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Comment: Re:Fraudulent herbal supplements? (Score 2) 412

by nolife (#48975079) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Spend a few hours and browse some of the paid ads and ads that look like real articles about cures and balms from 1850~1915 or so newspapers in a Google newspaper search. I now understand why regulation or at least a standard is now in place that labels some things as "This is an advertisement" and why there are labels on things that state "not medically proven" and such.

One random example here at the bottom of page 1 column 4.

http://news.google.com/newspap...

If you look and read random papers you will many more scattered throughout with some wild claims.
Ointments that promise to fix just about anything. Aspirin is even in some of those ads promising to fix all kinds of things, it is still around but had many more claims for fixing ailments back then. Left without regulation, people WILL make wild claims to make a buck, that is why we have many of these consumer protection regulations now.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 3, Interesting) 468

by nolife (#48911167) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

I've slowed down and drive much less aggressive as I've aged. Not because I feel more responsible now or that I was carefree when I was younger. I just don't have the awareness I used to have when I was younger and I am not as comfortable pushing things. It takes me much longer to verify no one is next to me before changing lanes, I used to just whip my head around, scan my mirror and then go, it takes me longer to refocus when I look in my rear view mirror or down at the speedo and back forward again, my vision is not as good as it used. I could take a 300 mile trip at night and remember almost every car I passed or passed me. Scope out areas where police might be like openings in the median or after bridges and down hills. I knew exactly what was around me, approaching, and pulling away at every moment. I was constantly scanning everywhere. I don't do most of that anymore, I just kind of... drive. I don't even use my detectors anymore. Although I still love to take trips and get in the car and go, I am just not "into" driving like I used to be. I'm probably not as "safe" as I used to be but at least I am going relatively slower than I used to.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 468

by nolife (#48910215) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Why limit it to 5 under, why not 10 or 15 under? It's funny that YOUR standard is right and everyone else is wrong.
I can drive for weeks on end and not tailgate anyone at all or get stressed when someone is in a crosswalk, let people merge in front of me at the last minute in a squeeze or wave people on from a side street in traffic, and slow down and cautiously drive around bikes and I am 100% stress free doing that. I do that at 15 under or possibly even 15 over the posted speed limit.

Comment: Re:sansa story (Score 1) 269

by nolife (#48587709) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

I looked around for my E200 running rockbox (3.7.1) after reading your post. Found it in a the bottom of a drawer in my spare room. Hit the power button, it fired up with 20% battery and started playing from where it left off the last time I used it. I don't know the self discharge rate of the battery but I swear it was at least 2 years since I last touched it.
   

Comment: Re:You don't have it straight ... (Score 1) 328

by nolife (#48395673) Attached to: Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

Stand on the corner with a sign that says "You can buy potent illegal drugs in this alley for cheap" and you will be arrested. Stand on that same corner with a sign that says "Bad people are selling cheap illegal drugs in this alley, stay away" and you will be fine. Seems strange, in both situations you are giving people the same factual information, that drugs are beign sold in the alley but in one you are adding some opinion to that fact. Your opinion in addition to facts should not be the difference between illegal and legal.

Comment: Re:Some would be well suited. (Score 3, Informative) 299

by nolife (#48076913) Attached to: Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

From my experience, the "military" or command mentality is this:
Follow my orders, questioning things is a sign of subordination, obey my guidance because I am right, just do it, and you don't have enough info to make your own decisions.

We have all worked for those people.

The one thing I have found without a doubt from every person I have met that has some or all of those characteristics is a person that is not truly comfortable with what they are doing. They are afraid of people digging in deeper into the why and how because they themselves do not know or did not think or care to ask. They do not want to be questioned because it may expose their own weaknesses. It is a mechanism they use to deflect the questions and reasons hoping you will just accept them. I've seen this from both ex military non military people with no more of one than the other. I've also found that if the person really does not know what they are doing or in over their head but is playing the part, they will EVENTUALLY be exposed at some point. It's usually not long for once a few people on both sides of that supervisor or person start really digging until they are gone.

Comment: Re:Doesn't scale well (Score 1) 175

by nolife (#48016631) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Why do clothes dryers and fireplaces not have a second inlet duct pulling outside air directly into the unit so you are not sucking air from the living space which is then replaced from outside air through cracks and crevices and pulled through your house somewhat defeating the purpose? I could kind of see it with a fireplace that is open because it would be difficult to get a good draw but there is no reason to not have that functionality on a clothes dryer. Maybe with the clothes dryer, it would take more heat to heat up freezing cold air from outside but at least that air is "dry" and will aid in removing moisture once heated a bit. Am I missing something?

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 112

by nolife (#47929613) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

The chain of events was
1. A cargo door not latched and dogged shut even though it appeared to be shut and its indicator indicated shut and latched.
2. Door blows off at some altitude and pressure vents off, passenger area vents slower from lack of enough vents and air pressure collapses the floor.
3. As floor is collapsing and falling into the cargo area, it breaks major hydraulic lines that are run just under the floor.
4. Pilot no has little to no control of the plane and.....

Comment: Re:I'm shocked! (Score 1) 181

by nolife (#47711683) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

The costs of laying wire/fiber are expensive but in the end, the people in the area can and do eventually pay for it regardless of who did it. It doesn't matter if Verizon, Comcast, Joe's Fiber Company, or the city of Whatever did the laying of the wire, the final cost for that wiring project would be the same. The problem with the franchise agreements is the people paid but they paid it to a single company that won't share it. People could have paid a third party or the local government the same amount of money in the end to run those lines and had an "open" line and then picked a carrier for their service on that line. The Verizons and Comcasts could still negotiate and run their own lines in the same area instead of providing service on the existing "public" lines but they won't. Why? Because of the competition and choice people have and they do not see money in doing it.

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 4, Insightful) 268

Devolving talent and skills requires time. There is always new people coming in but they do not come in immediately to the higher level positions. They start lower and possibly work their way up. If your top performers are leaving soon after they reach that "top performer" level, you will have less top performers. So, you recognize their benefit to your company and provide better benefits to try to keep keep them happy or you illegally collude with your competition and peers to not offer benefits greater then you or flat out refuse to hire them away from each other at any cost. These companies chose the later method.

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