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Comment: Re:Maybe now she can start paying a living wage... (Score 5, Informative) 83

by paul.hatchman (#46745089) Attached to: Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com
Plenty of other countries have a higher minimum wage and low unemployment. e.g. Australia's minimum wage is AUD 16.37/h or AUD 20.30/h for causals. Unemployment is around 5% and unemployment benefits start at about AUD 250p/w. Which means you'd probably be better of living in Australia and looking for work than being employed on minimum wage in the USA.

Comment: Re:Monsanto takes .. (Score 5, Informative) 419

by paul.hatchman (#42890955) Attached to: Monsanto Takes Home $23m From Small Farmers According To Report
Really?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Schmeiser says that:

"He testified that he then harvested that crop, saved it separately from his other harvest, and intentionally planted it in 1998"

So perhaps you could use your superior search engine skills to find an actual, real example of a farmer being sued by Monsanto that did not intentionally harvest and plant patented seeds?

+ - SPAM: Is Studying Effective with Music?

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ahead-i writes "Putting on some music while studying seems like a good idea. After all, music soothes the soul and relaxes the spirit. However, researchers at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, United Kingdom showed that people perform worse when memorizing while listening to music—regardless of what type of music it was or whether they liked the music or not. People perform their best when they can concentrate in a quiet environment.

Music actually impairs cognitive abilities, especially if you’re trying to memorize lists or items, according to the UK study. The lyrics and the changing notes will only distract you. Even as you focus on what you’re trying to memorize, you’ll get thrown off.

The benefits of listening to music seem to work best before studying. When you hear something you like, researchers explain, it reinforces your good mood allowing you to improve your performance. It is thus advisable to listen to music before you start your interactive academic tutorial sessions to get better grades. Your online tutorials will be more effective when you are in the right frame of mind for studying."

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Comment: Re:Now there are two gaps .. (Score 1) 194

by paul.hatchman (#35823020) Attached to: New Dinosaur Species Is a Missing Link
And we teach gravity as if there is no other way and every other scientific theory in which there is no scientific controversy. Evolution (when taught at all) is not taught any different to anything else in science. It is you who really you who don't get it. Creationists will reject anything, even a solidly evidence back theory because it conflicts with their religious belief. There is no way to teach evolution without them getting their panties in a twist because anything that conflics with the bible must be a priori incorrect.

Comment: Re:Now there are two gaps .. (Score 1) 194

by paul.hatchman (#35815820) Attached to: New Dinosaur Species Is a Missing Link

The problem arises with the separation of church and state. Claiming one is true over the other is the same as saying the other is false. And since the government cannot force religious views on you, it simple cannot force the opinion that they are false or one is more right on you either. And that is not even touching the fact that evolution does not disprove creationism whatsoever at all. Nowhere in science does it say that seeing something happen one way means it's the only way possible.

What bollocks.

Following your argument through to its logical conclusion means that if any claim by any religious sect contradicts the school curriculum we could no longer teach that topic. It is not just creationism, by the time you add in the beliefs of the raelians, scientologists and every other cult out there, you'd not be able to teach anything at all. Should we not teach Native American history because the mormons tell us they are a lost tribe of Israel and therefore teaching their real history is now prohibited by seperation of church and state? What a ludicrous concept.

Evolution is the best scientific description we have of the diversity of life we see on the planet and that is why we teach it in science class. Whatever your other views on creationism, it is a wholly religious idea and has no place in the science classroom.

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Girl Claims Price Scanner Gave Her Tourette's Syndrome 558

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-$4.99-you-f*#@ing-co^&%#@!er dept.
Attorneys for Dominica Juliano claim that she was burned and developed psychological problems after a store clerk aimed a hand-held price scanner at her face. Store attorneys say their scanners uses a harmless LED light and that the girl had serious health problems before she was scanned. From the article: "Dominica Juliano was 12 when she and her grandmother entered the Country Fair store in Erie in June 2004. A clerk allegedly called the girl 'grumpy' before flashing his hand-held bar code scanner over her face and telling her to smile. Attorneys for Ms. Juliano and her guardian say the girl was sensitive to light and burned, and later developed post-traumatic stress and Tourette's syndrome."
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Xbox Live Now Allows Gender Expression 348

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-on-you dept.
Last year we discussed news that an Xbox Live gamer was banned for identifying herself as a lesbian on her profile. Microsoft said at the time that nothing sexual in nature could appear in Gamertags or profiles. Now, they seem to have reconsidered their stance, and they've updated their Code of Conduct accordingly. Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten wrote: "[The update] will allow our members to more freely express their race, nationality, religion and sexual orientation in Gamertags and profiles. Under our previous policy, some of these expressions of self-identification were not allowed in Gamertags or profiles to prevent the use of these terms as insults or slurs. However we have since heard feedback from our customers that while the spirit of this approach was genuine, it inadvertently excluded a part of our Xbox LIVE community. This update also comes hand-in-hand with increased stringency and enforcement to prevent the misuse of these terms."

Comment: Contact your local astronomy society (Score 1) 377

by paul.hatchman (#31095068) Attached to: What Objects To Focus On For School Astronomy?
The best advice I can give is to please, please, please contact your local amateur astrononical club or society. Starting out in astronomy by yourself is hard, even without the pressure of entertaining a bunch of kids at the same time. Most astronomical societies will be more than happy to help out with volunteers, telescopes or just some training on how to use your telescope and locate some bright objects. My society has teamed up with quite a few schools in the past and it has worked out really well for both groups.

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