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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Chrondeath Distrust of the source (282 comments)

When I see a commercial make a claim about a problem, and the solution to that problem just happens to be "Buy our new product!".....yes, I would say that the proposed solution tends to make me view the claim about the problem more skeptically. That seems totally rational to me.

I don't see why this would be any different. If it sounds like someone is pushing the need for tighter (or looser) gun regulations, it's reasonable to question if they've cherry-picked their statistics about the problem to support their case.

Maybe f they'd had one source give a totally neutral statement about a problem, and then a different source suggest a solution, and managed to prevent the subjects from realizing that the experimenters were responsible for both statements...

about a month and a half ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Chrondeath Re:Incredibally stupid argument (322 comments)

In my opinion, it's foolish to develop any weapon technology you don't want used against you.

That's why I put all my money in Nerf stock!

about 4 months ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Chrondeath Re:Good timing for this suggestion NOT! (322 comments)

Bad analogy. What's happening in Ukraine is more like the USA supporting Canadian and/or Mexican rebels with an eye to picking up a province or two up north or a state or two down south"....

Hmm....interesting thought experiment. If the US DID try to pull something like that, do you think Russia (or China) would intervene? Should intervene? If they did intervene, would they be doing it out of self-interest, a desire to stick it to the US, or because they genuinely believe it's the right thing to do?

about 4 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

Chrondeath Re:Not true (499 comments)

A lot of meal are simple to cook, like pasta and stuff, but if you want to eat healthy, then you will spend time : 1) buy fresh vegetables and fruit on regular basis 2) wash it 3) cut it and prepare it for a family and by the time you are finished, you are an hour out and the rest of your todo list is nowhere finished.

This has always been my experience. I see recipes that list themselves as "10 minutes preparation time!", and I have to think that they're either assuming my onions are starting out already chopped, or everyone else is much faster in the kitchen than I am.

about 8 months ago
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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

Chrondeath Re:Lazyness (926 comments)

Those laboratory marmosets were all like "Hey, man, we're going to hit the gym for a couple of hours, want to come?" but you were all "I already ordered a pizza and was going to play some League of Legends, you sure you don't want to stay and queue with me?" and the marmosets said "Eh, forget the gym, you've talked us into it."

about a year ago
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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

Chrondeath Re:Don't be evil (some of the time) (555 comments)

Your data transmissions should be treated, routed, carried at the same speed, as others provided by the carrier's own services, or the other users paying the same rates.

Stretching this to mean that you can run your own mail server or open your own web store on a residential connection was never part of net neutrality.

What? That's not a stretch at all, that's exactly what it means--your packets should be treated the same whether they're carrying a Youtube video, Facebook posts, data to/from World of Warcraft, or information from a server of your own.

about a year ago
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Poll Shows That 75% Prefer Printed Books To eBooks

Chrondeath So convenient (312 comments)

I originally had all the concerns about DRM, eventually obsolete formats, inability to lend, not supporting local booksellers....but after getting an e-reader, they've pretty much all been trumped by one thing: I can set the book down and have the damn thing lay flat and readable no matter where I'm at in the book. No more trying to find something heavy to set on one side or the other of a hardcover until I'm within the middle 40%, no more setting a paperback facedown any time I want to use both hands at lunch. Almost all of my book-reading time these days seems to be while I'm out at lunch or dinner, so it's a big improvement for me. I think this feature also contributed to finally getting me to start going to the gym (at least occasionally), as I can still get some reading done there.

I've also enjoyed the space savings of not needing the physical books around, and the ability to purchase new books from home and have them immediately available, but lay-flat is the top reason why I frown a little any time I want a book and can't find it in e-book format.

Books-on-tape might be even more convenient for my situations, but the idea of being forced to read at someone else's pace just makes me shudder.

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

Chrondeath First thoughts (415 comments)

First thought: Who's the source on this? Everybody suspected it was the US or the Israelis, but is this reliable?

Second thought, while reading through the article: Wow, that's pretty badass.

more than 2 years ago
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Bethesda Announces Elder Scrolls MMO

Chrondeath Re:Not sure about this (295 comments)

Final Fantasy had new single-player games after their MMO offering...

more than 2 years ago
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Advertisers Co-Opting The Lorax With Half-Truths About Conservation

Chrondeath Re:So... (265 comments)

They normally tell a third of the truth?

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Government Scaring Web Businesses Out of the US?

Chrondeath What does "net new jobs" mean? (271 comments)

I keep seeing various statistics about where all (or some percentage of) the "net new jobs" come from, but I'm not sure I understand what it means. Are they just saying "Internet startups (or whatever) added 100 more jobs than they lost, and the economy as a whole added 100 more jobs than it lost, so all the gain came from internet startups"? That doesn't seem like a legitimate claim (any number of other categories could have had the same net job gain, as long as enough jobs were lost from at least one other category...)

more than 2 years ago
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The Zuckerberg Tax

Chrondeath Re:What a country! (1065 comments)

If that was the case, why would she not be paying capital gains taxes on the appreciation before his death when she sells them?

more than 2 years ago
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Disarm Internet Trolls, Gently

Chrondeath Trolls? (417 comments)

The author seems to be using "troll" as a term for "someone posting in an inflammatory manner," but I thought "troll" specifically referred to posters doing it to get a rise out of people. Responding in a reasonable manner isn't going to help if the other party isn't interested in taking the conversation seriously.

more than 3 years ago
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Understanding Addiction-Based Game Design

Chrondeath Re:It's a blend (308 comments)

From that analysis, it almost sounds like it's the real world that's doing it wrong, not WoW.

more than 5 years ago
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How Office Depot Pushes Service Plans On Customers

Chrondeath Re:I did the same thing at Office Max (417 comments)

Wait, so....they gave you an extra $12 for selling someone a $5.99 warranty? How's that work? Did you start offering to pay for the $6 plan yourself and pocket the extra $6?

more than 5 years ago
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Don't Like EULAs? Get Your Cat To Agree To Them

Chrondeath Re:Retarded (874 comments)

With a EULA you gain the right to run the software.

What is the theory under which you _don't_ have the right to run the software you've legally purchased, absent any EULA?

If you don't have such a right without a EULA, then presumably, you could distribute (for free, with no EULA) some useful utility you wrote, then turn around and sue anyone who runs it for copyright infringement?

more than 5 years ago
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Software-Generated Paper Accepted At IEEE Conference

Chrondeath Re:Not a robot conspiracy (235 comments)

How does presenting the liver help?

It lets you see whether the author was a career alcoholic, or just drunk for that one paper.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubisoft Testing PC Prince of Persia Without DRM

Chrondeath Re:How to make enemies and alienate people (254 comments)

legitimately pirating the game.

The word of the day is 'Oxymoron'.

I think it's clear that he means the statistic is legitimately classifying them as pirates, not that the piracy is legitimate.

about 6 years ago
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Esther Dyson Grudgingly Defends Internet Anonymity

Chrondeath Re:Is there anyone who doesn't? (516 comments)

I, personally, am proud to be pro-abortion. Babies may be cute, but some day they'll grow up.

If you really believed that, you wouldn't be posting here. Oh, you believe it for other people? What's that called again? Oh right, hypocrisy. Nice.

Uh....what are you saying he SHOULD be doing if he really believed that, instead of posting here? Hunting down babies?

Or is he hypocritical because he didn't inform his mother while he was a fetus that he would have preferred to be aborted?

about 6 years ago

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