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Comment: Re:Not Mutually Exclusive (Score 1) 395

by king neckbeard (#49622265) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Are you claiming that something utterly alien and highly complex can be learned immediately with no effort,

I am claiming that this is more or less the case on occasion. The extreme version of this would be having actual savant-level skills. I do have autism, and have on occasion demonstrated exceptional memory regarding certain things, and sometimes manage to understand systems with very little effort. Some things that are easy for others are very difficult for me. Some things that are easy for me are very difficult for me. Which category something falls into isn't heavily dependent upon whether or not I find something interesting. In the neurotypical population, you almost certainly have similar things, just typically a lot less to the extremes. That would seem to fit well within the definition of talent.

Comment: Re:Now apply same logic to other groups (Score 1) 528

by king neckbeard (#49618249) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

All the more reason that a woman should be so stupid as to get a degree in engineering.

Great job purposefully missing the point that everyone is young at some point, meaning that you theoretically had a chance already.

Maybe that is because job discrimination against young people is much less common? Still, I agree that nobody should be immediately excluded because of age, either old or young - prejudice is prejudice.

Yes, it's not as if children haven't been exploited for centuries and seniority wasn't one of the most common forms of hierarchy, with father metaphors in the Abrahamic religions and Confucianism explicitly deferring to ranked elders. For fuck's sake, at this point, a good share of millennials are basically branded debt slaves for life. Meanwhile, the AARP is one of the largest organizations in the country, and you can't even run for President until your are 35.

Comment: Re:This is about money (Score 1) 314

by king neckbeard (#49571571) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water
If that is true, please post evidence to the contrary. AFAIK, there is no viable evidence of the most common additives contributing in any meaningful way to dental health, but I could be wrong. If all you have is pointing out poor proofreading on my part, then please jump into a vat of hexafluorosilicic acid.

Comment: Re:Fluoride in drinking water isn't necessary (Score 1) 314

by king neckbeard (#49569569) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water
I believe the only thing that has been scientifically tied to developing autism is prenatal hormone levels. If you want to know why autistics are disadvantaged in society, consider a world in which your sensory needs are ignored, the self-stimulation that is key to your mental health is discouraged, and decent chunks of the population would rather their children have contract horrible diseases than have a brain work like yours. Granted, in reality, this concern does nothing, but it's a horrible message to be sending to more than 1% of the population.

Comment: Re:It's finally time (Score 3, Insightful) 314

by king neckbeard (#49569299) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water
The reason that Americans say Brits have bad teeth is because of whiteness and straightness, neither of which has much to do with number of cavities. There, the mystery is solved. Also, there's the distinct possibility that Brits today care more about their dental health because it was so shitty, either in aesthetics or health, for so long.

Comment: Re:Statistics Applied Wrong (Score 1) 291

Actually, it has nothing to do with cannabis use, just cannabis LAW. The availability of cannabis is probably about the same. The difference would be that the poor and minorities would be in jail instead of a university., and thus the selection of students is altered to reduce those demographics Whether that is because of being 'subhuman', just not having as good of a support system available, being culturally an outsider, or something else, is a different question. Let's take this one step at a time to maybe be passable in your trolling.

Comment: Re:Addiction (Score 1) 291

Your point would be relevant if there were any substantial number of people who don't get 'high' in some way or another. Yes, weed and alcohol alters your mind. So does caffeine, sugar, Ritalin, antidepressants, spicy food, chocolate, exercise, sex, music, meditation, and sleep. Which drugs and techniques in what quantities work best for you in what quantities is a matter of your own neurochemistry. For example, shrooms and LSD have shown a lot of potential in things like cluster headaches, PTSD, and ironically enough, addiction. If such an enormous burden was removed from your life, wouldn't you feel like you were thinking on a different level? Nobody's perfect, and you might even gain a great deal of insight from being in different states of mind. Not because these states are wholly better than straight edge teetotaling, but because they allow you a different mode of thought, diversifying your perspective somewhat.

Comment: Re:A lot of that stuff actually worked (Score 1) 370

by king neckbeard (#49424231) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects
It's not as if there is any shortage of purposes that could be more well defined than these projects, and would likely yield more useful results. Even a literal interpretation of a practical flying car would probably lead to more productive research. Maglev has enough conceptual overlap to be able to see research that benefits both, and flying cars should obviously be self-driving. Self driving vehicles and maglev trains could increase the standard of living and lower the costs of travel and distribution.

Only through hard work and perseverance can one truly suffer.