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Comment Re:Scope (Score 1) 745

It is pretty bad. What about people that are dangerous but not sexually dangerous? It seems that the law puts higher precedence on sexual crime versus general physical crime. If someone has proven to be a violent offender in general they should be deemed dangerous and left in prison to protect society.

Comment Re:What's so bad about swearing, anyway? (Score 1) 698

While words have power, there's some non-small number of folks who believe that words have intrinsic power. As in, for some reason, a particular combination of sounds has some inherent ability to produce effects.


Ask the opposite question: What's so good about swearing? Why do people do it? Why does it feel more powerful to say, "What the fuck is wrong with you?" than "What the heck is wrong with you?" Because those words are artifically endowed with power by society. If people didn't consider them "bad", there wouldn't be any particular reason to use them. When you swear, you demonstrate that you do think there's something special about the word, or you wouldn't use it.

If anything, sprinkling in illogical references sexual intercourse, body parts, and religious concepts to artificially increase the power of any sentence seems like "magical thinking" to me.

Comment Re:But if they just buy our software (Score 1) 388

Mod this man up.

Updates were annoying 10 years ago. Now any company that expects to make any money at all in the market has a decent update and patching system built in. Hell Microsoft gives one to you for free if you choose to use it (it's part of the MSI toolkit). If the user hasn't approved auto-updates, well they've asked for the harassment, now haven't they? Those probably aren't the users who will be going out and buying a mass auto-update software (that probably needs its own regular updates, to boot!).

The only exception I could see is where the misguided anti-Microsoft geek has helpfully chosen "Ask me before installing" for updates on his mom's Windows box "because, you know, like, Micro$haft updates break more than they fix, 'n stuff. M$ suuuuucks!!".

Then the machines are turned into zombies within six months, because vulnerabilities never get patched.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 388

Come on, admit it... you couldn't support that many distros in 5 steps. Or come anywhere close to supporting 80% of the linux user base without a doubling or tripling of development time for the installer.

This is my main point: until "runs on Linux" covers a vast majority of users, without having huge development times just for the installer, without having to open up your source code, Linux adoption will continue to suffer.

Though I suppose if all development goes to HTML5 delivery, the point is moot.

Comment Re:As always... (Score 1) 587

Sorry. The people taking science by the neck and slitting its throat these days are the ones who produce cherry-picked "metastudies" trying to reach a pre-picked "conclusion" and call it "science."

Sorry. You can dismiss a statistical meta-study out of hand without an even cursory glance at it's methodology, because it doesn't agree with the conclusions you would wish for. And then opine at length about the "small minority" who "can become desensitized," or those who might "temporarily" become violent after playing games, and insist, against all the assembled evidence, that the harmful effects are restricted to "those who are predisposed to go nutso anyways." Why use stats when unsubstantiated conjecture confirms personal prejudice so much more effectively?

Science is indeed is having its throat slit by those "trying to reach ... pre-picked conclusion[s]."

Comment Re:... if you can spell "Cloud Computing" (Score 1) 283

I could give a fuck about how Bush pronounces things, although you will find that the way he pronounces "nuclear" is a prevalent pronunciation in much of the South and Midwest. The thread started with someone implying that Bush was stupid because he pronounced nuclear "incorrectly." Except the point you are missing is that this pronunciation is part of several American dialects. So if you have proof that it is not part of a dialect, not a regional variation in English, that is what you need to say in order to advance your point. Just saying it doesn't make it so. I live somewhere where it is pronounced that way, because of our dialect. I'm not sure how to prove that to you, but if you will take me as an honest person, I don't see how you can miss that point. Bigotry is bad in and of itself - I'm not trying to say that anyone has reached a level of murderous bigotry in this thread. Melodrama schmelodrama. People are insulting my region, and me, implying that we are unintelligent because of the way we speak. If you can't understand that I have answered your question three times, I'm not sure how to make it any clearer! I'll ignore your vailed insults for now, giving you the benefit of the doubt that you actually want to have a conversation>

you should re-learn the alphabet and whoever taught you to read should be fired.

But stop insulting me and my neighbors and family!

Comment Re:I think its entirely reasonable to say... (Score 1) 439

Turns out the only benefits to this are the flexibility and low cost (which are good, sure, but not that exciting).

Actually, low cost is far more exciting than high efficiency. Low cost means it'll be used. A lot. High efficiency plus expensive just means we have a better grade of "no, we can't afford that right now"....

No kidding. I almost slapped my forehead at the "low cost solar panels aren't exciting" comment. Solar panels are so ridiculously expensive that you'd be lucky to get a return on your investment in 10 years, and that's with government subsidies.

I was looking for a solar powered exhaust fan for my attic, which is about the simplest solar device you can make (sun hits roof, fan spins). But it was cheaper to buy a fan hooked to the power and let it run for 10 years. Adding a timer would have made it even worse.

Comment Re:What about "use it or lose it"? (Score 1) 283

Motivations for employees are always selfish - that's basic compensation theory. The trick is to try to align the rewards with the goals for the company or organization that you wish to accomplish, so that in serving their selfish interests, the employees are also serving the interests of the organization.

Comment Re:The facts about urban wireless towers (Score 1) 791

I find it interesting that after many years of stories about the impossibility of cellphone radiation having any damaging effect due to its low power, we suddenly hear this story about the positive effects it has. One of the two can't be true.

On the contrary, almost everything you get in touch with has positive and negative effects. To take the current example, the radiation might have a statistically significant effect on temperature, bacterial growth rate, electronic equipment or something completely different. Some of these might be positive, some might be negative, and some (probably most) will be either depending on other factors.

Comment Is getting hot a problem? (Score 1) 439

Is this a problem? Someone posted a funny reply about getting hot water being a feature not a bug, but if it combines producing electricity with hot water, then it is indeed extremely useful a domestic power AND heating unit.

Since the unit is plastic, then presumably having water also pumping through it would be simple.

Comment Re:Timeline (Score 1) 578

No, they can't because it's an illusion. Your brain gets into a tight sensing/remembering loop for a short time, so it seems like you're recalling stuff that just happened, but it's the other way around. You're not used to that, so it's confusing and easily misinterpreted.

I thought it was because the brain was mixing up short-term and long-term memories, putting things you just experienced into the "long-term" area.

Comment Re:Timeline (Score 1) 578

You're thinking of time dilation as being related to your "brain clock" or the way your brain recognizes time. It isn't. Time itself is relative, and it works at a level below body chemistry. If you're traveling at near light speed, time will appear to pass normally to you (and to your cells, and to a digital clock that you're carrying, and to anything else with you), but in fact external observers will appear to age faster. To them, you're aging slowly and they're aging normally.

The key word is time. The progression of time itself changes, not the time it takes for biological processes to happen. One second is still one second, and the same things happen to you in one second as they would otherwise, it's just that your second isn't equal to the outside world's second.

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