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Comment Re:So glad I don't work with her (Score 1) 290

Though, I understand that many people, possibly even a majority, read by mentally vocalizing the words at a pace not much faster than speaking them out loud, so they can't actually read substantially faster than they could listen.

I wonder if this is true. I'm a pretty fast reader, so I have to recognize that my experience may not be typical. But I have voice mail with voice to text. The text arrives as an SMS style message. I almost never listen to the voicemail, because it is so very much faster to read. Probably 5x or 10x. It isn't remotely close, but I've never measured it.

Maybe that's why other people aren't so excited to turn on Google Voice for their voicemail with transcription service. If there's no time advantage, the tradeoffs of losing the original voice might not be worth it.

Anyway, to your point about mentally vocalizing: I find that I do this with good fiction books. I read substantially slower when faced with passages containing lots of dialog. But I don't find this happening with most voicemail, email, text messages and the like, even though it is conversational content.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 3, Funny) 193

Spoken like a tech dude.

Several women in my life manage to blow through more than 6 gigs per month. And that's while trying to keep a limit on their data use.

They love to watch those videos of cats, babies and random celebrities I've never heard of. Immediately. So in the car, at the restaurant, everywhere. And checking to see if they are on wi-fi is insulting and humiliating. So don't bring it up. And if they are trying to watch Netflix in full 1080p on a smartphone, don't bring that up either. 'Cause if you do, you are a jerk. I have empirical evidence on this, so just go with my recommendation here.

I don't understand it. But I do recognize that it exists. I know at least two women who would easily use up 10-15 gigs per month, and they wouldn't have the slightest idea what they used the data for. They would complain that "this phone sucks, I need a new phone" long before they'd look at the possibility that the way they are using it might have something to do with it. And I won't be mentioning it to them again. I'll just be moving us to T-mobile's all you can eat 4G plan.

Comment Re:Clintons have killed tons of people (Score 1) 706

Ok, so apparently there's this site that caters to people who want to commit suicide. I guess, I didn't read much. But google pulled it up when I put in "suicide by gunshot to the back of the head" to help with your question.

Shooting yourself in the back of the head is one of the recommended methods.

Man, the internet is a weird place.

Comment Re:Clintons have killed tons of people (Score 5, Insightful) 706

Yeah, it is nutty tinfoil hat stuff.

However, it is interesting that they came up with someone who committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest. Twice. With two separate guns.

That's nutty enough to inspire a boatload of conspiracy theories all by itself - forget any connection to political powers.

And there was a guy who committed suicide by cutting his arms 11 times, his neck twice and shooting himself in the head in such a way that no gun was found.

Or the suicide by gunshot to the back of the head.

Or the chick who packed her luggage and arranged it in the living room before committing suicide by gunshot.

Another guy who committed suicide with two guns? Wait... What?

Somebody spent a lot of time trolling the papers for weird suicide stories. How the heck do you even find a single "suicide by two guns" story? That can't be true... can it? Not the Clinton part.... just the "suicide by two guns" part. Most of these stories have to be covered in goofy sauce that doesn't hold up to scrutiny, right?

So a quick trip to Wikipedia.... and multiple gunshot suicide is actually a thing. And not just "guy rigged up two guns", but actual "dude took 3 shots in the chest to kill himself" multiple gunshot suicide. from the wiki:

One particular case has been documented from Australia. In February 1995, a man committed suicide on parkland in Canberra. He took a pump action shotgun and shot himself in the chest. The load passed through the chest without hitting a rib, and went out the other side. He then walked fifteen meters, pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the head. After reloading the shotgun, he leaned the shotgun against his throat, and shot his throat and part of his jaw. He then reloaded a final time, walked 200 meters to a hill, sat down on the slope, held the gun against his chest with his hands and operated the trigger with his toes. This shot entered the thoracic cavity and demolished the heart, killing him.[5][6]

Now that's determination.

Comment Re:Ummmm... not exactly (Score 1) 153

It is actually better if it is directly billed, because then people have an understanding of what their services cost. When it all comes out of your check in a lump sum, or all gets rolled into your mortgage payment, it is hard to understand when things have gone sideways. You have to pay either way.

We would probably have a lot less waste in government if every item were billed separately.

My city services are billed en mas, but they are broken out by line items. So I get to say things like "holy crap, why is our water bill $190?" and take action to mitigate that price.

I can't do the same thing on a lot of other services from the county, because they are all rolled up into a single millage rate. It would be nice if I could see an itemized bill - $800 for police, $37 for social services, $18 for traffic lights... whatever.

My county breaks out school services as a separate millage rate on our property taxes, so we know where that money is going. They still manage to spend an exorbitant amount on fancy administration buildings and not enough on maintenance, but at least we have an exact number for what it is costing us.

Comment Re:call an ambulance (Score 1) 153

I think you missed the salient points in the article.

These are city fire fighters. Paid for by city taxes. The county does not maintain a fire department. So the city provides fire services to county residents for a fee. The home in question was located in the county, outside the city limits.

The city has no power or authority to levy taxes on county residents. The county could do this, but elected not to.

