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Comment: First you need a reason (Score 2) 626

Zamenhof's reasons for making Esperanto strike a chord with me. A quote of a quote, from wikipedia:

Esperanto was created in the late 1870s and early 1880s by L. L. Zamenhof, a Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist from Biaystok, then part of the Russian Empire. According to Zamenhof, he created the language to foster harmony between people from different countries. His feelings and the situation in Biaystok may be gleaned from an extract from his letter to Nikolai Borovko:[16]

        "The place where I was born and spent my childhood gave direction to all my future struggles. In Biaystok the inhabitants were divided into four distinct elements: Russians, Poles, Germans and Jews; each of these spoke their own language and looked on all the others as enemies. In such a town a sensitive nature feels more acutely than elsewhere the misery caused by language division and sees at every step that the diversity of languages is the first, or at least the most influential, basis for the separation of the human family into groups of enemies. I was brought up as an idealist; I was taught that all people were brothers, while outside in the street at every step I felt that there were no people, only Russians, Poles, Germans, Jews and so on. This was always a great torment to my infant mind, although many people may smile at such an 'anguish for the world' in a child. Since at that time I thought that 'grown-ups' were omnipotent, so I often said to myself that when I grew up I would certainly destroy this evil."
        —L. L. Zamenhof, in a letter to Nikolai Borovko, ca. 1895

Comment: Re:Jack Horner's TEDx talk (Score 1) 68

by omfglearntoplay (#49430027) Attached to: "Brontosaurus" Name Resurrected Thanks To New Dino Family Tree

Yeah, I don't trust Horner. He also said T.Rex was a scavenger, and that has been proven false:

http://phenomena.nationalgeogr...

He also wants a dino-chicken. Basically, I don't like Jack Horner a terrible amount. It seems to me he very much wants dinosaurs to be different than what other paleontologists find them to be. I guess he is good for stirring up publicity at least.

Comment: Re:ugh....fluff (Score 1) 477

My 2 year old infiniti with auto-adjusting cruise control is awesome, but it cannot handle weather and other natural phenomena. Rain, even light rain, fog, a sunset directly in front of you, abnormal vehicles (trailers), etc. Auto-cruise just shuts down or you have to shut it down because sensors can't handle it. If sensors cannot handle a light rain today, they may never handle a hard rain. In some parts of the country, like where I live, we get hard rain very often. It would equate to being stuck at home or work for hour(s) past your schedule sometimes half of the days out of a month.

Comment: Fuck "all wireless" (Score 1) 450

by omfglearntoplay (#49235133) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

Less ports b/c use everything wirelessly? Wireless technologies are fine at home... terrible in the office. More terrible in remote offices. We are a windows shop, but I would allow a Mac here or there as a pet device for people who think they can support it on their own. So far, iphones and ipads are all that has worked well enough. Seems like that will contiue.

Comment: My Infiniti's Awesome, not perfect, robo-cruise (Score 1) 362

by omfglearntoplay (#49190787) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

It's a 2013 model and has a really incredible and awesome laser system for adjusting the cruise speed. I use it every single day in slow or fast traffic. But, it is not perfect. If I get behind trucks that tow a grid trailer (think, lawnmower trailer), then the system can't get a solid lock and speeds up/slows down continually. On occassion I've tried to set the lock when I was a little too close to a vehicle, and it acts like that vehicle is invisible and wouldn't slow down for it automatically. But 97% of the time it's good.

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 188

by omfglearntoplay (#49190733) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

Are they a shitty company now? My vote is, ever since EMC's CEO took over as VMware's CEO, they've been going downhill. Have you seen the travesty that is their web admin client that is now required? It's like go out of business bad interface for their paying customers? They are worried about lock in, money, cloud, and whatever is important to the money-loving decision makers at the top of their internal hierarchy right now. I'm worried and hope that they realize their problems. I also have some mid-level EMC products, and the amount of problems I've started having after the 1 year mark is terrible. Never will I buy another EMC branded product if I can help it. VMware started off great, and it's still better than other VM products, but for how long? I'm certainly not converting my non-VM environments over to VMware because of the amount they are pissing me off with their ridiculous web client/GUI.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 1) 265

Two things.

1. A different possibly worse mosquito species may take over. We have all sorts of weird species from other continents introduced into the southern USA. If this attempt is to kill invasive species without introducing a new invasive species, maybe it is fine, as long as a worse species won't take over. If it is to kill native species, then it's a bad idea for certain.

2. Mosquitoes pollinate flowers. Nowadays everybody knows that only the females bite... and they only do so right before laying eggs. The rest of the time mosquitoes are busy pollinating flowers to plants everybody, human and animal, needs to survive. I'm not sure I'd want to see a huge change in pollination. Remember all the scares about honeybees dying out and all sorts of possible problems with pollination? Well mosquitoes are a huge part of the ecosystem in many places, like Florida. What are the risks?

Comment: When can we use the word "dies" again? (Score 2) 73

by omfglearntoplay (#48926959) Attached to: Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

Very sorry to hear that anyone dies, but death is part of life after all and there should be no shame in saying the word "dies". It bothers me that nobody likes to use the word "dies" or "dead" anymore, in U.S. pop culture at least. To me at least it seems like ever since that cheesy Crossing over with John Edwards show, everybody started using the word "passed" instead of "died". I know it's a terrible time for people close to those who die, but "passed" just sounds like an insult to the dead. At least say "passed away", which has dignity. "Passed" sounds like he passed gas, or drove by a diner on the highway, or something not at all sad or profound or dignified. Rant over.

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