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Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

Anonymous Crowhead Re:J. C. Venter (799 comments)

Came here to say that. A bit egotistical but still. Check out "The Genome War". It's fascinating.

more than 5 years ago
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Theora Ahead of H.264 In Objective PSNR Quality

Anonymous Crowhead Hold up (313 comments)

You lost me at Theora.

more than 5 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

Anonymous Crowhead I value time (1137 comments)

It takes me 12 minutes to drive to work. It takes 10 minutes to walk to the bus stop and 30-45 minutes (damn cripples getting on and off) for the bus to get me to work.

more than 5 years ago
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More "Miles Per Acre" From Bioelectricity Than Ethanol

Anonymous Crowhead Re:Units? (223 comments)

Put it in "H"!!!

more than 5 years ago
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The ISS Marks 10 Years In Space

Anonymous Crowhead Re:How much does it weigh in space? (153 comments)

About 85% of what it weighs on earth depending on altitude. You aren't weightless in space, you essentially experience continual freefall.

more than 6 years ago
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The Trap Set By the FBI For Half Life 2 Hacker

Anonymous Crowhead Re:Kilocomment? (637 comments)

None.

more than 6 years ago
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First Whole Cancer Genome Sequenced

Anonymous Crowhead Re:Population and cancer (115 comments)

Worldwide, cancer barely makes in to the to 10 causes of death. And the one type of cancer that does make it is caused primarily by smoking.

more than 6 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

Anonymous Crowhead Re:No need for sarcasm, realism suffices (3709 comments)

If it makes you feel nice and comfy to remain in your little bubble of cluelessness (that you so evidently proved to all of us by the nonsense you wrote about diabetes)

My cluelessness about diabetes? More like yours. Type 2, otherwise known as adult onset, is overwhelmingly caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. 80 to 90%. Changing those things is pretty much the only cure. In nearly every case, adult onset diabetes is a self-inflicted disease. I give about as much pity to someone with type 2 diabetes as to someone with lung cancer due to smoking.

more than 6 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

Anonymous Crowhead Re:Delusional egomania. (3709 comments)

Do you REALLY think that you would be where you are today if you had all of that piled on you?

4 out of 5 (thankfully the only brain damage is self inflicted.) And yes, I am where I am because I had that shit piled on me in childhood.

Also, plenty of people come to this country without a dime in their pocket, unable to speak English and make it (despite the color of their skin and the rampant bias against them). If they can do it, anyone can.

more than 6 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

Anonymous Crowhead Re:This is, of course, nonsense (3709 comments)

Okay. Luck caused me to work hard. Luck caused me to be poor for a decade. Luck told me to eat cheap hot dogs and potatoes. Luck worked a shit, demeaning job 40 hours a week in addition to a full class schedule. Luck advised me that while my profession was honorable (a decade in life sciences) if I wanted to advance my lot in life, I needed to take initiative. Luck told me to save for a rainy day, even if it was only a few dollars a week - in fact - Luck advised me not to go to the movies or buy a playsation. Luck told me not to over extend myself. It's all Luck. Just last week, Luck also advised me not to upgrade my 7 year old computer even though I could easily afford it.

No. Luck, if anything, has not made me sick. I'll give you that. But very few people are truly sick to the point where they cannot work. You whine about health care? Most people run to the doctor for sniffles. Why do you need to go if you have a cold or the flu? I can't count the number of people I know that are on multiple prescriptions for bullshit ailments. Type 2 diabetes? Change your fucking diet. Fat? Stop shoving Big Macs in your snack hole and get some exercise. Got the flu or a cold? Suck it up, it'll be over in a few days. Seriously. Sore throat? Yeah, you really need $300 dollars worth of medical care to tell you that it will be gone in two days. Oh, by the way, here's some advil @ 3$ a tab. Health care is expensive for that reason. Take charge of your life.

Yeah Luck has spared me of cancer so far. Thanks.

more than 6 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

Anonymous Crowhead Here is me (3709 comments)

The last eight years have been the most prosperous of my life. My parents kicked me to the curb when I was 18. I made my way through life by working hard and getting educated. Now I own a house in one of the most expensive cities in the US. I have 10 years of living expenses in the bank. Other than a $180K mortgage, I have no debt. No one handed it to me. I earned it.

Should things get worse for me in the future, I will not blame Obama. I never attributed my success to Bush, I never blamed Clinton when my net worth tanked with the dot com bubble. My house is my house. It was worth $600K two years ago, now maybe $450. So what? I don't have an ARM. It doesn't take too many IQ points to understand that when interest rates wwere at historic lows trying to shave 1 or 2% off your rate at the risk of higher rates in the future was a fool's errand. I have been poor. But I never had a credit card balance or any other debt I couldn't pay. Why? Because I will go without before running up debt.

If you blame the politicians for your lot in life, maybe you should reexamine. Your life is what you make of it. In the end, the leadership of this country has very little to do with it.

Take a break from your hand wringing about how you are being oppressed by the RIAA or patents and examine your life. It's not all about free music, movies and linux. It's about what you do personally to make your life better. Don't blame the government if your life sucks. The blame lies with you.

more than 6 years ago

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