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Comment: existing purpose-built headgear (Score 1) 36

by houghi (#46794553) Attached to: For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

This project screams for a ready-made commercial version; does anyone know of existing purpose-built headgear?

Seriously? This is a question after quoting: Not everyone can drop a few hundred dollars on a VR headset,
This means that there IS purpose-built headgear.

If you mean to say 'cheap' or 'not-expensive' or 'in a low pricerange' then say so.

Comment: Re:Spare Change (Score 1) 318

1. The mentally ill.

3. Homeless people who lived too close to the edge and became unemployed

How can you be ok with the first group to exist as homeless? It is as if you are saying "You are not able tro be a productive part of any company, so fuck you."
The other is also a group that should not be homeless. They are willing to get help and solve their issues. The same applies as above.

I live in Belgium and when I see somebody who is begging (not even sure if he is homeless) I know it is because of his or her own choice. And this includes addicts. If you WANT to quit, you wil get help.

If you are begging, to me it means there is some reason that you are not getting enough support (not even thinking about scammers). I am not giving you money, because you don't agree with the rules.

If people who work need extra help (Wallmart) how bad can it be for the rest?

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 790

One person tried to intimidate me once. He told me to see him outside school and wait for him. I told him I won't do that. If he wants to fight he must wait for me.
The only reason I would say that, HE thought, was that I was sure to beat his ass. He appologized the next day.
My reasoning was different: I was not willing to wait to get a beating.

The final result was that everybody had repect for me. It was scary. Think The Wave. I seriously hope that I never abused that power. It was very hard for me to see the difference between respect, fear and blind adoration. The last one is the most horid one. Having people following you without asking any questions and without thinking is extremely frightening.
Having nobody to talk to concerning at a young age was terrible. How do you explain that you are afraid because people respect and like you?

Sorry for ranting. It is the first time I put this fear into words after 30+ years.

Comment: Re:Maybe that's intresting trivia to you... (Score 1) 184

by houghi (#46749903) Attached to: First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

This would be great in those parts of Germany that are road but not Autobahn e.g Bundesstrasse. I had NO idea where the road was in Shleswig Holstein. (Which is flatter then The Netherlands) If there were no other cars, I had my high beams on, but if there were, the sight dropped enopurnously.
Sure there were lights at the crossings on one side, but which side?

Also: do not forget that this is a test. Itis only 500m. They will probably be testing if it sticks to the road or if it is pulled out after a few thousand cars. Also testing if it still works after a year and how well.

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 1) 586

by houghi (#46749723) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

The only issue is: Are existing vaccines safe and could they be made safer?

No, that is not an issue. It is a typo of questioning that Fox "News" would use.
A similar question would be "Are kids safe from duckinthefaces rape attempts or should we do more to protect them?"

What she does now is trying to safe face, while still telling people she wasn't wrong. What she SHOULD do is say "Shit, I was wrong."

People have been put in danger and proably even died because she told it was unsafe to take vacines and you call that nit-picking? She should be held resposible for what she did and put in jail.

Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? (Score 1) 431

by houghi (#46749633) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

ALL languages are stuck in where it comes from to where it is heading to. Language is a live thing (except for e.g. Latin and others) so it changes. In most languages not only will the pronounciation and even the meaning of words change, but also the spelling.
The latter does not seem to happen in Egnlish.

e.g. a word starts as a loan word. e.g. quasi.Next you will have a prefered spelling of quasi, but kwasi is allowed as well. Next it will be prefered kwasi, but quasi is allowed. The last stage would be only kwasi.

And that is just for a single word.

Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? (Score 5, Informative) 431

by houghi (#46741937) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

There are some rules that don't make a lot of sense, but they are what they are and mostly need to be adhered to in order to ensure that communication can happen.

Dutch has had several changes over the last 100 years. This is to follow the evolution of language.

I do not believe English has had the same done to it. Otherwise you would not end up with something like:
Dearest creature in creation,

  Study English pronunciation.
  I will teach you in my verse
  Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
  I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
  Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
  Tear in eye, your dress will tear,
  So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

  Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
  Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
  We say hallowed but allowed,
  People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
  Mark the differences, moreover,
  Between mover, cover, clover;
  Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
  Chalice, but police and lice;
  Camen, constable, unstable,
  Principle, disciple, label.

The trest can be read right here. Read it out loud the first time you read it. You will start to wonder what is so adhered in the language.

You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner

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