re:Zoned? (Score 0) 105

by hyades1 (#46925341) Attached to: Computer Game Reveals 'Space-Time' Neurons In the Eye

As much as I love Snopes, I don't think the fact that the Longoria incident was staged outweighs the mountain of anecdotal evidence indicating something else is probably going on.

My direct personal experience includes a couple of occasions where the moving object (in one case a puck, in the other a baseball) seemed to slow down to a crawl. Both were heading directly at my face very fast, and both times I got a glove in the way with trivial ease, even before I realized I'd moved.

I'm no stranger to the "catch a falling glass" trick, either, and I've heard many other people say they've had similar experiences. I don't for a minute believe all of them were lying or self-deceived.

If this explanation isn't the right one, I'm quite confident that it's a step in the right direction, and sooner or later we'll have a good explanation of how people somehow manage to react faster than is theoretically possible from time to time.

Comment: Re:Battery Life (Score 2) 191

My buddy rooted his Android phone because of this kind of behaviour. He didn't have Swype, but there were at least seven or eight apps that came installed on his S4 constantly trying to phone home.

Once he rooted the phone and got rid of all the crapware, his battery life increased by something in the 5 to 10 percent range. And that's a conservative estimate.

Comment: Re:Will not matter. (Score 1) 328

by hyades1 (#46901465) Attached to: FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

The walls may be crumbling, whether auto manufacturers like it or not. A buddy of mine just paid a few bucks for an app and a Bluetooth OBD plug-in.

We didn't talk about it for long, but he basically said it gave him a freakin' TON of data...and he knows his stuff when it comes to cars. If I'd known I was going to stumble on this conversation, I'd have found out a lot more about it.

Comment: Re:Excuse me... (Score 0) 600

by hyades1 (#46820565) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Your premise is based on the general public having a better education than that possessed by an average 8-year-old European.

In the United States, a huge number of adults would fail that test. Pig-ignorant Americans too lazy or too stupid to take even the most elementary steps to educate themselves have no right to be taken seriously when they question science. These people accept without question any science or technology that makes their life even easier, but rise up in mindless outrage whenever anything threatens their self-indulgent, spoiled-child lifestyle. They deserve nothing but contemptuous dismissal.

And your exercise in pseudo-scientific bafflegab is an excellent example of what sells well amongst the cretinous hillbillies who infest so much of the United States, and who possess such a disproportionate amount of voting power thanks to the excessive representation given to states that have more pigs than people. In many of those places, by the way, the pigs are probably smarter.

Comment: Re:medical industry = rent seeking (Score 0) 288

by hyades1 (#46817639) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

What a ridiculous lie! The US is in the grip of Corporate America, and its people are paying for it. The best that could be done under the circumstances is the flawed legislation President Obama managed to force past the utterly-recalcitrant Republican Party, who are still flopping about like gutted trout in a doomed effort to repeal "Obamacare" before taxpayers realize how much better it is than what they had before. It's the legislative version of bridge technology like compact fluorescent bulbs and hybrid vehicles, and a useful first step down the road to universal health care.

Those of us who live in civilized countries can't help but laugh at the ridiculous cost paid into the US health care system by taxpayers who often got no benefit from it in return. For example, in spite of being much larger and colder than the US, and having only a tenth the population as a tax base, your neighbour to the north manages to put two dollars (either US or Canadian) into actual health care instead of paper-shuffling for every dollar you pathetic losers manage. And although it's far better than the US system, Canada's health care isn't anywhere near the best.

The only fleecing going on is perpetrated upon slack-jawed, pig-ignorant conservatives by their intellectual superiors (which is, let's face it, just about anybody with a three-figure IQ).

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