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Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 573

Really? Is there any evidence of this? I have serious doubts that servers and food preparers were any good at this even before the whole GF craze. Just look at how it is for people with severe peanut allergies today: everyone's heard about it now, and knows how dangerous and life-threatening it is for these people to consume them, yet we still have reports of restaurants being sloppy and someone having an attack or even dying because of this. You just can't trust a bunch of underpaid fools in a restaurant kitchen to not cross-contaminate foods, unless that restaurant explicitly specializes in food free of a certain allergen (like a gluten-free bakery for instance). People like that really shouldn't be eating out at all; it's just not safe.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 573

People also specialize a lot more now than in the past. If you are in an office full of programmers and all you ever see are other programmers then the chances of you marrying another programmer is higher than if you are in a mixed environment office.

You might have a point about doctors marrying other doctors, but not programmers. That almost never happens, because there's so few women in programming. 90+% of male programmers are not going to marry female programmers because they simply don't exist.

From my experience, programmers and engineers seem to generally marry women who have absolutely nothing to do with tech. The ones who marry "up" the most will marry lawyers or accountants, the rest seem to marry "down" (i.e. a woman who's not a professional, like a secretary or a stay-at-home wife). And a bunch of them seem to stay perpetually single, because women in this culture generally despise men like this.

I believe age of parents is a risk factor. The other big risk factor is if you have autistic traits yourself. If you have autistic traits then your kids are more likely to have those traits and also more likely to have full blown autism.

Now this I can't disagree with in any way. And perhaps more specialization and people marrying within their profession has a little to do with it, but personally I think age has more. And since professionals/"high IQ" type people also tend to be the people who have kids at older ages, compared to less-educated people, there's going to be a big correlation here.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 573

I'm not disagreeing, as I think you may have a valid point about self-selection and high-IQ people, however what was different in the past 100 years or so about how high-IQ people dated and found partners? Are you alleging that high-IQ people generally married stupider people in the past, before dating sites become popular? (This may very well be true, I'm just posing the question.)

I do think it'd be interesting to do a big study on autism-spectrum kids and look at their parents.

But one factor I think that may be much bigger is the parents' ages. People are having kids later in life now than in the past. Women are waiting until their 30s and even 40s before having kids, whereas 50 years ago they always did it in their 20s. Back then, people married younger, and women frequently didn't go to college, so it was probably perfectly normal for a high-IQ man to go to college, finish up in his early 20s (or mid 20s if he did an advanced degree), and then marry a younger woman who's in her very early 20s, and start popping out kids right away. These days, women are all going to college (colleges are now 60% female, 40% male from what I read), and getting professional careers since they can't count on marrying a man to support them (both because of divorce and also the need for dual incomes to maintain a middle-class lifestyle), so they're waiting until much later. Both sperm and egg quality is affected by age, egg quality moreso since the ova are all generated early in a woman's life and don't regenerate.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 573

My mother was a nurse. I met some of her coworkers, and even worked in the same hospital for a little while as food service worker before college. Not only did they not impress me with their intelligence, I thought it really interesting just how many of these nurses were smokers and had to take regular smoke breaks. My mother complained a lot about how they could take paid time to go outside and smoke, but she wasn't supposed to because she wasn't a smoker.

I'm sorry, but anyone who willingly smokes cigarettes is not someone I'm going to trust over an MD for medical advice.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 573

I've never heard that there's different strains of Measles, and I suspect it's not true.

What *is* true is that getting a vaccine does not necessarily make you immune to the virus. There's a 90-something percent chance it'll work for you, but there's some small chance it won't "take". Nothing's perfect in biology. But this isn't normally a problem because when 90+% of the population is properly vaccinated, we get "herd immunity", and the virus becomes extremely rare or even extinct because there's insufficient vectors to spread it. So if you're one of the unlucky few who don't gain lasting immunity to the virus, you'll probably never notice because the disease is so rare due to herd immunity that you're never exposed to it.

The big problem with these anti-vax morons is that when too many people listen to them, too many people (usually children) go unvaccinated, and the whole herd immunity protection breaks down and we get outbreaks at Disneyland.

And it's not just an unlucky 1% or so who don't gain immunity for some reason, there's also a small portion of the population that's allergic to the vaccine or can't have it for some valid medical reason: those people are also relying on herd immunity to keep them safe from infection, so these anti-vax assholes are putting their lives at risk too.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 126

I spent quite a bit more than that for my phone, but it too was a used phone from Ebay, a Galaxy S5 (about $150). I'm quite happy with it, and a couple of years ago when it was new it was the fanciest phone out there, and still is very, very nice (plus it has great CyanogenMod support, lots of cheap repair parts available in case something breaks, cheap OEM batteries available, etc.). It's still getting regular OS updates too. I'm quite happy with it and don't see why I'd want to pay any more than that for a phone when I can get a barely-used flagship phone for so cheap just by staying a couple years behind the cutting edge. Phones have plateaued technologically anyway, so I don't see how newer phones are really any better; I don't need a 4k screen, when my 1080p screen already looks fantastic. Maybe in 2-3 years I'll upgrade to what's state-of-the-art today.

I agree about Ting too. I have 3 phones on that, and the bill is around $55/month, so less than $20/month per phone. It helps using WiFi calling when I'm at home to keep my usage down.

Comment Re:They are richer (Score 1) 126

That's not necessarily true. I've noticed, and I've seen at least one other comment in this discussion here saying, that a lot of people with the latest iPhones are frequently people who complain about money problems and are not even remotely rich. The monthly payment plan makes it possible for them to afford these phones, even though they really have no business spending that money on a high-end phone when they don't have any savings and probably wouldn't be able to pay their rent if they had a hiccup with their paycheck.

