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Comment: US - Centric point of view (Score 1) 68

by lamer01 (#48082181) Attached to: Nearly 700 Genetic Factors Found To Influence Human Adult Height
For some reason, in the US heightism is an issue. So are looks. All you need to do is watch american media (tv/movies/magazines) vs other countries' media. American personalities need to be above average in looks to be successful. Other countries' personalities, not so much,

Comment: Just because it's hard doesn't mean don't do it (Score 1) 410

Using your logic we just leave the uncontrolled growth of this kind of spending go on indefinitely for the good of the country. I am sorry but a gradual approach would work. The fact that our politicians are lawyers and only see black or white is the problem. They could create a graduated scale of real reductions (not reductions in the growth as they usually do ) over let's say 20 years.

Comment: Defending software patents (Score 1) 92

by lamer01 (#47938609) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back
I don't understand why most techie people are blatantly against software patents. Sure, we can all be against ridiculously obvious patents that should not have been granted but why is software considered different than plastic for example? I can make a better mouse trap using bits of plastic and patent my newly designed mouse trap. Computer instructions are not different than bits of plastic that when strung together produce a working product. I think truly novel computer software should be patentable otherwise we diminish the value of a whole industry of people who use a lot of brain power to come up with this software.

Comment: nerds, please! (Score 0) 155

by lamer01 (#47916967) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts
Let a car guy clue you in. You should never buy a car in an apple-like store. Cars are not computers. You need to take the car out. More than once. Especially if it costs $70K or more. You have to be sure of your purchase as you will most likely be using this car for at least 3 years. So, yes, although the idea of an apple store for cars sounds good, how do you do that when your product line has 10+ models and you need to have samples for test drives for people who just walk in? Although we can berate car dealers for their litany of offenses against consumers, their sales paradigm is what it is because it has evolved to service the american consumer. ( I am going to ignore the finance aspect of it as that is plain ridiculous ).

Life would be so much easier if we could just look at the source code. -- Dave Olson