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Comment Re:It was user error, not a spreadsheet problem .. (Score 1) 329

Yes! My thought on the article was, what is the problem? It's not like Excel alters the underlying data, all you have to do is correctly change the column type. This is just a display problem, not even a conversion problem. If someone is taking the data into some other tool it will be correct.

Comment Re:Location isn't the problem (Score 1) 120

That is an awesome example, thank you. It also illustrates my vaguely hinted at point that a large centralized agency isn't flexible enough to make good decisions. At the scale of New Zealand, you example shows how a change in circumstances can't be effectively adapted to. Imagine how much worse it is at a global scale.

Comment Location isn't the problem (Score 2) 120

I would think locating poverty isn't the problem. Do we really not know where the poor people are? The article is all about some huge international agency making a determination where best to send aid. I'll go out on a limb and say satellite imagery isn't going to make any of those more effective.

Comment Re:I believe it (Score 1) 618

I once bought wool socks for a guy with endlessly cold and wet feet. He cried and hugged me. I once bought a room for the night for an old man stuck out in the freezing rain. Similar reaction. There are professional beggars and there are people truly in need. I don't have any good suggestions on how to tell the difference based on a single random encounter.

Comment Re:Marijuana prohibition is a farce (Score 1) 95

I doubt we have the receptors because of a long association with the plant, as it seems you are implying. Apologies if I misunderstand that. A quick search didn't shed any light on why humans have the receptors though, they have some role in our biology. It is fairly common for organisms to be reusing the same compounds in different ways, given that they all evolved from a common ancestor.

Comment Technically (Score 1) 257

They dropped the recommendation since the legal requirements for evidence were not met. That's not the same thing as stating flossing has no benefits. Although from some associated stories folks were saying modern toothbrushes were able to clean the same areas as flossing, which implies flossing may once have been useful but no longer useful. For myself, I will keep doing it due to the various bits of food that get stuck here and there. My toothbrush might get them, unless I am not as careful or not paying attention when I brush that area, which is a real possibility. We'll call it a useful backup method.

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