Comment Re:A well known psychological bias (Score 1) 126

MP3s are very lossy, and there really is a difference between 128kbps and 160kbps (not "kps", that's kilometers per second) files, particularly in the upper ranges.

However, if you're talking about actually recoding an existing 128k MP3 to 160k, instead of going back to the lossless version (CD/WAV or FLAC) and re-encoding from that, then yeah, that's really, really stupid. You can't get more information out of less information.

Comment Re:A well known psychological bias (Score 1) 126

That's how audiophiles will clearly notice the effect of their $1000+ cables and will consider it money well spent whereas the one who used zip chord will probably be less satisfied, even though he paid 100x less for the same objective result.

I disagree.

Yes, the moron who spent $1000 on speaker cables will indeed "hear" a difference and think it was money well spent, thanks to something akin to the placebo effect.

However, the guy who uses cheap lamp wire or other perfectly adequate wire, because he understands that the $1000 wire is just a big scam and knows how wire works, will also be satisfied, perhaps even more satisfied, because he didn't waste $997 and can feel smug about not being a sucker like the first guy.

This happens to me every time I meet an iPhone user.

The second path is a little harder, though: you have to do some research before you buy things (esp. expensive things), and not just listen to what marketers and salespeople tell you. But thanks to the internet, that really isn't that hard these days.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 2) 573

I disagree, as do people I know who are on GF diets: there's been a lot of improvement in GF foods as far as taste and texture because of the massive increase in demand for them. I've had some myself that were quite excellent. (This doesn't mean all "GF" food tastes excellent by any means, just that the market is much larger now with far more selection.)

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 126

I don't see what extras Apple give me (that are worth having) over Android that are sufficient to justify the £500+ cost difference. They seem to do much the same thing and I can put Micro SD cards in my phone.

Of course you don't understand: you're trying to apply logic to the situation. There's a very good reason Apple iPhones are worth so much more than others: they make you feel good! Of course, that probably doesn't make sense to you because you're not thinking emotionally. You'll just have to buy an iPhone to find out. It's just like Jeeps: "It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand."

I see a lot of people who claim they have no money with iPhones. I know people who claim they are broke and desperate who have iPhones, and they aren't second hand ones either.

Anyway, I know someone like this too. She's a single mom, scrimping and saving and worried about getting enough child support from her ex while struggling with a mediocre-paying school job, yet she has an expensive iPhone 6 that isn't quite even paid off yet, complete with expensive-ass full service with Verizon. The phone is barely even functional because it's so beat up that the screen frequently doesn't work, the Otterbox Defender it's in is falling apart (and looks like a counterfeit to me, as the "rubber" is falling apart plus the plastic parts are busted into multiple pieces, but this item was purchased at an actual Verizon store so supposedly it's genuine).

My current advice for phones to people who want a nice phone without spending a ton of money (and of course is what I do) is to get a used Galaxy S4 or S5 on Ebay, and to get the Sprint or maybe T-Mobile version, then sign up for service with Ting. You can get a very nice S5 now for $150-200, and an S4 for less than $100 (the S5 is a little faster, and is waterproof). The prices on these things has come down lately because of the new S7s (the non-exploding kind, it's only the Notes that explode, the regular S7s and S7 Edges don't seem to). And of course, these phones are great IMO for several other reasons: removable batteries, SDcard slots, and lots of super-cheap parts available for them on Ebay, including spare OEM batteries for less than $10. The gorgeous AMOLED screens (on both) and waterproofness on the S5 are also really nice, and they're fast enough for modern, normal usage.

In light of her phone being on its last legs and her not being in the best financial situation, I showed her my phone and told her what I was paying for service (about $20/month) and how little my phone cost, to convince her to stop wasting so much money on an iPhone and Verizon service, but she just doesn't want to give up the iPhone.

It's like an addiction IMO. There's simply no grounding in reality or practicality for having one of these things when you're on a budget, and it's really awful that people who are the least able to afford these overpriced fashion statements are the ones most convinced that they "need" them when there's so many cheaper alternatives. This isn't to say that all lower-income people are dumb enough to buy into this scam, otherwise all those dirt-cheap prepaid phones and service plans at Walmart wouldn't be selling. Sorry if this is sexist, but personally I'd love to see a study comparing people by income level, the phone they have, how much they spend on cell service, and finally, what sex they are. I'm willing to bet good money that there's more women in this trap than men.

Comment Re:I use linux because (Score 1) 263

I actually had to download and install some drivers for the color laser printer I just bought (a Brother workgroup printer), because Linux Mint 17.3 didn't have that exact model listed. It's a pretty new printer so maybe that's why. Anyway, Brother had both RPM and .deb files, and the two packages together take up about 4.5MB installed. After I installed them, they "just worked" and I was able to use my printer no problem.

Linux is already mainstream enough that manufacturers are providing drivers for it. HP has been providing software for its printers for Linux for years now (see "hplip" and "hpijs").

Comment Re:A bad Ford product? (Score 1) 291

If you're worried about snow and ice, a Subaru is the car to get these days. High quality, good fuel economy, and full-time AWD.

I do doubt your claim about 4WD being necessary though: modern FWD cars with traction control should do just fine. Most people who think they "need" 4WD in reality don't. Maybe you're right, but unless you've actually tried driving on the hill with a modern car, you could very well be operating under obsolete assumptions.

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