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Comment: Paradigm shift (Score 5, Insightful) 203

by tm2b (#38851705) Attached to: Study Finds Growing Up WIth Gadgets Has a Downside: Social Skill Impairment
Or, they could consider the idea that as on-line communication becomes rooted in our social ecosphere, social skills are changing to more closely integrate on-line interactions.

15 years ago, online dating was satire. 5-10 years ago it was socially frowned upon. These days, it's damned near normative.

Comment: Re:Facebook has the users and the games. (Score 1) 519

by tm2b (#37668590) Attached to: Google+ Loses 60% of Active Users
Exactly. I will go where my friends are - and we were on G+ for a little while. And then Google killed the accounts of a dozen or so of them, and the rest of us left.

I don't need an identity service masquerading as a social networking site. Facebook's bad enough, but Google's trying to get its scary little tendrils into every part of my life.

Comment: Re:Better Press Release (Score 1) 204

by tm2b (#37223210) Attached to: Massive Diamond Found Orbiting Pulsar
You're not an astrophysicist. I met your mom isn't, either.

Seriously, this isn't a matter of common sense, but of a scientific jargon / English mismatch, it happens all the time. In the context of astronomy, it's completely normal to talk about size in terms of mass rather than spatial units. If somebody asked what size a star was, an answer of "5.6 solar masses" would be a perfectly acceptable answer.

There are three kinds of people: men, women, and unix.