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Comment Re:Lieberman 2.0 (Score 1) 950 950

I'm old enough to remember when television, Arcade Games, and stickers were the new moral outrages that were grotesquely warping the impressionable minds of America's youth. I also remember when it was supposedly a huge problem that telephones were killing letter writing. Now that more interactive media is killing TV, Ma Bell is dead and people are writing to each other again, you think they'd be happy. But no. Clearly its just always pretty much whatever is new that older folks don't understand.

Can you furnish a link to research which supports your contention that people are writing letters to each other once again? I'm assuming you don't claim that tweets and Facebook posts are the equivalent of letters?

Comment Re:Why it did not go further (Score 1) 134 134

The fact that they reached for the nearest beer bottle as a weapon is unsurprising.

We don't know from this article that it was in fact the nearest beer bottle which was reached for - perhaps there had been a previous equally spirited debate on beer and/or beer bottle quality. Given the evident discerning nature of the combatants I would guess the two reached for that beer bottle which, when broken, is the superior weapon.

Comment Re:You cannot understand the ocean through a camer (Score 1) 160 160

The difference is vast between standing somewhere and looking through a webcam and it will never become otherwise. It doesn't matter how good your camera is. You seriously are pretending that you know what the ocean is like because you looked at it through a camera? It's not even close to the same thing. What does it smell like? What does the breeze feel like?

Unfortunately immediately after having smelled an alien ocean or after feeling the Martian breeze a human will need replacing, whereas a robot will remain functional. A human standing on another planet will be sensing everything through mechanical mediation. Gazing through a visor may be preferable to viewing via a remote screen, but you are unlikely to ever be feeling that breeze on your cheek.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 274 274

It sounds like you couldn't afford an education either.

I recently went overseas. There were a fair amount of English speakers but most people in the country could not afford an education. Since they could not afford an education they never learned it [English].

Fixed that for you.

When being pedantic one may also wish to be correct. It would be more correct to use number instead of amount as number is generally used with count nouns while amount is used with mass nouns. The word amount refers here to a single quantity, and the poster's was was in fact correct, while your were was in error.

Comment Re:FFS (Score 4, Insightful) 398 398

There's a difference between physical danger and social effects.

Glad to see someone making this point. The article cited is about the relative lethal dose of various drugs. Discussion of the risks/benefits of marijuana use do not generally include a debate around the risk that someone will smoke to the point of death, unlike discussion of campus alcohol consumption, which must take into account frat and other alcohol poisoning deaths. Actual deaths, though, are not the most significant social effect of widespread alcohol or pot consumption.

"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." -- Albert Einstein