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Comment: Re:All too often (Score 1) 33

by rmdingler (#49602013) Attached to: The Pioneer Who Invented the Weather Forecast
One of my hands is a crafty devil, and he has come up with more than a few epic one liners and (+5 insightful) comments in his day. We debate often about the likelihood that even his very best idea was ever truly original, given the 107 {+/-} billion humans to have ever lived. Our consensus is, despite the probability someone has built that mousetrap before, there is no shame in hitting the nail squarely on the head a second, independent, time.

Comment: Re:Title II (Score 1) 433

by rmdingler (#49584635) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

I've yet to have anyone explain clearly why having the internet under the same regulatory regime as the telephone system would be a, net, positive thing. Title II explicitly permits a lot of bad behavior. To me, it fixes one problem and introduces a few dozen others.


Seemingly every law, movement, action, or drug comes with these side effects. I believe the skill associated with doling them out so they cause more good than harm is quite rare indeed.

It is conspicuously absent in the hands of a politician.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 629

by rmdingler (#49576145) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

In my experience, they ALL have a strong, nasty aftertaste. Even sucralose ("Splenda", e.g.) which people still flog as "almost actual sugar" has a bitterness that I can identify after one sip. Most of the time, I can even catch it if it's been used in cooking - I don't know if I'm just sensitive to it or what, but it's bad enough that I opted to learn to take my coffee without sweetener rather than add that junk.

I feel the same way about the city water: there's a chlorine taste/smell that even the RO system cannot remove.

I have gone the black coffee route myself, and now prefer it only that way.

I cannot, however, give up the coke in my whiskey... sacrilegious, right? I use some Diet, and actually prefer the Pepsi throwback non-HFCS blend.

There seem to be plausible arguments for health issues on both sides.. what are some decent alternatives to soda if one must have a mixer??

Comment: Re:It is an ad. (Score 4, Insightful) 216

by rmdingler (#49575711) Attached to: How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial

So Turkish nationalists are buying Google adwords. What's the problem with that? It's an exercise of free speech (for a position that I disagree with).

I have Armenian (and Greek) friends, so I know the basics. Armenians tell me about losing grandparents, aunts and uncles in 1915. This is of course the 100th anniversary. The personal tragedies are overwhelming, and if that wasn't enough, there is the further tragedy of destroying the Armenian and Greek communities and culture in Turkey, and the end of Ottoman tolerance.

I realize there's a debate over the word "genocide." The official Turkish position is, "Let the historians decide." I'm not sure what good that does them. The New York Times leans towards "genocide." http://www.nytimes.com/ref/tim... There is some symbolism here that I can't follow too well.

There is also a small, slowly growing movement among Turks to acknowledge the Armenian position. I don't know how long it will take. I'm not as optimistic as I used to be about world peace and reconciliation.

But Google isn't doing anything wrong.

Two takes from this:

Free speech, first and foremost, especially to the folks who disagree with me.

Eyes wide open, a very close second, get your important information from as many sources as possible.

Comment: Re:Reason for not talking to people (Score 2) 95

Don't post online about current work-related stuff is probably good advice for all of us to take.

TFA was a bit sketchy on details, but it did seem to indicate her Facebooking had something to do with the mistrial, and eventual acquittal... whether or not this is factually accurate,

it's probably safe to say this was poor judgement on her part.

Comment: Re:Higher diagnoses (Score 3, Interesting) 33

by rmdingler (#49544137) Attached to: MIT Developing AI To Better Diagnose Cancer
Elderly men with slow developing prostate cancer are frequently not treated because the disease is unlikely to kill them first.

Sadly, your medical care is incentivized in the same fashion as an automotive repair: the more repairs that are necessary, the greater the final invoice.

This is not to suggest there are not a great many ethical physicians, but we would be fools to overlook the likelihood that some sociopaths have slithered into the profession.

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting. -- Billy Rose