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Comment: Envy (Score 3, Insightful) 140

by onkelonkel (#46767879) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"
I see a lot of envy fueling the hate. I can't afford a $1500 pair of uber-nerd glasses so I will hate on the select few who can.

If (when) the tech catches on (it may or may not) then the price will inevitably drop, and a lot more people will have them. When "glass" type displays are as common as headphones, I hope people will at least be embarrassed about the rage they were spewing. The tech is at such an early stage that the possible applications haven't even begun to be explored. I see so many people walking heads down and texting, I can certainly see a way to walk and text and see what's in front of you at the same time catching on.

Comment: Re:Charlatan (Score 1) 242

by onkelonkel (#46593211) Attached to: Hacking Charisma
"Authentic" is my new trigger word. I see it everywhere now and it sends the bullshit meter clanging into the red end of the scale. Almost by definition anything advertised as authentic is not authentic. Your $200 blue jeans are authentic? Great, except, aren't they made in the same Bangladesh sweatshop factory where Walmart's $25 jeans are made?

Comment: Re:Sweet revenge (Score 2) 109

by onkelonkel (#46592479) Attached to: Weev's Attorney Says FBI Is Intercepting His Client's Mail
"eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" - that comes from Hammurabi. Commonly misunderstood. It is a legal reform of the existing justice system at the time. It is a limit on punishment to make it not exceed the original crime (and thereby lead to a spiral of ever increasing retribution). "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" is harsh, but is a lot better than "head for an eye, hand for a tooth"

Comment: Re:Remove fear labeling to start objective discuss (Score 1, Insightful) 704

by onkelonkel (#46548065) Attached to: Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming
Ok, lets be objective. Science, while not 100% settled on this topic, tell us that sexual orientation is determined before birth.

In other words people are born gay (or straight), If you want to provide evidence that this is not the case, feel free. That is an objective discussion of the facts.

Objective discussion doesn't allow for religious or moral arguments, since these are personal and subjective.

Assuming we accept the science, discriminating against people who are born with different sexual orientation ought to be no more acceptable than discriminating against people born with different skin color.

You are entitled to believe anything you like. (Isn't this a great country we live in!). However, if you believe that it is not "ok" to be black and say so out loud people will call you a racist. And, if you believe that it is not "ok" to be gay and say so out loud people will call you a homophobe (dumb word, I agree but it's all we have). Either way, you are a bigot.

Comment: Re:Thieves (Score 1) 227

by onkelonkel (#46547229) Attached to: MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet
Textbook example is the car thief. I was told that around here thieves will steal a car and move it no more than 2 or 3 blocks and then park it. This avoids any problems with LoJacks or similar silent tracking systems. If the car is still parked a day later, a tow truck will haul it to its final destination (chop shop or loaded into a container.)

Comment: Dead Babies (Score 1) 747

by onkelonkel (#46482865) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC
The only thing that gets through to people who run their lives based entirely on emotions is ....wait for it.... emotions.

Sadly, this will require the deaths of a few infants from vaccine preventable diseases. Once those hit the news parents will be more afraid of the disease than the vaccine.

An artificial vaccine shortage will help. If parents are afraid they might not be able to get vaccines before "the supply runs out" they will panic and stand in line for hours to get their kids immunized.

Mod this "Sad, but true"

Comment: Different Words - same BS - Boiled Cane Syrup (Score 1) 794

by onkelonkel (#46372051) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience
My SO buys a box of instant oatmeal packages at Whole Foods "because it's healthier than the Safeway cereal". The nutrition label says 12 g sugar for the Safeway oatmeal, 12.5 g sugar for the Whole Foods (more or less the same), Under ingredients the Safeway box says "sugar", the Whole Foods box says "Boiled Cane Syrup". I guess some people must believe there is a difference between "Sugar" (made from boiled cane syrup) and "Boiled Cane Syrup" (which is sugar).

Comment: Are Techies Bigger Jerks than Lawyers??? (Score 2) 333

by onkelonkel (#46353241) Attached to: Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?
A common assumption I read here is that the male dominated culture is keeping women out of engineering and programming.

Let us indulge in a little thought experiment about two male dominated fields.

50 years ago Law schools and Engineering schools had less than 5% women. Today, Law schools are 50+% women and Engineering schools are maybe 10% women. We can therefore conclude a) Techie men are much bigger jerks than lawyers, or b) something else is causing this.

Comment: Re:Todd the Teacher.. (Score 5, Insightful) 333

by onkelonkel (#46353143) Attached to: Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?
This is a huge problem for elementary (Grade 1 to 7 ) schools. Any male teacher who wants to work in elementary schools and isn't a specialist (Librarian or Music Teacher) is viewed with great suspicion.He must be some kind of pedophile. The school I went to as a child had 5 male teachers out of 25 total. Now 25 years later my kids are there, and there are no male teachers at all and 35 women.

Comment: Just Like Digital Cameras 20 Years Ago (Score 3, Insightful) 236

by onkelonkel (#46349505) Attached to: Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year
This whole discussion on electric cars reminds me of digital cameras when they first came out. People act as if no technology ever improved over time. The first cameras were about 320 x 240 or so. Film purists were laughing. In order to get the same resolution as 35 mm film, you would need 5 MEGAPIXELS!!! which considering cameras were barely .1 Megapixels seemed purely ridiculous. No way is digital going to replace film! Of course the camera resolution doubled year after year and now digital cameras are ubiquitous and film is almost extinct.

EV batteries will get cheaper and more powerful over time. Range will go up, vehicle prices will go down. Economies of scale and technological progress will see to that. As they get cheaper and better, they will make more sense to more people. People who might not buy a $40k car with a 120 mile range may well buy a $25k car with a 200 mile range.

Comment: Re:Cue the fat jokes... (Score 1) 366

by onkelonkel (#46222815) Attached to: House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls
I was going to reply with a rant about my last trip and the passenger of unusual size who tried to wedge himself onto the seat next to me, to our great mutual discomfort, but instead I'll just ask a question.

Standard economy class seats on United are about 18" between the armrests. What would make someone who had to be at least 30" across the hips, think he could fit into that seat? Was he hoping for an empty seat next to him? Did he think he could lift the armrest and take half the adjacent seat? What is the thought process here?

Never put off till run-time what you can do at compile-time. -- D. Gries