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Comment: Re: What does it say about you? (Score 1) 461

by nobodie (#49739717) Attached to: Does Using an AOL Email Address Suggest You're a Tech Dinosaur?

Yeah , that, I first had a email address, then, when AOL bought them out they tried to lure me away by giving me an email. I didn't bite and continued to use the netscape address. Later they gave me an address, I still didn't bite. Then I went to university and got two emails there, which updated to when I graduated. Then I got a gmail address, then another one from the website I built for my wife (plus the webmaster, webminion, and random name) then I got one for the australian uni where I got my masters, again with an alumni prefix when I finished there. Then a work email at my current university job. The aol and aim I use for throwaway stuff for sure, the netscape I still use when I want to assert web cred. The gmail is the personal workhorse which I keep completely separated from the work email. It all works out and keeps some order in the world.

Comment: Re:And then... (Score 1) 142

by nobodie (#49714335) Attached to: From Commune To Sharing Economy Startup

Sounds like he might have been at East Wind Community, an old Walden II, offshoot from Twin Oaks in Virginia. I had some friends there, and lived in another of the "acorns" of TO for a few years in the 70s. Many of the residents tended to reject all the modern world, in opposition to the more realistic and pro-tech views of BF Skinner, the author of Walden II. Few of the residents came from a Behaviorism background (I sure didn't) and fewer became conversant in it during their time there (but I did). They have all evolved far away from Skinner's vision, and apparently pretty distant from the modern world as well.

Comment: Re:Why concentrate on Canada (Score 1) 395

by nobodie (#49714197) Attached to: 25 Percent of Cars Cause 90 Percent of Air Pollution

Actually, a country like China has a majority of cars under 5 years old. Cars older than, say 10 years old are mostly owned and maintained by the armed forces and other government bodies. So, at least in that case, the beaters here in the US and Canada produce more air pollution than they do in a car by car comparison.

Comment: Re:And redundancies come through faster as well! (Score 1) 330

by nobodie (#49457157) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Effin' Amuriccuns. OMG, life without AC, I just couldn't live without it! I mean, how could you drive a car, or think about it, we are going to die if we get caught by a hurricane but we MUST, MUST, MUSt have our AC running as we try to save our sorry butts from death.

Note, I live in Florida, drive a Chevy Volt and use my AC occasionally. But, last night driving home I had the windows open and the AC off which gives me more than 40 miles range (when the expected range is 38 at 55mph) at 65mph --that is just the battery, with gas the range is about 300 miles.

Comment: Re:Ever hear of "sociology"? (Score 1) 274

by nobodie (#49315459) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

thanks for beating me to this. It is nice to see old tropes reinforced with recent research, but this is not news. Fortunately for Americans you can still watch Fox news and eat yourself stupid in just one language.

Old joke:
What do you call a person who speaks three languages? Trilingual
What do you call a person who speaks two languages? Bilingual.
What do you call a person who speaks one language? American (or British, or Australian or whatever)

Comment: Re:Baking political correctness in society (Score 1) 367

by nobodie (#49246521) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses

But is this "free" speech or is this licenciousness? Is this not comparable to shouting "FIRE" in a theater since it incites people to act against their own best interests and the best interests of the society that supports them?

There is nothing wrong, per se, with the app. Unfortunately it is being used illegally (and I mean that literally: shouting "FIRE" in a theater is illegal) and should change to help people use the app responsibly. Just saying that we are "free" to use it to perform an illegal action does not mean that the purveyorsof the app are "freedom fighters."

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 398

Hmmm, I was a nicotine addict, and an alcohol addict, so really I think I have to disagree with you, and with another person up above who said that addiction was the need to repeat a pleasurable experience. Cigarette smoking is not, in and of itself, pleasurable. The results are not noticeably pleasurable, it just stops the desire for a cigarette by providing one. (or a drink as well) The true test that I use when talking about addiction is what happens when you do stop: For me, when I quit I suffered extreme discomfort and dislocation of my sense of self and connection to time and space. Basically I was both in pain from withdrawal and confused and dislocated from the present experience.

