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Comment A telling line (Score 1) 431 431

"He does do a lot of experiments. A lot of them I don't fully understand, but I'm certain he's not making bombs," said the suspect's father, Allen Mason"

Oh? How are you so certain? You just said you don't know what he's doing. Ergo, you don't know what he's doing.

I know, I know... Slashdotters will all side with the "experimenter", because geek. But it sounds like the police are acting based on evidence, while the defense is acting based on blind faith. In such cases, I side with evidence.

Comment Re:Big difference (Score 1) 110 110

That's only true for the largest companies -- and even they won't be able to predict what they'll run out of.

Consider video/moviemaking. The big ones have "runners" to get what's needed. This service replaces them -- probably at a lower cost. But most production teams are too small to have a dedicated runner, so this service is a godsend.

Comment Proven by Esperanto (Score 1) 274 274

This is actually one of the main benefits of Esperanto, a regular, constructed language that's much easier to learn than a "national" language.

Students who first study Esperanto and then go on to study another language learn the second language better than those who studied only the second language -- even if they had less time to learn it.

The science: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaedeutic_value_of_Esperanto

Comment Re:Profit Margins on the Apple Watch Edition (Score 5, Informative) 450 450

"the 18k gold used costs over $8,000"

Whatever you're smoking, I want some. Gold spot price is currently a bit below $1,200. Are you suggesting there's nearly 7 ounces of gold in these watches???

Oh, and spot price is for 24-karat gold, each ounce of which makes 1-1/3rd an ounce of 18-karat gold. So... does one of these watches weigh 10 ounces?

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