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Comment Re:Haven't we known this for decades? (Score 1) 180

... it's pretty interesting to witness scientific findings, with all rigor and instrumentation techniques etc. rediscovering something your grand-grandmother could probably have told you.

Yeah, every now & then something spectacular comes out of studies of "common sense" things that everybody could have told you. I can't think of any at the moment 'cause I'm too tired.

Comment Re:memory storage is brain global (Score 1) 180

It's called an analogy, genius. How much of your brain did you have removed?

And it's certainly an analogy that would connect w/ the /. crowd. The AC's insightful analysis didn't help (yeah, big surprise).

Disproof of the AC's hypothesis. Do a gedankenspiel comparing the AC's brain and a disk drive.

Throw a feather at it, it won't break.
Hit it w/ a sledgehammer, it will break.

sr

"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy"

Comment Re:Sorry dude, it's Nero (Score 1) 412

Actually, it seems that most historians believe that 666 referred to Nero. Remember the scope of the New Testament. They expected the 2nd coming to be "right around the corner...all the signs are there". In the meantime, the faithful needed to be warned about Nero and what he was doing. Apparently 666 encodes "Nero" in Hebrew, or something like that. They were big into numerology back then.

Comment Re:Time to burn some points. HEY MBA STUPID PEOPLE (Score 1) 347

I went to Wiki and found no ref to ipad or ipod in it, but found a ref link to AppleInsider...

  Thursday, January 03, 2013, 06:05 pm
Corning's third-gen Gorilla Glass could be bound for next iPhone, iPad

By AppleInsider Staff
Glassmaker Corning on Thursday announced Gorilla Glass 3, a stronger, more scratch resistant version of the current substrate used in the display of Apple's iPhone and iPad lines of mobile devices.

Comment Re:blah blah Capitalism Evil blah blah (Score 1) 227

Well, I like sitting around and waiting for other people to do stuff for me as well as the next guy, but I figured, just this once, to do something, so here you go.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly#Historical_monopolies

Aristotle talks about it in his "Politics" (turns out someone had cornered the market on olive presses).

Comment Re:blah blah knee-jerk blah blah (Score 1) 227

The Clean air and water act was a knee jerk reaction to a problem that could have easily been solved with just the court system. It continues to cause many business to hire teams of lawyers just to insure they meet the letter of the law. It does very little to actually prevent pollution and cost tax payers and businesses far too much.

It is one thing to require businesses to not pollute beyond a certain level. It is a completely different thing to dictate how they will accomplish that process.

Also, using Beijing as anecdotal evidence is a bit of a straw man. They do not and never have had a capitalist society.

 

Here's a few million anecdotes: when I was a kid living in Los Angeles, smog really sucked. Many days a year we had Smog Alerts. Now it's fairly rare to get an Alert. It took decades to get to the point of constant smog, and, apparently, due to the "knee-jerk", it's taken decades to get us where we are now (it's not an easy solution).

So some regulations are good. I think we agree on that. A lot of regulations, though, are created when private businesses find ways to game the system (of course, some regs come to us via corruption or incompetence). I guess I'd rather have businesses have to retain an "army of lawyers" to deal with their pollution, vs. having to have private citizens or local govt have to hire an army of lawyers to deal with each polluter individually, on a case-by-case basis.

I think that I and a few million Angelenos prefer the knee-jerk. It is working, I don't believe that the court system would have worked as well or as comprehensively.

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