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Comment Re:Light makes a huge difference... to some people (Score 1) 144

Interesting. I live in South-Central Alaska - also not nearly as far north as this town but we perhaps have a climate somewhat similar to yours. By far, the worst time of year for us is spring (or "breakup", as it's called here). Usually in mid-April the temperature starts to routinely climb above freezing during the day, and the snow starts to melt. It takes about a month until all of the snow is gone, and during that time we're cut off from both the warm-weather and the cold-weather outdoor activities. Furthermore, the pristine, white, reflective snow we enjoyed all winter turns brown and muddy as cars and pedestrians kick up dirty melt-off from the roads and ground. And to top it all off, everyone is by then more-than-ready for summer's warm weather after six months of darkness, cold, and snow, so breakup seems to drag on forever. It's very frustrating.
Autumn isn't so bad here, other than being our rainy season. Most folks are excited about the coming winter and carry on the summer lifestyle until the snow falls.

Comment Re:DST? Which century are we living in? (Score 1) 487

I live in a place without DST -- basically it means in the summer, we get extra long days so it's light until late into July (almost 30 days without night around the solstice). DST wouldn't be much more than a nuisance, because our days get an hour longer every 10 days anyway.
It wouldn't change the fact that in the winter it's dark when you get up and leave for work and dark by the time you leave for home after work. In winter there's a good 4.5 month period where you don't get to see much daylight -- as short as about 5h30m daylight. DST would actually make this worse, because this week the days start after you get to work and are less than 8h long.
I lied. This place does have DST, and I can't fathom why.

Comment Re: How does (Score 1) 1088

then by what definition could the troops possibly be said to be in harm's way 'on my behalf'?

The United States practices conscription. Assuming you meet the gender, age, and fitness requirements, if there weren't enough professional soldiers, there's a chance they'd send you instead. Because they are there in your place, it would not be a stretch to say that they are there on your behalf.

Comment Re:Angle for /.ers: (Score 1) 512

Wow. I don't know much about airplanes either, but that's no reason to just make shit up. It makes you sound like an idiot.
First of all, this is the aircraft used, a very common bush aircraft built in 1957. You might be familiar with their little brother, the Beaver, another hugely successful bush plane.
Second, 1957 (or for that matter, 1953) is not old for an airplane. Planes are actually maintained. Imagine if you bought a car in 1957, and every time you drove it, you performed a pre-drive checklist and immediately replaced any essential components which were out of tolerance. Also imagine that you performed major overhauls to upgrade entire systems in order to keep the car up to date with modern automotive technology and safety. People do this with aircraft because they're expensive and part failures are easily dangerous. There is nothing antique about a 50-year-old bush plane.
Third, Bristol Bay is not exactly known for its severe weather, especially this time of year. Do you have a citation for this storm?
There was nothing stupid and pointless about this. Shit just happens sometimes.

Comment Re:I used to have trouble falling asleep (Score 1) 259

I believe you. On Sunday nights, the first sober night after a few nights of binge drinking, I'm usually unable to sleep. Instead of sleeping, I get stuck at hypnagogia, and I stay there until morning. It's hard to say if I fall asleep with my waking mind still on or if I stay awake with my dreaming mind turned on. Rest-wise, it's not a great way to spend a night, but it's absolutely worth it. I'd love to be able to do it at will.

I totally understand the split consciousness aspect of it, but because I'm in bed, I can devote my full attention to what my dream half is thinking and imagining. It ranges between thoughts and somewhat-vivid dreamlike experiences (and that's actually a continuous spectrum). It's always nonsense, but it's so original and astoundingly in-depth. There's also the novelty of having conscious thoughts that don't come from "me". It's really quite an experience to be thinking "How the fuck am I coming up with this stuff?" while the other thought-voice continues concurrently! Like having two cores and being the sane one.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 283

What on earth is the point of a computer without additional software?

Actually, some operating systems (like Unix) are designed to allow the user to perform many general computing tasks out-of-the-box. Even Windows has some tools to facilitate this, but they aren't very good.

Comment Re:Apple is a monopolist...but gets off on definit (Score 1) 610

Which clean-room reimplementations of the iPhone or Mac OS libraries have been sued out of existence by Apple? I'm pretty sure there haven't been any, much less any that have been sued.
This is like saying Volvo has a monopoly on "the marketplace for Volvo auto parts" just because no other car manufacturer has produced a car which uses a Volvo alternator. Can't we just say that what Apple is doing sucks without absurd attempts to make "monopoly" describe it?

Comment Re:if 'twere permanent... (Score 1) 599

All of your excuses are selfish arguments. It is hugely unethical to force into existence a sentient being without its prior consent. Because you can't obtain consent from a person who doesn't even exist yet, having children is always unethical. For the record, I'm probably going to have kids some day, but I think it's important to be honest with myself about what that means.

So let's see. Offspring are expensive, but we do it so we...

can create a life that will hopefully go off into the wild and make society a better place

A noble pursuit, but you have placed the current population's desires above the child's. You have not even mentioned how the child might feel about this. You're being selfish.

A lot of people want to help one or two people a whole lot. Is it "supremely selfish" because it is something they want to do?

The things you merely want to do are not more important than dramatically altering (by creating) the course of another person's life without their consent. Again, you don't even mention the rights of the child. You're being selfish.

Clearly the problem can't be overpopulation, at least not here.

We're talking about having a child, and you're worried about what the neighbors will think.
Nobody is perfect, and I think most people are forgiven for the heinous act of parenthood; my parents are. It's still unethical, but you might end up a better parent if you at least acknowledge your children's rights (and your infringement thereof) from the beginning.

Comment Re:Some "other" area? (Score 1) 920

Not sure if it counts, but it's a "place like Hawaii" in a "See store for details. Not valid in Alaska and Hawaii" sense. Moose's Tooth in Anchorage makes the best gourmet pizza I've had. They also make their own beer (Anchorage has a really high microbrewery-to-person ratio), including a special brew each month. On the first Thursday of each month, they bring in a band from the lower 48 and introduce the month's special with a "First Tap" concert at their sister restaurant/theaterpub, Bear Tooth. Especially fun are the outdoor concerts during the summer.
The pizza really is delicious.

Comment Re:Google can be more specific (Score 1) 769

find . -path '*/not-these' -prune -or -print
Not sure why someone would need google when the man page tells you how to do it in the EXAMPLES section:

Find all files in /usr/src ending in a dot and single digit, but skip directory /usr/src/gnu:
$ find /usr/src -path /usr/src/gnu -prune -or -name \*.[0-9]

Comment Re:Paging Bernie Madoff Clients... (Score 5, Insightful) 666

You're completely missing the point. He wasn't trying to turn this into a pissing match among genocides.
The speaker's stated purpose for speaking was to make sure people remember what happened decades ago, because only through rememberance and by keeping it always in our thoughts can we hope to prevent it from happening again. The GP _surprised_ her by pointing out that it's happening again _right now_. Looks like the "merely being aware of and remembering the Holocaust" strategy isn't working so well.

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