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Comment Re:Grow Up (Score 1) 965

I wish I had mod points. Lacking that, I just have to say that I appreciate both the well constructed car metaphor and the elegantly expressed frustration with the forcible interface switches that are handed out without asking the user's consent. In this day and age of cheap storage, is there a good reason that new interfaces can't keep the legacy UI paradigms around as an option and load the correct libraries for your "theme" on demand?

Comment Re:Scientific basis (Score 1) 308

That definition you have there could be used to cover this situation.
In the case of sensory deprivation, one is eliciting strength of emotion: fear, anxiety and phobia. (among other possibilities). For drugging an unwilling person, one is using physical force and possibly intimidation to administer the drug.
That being said, violence has been getting applied to a lot of interesting situations by very hippie folks and that muddies the word. Perhaps I've been polluted by the diluted definition.

Comment Re:Scientific basis (Score 1) 308

I would actually argue that torture is the use of violence rather than pain and/or harm and violence comes in many varieties. Denying one permission to use the bathroom is a well known tactic. You're not preventing them from soiling themselves so it's not like they're going to be physically harmed. Instead, it's psychological violence. Does the lack of pain or harm make it not torture? I'd say torture also encompasses being compelled to answer questions under the influence of drugs. Forcing someone to go through that is violence in my eyes.

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.

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