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Asthma Risk Linked To Early TV Viewing

Breakfast Pants Re:Filthy carpets (266 comments)

But there is no correlation between families with filthy carpets, and families that watch TV.

more than 5 years ago
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Google NativeClient Security Contest

Breakfast Pants Re:2^13? (175 comments)

The java examples you showed had quake running at 1/8th the number of pixels as the C example from google.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Doctors Hate Science

Breakfast Pants Re:The assumption here (1064 comments)

What was the sum of money across all malpractice judgments last year? I couldn't find it via Google. I'd like to see how big of a percentage it is compared to the total money spent on healthcare.

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Court Upholds AP "Quasi-Property" Rights On Hot News

Breakfast Pants Re:Some more analysis links (169 comments)

The fact that there have been few murders lately means that the prohibition on murder isn't needed. People who don't want to be killed are doing just fine without laws against murder, as evidenced by the fact that they so rarely have to be enforced; we should get rid of them for good.

more than 5 years ago
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Court Upholds AP "Quasi-Property" Rights On Hot News

Breakfast Pants Re:Some more analysis links (169 comments)

I don't like your two choices. Why not give everyone in America X dollars to appropriate as they see fit to their favorite fact observer(s).

more than 5 years ago
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A Surveillance Camera On Every Chicago Street Corner?

Breakfast Pants Re:The cameras do nothing (311 comments)

Whoa, scary distopian world these cameras will cause! Let's outlaw laws too, since presumably someone could make a law that said you had to hire plumbers from the plumbers union! We should outlaw cops as well, since they might enforce a pro-plumber union stance even if it isn't encoded into law.

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Appeals Court Strikes Down California's Violent Game Ban

Breakfast Pants Re:Good Call (190 comments)

>two spaces after the end of a sentence seems to be too much to ask for

Kids don't use typewriters. That rule only applies to typewriters because they are monospaced. Modern typography using proportional fonts is designed for one space after a period. Are you an old grandma?

more than 5 years ago
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$2 Billion For Broadband Cut From Stimulus Bill

Breakfast Pants Re:Republicans are Flat-Earth Economists (658 comments)

>The other way to put this is that the war lowered components of GDP aside from military purchases.

Why count the military purchases as worth 0? I see why *now*, when our military purchases primarily go towards blowing up brown people, but I don't see why at that point in time.

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Doctors Will Test Gene Editing On HIV Patients

Breakfast Pants Re:might as well guinea pig at that point (263 comments)

Uhh how would the donors die? Their aids virus molecules don't suddenly evolve when the patients' do. Life is prototype based, like javascript, not class based, like java.

more than 5 years ago
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Photog Rob Galbraith Rates MacBook Pro Display "Not Acceptable"

Breakfast Pants Re:Macbook pro 17" (504 comments)

On the order of a couple of pennies per display.

more than 5 years ago
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$6 Billion Proposal For High-Speed Internet Grants

Breakfast Pants Re:Ahh ... the generosity (280 comments)

>You WANT something like that? Remember what happened whenever the government started giving grants to modernize America with phone lines? The AT&T monopoly was formed.

Yes, I think we need another monopoly like that. Because basic research is a huge tragedy of the commons problem, you need a big monopoly that *is* the commons. When AT&T was, they were able to create one of the best research labs ever and invented the transistor which has accelerated human development at exponential speeds.

more than 5 years ago
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$6 Billion Proposal For High-Speed Internet Grants

Breakfast Pants Re:Ahh ... the generosity (280 comments)

>Just look at the patriot act (mind you, passed by BOTH republicans and democrats) and you can see why the government shouldn't run any ISPs.

Just look at the FISA domestic spying indemnity for telecoms who broke the law bill, and it is clear your argument applies to both government and telecoms. I really doubt cable companies would have been any different.

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Downadup Worm — When Will the Next Shoe Drop?

Breakfast Pants Re:The sick truth. (295 comments)

Moot point unless the only way you do anything as root is through a shell in one of the virtual terminalsor xdm. If you ever give your root password in a logged in X session, or as your user (su or sudo) your machine can be compromised. su, bash, etc. can all be replaced with sinister versions, and the next time you su to root, your password is captured.

more than 5 years ago
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A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

Breakfast Pants Re:The school owns it. (931 comments)

Since there are no Federal Universities, only partially federally funded universities, the point is moot--faculty, etc. fall under the work for hire exemption, just like Harris does when it writes software for a radar under contract.

more than 5 years ago

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