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Comment Re:I know a simple solution: (Score 3, Interesting) 487

That's not always why.

I could pass a drug test easy, nothing I do stays in my system longer than 2-3 days, I don't smoke cannabis and never have. I do however take great issue with any employer wanting access to my urine, it's a step into my personal life I'm unwilling to allow them to take.

I can see the logic for testing where you'll be responsible for other peoples lives, but it's not like they ban you from drinking is it? It's inconsistent.

Comment Re:Make it illegal (Score 1) 1199

As we can see from the prohibition of illegal drugs, this totally solves the problem!

I really shudder to think what the result of making nicotine illegal would be, given it's one of the most addictive substances in the world. I presume it would make the havoc that the illicit cocaine trade wrecks on south american look miniscule.

Comment Re:probably should have been lowered anyway (Score 2) 1239

The money supply inflates exponentially, so yes every debt ceiling raise will tend towards being the biggest ever. Let's see them on a dimensionless scale by dividing by something of equal measure, say GDP.

Dimensional analysis should be required learning in high school :/

Dimensional analysis isn't taught in high school!? Seriously!?

Jeeze. That would explain a whole bunch about what's wrong with the world.

Comment Re:As powerful? (Score 2) 267

If you'll excuse my off-topic pedantry.....

When the quoted poster says "the same cpu" he doesn't mean the same die, he means the Power Processing Element within the cell is basically the same as the three cores in the xenon in the xbox 360. This is largely true, the only thing he missed out is the cache difference

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_(microprocessor)#Xenon_in_Xbox_360

The "slightly modified" comment corresponds to the fact that the Xenon contains VMX units whereas the cell does not as the SPE units are essentially supercharged VMX units.

Comment Re:woo! (Score 1) 190

"Why not?"

Because if I did I'd be one of those self-diagnosed idiots, besides the fact that I don't require any special help, I function just fine on my own, what's the point in calling yourself aspie unless you're asking for help? Help is something I most certainly do not want.

Comment Re:woo! (Score 1) 190

haha, if I stared at my girlfriend like a dead cow all the time due to how extra-ordinarily un-expressionate I am, she just knows that that's how I am,, just the same as how I don't make a big deal of the fact that she doesn't often look me in the eye, as I know she's always found eye contact uncomfortable. You'd think people would get a decent grasp of each other's personalities before getting wed.

Everyone's born neurologically different, I can't say I believe in laying into anyone for being who they are even if it's not classified as a disorder, either way in your hypothetical bizzaro-world scenario the couple would benefit most from some marriage counselling first and foremost, not an aspie diagnosis and an excuse of "I'm emotionally dead because I'm aspie". never mind the fact that aspergers doesn't prevent you specifically from opening up like that, my girlfriend has a rather extreme form of it and emotionally opens up to me with ease, infact she's incredibly emotionally needy sometimes.

I don't think aspergers should be used as a crux to explain narrow symptoms, according to the diagnostic requirements a wide variety of symptoms need to be observed not just "coldness to one's spouse", This clearly isn't always the case in practice though, I know one boy who got diagnosed by a speech therapist simply due to the way he talks (a little flat).

My original point was just that anything that aids the diagnostic process can only be a good thing, obviously this scan is only useful in conjunction with other evidence but it'll help make things clearer than merely the opinions of a psychiatrist alone. A lot of people use the diagnosis as a excuse and I just don't think that's healthy when they're pretty much normal.

Comment woo! (Score 2, Insightful) 190

I can only see this as a good thing, I'm on a compsci course and as you'd expect it seems like a good third of the people there claim to have aspergers, most of those seem fairly typical and reasonably socially functional. I'd be *highly* interested to see what this test reveals about them. This isn't to say I don't believe in the condition, I know plenty who have it and exhibit obvious major behavioural patterns and have actual issues with such things, I for one just suspect it's *way* over diagnosed, hell a number of psychiatrists have called me "aspie" after 5 minutes of talking to me, I certainly don't buy it. I just hope this sort of screening will help people who actually need help get the care they need and de-clog the system of hypochondriac nerds who want to feel special.
Australia

Australia Gets Its First Female Prime Minister 419

An anonymous reader writes "Julia Gillard has been elected unopposed to the Labor leadership, seizing power in a bloodless Parliament House coup after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd decided not to contest this morning's leadership ballot. Ms. Gillard will now be sworn in as Australia's first female prime minister. Emerging from this morning's meeting, she said she felt 'very honored' and said she would be making a statement shortly. Treasurer Wayne Swan now steps up as deputy prime minister. He was also elected unopposed."

Comment Re:About time (Score 5, Insightful) 494

Having been a victim of such harassment in the past myself I agree wholeheartedly, I reported it to the police however they fairly resoundingly didn't appear to give a toss.

Given how common it is for one's name to be googled by others these days online harassment can be every bit as damaging as real life harassment, it caused me quite serious upset for some months. This wasn't merely some childish dispute but an ex looking for revenge over every medium possible, creating profiles on facebook, bebo, myspace and various other websites with the specific intent of causing me as much damage as possible.

While I'm in no means in favour of putting the internet under any form of state control this sort of activity warrants police attention and needs to be against the law. It strikes me as insane that so much focus is put on policing the internet to stop file sharers as opposed to protecting the individual.

Comment Re:Finally... (Score 1) 123

I discovered this with sonic 1, though couldn't care less as the game wasn't actually all that difficult to beat properly without cheating.

What I found rather interesting was that with the game sonic 3d (and I vaguely recall this working with at least one other cart) if you gave the cartridge a good tab on the front of the game it took one directly to the cheat menu.

Was this a deliberate thing or just a handy fluke? It was discovered by a friend of mine who gave the console a thump after a fit of rage induced by a rather agrivating volcanic valley boss fight, his anger was promptly defused by the situation!

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 2, Insightful) 386

"attempt"? It's not generally voluntary IME, I simply can't take my mind off any background stimulus while attempting to focus on something, background conversations, radio, television, a clatter of someone elses keyboard, I can't stop my focus drifting to all of them when I'm not medicated. Multitasking is indeed hugely overrated if it was practical ADD/ADHD wouldn't be considered medical conditions.

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