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Comment: Re:What about... (Score 2) 152

by parkinglot777 (#47556603) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

I really love the people who claim that second hand smoke is worse for you than first hand smoke.

I am not really sure how you would interpret the GP to "second hand smoke is worse for you than first hand smoke." I do not really see it from the post. What I am seeing is that how second hand smoke would affect the baby of a mother who is in her pregnancy and not a smoker. The question is related to the GP's parent post talking about a mother who is a smoker but stops smoking in her pregnancy.

Also to me, there is no level of danger between first and second hand smoker, but there is only harmful or not harmful. To me, both types are harmful. The different between first and second hand smoker is the first hand smoker does it at will but the second hand smoker is being forced to take it. In other words, first hand smokers do smoke because they want to (usually wherever they want if no restriction); whereas, second hand smokers are there for a reason that is not for breathing in the smoke. If one wants to argue about these people, who do not smoke, should not be there, that is a different topic and should be discussed else where.

*I was a non-smoker who roomed for a couple of years at college with a pack a day smoker. When I moved out I found I'd become addicted and started smoking (stupid, I know).

I was growing up with a father who smokes a pack a day, and none of us (7 children) is a smoker (ever). Yes, we all are second hand smokers for many years (longer than a couple years you claimed), so being a second hand smoker has nothing to do with becoming a smoker.

Comment: Re:Wasn't that a movie? (Score 3, Insightful) 122

by parkinglot777 (#47469845) Attached to: Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

what I find more surprising is that someone was able to discover such a small crater. 80m isn't big relative to how big Siberia is.

True that it is not that big. But would you consider monitoring area + taking images from satellite(s) as the reason? Why would they monitor the whole area? I don't know. But images from satellite nowadays are much much higher resolution (compared to 15~20 years ago when I was using them on my study) and could easily be analysed using a computer software. So any changes in the area would alert those who are monitoring.

Comment: Re:I hate to imagine it (Score 1) 126

The baby continued on antiretroviral treatment until 18 months of age, when the child was lost to follow up and no longer received treatment. Yet, when the child was again seen by medical staff five months later, blood samples revealed undetectable HIV levels (less than 20 copies of HIV per milliliter of blood (copies/mL)) and no HIV-specific antibodies. The child continued to do well in the absence of antiretroviral medicines and was free of detectable HIV for more than two years.

However, during a routine clinical care visit earlier this month, the child, now nearly 4 years of age, was found to have detectable HIV levels in the blood (16,750 copies/mL).

Hmm... I would assume that the #5 is correct (see bold portion in the quote from TFA). The only wrong info I am seeing is the "almost 4 years" instead of "4.5 years" time range...

Comment: Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 443

(in other words, all bad news about Teslas are exaggerated beyond belief, kind of how like cyclists are a menace on city streets due to all of the traffic laws they break, even though cars kill tens of thousands of people a year).

Wait... What 'cars kill tens of thousands of people' has to do with 'cyclist are menace on city'? They are 2 completely different stories. In other words, even though the statement about cars kill a lot of people is true, the statement does NOT make the cyclist are menace to be false.

Comment: Re:And they think we'll trust them to drive us aro (Score 2) 132

by parkinglot777 (#47433535) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

look on Wells Fargo's website for their location addresses and then put the closest one's street address into google's map for navigation.

Google's location-address information is not always accurate. I have put many addresses in only to find the actual business and/or home a few blocks away.

If you carefully read, you would see that the GP is suggesting to use Google Map to navigate, not to find where the location of the business should be.

Comment: Re:Failing to learn from history? (Score 2) 47

by parkinglot777 (#47430913) Attached to: FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

The companies (and I do hate Amazon and pretty much all the other monopolies in this country) should also use common sense knowing you have idiots that lack any sense to better protect your company.

If you think it differently, you would see that common sense is not equal to profit. Big corporations (or any of those who are out to make more money) do try any business practice and hope they can get away with. In this case, they have a certain level of expectation on parents' to be able to foresee what their kids are going to do. They try to push the responsibility on parents and exploit the loop hole in order to get away with their business practice. So why do they care for common sense that many parents are idiot or short sighted?

Also, let me ask you this. How many big business out there that really care and apply common sense of their customers to their practice? They may start off with caring for their customers. Once their customers are locked in, at one point they all make their own rules and expect customers to follow. Now it becomes "take it or leave it." How many customers actually leave even though they make a complaint? This happens not only in the U.S. but everywhere else in the world. It is the business common sense to exploit other humans...

Comment: Re:education (Score 2) 96

by parkinglot777 (#47414119) Attached to: The Billionaire Mathematician

We need fewer students in university, not more.

Perhaps, if you one day you find yourself teaching a bunch of uninterested twits as a non union, non tenured contractor, you might wanna throw that into the equation.

Perhaps, unless you are the mentioned person of the parent post, who is a teacher, a non-union, and a non-tenured, you should not want fewer students. Why? Think about it. If there are not many students, why do they need to hire more adjunct/instructors for when they already have enough tenured? Even though the money from tuition does not make as much profit as research grants, it does provide steady revenue to the school. Also, the larger the student body, the more tuition they earn. If the number of students is small enough for faculty people to handle, then there would be no need of adjunct professors or instructors. Then the mentioned person in the parent post will come out and make a different complaint...

Schools in the U.S. is operating in the way to maximize the profit (even with public schools). Getting a couple extra students into a class is extra money for them. So there is no reason for them to try to stay at the minimum number of students per class, but rather try to pack as close to the maximum as they can. Student loan is the student personal problem, not the school, because the student makes his/her own decision to go for. One can argue the issue with student loan from a for-profit private school (that it is the school that lure/entice students into more debt), but that would be a different story.

Comment: Re:Your arm will get tired... (Score 1) 65

You gotta be pretty freaking lazy and weak to get tired moving a Wiimote around.

It all depends on what game you play, who you are playing with, how often do you play, how intense you play, etc. You may never experience fatigue or muscle pain on the next day because you keep playing certain game that does not require much of the movement. Or you spend all your time playing Wii everyday so your muscle gets used to the movement. Who knows?

Comment: Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (Score 1) 530

by parkinglot777 (#47406173) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

They are probably replacing a $2 a device worker with a $1 a device machine.

I am not so sure that that is the case. If a Chinese can assemble an iPhone in an hour, then this old news -- -- would give some idea that the replacement is not that much different (think about maintenance cost). I believe it is more on the labor law issues (less headache). The law suit from "human" could be very expensive. So it would be much easier to have robots do the work instead of humans, so that they can no longer need to worry about how many hours a day each robot can work. They could simply swap a robot out if it breaks (no hospital cost, just maintenance).

Comment: Re:Another child making unsupported claims (Score 1) 203

I'm skeptical since there doesn't seem to be an actual patent application

If he filed a provisional application, then it would not be searchable or published yet. You will have to wait until either he wants to convert it to a patent or the time to file non-provisional is expired. If the time is expired, the information in the application will disappeare -- for more info.

Comment: Re:One's "god's will" the other isn't (Score 1) 1330

Actually, any diety religious has an answer for what you are saying... If something good happens, it is the God plan. If something bad happens, it is either the God punishment or the Satan works... The God mercy is also interpreted differently from those who believe. It is very tricky when religious is involved...

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.