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Comment: Re:CCHR has made some valid points... (Score 5, Insightful) 141

by ColdWetDog (#46800661) Attached to: Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

This is precisely how crazies work. They take a perfectly reasonable statement - The practice of psychiatry has problems / Vaccines CAN cause harm, etc and then push their agenda far and beyond any rationale discussion. Yes, the practice of psychiatry is primitive and has been subject to considerable abuse in the past (lobotomies, insulin shocks to name a few). Yes, this country is overmedicated - but not just with psychoactive drugs - and this isn't just the 'fault' of psychiatrists but instead involves doctors, patients, drug companies, government and bog knows who else.

But the victrolic, angry and anti intellectual approach of CCHR and Scientology in general should continue to be exposed for what it is - a scam. They should be allowed to express their opinions and, if the IRS says they are a 501C3 corp and Google gives something extra to non profits, well then, let'em at it. But it's still a scam. Along with quite an number of other 'non profits'.

Comment: Re:Credible Source? (Score 5, Interesting) 141

by ColdWetDog (#46800447) Attached to: Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

Yes, interesting. It's an unsourced statement from somebody's blog. But it has two of the Slashdot keywords - 'Google' and 'Scientology' so, as someone mentioned in the last thread about some other Slashdot keywords (Guns, 3D printing, drugs and The Feds), grab your popcorn and super size your Mountain Dew.

Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 1) 151

by ColdWetDog (#46800383) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

Look at the forums devoted to 3D printing. To print anything more complex than a spoon, you have to get a significant degree of expertise with the systems. Using a lathe and mill isn't all that hard - we have taught it to high school students for decades and the newer, computer controlled ones are even easier.

In any town large enough to have an auto mechanic, there is probably somebody familiar enough with standard metalworking tools to make a gun. And a far better one that the 3D printers are making.

Is there a future for 3D printing - sure, as an evolution to what we are doing, not a revolution.

Comment: Re:Get creative (Score 1) 360

by houghi (#46798531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Instead of chicken filet, chicken legs or chicken wings, I buy a whole chicken and cut it up myself. The 2 filets I use to wok together with som vegetables and rice. Enough for 3-4 days.
1 day is some potatoes, chicken legs and potates.
The chicken legs and the carcass I cook and the meat I use for sandwiches. The water as stocking for soup. That is already 5 days of meat from a 4 EUR chicken.

I know that one supermarket does 50% of meat on mondays, because that will be the last day before the expire day. I can keep it in the freezer for another few days easily (including the chicken).

Look uo things about "living frugal. Don't follow everything, but instead see what you can easily do.

What I also did was buy a book with many wok recepeis in a second hand book store. The advantage you have with using a wok is that it is fast. Chinese cooking is the world first fast food.

Also always use a shoppinglist and don't go shopping hungry. A last is to NEVER buy bottled water. NOT EVER. And have a budget. Write everything down on what you sped it on. Or use any of the free programs or apps for whatever you use.

If you like pizza, learn how to make your own. Making your own dough will spare you a lot and they taste better. Spagetti is the number one food for students where I live (Belgium) because it is cheap if you make your own sauce and it can feed many when you invite people over.

As an extra bonus, when you have learned to cook, you can invite somebody over, which is cheaper then taking them out to dinner,and with a bit of luck they will have sex with you.

So yes, learning how to cook will save you a LOT of money. It will also help you in the long run. You will be able to sit down with your kids and have a meal without having to make cooking a drag. And there is no price you can put on that, no matter how rich you are.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 121

by ColdWetDog (#46797249) Attached to: Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

You're describing Bokeh. And yes, it is one of those techniques that done well, can greatly enhance a picture. There are entire web sites and discussion groups devoted to the topic - which lens, camera, technique is best and who is a total poser. There have been numerous attempts to do this in software, all of which have yielded meh results. I suspect that Google's attempt will be another one of these, but who knows. Perhaps they will finally figure out how to let photographers match their $15,000 DLSR rigs with an $800 smartphone and a .99 app.

Comment: Re:What poetry is this? (Score 1) 170

by Alsee (#46795773) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Or flip the view:
A towering bank undercut by a small church.


In the intersection between religion and the modern world
Religion razes grandeur to the ground for 20 pieces of silver.
In the intersection between religion and the modern world
Religion refuses to budge from barren historical ground.
In the intersection between religion and the modern world
A towering bank undercut by a small church nearly kills us.


Comment: Re:Pilots crash planes (Score 1) 73

by ColdWetDog (#46795301) Attached to: DARPA Developing the Ultimate Auto-Pilot Software

Makes me wonder whether the engines shouldn't have pivot mountings so that they can be tilted up and down and even sideways.

Talk to the V-22 engineers about just exactly how easy it is to do that... It took them literally decades (the original V-22 was designed in the 1960's) to do that and the thing still crashes more than is desirable. Once you make the engine move, you change the aerodynamics of the entire aircraft. Continuously. Not a trivial problem and one that would likely create more problems than it solves.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.