The alternative here is not for the city firefighters to put out fires in the county without being paid. That is not sustainable. The alternative is for the city to end the service being rendered to the county residents and allow them to form their own fire department. Allowing county residents to "opt in" to city fire protection is a pretty good alternative.

Comment Re:Private investigators using false pretenses!?!? (Score 1) 57

That's what I was thinking. Why would a judge rebuke anyone for this? This is pretty much the entirety of investigative work. Not just private investigators either. Police will lie to get the information they are looking for, whether in promising to go to bat with the D.A. or in claiming to be a prostitute during a sting operation.

I must be missing something, because that's the norm in investigative work. Skip tracers routinely use "social engineering" to track down debtors. You don't call up mom and say "Hi, this is detective Wilson from the NYPD. Your son is wanted as a suspect for armed robbery. Please let me know where we can pick him up." At least, not if you want to actually catch your guy.

Comment Re:And she gets away with it... (Score 1) 1010

Who the hell would moderate my comment as "Troll"? The original post seemed to be making the point that Trump is the only alternative to Hillary. I pointed out that is not the case.

Nobody who isn't a troll, and probably mentally unstable, even knows who Gary Johnson is.

Just because he cut taxes and left office with a surplus is no reason to suspect he can manage a budget. Just because he was actually for equal rights for LGBTQI folk long before Obama and Hillary decided to quit being opposed to marriage equality, that's no reason to suspect that he is in favor of equal rights. Just because he was re-elected in a landslide in a democrat-dominated state is no reason to suspect that he can actually win an election. Just because he was a vocal opponent of war..... I mean, c'mon! The guy is a libertarian!

He's against pot prohibition! That proves that he's a nutter. And the fact that you know his name proves that you are a nutter.

Heck, you might as well have mentioned Jill Stein. No sane person has ever heard of the Green Party either.

Comment As a Dad, that number seems highly implausible.... (Score 1) 91

e passed 100 million sales across all platforms,

100 million? I would have guessed a much bigger number. I guess it is just because I have kids right in their target demographic. There are loads of youtube channels with millions of subscribers that feature guys playing minecraft and narrating as they play the game. Seriously, these minecraft youtube shows have much bigger audiences than MSNBC - yet you've heard of the people on MSNBC.

Every elementary school kid knows minecraft. They have it on their Xbox, mom's phone, tablet... boys and girls pretty well equally. They love minecraft. And the biggest youtube minecraft channel is from Europe, so it has to be big over there too. I guess they haven't hit big in Asia yet. I suppose that's a good thing for Mojang... It has been a big deal for long enough that I assumed it was ready to jump the shark.

Comment Re:Encourage more Autonomy (Score 1) 112

This matches my experience.

One of the big things we worked on to make disparate parts work together was facilitating communication. We encouraged senior guys to coach-up more junior guys - offering suggestions and such - but we also encouraged just general communication. So if they felt like having chat sessions about last night's episode and wasting a couple of minutes, nobody said anything. This helps turn "a bunch of guys" into a team.

The team part is important when the crap hits the fan. There's always a deadline, or a critical bug, or something that can put stress on the team and lead to finger pointing. But with team cohesion you have a better chance of everyone pulling together and fixing the problem. We rarely had bugs go unstomped for more than a couple of hours because junior guys felt comfortable asking for help and senior guys didn't feel it was necessary to kick someone who was struggling.

Of course the other big part of the formula is hiring the right sort of people. Hire a jackass and he's gonna be a jackass in the middle of your team.

Comment Kudos to the Slashdotters (Score 1) 186

It seems that pretty much everyone saw through this idiotic ruse. My faith in the Slashdot crowd is temporarily restored. Well done.

Oh, and I've set up a mechanical A.I. that induces the startle response, entirely constructed of an envelope, bobby pin, a steel washer and a rubber band. Let the ethics discussion commence!

Comment Re:why does this database exist in the first place (Score 1) 176

I think the "opiod deaths" number also includes "people who died and we detected opiates in their system". So you die of a heart attack and you are taking Vicodin, you died an opiod related death, even though the direct cause was a heart attack and there may not even be a true link to the drug.

So unless the cause of death is "got shot by crazy stalker", if you are on drugs when you die, the chances are that the death will be scored as drug-related.

I know this is true for marijuana use. If you die in a car accident and they detect canaboid metabolites in your blood, they'll rule it a marijuana-related traffic death. Even if you also happened to be drunk at three times the legal limit, and the pot levels are too low to have caused driving impairment. So the numbers are somewhat inflated.

Comment Re:First it was the NSA ... (Score 3, Insightful) 176

I will do any damn drug I want..

I've never done any sort of illicit drug, and I stand behind your take. I too will do any damn drug I want. (in my case that happens to be none, but still)

This part of the drug argument should be simple for all to comprehend. What you chose to do with your own body, mind and life is up to no one but you. And any prick who wants to pick up a gun and point it at you "for your own good" can go rot in a special place in hell. Whether that gun is intended to keep you safe from addiction, or keep you out of hell for loving the wrong person, or any of the other myriad things that nannies want to prevent consenting adults from doing with each other.

I don't personally do any of these things, and that answer would be the same the day after they are all legalized, but that doesn't mean that I can't comprehend the evil that is inherent in using force to make people live according to your personal moral code.

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