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Comment Tell Her About Your Wife (Score 1) 698

Alongside many of the excellent suggestions already made, I would say tell her some things about your wife, from your perspective. As a single parent, your wife will need to be the voice of authority in her life and there are almost certainly going to be conflicts in their future. Some insight about your wife from your point of view may help during the more difficult times, by humanizing her and reminding your daughter that even when it feels that they have nothing in common, they had a common thread in your love.

Comment Not just jewelry (Score 3, Informative) 195

One of the largest uses for artificial sapphire is supermarket barcode scanners. No one's putting it there because they feel a need to bling-out the supermarket. It's there because any surface that has stuff dragged across it all day, every day either needs to be incredible scratch-resistant or replaced way too often.

Comment Re:San Francisco: crazy again (Score 1) 371

The inherent problem is that renters tend to be forced out of the gentrified neighborhood, so it tends to not so much clean up ghettos as relocate them to an area with cheaper (or still-cheap) housing costs.
While this is still a net gain for the city, it tends to be distressing to the individuals that are forced out. Sure, rationally it doesn't make sense for a renter to feel entitled to the home they're renting. On the other hand, it's hard not to develop an emotional attachment to the place you've been living for 20 or 30 years,despite what it says on the deed.

Comment Re:Non-issue (Score 1) 278

Enlighten me on exactly what is so valuable about knowing someone is Disney Customer 00123865387.

easy when you have a friend that can access the backend DB (by whatever means).

If you know someone that's willing to compromise Disney World's customer database, you don't need to waste your time scanning RFIDs.

Comment Re:They shouldn't be banned. (Score 1) 805

Yet, here I am on the East Coast and I don't hear California radio stations.

Coast-to-coast no. However, it's not uncommon to be able to tune to a station 500 miles away (assuming an AM station and the right weather conditions). If you want to talk about interference, rather than reception, it goes much further. It's not uncommon for AM stations on the West coast to see interference from Asia.

After a certain distance they lose potency to still cause problems.

The distance at which the cause problems is significantly greater than the distance at which they block a signal entirely. You couldn't effectively block signals within a single building without also causing interference in the surrounding area.

Comment Re:Right to not be annoyed? (Score 1) 805

I will never understand why, for example, restaurants and movie theaters (most of them) tolerate behavior this is, to say the least, boorish and disruptive to the experience of the other customers

As someone that's done it, I guarantee that evicting someone from a movie theater will be far more distracting than their cell phone. If they're obnoxious enough that theater management is involved, then they're probably also not going to politely get up and leave when someone asks them to. At that point, the management has two choices: let them remain or call the police. This won't be considered a particularly high priority, so you can expect a half-hour wait for the police. One they get there, they''ll want the house lights brought up (at a minimum; they may ask that the movie be stopped as well) before they escort the person off the premises.

That said, I have seen a "patron" carried out of a movie theater after being pepper-sprayed. It's a bad idea to lay your hands on a police officer when they ask you to leave...

Comment Re:U.S. is established on religion, so (Score 2, Insightful) 900

Science tends to look at the world in terms of numbers, technology and confirmed facts. Religion tends to tell the world has been made by some imaginary person in the sky, tells you to pray towards said imaginary person and completely disregards science in favor of what someone wrote on paper 1500-2000 years ago. They are not compatible.

Tell that to Galileo, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein (to name only a few). They and countless other scientists, both historical and contemporary, held to religious beliefs while greatly advancing our knowledge of science. Religion and science are not the diametrically opposed forces that self-serving religious leaders and over-zealous atheists make them out to be.

Comment Poorly Named (Score 2) 222

As has been pointed out numerous times already, it's really "The 100 most popular science fiction and fantasy books among listeners of NPR that could be bothered to vote".

As for the flowchart, which is really the point of the post, they did a pretty good job of it, considering what they had to work with.

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