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Comment: Re:Its not nothing (Score 1) 595

Don't forget that science is always trying to figure out what those unexplained things are, but sometimes it is a difficult path that suffers progress by those diligent and extraordinary thinkers that grope blindly into the unknown time and time again until they finally pull back a clue of unique data or conceptualization.

It's kind of like trying to read the mailing address on a parcel when you happen to be sealed inside the aforementioned parcel.

Comment: Deja Vu (Score 2) 292

by meerling (#46721133) Attached to: Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover
About every decade somebody makes the same basic prediction/declaration.
This has been going on for more than a century and a half.
(It could be a lot longer, but it's not like I've seen a lot of pointless stupid statements that were quickly proven wrong in most historical documentations.)

Comment: Re:Let it die (Score 5, Insightful) 509

by meerling (#46710425) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture
So I guess we've already killed the paralyzed polio victim culture, and disfigured by smallpox culture. Does this mean we have to stop curing diseases and physical impairments? Don't be stupid.

By the way, and ass is an ass no matter what 'culture' they claim.
I used to ride the bus that went by the deaf school, so there were always deaf people on the bus.
A rather attractive deaf lady was visibly upset, but she didn't do anything. So I asked her what was wrong. She kept insisting nothing, but it was pretty obvious what was going on, so I asked her, "Is it the two assholes there that keep insulting everyone because they think nobody else can understand them?".
She was shocked that I knew what was going on and turned even more red. I explained that I wasn't fluent, but I knew enough. She then confronted the two idiots and chewed them out thoroughly. I never caught anyone doing that on the bus again.

That just goes to show, that separation breeds contempt.
There's no reason that the art and other positive things from 'deaf culture' need to be left behind, just the discrimination and hate that isolation invariably brings.

Comment: Re:Easy fix (Score 2) 322

by meerling (#46706605) Attached to: LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems
LAPD are the 'bad guys'. Just look at their track record. Admittedly, there are a lot of good guys in the LAPD, but there are way too many scum. Those that do the illegal actions, and those that stand by and don't stop or otherwise report them for their wrongdoing.

Yes, those that do nothing are bad guys as well since it's their job to stop the illegal activities, especially those of other enforcement officers that are supposed to be stopping crime in a legal fashion rather than performing crimes. (Let the punctuation prefects figure out how to sort that sentence out.)

You ever heard the old statement that "one rotten apple spoils the barrel"? Well, they've got a lot of rotten apples in their barrel. Even their own investigations into themselves have shown that. And it leads all the way to the top as they have consistently done nothing to curb it or punish the wrongdoings that have been identified until it splashes all over the media and they've got politicians breathing down their necks. And even then, they do the bare minimum to mollify the politicians.

There is no easy fix for the LAPD due to the extensive and ingrained corruption from the beat to the big boss in charge. A clean sweep might work, but there actually are some good cops there that would get screwed by that, and more importantly, it would leave the city in a major lurch for far too long to be considered acceptable. On top of that, the cost would be huge and I have no idea if LA could even afford to do something like that, and that's without even taking into account the numerous lawsuits that would inevitably happen from many different sources.

Comment: Re:Don't bother. (Score 3, Insightful) 509

by meerling (#46656735) Attached to: The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates
Considering the positions of power and influence those fools hold, your statement is pretty much the equivalent of being somewhere lost at sea with a navigator that won't let anyone else navigate despite the fact that he has no idea how to do it, and thinks the compass is some kind of fancy combination lock on a secret stash of fairy dust. The idiots are going to sink the F-N ship and there are NO LIFEBOATS !

It's generally considered unwise to ignore the creep with the gun to your head, no matter how stupid and irrational he is.

Comment: Re:Hey you, early USB plug apologist (Score 5, Informative) 208

by meerling (#46644015) Attached to: USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge
You obviously never had to actually deal with serial and parallel connectors and their little screws to hold them in place.
USB was a freaking godsend!
Of, things can certainly get better, but companies hate jumping into new territory and would rather do it one increment at a time, if they can't avoid changing in the first place.

Comment: Re:It all winds up on a dinner table (Score 1) 188

by meerling (#46623189) Attached to: UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"
It's known that humans have a unique and specialized digestive system that is adapted for eating cooked foods.
You just don't get as much nutrition, not just calories, from raw food.
It is true that cooking does 'destroy' some of the nutritional value, but if eaten raw, you still receive far less than if you'd have eaten the cooked food.

If you want to lose weight, sure you could eat raw food and exercise, or you could eat less cooked food and exercise, or just exercise more.

Contemptuous lights flashed flashed across the computer's console. -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy