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Comment Re:Cruelty to animals (Score 5, Informative) 182

With larger birds such as African Grey's, there is a really high risk of injury to the bird if they are allowed to grow up flying inside a house. Young birds do not understand glass for instance, and will attempt to fly into it, ultimately doing harm to themselves. To offset this, the non-permanent wing clipping is employed to prevent them from taking flight. This doesn't prevent gliding, however, so they can still leap safely off ledges to the floor to get around. Once they're older, you have to take into account that the nearly or fully grown bird has never flown, so you keep clipping the wings as they don't know how to use them.

I've never owned a Parrot but I grew up with one and my parents opted to not clip his wings. The net result was a lot of snapped feathers and a bird with neurological damage from running into things full tilt. Not pretty.

Comment Re:Get homeshcooled (Score 1) 743

From TFA:

However, Hernandez and other students only qualified for the magnet school by having good attendance, grades and test scores in the first place.

I'd also like to point out that schools that really need to have truancy addressed are the poor, inner city schools that can't afford a technological solution to their socioeconomic problems.

Comment Re:Further Evidence (Score 1) 96

I for one ride a 1/100 ton vehicle that gets infinite miles/gallon and do so in all types of traffic. It can even carry cargo -- it's record towing is 3/4 of a ton (about 1500 lbs) The trick is to be well lit and predictable. Above all else, PREDICTABLE. A little planning concerning lane positioning, when I'm going to turn and actually using my signals (hands) makes riding in traffic around vehicles that can turn me into a grease stain safe.

Driving one of these little smart cars? Hell, as long as they maintain power and others can see me, I'm OK with that.

Comment Re:For the umpteenth time... (Score 1) 469

Something important to note about many corporations is how difficult it is to know how far their reach extends and stay clear of it. This makes it difficult to not become one of their customers in some sense. I'd love to avoid Phillip Morris and not give them custom but it's not obvious that in order to do that I also have to avoid Kraft and other things related to it.

Comment Re:doesn't add up (Score 1) 357

I believe the increase is due to preventing TCP from self-throttling which it will do when it detects lost packets. Since fewer packets are lost, TCP doesn't need to throttle and you not only regain the packets that may have been dropped, but you also eliminate some of the need for retransmission, holding up a transaction while the missing packets are retransmitted as well as the slowdown that occurs when TCP detects a congested network.

This is a gross simplification, but hopefully it describes the situation.

Comment Re:In what context? (Score 1) 487

Or if you've "signed" social agreements not to bring harm to people who care about you then it's unethical because your actions could cause harship to those people. Think children, spouses, friends, family -- folks who are going to have to pick things up if/when you lose control of whatever it is that you're doing to and with your self.

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