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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Concerned Onlooker Re: Check your math. (868 comments)

"Let's say there are 10-15% of psychopaths in society..."

That number is WAY too high. If it was that high we would be in much worse shape than we are. The estimate is 3-5%. Isn't it amazing? It only take 3-5% of the population to really give a good go at ruining it for everyone.

3 days ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

Concerned Onlooker Re:What could possibly go wrong. (153 comments)

I don't. And since everyone is just spouting opinions I'll add mine. We've been messing with the food supply too much. We're consuming vast quantities of starch and stuff sweetened with corn syrup and who knows what else. I think we might be engineering our way into bad health.

Also, and this is not a character flaw, I don't think people are honest with themselves about how much sugary stuff they consume. I've been thin all my life (for various reasons, not the least of which is a physically active lifestyle) but I went through a period where I was hanging out with some guys who went to the vending machines every afternoon. I ended up eating a lot of candy and I put on 10+ pounds in no time. The great thing was that I realized what was going on and stopped eating any sugary stuff and the weight dropped right back off.

At work I see people who talk about wanting to lose weight and yet get ice cream every day. It's not a character flaw, but it is a choice. If it's not important to you I'm OK with that. We all have our priorities.

about a week ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

Concerned Onlooker Re:Uh, simple (246 comments)

"No politician in this universe wants to be the one who willfully signs the death certificates of highly trained, highly intelligent and skilled people."

I don't know why. They usually have no problem sending large numbers of people to their deaths. All we need to do is convince them that there are probably terrorists on Mars and it'll be a done deal.

about a month ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Concerned Onlooker Re:Ask the damn question (187 comments)

I don't know, but the poll question explicitly states "conventionally alive." At this point the usual indication of death is brain death. Even if you choose other indicators you're only changing the granularity of date of death by a little bit in the big picture.

about a month ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

Concerned Onlooker Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

"...do you KNOW how many laws there are at the Federal, State, County, and municipal level there are on the books..."

That's not even the end of it. If the federal government decides they want to persecute you badly enough they will figure out a TREATY that you somehow violated.

about a month and a half ago
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New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

Concerned Onlooker Re:What did you expect.. (144 comments)

"The short version: If you're not forced to skip meals and not forced to sweat your ass off just to put food on the table, you're going to have a surfeit of calories, and neither your metabolism or hunger mechanism got the memo."

In the 1950s the US was not in the dark ages. We did not have to sweat our butts off just to put food on the table. We enjoyed a huge wave of prosperity. And yet, as a nation we were thinner.

about a month and a half ago
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New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

Concerned Onlooker Re: What did you expect.. (144 comments)

You can if you do it right.

about a month and a half ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

Concerned Onlooker Re:Creativity vs Common Sense (150 comments)

It's amazing that it then took so long for the invention of the triple axel, however.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Concerned Onlooker Re:gtfo (724 comments)

Please note that the person you replied to was not advocating for a law to be passed. The poster was advocating for a "movement." That's important. I would argue that social pressures are more important than laws for keeping people acting basically decently.

Yes, I am for free speech as well, but all speech has consequences.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Concerned Onlooker Re:gtfo (724 comments)

How is misogyny a "non-issue?"

about 3 months ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

Concerned Onlooker Re:Largest Ponzi Scheme Ever (113 comments)

"Further proving that the Stock Market is almost entirely disconnected from the underlying companies."

Exactly. I've been wondering for some time just what IS stock price based on? Since it's not based on the soundness of the company (the company doesn't even need to have a P/E!) it seems entirely based on perceived potential of the company and whatever news makes the traders nervous or ecstatic that day.

Therefore, it seems to me you're better off avoiding fundamentals and instead watching the news and reading sociology books. Oh yeah, and developing ways to do high volume trading one millionth of a second faster than you competitor.

about 3 months ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Concerned Onlooker Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

"We don't live in a democracy, and never have."

As popular as it is to make this gripe this country was founded on democratic process. It's only somewhat recently that we became an oligarchy.

" The only way this will ever change is through aggressive 'petulance'"

Whatever that is, a better tactic would be to aggressively contribute to Lawrence Lessig's movement.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Concerned Onlooker Re:~/.cshrc (208 comments)

"Unfortunately, based on my extensive experience with OS X, I have to say that it is a big pile of shit. "

Don't stop there. Give us some real examples of why you think this. Because otherwise it kind of sounds like you're just making something up that sounds authoritative but really isn't.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Concerned Onlooker Re:Stallman would be proud (208 comments)

Partial output from running "man bash" on my Mac:

COPYRIGHT
              Bash is Copyright (C) 1989-2005 by the Free Software Foundation, Inc.