Now to point out why marijuana is of a different nature entirely, when I quit smoking pot, after 25 years of daily use, I had no withdrawal symptoms, no desire to smoke afterwards at all. It was over, I quit and have never looked back. While I have no desire for any of these three drugs at this point, the reason I will never smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol again is that I don't want to go through withdrawal and pain/confusion like that again. I won't smoke pot again cause I just don't want to, not afraid of anything, just over it.

Comment: Re:The best trick (Score 1) 260

by nobodie (#49156409) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?

agreed. I am, right now, sitting next to my son as he watches YouTube videos on the many channels he subscribes to. When something he thinks is cool he shows it to me, right now its something asbout a woman who had titanium horns attached to her forehead, we talk about how stupid you have to be to do extreme body mod in general, not just this case. That is what parenting is, sitting, chatting, and sharing some judgmental shit.

Comment: Re:Who uses any of that crap anyway? (Score 1) 130

by nobodie (#49108561) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

OK, but be sure to disable the GPS in your phone because that is all that OnStar is doing is tracking where you are. I find it helpful, the interface to be a little smoother and the people on the other end to be helpful people. The interface also connects to the Chevy diagnostic software that tells me stuff that is useful to me. Like I don't need an oil change for over 25,000 miles, and what is my gas mileage over whatever period I choose to keep it for. And when maintenance is really needed (as opposed to when the douchebag dealer says I should come in). All these things are things I could do myself, but I choose to let Chevy do it for me. The cost to my privacy is minimal, no worse than filling out a questionnaire about my buying experience at Amazon really.

Comment: Re:Monomania (Score 1) 425

by nobodie (#49010667) Attached to: One Man's Quest To Rid Wikipedia of Exactly One Grammatical Mistake

Yes Leslie, it stopped being a rule with Winston Churchill back in the 30s: (and I quote) "that is the sort of arrant nonsense up with which I will not put."
You will not find it in any reputable textbooks since the 70s, although the British textbooks might have been a little behind on that because they tend to change more slowly. Asian produced textbooks are the slowest of all by the way, they are very stodgy.

So, while no one will mark you down for doing the onerous work of syntactic convolutions required to move your prepositions from the end, you no longer need to. (yes, that was deliberate)

Comment: Re:Fraudulent herbal supplements? (Score 1) 412

by nobodie (#49010623) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

My wife is a TCM herbalist and acupuncturist. In Europe, her prescriptions are just that, prescriptions that must be filled at a pharmacy and she has to be licensed and certified. Here in the US she can walk into a Chinese supermarket and buy the herbs off the shelf. They are the same herbs, often from the same companies, but they are also active medicines. The US is just plain weird. They don't regulate dangerous drugs (and make no mistake, just giving drugs that are "herbal" that label doesn't make them safe for general use or give people tha ability to self diagnose or self medicate.)

Again, as I ranted earlier, the role of the government is to provide safety and protection to the citizens of that country. Our government is no longer even attempting to do this, partly because they don't have the (tax) resources and partly because of corporate pressures to not regulate industry.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by nobodie (#49010581) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

Calm down folks.
My first partner and I homeschooled our two kids for the first two years of my son's elementary and the firs year of my daughter's. results:
My son was reading and doing math and science and writing at a sixth grade level, but he sucked at social interactions. Part of this was just personality, but still ithurt him when he went to school since he couldn't abide the stupidity of the other kids and the teachers. By high school he knew history better than his history teachers and had just blown off math for so long he forgot how to do it.
My daughter was entirely different. She was a social butterfly and quite comfortable when she got to school, it was her place entirely. She still is quite good at social arrangements, in fact too good. She is the go- to person for all kinds of things when she would rather not be.
Many years later, a step-daughter needed to homeschool when we lived on a small fishing island off the coast of China. She failed most of her courses and had to redo a lot of work in the summer because she really was not up to motivating herself and her mom couldn't help her in English.

So, while homeschooling is possible, it doesn't work for social interactivity, which is really all that school is good for right now. My son today recognizes this and works on this aspect of school. It works. The learning he does well, top of the class, but he admits it is easy and doesn't always do his best so that he seems to be not the "smart kid" all the time.

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