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Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 377

So, the game of Scrabble now consists of, "on each player's turn, put all seven tiles down on the board, in any order and add up the score." That's so much simpler than the old version. I can't wait!

Comment Re:Domestic vs. Foreign (Score 1) 776

I'm sorry but if you leave the US, travel to a foreign battlefield and willingly enlist in the service of those who are fighting our country you've committed treason. Why should you be treated any differently than the foreign combatants whom are trying to do us harm?

I don't know. I'd be interested in knowing what the laws are for the crime of treason and how it is to be handled. What is the due process?

Comment Re:How great (Score 5, Informative) 394

In general I agree, you have to do clinical tests. However, I don't see why patients should not be able to voluntarily accept this or other untested treatments provided that a full disclaimer is made. In a case where the approval of a treatment with a great deal of evidence in it's favor has long been delayed due to political or religious reasons as is the case with human stem cell therapies, working around the FDA might be a good thing.

This is actually how medical research studies are performed. The process is called "Informed Consent" and the prospective participant is given a full rundown on the proposed treatments, including a full disclosure of possible risks. However, the research study itself has to conform to various regulations and is subject to the oversight of various bodies who approve the study protocol and also the materials used in the consent process. There are quite a number of hoops to jump through prior to enrolling participants in the study. On the other hand, offering an unapproved procedure as a treatment, rather than as the subject of a research study is a different thing entirely.

Comment Re:Popcorn and Only Popcorn (Score 1) 457

Oil makes it taste greasy. Yuck. If my choice was oil or nothing, I'd take nothing. Air popped popcorn is delicious, you get the fresh popcorn without the grease. As for salt, you get enough salt just with a sprinkle over it. If you want more than that, why aren't you just eating a bowl of salt instead of popcorn?

To each their own. Myself I like the chemical reactions that occur with hot fats and carbs. The key is to use an oil with a high smoke point so it doesn't burn. Those chemicals are not so good for you. Anyway, some will prefer the flavor of popped corn unadulterated by oil, butter, or much salt, and other prefer the tastes of fats and corn. Enjoy.


Submission + - is gmail down

Anonymous writes: Is gmail down? I get "Oops ... the system was unable to perform your operation (error code 766).Please try again in few seconds" I am getting this since 11AM today. Does anyone have problem reading their gmail? BTW, the http:/// -> https:/// conversion hack to secure the link is a smart feature from google. This is very useful for folks reading their gmail from work.
Lord of the Rings

Submission + - Webcomic about LotR as a D&D campaign = hilari

EnderQON writes: Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The latter rose from the former, although the two are now so estranged that to reunite them would be an act of savage madness. Imagine a gaggle of modern hack-n-slash roleplayers who had somehow never been exposed to the original Tolkien mythos, and then imagine taking those players and trying to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign.

Comment Re:'Texting' is a Noun? (Score 1) 144

"I just got an $1800 ticket for texting while driving."

'for texting' is a prepositional phrase with the preposition 'for' and the object 'texting'. It takes a noun to be an object. 'Texting' is the name of an activity. Names are nouns. Note that I am talking about usage. As another poster stated, the word 'texting' has the form of a gerund which is a form derived from a verb that can be used as a noun. It can also be a verb. I am texting him a message right now. Some day that form may be recognized by the dictionary. Dictionaries don't establish language; they describe it according to accepted usage.

English is such a fun language. We can verbify nouns and subject verbs to nounification. Pretty soon, I predict there will one day be only one part of speech, the Interjection.


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