By the way, betwixt means between.

about 3 months ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Concerned Onlooker Re:There have been studies (264 comments)

Do you know why that is? Because the younger generation will do anything to differentiate themselves from their parent's generation. Even if means abandoning a good product.

about 3 months ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Concerned Onlooker Re:"Emergency" (241 comments)

"devices capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations"

Does this mean they'll confiscate the alternator on my car? And what about my brain?!

about 3 months ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Concerned Onlooker Re: Recent claims by whom? (224 comments)

So, in other words you didn't read the article.

about 3 months ago

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Walmart

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 9 years ago Are you being criticized for poor ethics and morality? Are your customers dropping off because it is becoming widely known that you pay your employees so poorly they cannot afford health insurance and then make them work overtime for free on top of that?

What do you do? Do you improve your companys image by becoming more humane and ethical? No. You do this.

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Point of view

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 9 years ago Conservatives are constantly looking to improve their position in the world. Liberals are constantly looking to improve the position of the world.

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Extinguish the Human Race?

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 9 years ago Nanking. Auschwitz. Rwanda. CIA. Torture. Terrorism. United States genocide. Beslan. Sudan....

It's a huge list, actually, stretching back to the beginning of history and I'm sure well before.

My question is this: If you could completely wipe out the human race with a wave of your hand would you do it? One final egalitarian solution to the disgusting plague known as homo sapiens sapiens. I think I would.

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Negroponte: What a piece of work

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 9 years ago It's unfortunate, but the world is probably shaped more by human excrement like John Negroponte than it is by decent people. How stupid does he expect people to be when he says he knew nothing of human rights abuses happening in Honduras? And just who are these animals that get off on torturing and murdering? When the U.S. talks of defeating terrorism the little hypocrisy meter just about jumps off the scale.

http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/04/04/con04175.html
http://www.afrocubaweb.com/negroponte.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Negroponte

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Profanity and the Public Airwaves

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 10 years ago Reading through the postings on the recent FCC story about regulating profanity one might have thought by the vitriolity of the messages that something really awful was happening. In fact, what everyone is calling censorship is not even close to that. It's also quite amusing that while people were ranting about censorship anyone who took an opposing view was modded into oblivion and suffered some very crass remarks.

The airwaves, I will remind you, are public. And just like in any public space we need to modulate ourselves, maintain a modicum of decency and mutual respect. I know there are those out there (apparently they all post on Slashdot) who will accept no limits, but anyone who has made it past adolescence can see the value of limiting friction in social situations. Choosing to make others uncomfortable is a sign of either immaturity or of pathological behavior. The airwaves are a public commons and enforcing a little decency is not the end of the world.

Indeed, for all those who claim that these words are "part of everyday language" I will refute that. Quite a while ago I had the realization that swearing was something that was inifnitely more fun to do than to listen to. I decided to stop. Like giving up any addiction it was difficult at first and then after a while I became amazed when I realized that there are so many people out there who are unable to express themselves without swearing. It may indeed be part of the vernacular but it is without a doubt an artless way to speak or communicate. In fact some people are simply unable to speak without interjecting the F word in at every opportunity. The funny thing is, it's used so much that it has lost any real communicative effect it might have had and it simply remains as a sharp, ugly blow to the ear.

In the end I don't really like seeing the FCC pulling a Hayes commission type of move on Howard Stern, yet I feel it so very difficult to get worked up in his defense. I listened to Stern once or twice and realized that his kind of damage was not for me so I simply tuned out, which is what I gather I am supposed to do. I voted with my absence. The bummer about that is that if it continues to get worse it leaves the airwaves devoid of anything that I and other people like me can listen to or view, and the public space has effectively been taken over by bullies. The very same types of people that would harrass you as you try to enjoy a public park.

True censorship is a heinous thing and if the FCC is really doing this because it disagrees with some things Howard Stern said then I am totally against that, but for crying out loud why does everything have to go to its lowest form in the name of freedom? Why don't people get as worked up when we aren't living up to our best as individuals, reaching for loftier goals, than when they feel their right to be crude and crass is threatened?

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