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Comment Re:Yay for Men's rights... and other possibilities (Score 2) 101

Just be pragmatic, there are lots of medical conditions that can cause women to be unable to conceive or unable to carry a child to term. Infertility is already treated for to attempt to counteract these conditions but there are still conditions that are not effective.

This kind of procedure can be used to allow women that suffer from these kinds of conditions to have children. It can allow women that work in risky occupations to have healthy children. It could even allow women that have health issues unrelated to reproductive trouble to have healthy children free from conditions that are passed on during pregnancy through the placental barrier.

The idea of being able to tube an embryo to grow it to a baby is a good one.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 308

Do you actually work for a living? $100,000 a year doesn't equate to $8,333 a month in take-home pay. Try deducting FICA, Social Security, Medicare, and local taxes. That gives you about $4,600 take-home per month. Oh, don't forget insurance premiums and 401(k)/IRA contributions so you can one day afford one day in the far future to retire, so say $4,000 / month take-home.

Rent is more like $3,000 / month, then add electricity, water, trash, insurance, telephone, and Internet.

The rest, if you can find it, can be used to eat. God help you if you need to buy clothes, get anything dry cleaned, buy furniture, pay medical deductibles, etc.

Comment Re: How can they patent it? (Score 1) 68

You might tell that to India. Parts of traditional medicine involving plants that grow locally have been patented by US companies. India objected and was ignored.

Note that in this case neither the use nor the product were either discovered or invented by the US patent holder. Check Tree-tea oil, for one example. (Unless it's Tea-tree oil.)

Comment Re:Good Idea (Score 1) 46

Having to print out the html pages is unreasonable. Having to print a pdf would not be unreasonable.

Possibly after I'd installed Gentoo once or twice I'd feel confident enough that I wouldn't think I needed the instructions in front of me as I did it, but just now I would want the full instructions. Which is why I said "a second computer on your desk".

P.S.: Why you format your disk, and have a boot disk, it's difficult to tell what info you are going to need to proceed in a way you haven't previously gone. You don't *KNOW* what info you are going to need. Before I get in that situation I like to have a visible plan of action. Thus a printed pdf would be reasonable. I don't have a phone or tablet that would act as a surrogate internet browser. So I want a printed copy of instructions before I get into something really new.

Comment Re:Not the place we buy things that sucke (Score 1) 238

If you want it and can afford to buy it, it's stupid not to buy it.

I don't know about you, but to quote writer Theodore Sturgeon, " may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." I learned this lesson as a child when I spent my allowance money that I'd saved up on stupid crap that I was convinced I wanted, only to find out that the thing I wanted either wasn't what it was made out to be or that my desire was not really my own. Now I was stuck with thing that I did not really want and no money.

I want a real smithing anvil and some tools. I could spend the thousands of dollars for the setup, but it'll probably get used only intermittently, as that kind of metalworking does not make for a casual hobby. I do not buy it because while I can afford it, I can also keep my money for when I find something that I really do want to have, or when I stumble across a genuinely good deal for something I can then pounce on it.

Be judicious with your means. Don't squander it.

Comment Re:Not the place we buy things that sucke (Score 5, Insightful) 238

What exactly are you saving for? If you die at 89 year old tomorrow with $10 million in the bank, what good was that $10 million to you?

This is a straw-man. You presuppose conditions that are not only of your own devising, but are highly unlikely and exceedingly rare. Most don't even live to 89, and most that do aren't sitting on that kind of a pile of cash, or if they are it's because they're still earning through their investments and are living the way that they want to, they're not denying themselves.

Most people that make a point of planning their long-term finances do so with an eye toward maintaining a comfortable standard of living throughout their lives, including during retirement. They do not want to lose quality of life when they no longer have an income. This means hitting peak savings at retirement age, where the money plus any further interest or growth will last for the remaining years in roughly the same amount as when one was working.

Saving for the future does not mean having to live like a pauper unless one has a job that pays incredibly poorly, but it does mean having discipline to avoid squandering one's money frivolously.

Comment Re:Good Idea (Score 1) 46

If systemd causes problems, use a non-systemd distribution. Devuan was on the front page yesterday, but Gentoo is optionally systemd free (well, so is Debian for now), and Slackware is free of systemd. There are other choices. (I don't consider Gentoo acceptable unless you have multiple computers on your desk, as the install instructions are on multiple html pages, and needing to print those out is unreasonable.)

As for Firefox, I haven't experienced the problems you are reporting. I'm using the Debian default install with Adblock Plus, and just about no installed add-ons. I commonly leave several windows with multiple tabs open for days. But I do generally forbid the use of Javascript. Usually if I allow it, it's only a temporary permission, which I soon cancel. So I'm guessing that you have a flaky add-on installed, for which it's not proper to blame Mozilla.

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