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Comment: Not quite (Score 3, Interesting) 231

by iceperson (#46049933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

While your educated upper middle class white guy probably doesn't see much use for a large library there are a lot of people that do.

I recommend you go to a small town library and see how it's being used. My wife is a librarian at our local library, and I'm always surprised how many people are there when I go in to see her. There are kids using meeting rooms for school projects, people using the computers to fill out applications for jobs, and there's always at least a few people interspersed between the racks just browsing or even sitting on the floor reading something they've found. The local knitters club meets there once a week and last I checked there were about a dozen volunteers for the literacy program teaching people to read at various times of day depending on when their "student" is available.

Fortunately, our community values our library so she gets a lot of local support, but I'm sure there are people in our community like yourself who see something that they don't/won't use as a giant waste or prime real estate or something...

Comment: Re:Bravo, Tesla (Score 1) 195

by iceperson (#45922903) Attached to: Tesla Sending New Wall-Charger Adapters After Garage Fire
Perhaps the cost of owning a Tesla should include lost wages from quitting your job to go to school to get an EE degree, tearing down your existing home, and rebuilding a new one and doing all the wiring yourself so you can sleep at night not worrying about the charger for your new car starting a fire and burning you and your family alive.

Comment: What majority? (Score 2, Informative) 193

by iceperson (#45044055) Attached to: Another Science Facility Bites the Dust, Temporarily

Comment: Re:Slow death despite nostalgia? (Score 1) 312

by iceperson (#44344083) Attached to: Poll Shows That 75% Prefer Printed Books To eBooks
I'd be more interested if it were broken down by how many books the respondent read in the last year. I've found a correlation with non-readers and hate for ebooks. Why should anyone care about the opinion of someone who can't name 2 books they've actually read in the last 12 months?

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 851

by iceperson (#42519997) Attached to: Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds
The question I want to know is would it be better in my later years for my to have never been vaccinated for the flu? Does getting the flu every few years when I'm young and healthy give me a better immune system to handle it when I'm older. I completely understand vaccinating people who are at risk of serious illness against the flu, but less convinced that we should be forcing this upon the healthy when it doesn't give the same long term benefit as traditional vaccines. From what I understand the current flu outbreak isn't even a strain that is included in the current vaccine.

Comment: I tried the Nexus 7 (Score 0) 251

by iceperson (#42204173) Attached to: Android Options Mean "Best" Browsers Might Surprise You
I gave the Nexus 7 a try just because I wanted more "choice", then found out that about a 3rd of the apps from google play were "not compatible with this device" and the app I wanted most, firefox with adblock, wouldn't let me browse more than a few pages without crashing to the desktop. Honestly, widgets are cool, but not enough to pull me away from a working product, so back to IOS I went.

Comment: Re:This isn't a bad thing. (Score 1) 567

by iceperson (#42152473) Attached to: US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low
So are you arguing that you should divorce Social Security benefits from what people pay in? Or would that be just for "rich" people? Under our current system if you make the "rich" pay in more and you'll have to pay them more too, and since they have better access to health care and tend to live healthier they tend to live longer and this will collect even more...

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