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Comment: Re:I don't think it works that way, though (Score 3, Informative) 184

Actually, overuse of neurons can cause them to inflame and die. That's one of the major causes of Alzheimer's.

Um ... no, it's not.

Scientists are still trying to find the exact cause, but nothing has linked it to "overuse" of neurons. If anything, there is some evidence that mental stimulation could hold off or slow the progress of the disease.

Comment: Re:Find the users... (Score 1) 202

by stwrtpj (#32096962) Attached to: Oracle Restricts Access To Sun Firmware Downloads

Recently Oracle, announced the procurement of the Sun God Ra, after he defeated Osiris and left Isis searching the river for his missing uh... firmware.

I know this concept might be foreign to you, but Isis is female.

"His" = "Osiris"

I know this concept might be foreign you, but maybe you should bone up on Egyptian mythology before making snarky comments like this (though it was Set that defeated Osiris, not Ra).

Comment: Re:How is this different from intelligent design? (Score 1) 281

by stwrtpj (#30905554) Attached to: SETI Founder Outlines Ambitious Future Plans

Flying pasta monsters aside, how is SETI different from ID? ID does not assert any preconception regarding the nature of the designer, so you can't pull the natural, super-natural distinction. In fact, ID has the advantage of a signal to inspect, that of DNA. SETI has no signal to apply "intelligence" detection algorithms to.

Because the basic hypothesis of SETI is provable, thus making SETI a real science, while ID can produce no proof whatsoever, thus making it faith-based or pseudo-science at best.

Or to put it simply: If SETI detects a signal of intelligent origin tomorrow, that will prove its hypothesis that intelligent life exists elsewhere. ID can offer no such tangible, verifiable evidence.

Comment: Re:The "copy" in copyright (Score 1) 705

by stwrtpj (#30336108) Attached to: Woman Filming Sister's Birthday Party Gets Charged With Felony Movie Piracy

Unfortunately for your argument, that part of the sixth amendment does not seem to have been incorporated against the states, so Texas could theoretically never tell you why you were being held, even if a federal prosecutor would have to tell you under the sixth amendment.

Please take a moment to read the whole article about incorporation.

From the Wikipedia article you linked to:

Right to notice of accusations

* This right has been incorporated against the states. See In re Oliver, 333 U.S. 257 (1948).

Perhaps you're the one that needs to read more carefully.

It's funny.  Laugh.

University Fails to Find Man Who Hasn't Seen Porn 32

Posted by samzenpus
from the digital-Diogenes dept.
Scientists at the University of Montreal would love to compare the views of men in their 20s who had never been exposed to pornography with regular porn watchers. The problem is, they can't find a man in that age category who has never seen it. “We started our research seeking men in their 20s who had never consumed pornography,” said Professor Simon Louis Lajeunesse. “We couldn't find any.”

Comment: Total lack of priorities (Score 1) 504

by stwrtpj (#29582997) Attached to: Porn Surfing Rampant at US Science Foundation
So the gist of the article is that the NSF inspector general has enough resources to either investigate science grant fraud OR "abuse" of its internal network.

Personally, I feel that grant fraud is a far more serious issue than whether or not the employees are looking at naked boobies on company time.

Comment: Re:A list of what not to include (Score 1) 123

by stwrtpj (#29388549) Attached to: New 2D, HD Sonic Game Coming In 2010

Doesn't Tails qualify as a furry?

He gets a pass because he's one of the original characters. Plus, if they do it like the original games where he tags along with you, you get to have fun watching him blunder into things, get himself "killed", and then helicopter back onscreen by spinning his two tails.

Ah, the simple pleasures of yesteryear ...

Comment: Re:The cost of legalization (Score 1) 640

by stwrtpj (#29164137) Attached to: Mexico Decriminalizes Small-Scale Drug Possession

I don't use drugs because they are illegal. My employer could terminate my employment, I could be jailed, etc. If drugs were legalized, then there would be no barrier (however artificial) for me to start using drugs. Maybe I enjoy it and starts affecting my productivity, my way of life, I become addicted, etc. So while this might be in the minority, there are a number of citizens who are not using drugs for the sole reason that they are NOT legal. Legalizing them would remove this barrier and actually cause more drug use. I am not saying that is horrible, but it is a side-effect that is seldom brought up.

So, in effect, you're asking the government to be responsible for what you see is a weakness in YOURSELF.

Comment: Re:Debt Collectors are Morons (Score 3, Interesting) 494

by stwrtpj (#29127581) Attached to: SSN Overlap With Micronesia Causes Trouble For Woman
Sometimes all it takes is being a little aggressive with them on the phone and asserting your rights. I had this problem years ago when I first moved into an apartment in NJ. A few months afterward I got calls from a debt collector asking for someone I never heard of. After it happened three times, I decided to be nice and ask the neighbors if they heard the name. Turns out it was the previous tenant. So when the debt collector called again, I was nice about it and explained that I had just moved in and that they wanted the previous tenant.

I was promptly accused of covering for him, and was threatened with ridiculous legal action. That's when I made it clear that I knew exactly what my rights were and that if I received another call again I would refer the matter to my attorney (I didn't actually have one, but sometimes mentioning it is enough). I never got another call again.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.

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